Campaign Style Nightstands {Rainbow Color-Coded Accessories}

Kumquats-on-my-countertopWilliam-Morris-QuoteColorful-KumquatsOpening this post with a photo of kumquats, you ask? Yeah, well – I washed them and dumped them on the countertop yesterday before I put them on my plate at breakfast time. They’re so beautiful I had to snap a photo!  I honestly couldn’t help myself. I guess this goes without saying, but color can do wonderful things to your mood. I seriously got a whirl of happiness when I saw that color combination happening on my counter top. Which leads me to this post: there will be rainbow color-coded accessories involved, I promise.Treasure-Huntingimages-from-bain-real-estateEven though it feels good for the New England Estate Sale season to be kicking into gear, the first pre-thaw sale proved to be a bit of a disappointment for treasure hunting. However, the property it was held at was certainly something else - those BARNS!! I wish I could get my hands on that house and those outbuildings, omgosh it has so much potential! I went early to the sale in hopes that I would find something, but no luck. There was a set of vintage Lane end tables that caught my eye, but I quickly decided they felt a little too country for the look I am trying achieve in the #ABCDJewelBox.nightstands-for-the-abcdjewelboxVintage-furniture-with-current-and-future-usesLater that day I ventured to Kent, Connecticut. I popped in and out of my favorite antique stores in town. I know I told you about Scott and Bowne several times in the past – you might remember the martini pitcher I gave as a hostess gift and 19th Century Glass Canisters with Brass Lids that sit upon our vintage partner desk – they’ve always got a lot of great merchandise at Scott and Bowne and this last visit surely didn’t disappoint. You should have seen the antique work table that was being carried out as I walked in – WOW! It was a beauty.19-century-english-glass-canisters-with-metal-lidsclick-to-read-moreWhite-Tulips-hand-tied-flower-arrangementThe moment I saw these Campaign style end tables, I knew they were right for either side of the Queen Size Daybed. The only trick was to convince the Mr that we need more furniture. (He says we need furniture like we need another hole in our head.) These beauties are solid Mahogany by Beacon Hill. I love that they have a pull-out tray for water glasses so that you don’t leave rings on the wood. I texted the Mr a photo with a price and explained how I could envision them not only being used now, but in our future. To my great surprise he wrote back “Okay.” HA! I wish he was always so agreeable. Campaign-Style-End-TablesScott-and-Bowne-Antiques-John-Koch-AntiquesA few years ago I stumbled upon beautifully designed hard-bound Penguin Classics at Michele Varian’s shop. My mom was accessorizing her home at the time and I turned her onto them. (See her amazing Red Secretary below – I A-D-O-R-E that piece!) Ever since then, I have coveted her collection. Perhaps it’s time I procure a set for myself? After I set  my eyes on those dressers, I realized my time has come. What would be better to place on those bookshelves, other than a collection of color-coded classics?Penguin-Classics-from-Michele-VarianBaker-SecretaryRed-Baker-Chinoiserie-SecretaryAnd on our last visit to Tennessee, our friends took us to a Smoky Mountains art and crafts center chalk full of handmade Appalachian crafts. It was there that I saw a slew of Blenko water bottles on display together. I’d seen them a million times before singularly on their own – they are not precious collectibles, but beautiful and very affordable – don’t they look incredible as a rainbow collection? At 8 inches tall, they’d easily fit on the shelf, but would be great on display somewhere else in the apartment as well. I could use them for water, but also as cut flower containers. Blenkoa-handful-makes-a-good-startEven though we’re going with a decidedly neutral base for the flooring, paint, kitchen and bath finishes – between color coded books, the Blenko water bottle collection, the colorful vintage crystal tumblers I picked up and (hopefully!) the Waterford Mixology Collection – the NYC apartment is shaping up to be a jewel box after all!

  Posted by Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo / Color Palette and Making Your House a Home and The City Apartment and Uncategorized

Tweet @ABCDDesigns Join the Concersation on Facebook Interact on Google+

Asos Long Sleeve Midi-Skater Dress {Early Spring Uniform}

This Asos Midi-Skater Dress with Long Sleeves is the sort of frock that will hang in my closet – in multiples! I’ll pull it off the hook and throw it on first thing to go walk The Poodle around Gramercy Park. For me, it is the easiest form of getting decent in the morning. It looks […]

  Posted by Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo / Shopping and Uncategorized and What to wear?

Tweet @ABCDDesigns Join the Concersation on Facebook Interact on Google+

Decorating with Green {Baking Irish Soda Bread}

It’s St. Paddy’s Parade day in New York City. This means two things: 1) drunk leprechauns will flood the city streets at a very early hour and 2) I’ll be hiding out at The Country House until tomorrow morning to avoid said leprechauns. While I am here, I plan on making my Mother in Law’s Irish Soda Bread […]

  Posted by Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo / Color Palette and Personal and Uncategorized

Tweet @ABCDDesigns Join the Concersation on Facebook Interact on Google+

Small Space, BIG Ideas! {#ABCDJewelBox}

Amara recently asked me to share a “Tweet-able” design tip for decorating a luxury NYC apartment. After I turned in my 140 characters, I stumbled upon on an article in Country Living magazine featuring the fellas from Madcap Cottage. (They said almost the same thing, only in more characters!) This theory is exactly why I felt […]

  Posted by Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo / The City Apartment and Uncategorized

Tweet @ABCDDesigns Join the Concersation on Facebook Interact on Google+

Robinson Ransbottom Majolica Style Planters {Building a Collection}

They lived on the Screened-in-Porch last Summer -but as you might recall- I’ve been enjoying them in the mudroom on top of the built-in shoe storage cabinet since Fall. At first I filled them with white pumpkins and moss, and now I simply have them full of newspaper and capped with moss.I recently took to […]

  Posted by Amy Beth Cupp Dragoo / Collections and Uncategorized

Tweet @ABCDDesigns Join the Concersation on Facebook Interact on Google+

« Prev - Next »