John Richard Collection

Lovelace Interiors

by Karen Kerns

Lovelace has always prided itself in bringing to our showroom lines which are at the design forefront that capture elegance, beauty and the highest quality of furnishings. This month we are showcasing John Richard as we launch into Lovelace Interiors’ 20 year anniversary. This exquisite line includes lighting, accessories, accent furniture, case goods, botanicals, and our newest category, and upholstery. John Richard culture has become an icon in this home fashion industry, a staple, if you will, in tasteful, classic home design. Their designs are influenced by the world around us…richness found in exotic cities, architecture from of the beaten path, bistros or the color of a blouse worn in a city each day. We will be showcasing all of our new John Richard pieces hot off the 2014 market.

Just Wing It

Lovelace Interiors

by Cara McBroom

The Wingback Chair:

When one imagines a wingback chair, (let’s be honest) we typically think of a tall, austere and formal-looking traditional chair with wings, possibly sitting in a men’s study or a castle, or that formal sitting room in your grandma’s house that you were never supposed to actually use!  I say, we are not giving this chair enough credit for the strides it has made since way back in the 17th century!

“Back in the day”, this chair was created to serve a distinct purpose.  The side wings and tall back helped protect a person from chilling drafts.  You could place a couple of wing chairs near a fireplace, and the wings would envelope the heat around you like a warm, cozy cloak…and if you so happen to fall asleep, the structure of the chair helped “prop” you up!  On the other side of the coin, the chair’s wings could also protect a lady’s delicate skin from an overly-hot fireplace.   It is highly common to see a pair of wing chairs flanking a fireplace in many floor plans.

The first wing chair was a rather stiff, straight-lined piece of furniture, that “cloistered the sitter in a kind of opulent coffin.”[1]  This shape changed in the late 1600’s when Charles II was crowned king of England, Scotland and Ireland. “When Charles II came to power, thereby ushering in the Restoration—a period freed from the Puritans’ censorious moral beliefs toward sex and self-indulgence—…the female form was once again adored and joyfully distorted.” [2]  Hence, the more curvaceous styles we are used to imagining when we think of a wing chair, such as the popular Queen Anne style.

Ham House Sleeping Chair (late 17th century)

Queen Anne Wingback Arm Chair (early 18th century)

[1] http://www.believermag.com/issues/200906/?read=article_jovanovic
[2] http://www.believermag.com/issues/200906/?read=article_jovanovic

By some, wing chairs tend to be viewed upon today in several different ways: One way is as a nostalgic, traditional, floral print-covered, reading chair you can see in your grandmother’s living room, with the cat curled up in it and a half-read newspaper over the arm. Norman Rockwell captured this best:


In modern day, we also often see the wing chair used in television and movies, depicted as a chair used by powerful characters, usually men, like Donald Trump, Nooky Thompson and Scarface.  Even Dr. Evil has his very own exaggerated wing chair to rule the world in!

             

Wingback chairs, however, are so much more versatile than this!  With so many new shapes, sizes, and bold fabric applications, these chairs could find a place in any home, fireplace or not! In fact, they are not only “usable” these days, they are highly on trend!  Whether you are refurbishing a vintage frame by painting it a bright lacquer and covering it in a fun print, as shown below; or buying into a new, fresh modern shape, these chairs have become a must-have in almost every design!

Check out Some of these revamped wing chairs!

        

This Ombre Chair by Andrea Mihalik, with Wild Chairy Studios, took an old world shape and modernized it with some whimsical charm.  I love how the back mimics a woman’s corset, which exaggerates a woman’s figure—giving a nod to what inspired curvilinear lines in the chair in the first place!

Here are some wing chairs that have innovative, modern shapes and lines:


Here are some awesomely beautiful rooms that are sporting some amazingly inviting wing chairs!

Feeling inspired yet???  Here are some unique and beautiful wing chairs, below, to get you excited.  We, at Lovelace Interiors, can order any of these styles in a wide range of fabrics! Come on in, and instead of “winging it”, feel free to ask any of our designers for their opinion! We can help you coordinate the perfect design!

 

From top left to bottom right: ( 1-4) Chairs by CR Laine; (5-11) Chairs by Century Furniture;  (12-15) Chairs by Lee Industries; (16-18) Chairs by Vanguard Furniture; (19-20) Chairs by Drexel Heritage; (21-22) Chairs by H.Studio; (23) Rene Chair by Design Legacy; (24) Kercher Chair by Bernhardt

Below is a pair of extremely comfortable wing chairs I recently used in a project!  They are covered in a colorful and striking ikat fabric that ties all the colors of the room together:

 

Contact me if you want my help exploring your wing chair options, or if you need any interior design help!

Cara McBroom
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Go Natural!

Lovelace Interiors

by Linda Holman

There is an ongoing trend in design to capitalize on the beautiful texture and character of materials found in nature. Whether you want to take a piece of driftwood and add a glass top for a cool coastal look or find a great “chunky” tree trunk with all the crack and crevasses, there’s nothing like it to make a unique statement that warms up any room!

Natural elements are found in a myriad of design items for your home. Some of the photos included show lots of ways to blend natural finishes using furnishings, artful accessories, and lighting.

A galvanized metal wall sculpture creates a custom headboard affect in a stylish silver leaf finish. Various kinds of tree sections cut and sawn are made to add bold character and texture like the oversized floor mirror shown. The most current trend in wood finishes is the use of natural driftwood colors. The dining table and light fixture represented show how you can cleverly add an artistic touch to a simple space.

 

 

Next time, why not try to use some of Mother Nature’s unique colors and creations so you have a true “earthiness” and comfortable style to your design?

 

Interior Design Education vs. Real World Experience

Lovelace Interiors

An Intern’s Perspective
By Brooke Williams,
Summer Intern with Lovelace Interiors

An education in Interior Design is a mix of excitement, countless changes, sweat, and tears during college studio courses and real life experience. In school, we learn the technicalities of design: standard sizes of furniture, clearances around furniture, codes for various building types and occupancies, rendering the colorful details of your design, and computer generations- just to name a few! Days, late nights, weeks, and/or months are spent coordinating everything you have learned in previous and current studio courses, into a semester-long project. There usually isn’t a budget to work within or an actual client with their particular taste and style. Even though it’s hard work and we learn from our design mistakes, the studio experience can’t begin to measure up to the knowledge we’re expected to know in the real world.

        The real world brings more to the table, real projects and real experience. Budgets exist with every project and short time constraints could be a possibility. We actually have to make the time schedules and contracts that we learned about in our design business courses. We have to learn about furniture, fabric, lighting and accessory lines. Most importantly, you have to be able to sell your design, merchandise, and yourself to your clients. The only way to learn about all extents of the design world is experience, and experience requires time. We can’t “know it all” in a year, or two years, or even three for that matter. Experience is gained by learning from each and every project and client; walking away from the project with more wisdom and knowledge than before. Learning from designers who already have experience and time under their belt, could prove to be influential as well! So here’s to the real world experiences and taking each project one day at a time while giving them all we have! 

Sophisticated Coastal Interior Design

Lovelace Interiors

By Marlene Freeman

At Lovelace Interiors, we work hard to put various elements together to help create beautiful, serene and sophisticated coastal décor.

We create beautiful coastal vignettes that enhance and define your home at the beach. Your home can display a sophisticated coastal look without having the casual beach look; yet still feel comfortable and inviting.

Like the inviting bedroom below, we used comfortable fabrics with coastal accents, yet sophisticated touches of mirrored bedside chests and a cream leather headboard to achieve the sophisticated, yet comfortable, coastal feel.

Also, elements, such as the distressed metal table with linen upholstered chairs and linen shell motif napkins, can help you to achieve the coastal chic look you desire for your beach home or primary residence along the Emerald Coast.

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