eames hang-it-all

As many of you guessed my little shopping spree a couple of weeks ago resulted in one of these: Yes, the Limited Edition Eames Hang-It-All with black frame and walnut hooks. The moment I lay eyes on this beauty I wanted one. I've always been a fan of the multi-coloured Hang-It-All but could never imagine it in my Victorian home. When I saw this more natural, organic version I knew I could make it work and I knew exactly where I would use it. In fact, I couldn't get it on the wall fast enough.

Since we moved into The Marion House, the back entry way has always been a disaster zone. Due to poor planning and a lack of space, there is no closet or mudroom when you enter through the back of the house. Basically, you walk right into the kitchen. As you can imagine, coats, bags, shoes, boots, keys, mobile phones, sunglasses and anything else we might be bringing in lands in a heap on the floor. Add a toddler and a change of season, like winter, into the mix or some house guests and you can imagine the chaos. On a good day, it would look something like this:

Not that bad, but as I'm sure many of you can attest to it is these little disorganized piles that begin to drive you crazy. I found myself constantly cleaning this one area of the house and no sooner had I cleared this mess than another appeared. It was a losing battle!

Well, no more. The Eames Hang-It-All is up and I couldn't be happier! For now I've added an old vintage wood crate to the floor to collect all the shoes and boots.

I might need to add a few more things come winter time - a few, tall woven baskets and a better floor mat come to my mind - but for now everything is off the floor and organized. What a relief - one less area to have to tidy everyday!

cast your vote: chair update

A few weeks ago I posted about wanting new chairs for my dining room. Nothing has changed...I would still love a new set of seats for myself and our guests. But there are wish lists and there is reality. After having snapped up one to many rugs at the antique market last weekend (did I fail to mention in my previous post that I bought three rugs that day, oh yeah...) I had to get creative. With Myles' parents arriving from out of town and two of our dining room chairs loose at the hinges I had to look around and see what I could come up with. Then I remembered that we had some Eames fiberglass shell chairs in our basement. (Watch this very cool video from the 1970s showing how these chairs were handcrafted. I love my chairs even more after having watched this.) We had bought them for our first place here in Toronto and have used them mainly as outdoor chairs ever since. I brought them upstairs, laid one of the new rugs on the floors and ta da...not bad.

I'm contemplating purchasing some wooden dowel bases to update the Eames chairs.

via Apartment Therapy

What do you think?

cast your vote - dining chairs

I've been thinking recently of updating four of our dining room chairs. The ones we have at the moment are Thonet knock-offs with white vinyl seats that we purchased five years ago. They look nice but truth be told they are starting to get a bit rickety. In fact, one of them has been repaired so many times that the screws that hold it together are now stripped. If anyone has purchased dining room chairs you know the bill quickly escalates. A $250 chair translates to over $1000 in purchases when you have to buy multiples. It was cost that forced us to buy knock-offs the first time around. This time I'd like to spend my money on either vintage or licensed original chairs. While it may cost a bit more money initially, I think the investment pays off. Here are some pictures of the dining room as it looks today. The credenza, which I designed, is made of solid white oak as is the table. The painting is predominantly black and has a huge presence in the room. I'd like to also change the light fixture as it is blocking the sight lines of the painting but I'll save that for another post!

And here are the candidates for the new chairs. Let me know what you think.

The Eames Shell Chair in black with dowel legs. From Design Within Reach, $399

Or the Eames wire chairs with or without their bikinis. Vintage from Retro Modern Decor Store.

Or a selection of the two as seen in Frédéric Mechiche's 1712 house via the fabulous Door Sixteen

I could buy vintage Thonet Chairs as seen here in Remodelista editor Julie Carlson's house.

Or I could purchase vintage or new Marais chairs. Available from Design Within Reach for $250

Don't they look great here!

And here. Both pictures via Luphia.

I like the Shaker simplicity of the Salt chair from Design Within Reach for $98.00

The Era Chair, also designed by Thonet and available from Design Within Reach is classic and timeless for $150.

Finally, we could put a bench on one side like this one from Crate and Barrel

or this MASH Studios LAX bench from Modern Karibou and have two chairs on the other side.

So many choices....what do you think?