Monday, December 10, 2012

10 Things for 2013

One of my first blog posts, 10 Things I Can't Live Without, was a list of my essentials for comfort, peace and harmony. I wanted to do an updated version for the new year, but the list is essentially unchanged so instead I have compiled a collection of things I've seen or read about in the last year that interest me, inspire me or that I just plain covet. It's part work-notes, part wish-list.

No. 1  From Tara Shaw Maison, the Swedish Corner Cabinet - ample storage in a beautiful form and finish.

No. 2  The Cannes lamp by Lisa Luby Ryan for Arteriors - a slender baluster lamp with a contemporary glass finial.

No. 3   Elizabeth Eakins' Hagga rugs - serene patterns in versatile neutral colors.

No. 4  Until reading this post by my friend Loi Thai, I had never really given much thought to antique weathervanes as decorative art. I am now fixated on the banner form such as this example from Tone on Tone.

No. 5  The Lydia chair from Verellen - a fresh take on the wing-back, updated with modern legs and nailhead trim, that would be perfect fireside.
No. 6  From textile artist Elizabeth Hamilton, beautiful hand-screened linens in great patterns and gorgeous colorways.

No. 7  From Quatrefoil Design - a collection of framed intaglios - I will never tire of neoclassical imagery and 'grand tour' souvenirs.

No. 8  Ok, I realize it looks a little like it might have emerged from the Krypton of 1978's Superman, but I saw this fixture in Charles Spada's Boston showroom last week and it is honestly pretty cool.
No. 9  The new lacquered line of furniture from Chelsea Textiles - familiar pieces with a chic contemporary finish.

No. 10  From friend and fellow blogger Carolyn Bradford's shop, Mulberry Heights Antiques, a Sonya Shin Edwards original oil painting. I respond to art on which I can impose my own imagination, so although I don't know where this was painted, it puts me in mind of a Scandinavian fishing village.


  1. I like that the list was for items that evoke comfort, peace and harmony. I think that we all need to see the importance of being supported in our homes in that exact way. The fabrics resonated with me. You and Loi bring peace in your work and it is conveyed through the blog...this is rare. xob

  2. I'm loving the soothing neutral colors of the items here. And the lamp on the steps...there's something so cozy about that image! Have a wonderful evening!

  3. Hi Phyllis, Such beautiful things you have chosen! Elizabeth Hamilton's prints are so pretty, my favorites of hers are her Indian inspired ones. The intaglios are so unique on a wall, they require closer inspection. Going to check out the rugs, perfect understated patters with great texture. The sun is supposed to come out today here, hope it does in your neck of the woods too!

  4. I would buy everything on your list Phyllis, great choices. I saw that light fixture at the showroom too and loved it. And I have a Hagga rug since it offers a small pattern that seagrass doesn't offer. I hope you have a wonderful day!


  5. It's a beautiful list, I especially like the weathervane and that completely charming painting!

  6. Love the oil, and am a big fan of Elizabeth Eakin rugs, had a few in my old house, they are stunning. I also am loving those fabrics and could happily have one of each of the above! Wonderful list Phyllis!

  7. Oh my Phyllis...that chandelier! amazing, and I love all the Elizabeth Hamilton prints and rugs.. Beautiful things. Hope Santa brings you something from your list!
    xo Nancy

  8. oh you have such exquisite taste, love everything! but the chandelier and oil painting really speak to my soul. i may have a client for the chandelier, thank you for the introduction

  9. Found a balloon shade for my half-windowed door in the new office. Who wants to look at the mudroom from the kitchen?

    Anyway, it's designer & a pattern I adore, yellow background with lots of rabbit & vegetable soup tureens.

    Now, I must find linen to use in the same room at a wall of windows above the kitchen sink. Plain, nubby, on cafe rods.

    House is 1945, using it as my new office & guest cottage.

    When are you coming thru Atlanta? You'll stay in Yellow Belle.

    Garden & Be Well, XO Tara

  10. Love the Lydia chair (which looks so you), intaglios and Loi's weather vane. Wish lists are fun - now I just need to win the lottery.

  11. I love everything you do.....The Tara Shaw cabinet is gorgeous and so is the chandelier......Yes and the cant even find those where I live...I want one too....

  12. I have saved the cabinet photo by Tara Shaw that is perfect for a corner in my dinning room.

  13. Hi, Phyllis - Love your selections!! I am not familiar with Elizabeth Hamilton's beautiful textiles....will have to see who reps her here in DC. Thank YOU so much for including us!! You're the best :)
    Take care,

  14. Phyllis,
    Oh how I wish I livd next door to you. What goodness you share!
    If you do happen to go back and get the springerle mold, I would love to have one.
    How much are they? I am collecting them now for my daughter.

  15. Great selections Phyllis! Love that wing chair, anything Elizabeth Eakins...I love her checks as well. I am kinda loving that light fixture as well!

  16. Hi Phyllis,
    I love all of your choices, you have such good taste.
    The cabinet in the first photo is beautiful.
    Hope you have a lovely day,
    Liz x

  17. You're my cup of tea!! You've created a wish list for me as well! I just LOVE your taste - so timeless and just perfectly perfect!
    I hope you're having a wonderful Holiday Season!!

    much love,

  18. I have to look in to those rugs. I love the soft palettes.

    I just went to very happy place; thank you!

  19. Phyllis,
    I love the Lydia chair, it's now on my list! I laughed, like you until I read Loi's post on weather vanes I always thought they were too country for me, but the banner form is fabulous. Such a great list. I'll have to go back and read your original 10 things you can't live without. :-)
    Karen at Garden, Home and Party

  20. Thank you so much for the mention, Phyllis! I love intaglios too, and have them in several areas of my house - sometimes something so sculptural and clean is just the right balance with art and treasured antiques.

    That light fixture is incredible, and I am a huge fan of Chelsea Textiles furniture. I have not ventured into their laquered finishes, although I saw one in their Pigeon color and it was stunning.

    Hope you have a wonderful week!

    - Holly

  21. A great list. Maybe if we all chipped in, we could get you one of those things. hehe. You could put a paypal thing on your blog and we could all contribute. wink! ;D

    xo Terri

  22. I remember Loi's post about weather vanes too; made me develop a new sense of appreciation for them. This is a fabulous list btw. I could dive right into that Lydia chair! Hope you're having a fabulous week! XX

  23. Phyllis,

    I love the list especially the chic little Charles Spada light and the new Elizabeth Eakin's rugs! Thanks for giving us something to think about.

    Merry Christmas!

  24. How have I missed this post? I'm so glad you like Sonya's paintings! They are truly beautiful…the thing they make us feel when we are looking at them in the shop is calmness…and beauty! I can't believe you are obsessed with weather vanes now as well! That is on the top of my list to begin searching for…I have a brass one that I bought years ago but I like the black ones Loi showed us! Beautiful post…I loved everything on your list!

  25. What a wonderful list, Phyllis. I am so loving the Tara Shaw piece with it's great shape and the gorgeous patina! Happy weekend ~

  26. I have used antique weather vanes back in the late 90's when they were all the design craze they made such a modern country feel to any design home.especially when used in a model home this trend took off and reproductions were found everywhere from an inexpensive discount store to high end where antiques ones could be found at a pricey dollar.

    I love the tone on tone feel, even in my own home it allows you to accessories with colour if one needs a season boost. Thank you for your visit, and adding to the design group with inspiration that wows.

    Have a beautiful holiday.

    Joyeux Noël

  27. Phyllis, May I please have one of each. I wish! They are all lovely, especially the weathervane!

  28. Hi Phyllis, your choices are really excellent!~ I especially love your choice in art work. sometimes it seems like a room can be complete with just a few simple pieces of furniture and great art!

    Happy Holidays

    kelley xx's

  29. I'm with you, LOVE the fixture in No. 8. I could think of about a dozen places where that would be the perfect touch! N.G.


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