Monday, March 17, 2008

SF Girl By Bay: Inside look at this blogger's home



So maybe it's old news, but I just can't get over this fresh, happy room by blogger sfgirlbybay.

LOVE the light fixture and the white hotness of the place. Yum.

You can read more about it HERE.

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Is there such a thing as too eclectic? For me, pairing the faux-Saarinen tulip chairs with the old dark farm table doesn't work. It looks forced.

(This is gonna be an unpopular opinion, I bet.)

Anonymous said...

Those Saarinen chair knockoffs are by a Texas company called Burke. One version was used in Star Trek:

www.cloudster.com/Sets&Vehicles/STEnterprise/Burke_Chair/BurkeChairsTop.htm

Decorno said...

I like it. To me because it maintains the white-on-white with a little brown and a little blue them, it works. But that's just me. I am glad it's not too matchy-matchy, actually.

What table would suggest instead? (I am ready to steal your decorating ideas, beware...)

Anonymous said...

I'd keep the farm table (classic) and dump the chairs. The chairs aren't pretty or interesting, especially once you see they're knockoffs that are worse than the originals (those four-toe feet: yichh; and the back-to chair proportion isn't as pleasing as the original Tulips').

A lot of the designs posted on your earlier request for dining-chair suggestions would work for this table as well. Both tables are big, sort of plain chunks of dark wood that could use chairs with a little upholstery, a little gracefulness to them (though not too much).

These fake Saarinen (Burke) chairs would be all right for a breakfast nook or something. Or at a kid's desk (I'd put all my reject furniture in my kids' rooms, if I could get away with it.)

People complain--rightly--about "matchy matchy," but I get just as irritated by a self-consciously "unmatchy-unmatchy" design.

Jules said...

I've always been a fan of her rooms. The table and chairs don't bother me, although that low apron looks like a thigh-scraper. I like her old dining room better, but it's probably because my parents had similar chairs (with the matching chrome-legged table!).

Jules said...

Oops! My bad: forgot the link.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfgirlbybay/449950131/

Anonymous said...

Agree with Jules: Much prefer the earlier dining set.

Jules said...

Oh, good! Glad I'm not the only one. After I saw that picture I was kicking myself for tossing out that old set.

Trust me: I'd take her "too eclectic" over my McMansion horror. You'll all see soon enough--right here on Decorno's blog--how atrocious my Captain Cave Man living room is--and you'll beg Decorno to ban me from posting any opinion on design. Ever. ;)

Anonymous said...

The rattan-and-chrome chairs in her original dining set are also reproductions: very faithful reproductions of classic Mies Van der Rohe chairs. They harmonize perfectly with the knockoff Saarinen Tulip table.

Anonymous said...

In the 2nd picture, far left, you can see what appears to be a genuine Saarinen Tulip end table. Compare how graceful that table is to the graceless Saarinen-knockoff dining chairs.

I'm not at all against knockoffs, but I don't think you should mix genuine examples with knockoffs from the same design line by the same designer. Especially when the knockoffs are so painfully inferior.

Jean said...

It's delightful, fake chairs and all. A candy-sweet look, in a good way.

PS. Hey, y'all, 99 percent of all furniture, including antiques, are knock-offs.

Anonymous said...

The real Saarinen stuff is in the 1 percent.

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