Favorite Things: Credenzas

In the dining room, a credenza is ideal for added storage and provides a great surface to serve from.

A credenza is a large, closed cabinet often used as a sideboard or a buffet.  In the dining room, a credenza is ideal for added storage and provides a great surface to serve from.  We often use custom pieces to meet a client’s individual needs, an option that allows us to integrate the credenza’s interior into the design.  A custom credenza gives you added flexibility for size, style, color, and material for a super unique look.  Additionally, a credenza provides structure and a foundation for lamps and art.  It grounds a space.  I love using elements such as shagreen and ebony or two dimensional doors.  When working with a craftsman, you can trick out a credenza for a memorable, one of a kind piece.  Here are some of my favorite examples of gorgeous credenzas.

Morgan Console from Four Hands

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Oly Studio Serena Buffet

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Irwindale Buffet from Theodore Alexander

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Grammi Sideboard

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Tompkins Buffet from Wud Furniture Design

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Rondelle Credenza by John Pomp

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Fumed Oak Credenza from ISOM

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Milano Mystic Buffet from Ercole Home.

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Harper Side Board from Precedent Furniture

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Painted Credenza from Jeff Martin Joinery

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Ingemar Cabinet from KGBL

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Raised Front Ebonized Floating Credenza from 1st Dibs

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Planters

One great way to incorporate greenery is with planters.

Sometimes the spring/summer season sneaks up on you, but you can’t neglect the task of beautifying your patio or deck.  One great way to incorporate greenery is with planters.  With such a range of sizes and styles available, you can really say something with planters.

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pennoyer newman industrial planter

 

cubist fiber planter from terrain

When choosing planters, you can find something that provides contrast or select pieces that blend with the architecture, outdoors or indoors.  There is such a variety of textures, colors, and shapes of planters –big pots filled with gorgeous plants make a major statement in a great room or sun room.  Or, you can group smaller planters together on a wall, the stairs, or a console.

great lakes rectangular planter

artisan series planter

riverside sheet metal zinc planter

You can further customize planters with what you fill them with.  The contents of your planters have just as much potential for variety, from flowers and herbs to trees and tall grasses.  When choosing plants, take into consideration their height, texture, and color.  Some plants repel pests while others make pleasant sounds when the wind moves through them.

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williams sonoma reclaimed redwood planters

How do you decorate with planters?

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Method Monday

This is a design scheme we came up with for a coastal home with views of Long Island Sound.

This is a design scheme developed for a coastal home with views of Long Island Sound.  The architecture embraces the view so that the all you see from the spectacular rear of the home is the sea.  In contemplating the design, we wanted no obstruction to the breathtaking setting.  One of the challenges of a home with a wide open floor plan is choosing furniture so that nothing competes .  There needs to be a cohesive feel throughout the space.  To achieve this, we chose a monochromatic, neutral palette.  There are transitional elements and a user friendly approach for this family — they have children and also like to entertain.  We kept a textural sense by combining the oak floors and douglas fir ceilings with cozy, warm fabrics.  The patterns are not overly bold, resulting in a welcoming, comfortable home that makes the most of the beautiful seascape.

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Swimming Pools

When it comes to swimming pools, I prefer designs that are an integration of the home’s architecture.

When it comes to swimming pools, I prefer designs that are an integration of the home’s architecture.  For me, the pool has to be parallel with the home’s interior — I gravitate toward designs that are very structured.  Infinity pools are hot right now if you have the environment for one.  The landscape around the pool can complement the style of the pool or have a more organic feel.  Here are some examples of gorgeous swimming pools.

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What does your ideal swimming pool look like?

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My Personal Collection on The Local Vault

This collection is an eclectic mix of beautiful living room items, all available for purchase through The Local Vault.

It’s been a year since my family and I sold our charming 1940’s center hall colonial, a home and life full of so many rich memories.  It’s time for a new start and we are about to begin our journey.  While collaborating with The Local Vault recently, I considered what to do with the trove of items from our house. They are great pieces and served a wonderful role in my family’s life, but like anyone I want to shed some of the old and start new.  What to do with them? Well, sell them of course! One thing many people do not know about me is that I am not sentimental about certain things, especially once I have enjoyed them.  I can easily let go and move on after they served a purpose and I have grown from their use.  Plus, change is good for the soul.  You can peruse my collection and hopefully something you’d love to have in your own home will catch your eye.  Everything has a wonderful spirit and I am thrilled for someone else to take pleasure in these pieces.
The complete curated living room.
The complete curated living room.
Pair of vintage petite arm chairs.
Pair of vintage petite arm chairs.
Callisto Home Lavender Linen Pillow
Callisto Home Lavender Linen Pillow
Egret Oil Painting
Egret Oil Painting
Zebra Print Stenciled Cowhide Rug
Zebra Print Stenciled Cowhide Rug
George Smith style love seat.
George Smith style love seat.
Urban Electric Floor Lamp
Urban Electric Floor Lamp
Toile Linen Credenza from Studio A
Toile Linen Credenza from Studio A

You can see the full collection and shop online here.

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