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Shark and Olive is curated by a Portland-based creative, painter, and art enthusiast. Shark and Olive features finds that represent a never-ending celebration of art, architecture, design objects, and furniture.

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An Eclectic Mix of Modern Furniture

Moody jewel tones to bright pinks with metallic finishes sets the tone for this post. Additionally, each piece expresses the melding of new (modern) and old (traditional), and how color truly sets the overall tone of any space.  While this palate isn’t for everyone – it is a welcomed juxtaposition to minimalism or the Scandinavian-modern style that has reached every corner of the interior design world. Don’t get me wrong- I LOVE Scandinavian-modern, but I have yet to successfully live in such a minimalist  space!  Cristina Celestino ottoman’s are a modern update in suede and leather – almost too beautiful to want to sit on or rest one’s feet atop. The vintage pair of wall lights from the apartment are hot pink fringe. Need I say more? If you are looking for a comfortable and totally lounge-worthy sofa, Toward designed by Anne Boysen is for you. It comes in five color combinations and features solid oak legs, and brass or aluminum “shoes.” Now depending upon how bold and beautiful you want your space to be – you can continue with this color palate regarding your rug choice, or you can bring-in some neutral texture to let your furniture and other objects stand out.  And bring some saturated color to your outdoor area with this pair of peter shire painted metal chairs.

Floral + Fauna

Floral patterns keep coming back, or perhaps they have never left. And they are a refreshing pattern to infuse throughout your home in the warmer months. As a personal preference regarding furniture, textiles, and the like, I gravitate AWAY from muted large floral patterns circa the late 1980s through the 1990s. I love the patterns that invoke a midsummers party, Botticelli paintings, hand-drawn animals, and the like. Scroll through for current favorites to update and refresh your space for summer. For a bold and beautiful statement, the ARTEMIS Wallpaper Amaranth Pink by HOH x William Morris is divine. This wallpaper would work well in a dining room, hallway, or powder room. If wallpaper is too much of a commitment: hang an original acrylic piece by Jess Phoenix. The Branded Stripe Losange Chair is a modern-traditional and monochromatic nod to fauna. Another chair, because one isn't enough: the floral accent chair that works year round. Comfortable for lounging as well. Rifle Paper Co. offers fabric in addition to their beautiful paper collections. Grab their new Wonderland Collection fabric bundle to create any and every type of textile one can imagine. This collection features floral, fauna, and delightful geometric patterns in rich colors. Holli Zollinger designed the versatile Deny Desert Moonflower Credenza. Its metal legs are removable and features an adjustable shelf inside. Rounding out this list of flora + fauna is the Holy Mountain Embroidered Coverlet by Aelfie. It's bold, beautiful, embroidered and for both adults and kids, or perhaps the adult child!!

Chair Obsessions Part Six: Leather Leather Everywhere

A great piece of leather furniture will last a life time. By great piece, I am thinking a sofa, side chairs, lounge chair, bench or stool that can withstand the ever changing "home trends" of the moment. Think of a this type of leather furniture as an high-quality LBD equivalent. It will never go out of style. Whether you pick a vintage, modern, or contemporary piece leather furniture will always be in vogue. Personally, I gravitate towards leathers in various shades of brown, and the occasional cream or black leather piece (Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman!) As of late, I have been enjoying lighter tan or pale pink leathers that invoke a relaxed northern Californian meets Southwestern vibe.

Mid-Century Modern Furniture Heaven: Reeves Antiques

In my recent travels, I was introduced to one of the best collections of refurbished mid-century modern furniture. Reeves Antiques in Houston, TX. While the shop has a robust inventory of mid-century furniture, naturally I was drawn to the chairs (obsessions!)  Additionally, the majority of the upholstered pieces had been refurbished in house, with fabrics as close to the originals as possible. From the wood, acrylic, or metal framed to purely upholstered pink velvet barrel back chairs, it was hard not to try and lounge in or purchase them all. 

Pink on Pink on Flamingos

Holy pink! One of my favorite colors and animals is everywhere in design as of late. Now, pink is a tricky color, because the wrong shade can mimic pepto-bismol, and too much pink is overwhelmingly frightening.  Flamingos on the other hand are simply fabulous.  And I am enjoying their less campy iterations currently found in design (from interiors to fashion).  But nothing is wrong with a little outdoor whimsy to bring inside for a punch of color. Back to the pink- the glas italia table iridescent pink, blue, yellow hues bring a modern glow to your space. Its simple form and modern assembly works well as an accent or side table in ones living room or bedroom. Textiles and texture are presented well in a dark spotty pink on the flutura occasional chair.  And if you prefer pink with a deep purple/blue undertone the patricia urquiola upholstered modular sofa for moroso is lounge and envy worthy.  The geometric pastel pink pillow with gold accent is one of my paintings transformed to textile.  Rest your head on some art. (gorgeous marble and metal shelving found via Pinterest)

Chair Obsessions Part Five: I Need Them All

WHOA. It has been too long (January!) since the last round-up of my current chair obsessions. For this round-up there is no theme. Some are leather, others painted, metal accents, maybe color punch worthy fabric too.  To begin is the Robin Day Festival Hall 658 chair. A beautiful retro chair with blonde wood and fabric components. The Tropicalia chair by Patricia Urquiola for Moroso is both playful and bold, and is the perfect punch of color for your space. I enjoy the geometric forms created by its multiple colors that are also used to create a pattern. Now, for those that source eco-friendly furnishings, the Ciel! chair for Tabisso is an elegant high-end chair both for residential and office use. Its craftsmanship takes into account the full life-cycle of its design, from inception through production. Combining both retro aesthetics with bold colors and form, the Ignacia chair by Sergio Martinez is statement worthy. It is the perfect accent chair.  Rounding out this Chair Obsessions is the Leather Tillie Armchair.  A modern spin on a classic English leather wrapped chair with a houndstooth cushion. It is time to lounge. 

Metallics: The Bold and the Beautiful

Metallics are one of my favorite mediums to decorate with. From lighting to accessories, art, and even textiles, they add warmth and intrigue. Whether you use them as the focal point of your space, or more subtly with pops spread about, you can’t go wrong. And they can be used year round. My current favorites include: the gami rose gold candleholder from cb2. Its geometric and glows when you light your tealight. Also from cb2, the liberty pendant light is an overscaled modern update of your traditional pendant lighting. With a brass interior, your room is sure to glow in its warmth. While your lounging, wrap yourself in the grey stripes moroccan wedding blanket- sequence included for some metallic sparkle. This blanket from maven collection would also be a beautiful addition to your bed. For a little mid-century geometric glam, the worlds away surf coffee table with gold leaf legs and a black marble top is a must. Love those angular legs! Lastly, I can not say metallics without mentioning Tom Dixon. Besides wanting everything, the scoop high copper legs chair will do. Whether for dining or as a side chair, comfort and modern elegance are combined in this sculptural chair. Now go add some bold and beautiful metallics to your space. 

Office Space

While it is already hard to work when summer is here, it's even harder to work in an uninspiring space. Currently, I am beginning to spruce-up, reorganize and revitalize my studio. Three necessary components for me are: a fantastic chair (maybe even two), a desk with ample room, and storage. The A-Frame table from Duffy London is a creative space-saving piece of furniture. Its adjustable legs makes it work as a dinning, desk, or coffee table. For storage that is actually aesthetically pleasing - Ferm Living is the place. I am currently obsessed with their wire baskets, boxes,  and brass trays.  And for a little lounging while in your work space - the Lounge Chair by Hans J. Wegner is just what you need. However, most important for me is to fill the space with inspiring art (not just my own), books, magazines, flowers, and whatever else one needs to keep the creativity flowing.  Enjoy! 

Transparent Surfaces

Decorating with transparent surfaces brings an unexpected element of surprise and illusion into a space. Tokujin Toshioka designs the most stunning furniture pieces that appear to float or magically disappear into their surroundings. The armchair from his Invisibles Light Collection is a covet-worthy piece. Along those lines is the Louis Ghost Chair by Philippe Starck for Kartell. Whether crystal clear, or opaque black, these chairs are a contemporary take on a classic silhouette. From the functional to whimsical, transparent surfaces also offer space saving solutions (illusions!) for small spaces. CB2 has a variety of acrylic furniture pieces that are simple, sleek, and multifunctional. Lastly, I couldn’t resist the playful nature of John Brauer’s Illusion Table. The acrylic is genius and bold in mimicking an actual table cloth. A transparent trompe l'oeil. 

Brass is Back

Brass is back. Forget those awful brass accents and finishes from the 1990s, because brass got a modern update (hello, no more lacquer) and is here to stay. Brass accents and finishes have an understated elegance and modernist aesthetic. It is strong, won’t rust, and has been reimagined into a variety of geometric forms. Brass also adds a natural pop of warmth to any space, and is a perfect complement to textiles. I love the versatility of brass. It can be used as a singular show stopping piece like side chairs done completely in brass. Or as accents like a task lamp and side table. Whether you are sublet or bold with your brass, this precious metal is here to stay. 

Pale Pink Accents

Pink has long been one of my favorite accent colors (flowers, art, textiles, the list goes on). I am especially drawn to vibrant fuchsias or the palest shades. Currently, the pale pink accents are taking over. I enjoy the versatility  pale pink accents offer. From softening and contrasting metallics, to adding color punch to predominantly monochromatic spaces.  For this round-up of pale pink accents I chose both large scale accents (hello beautiful area rug and modern rocking chair) to small vessels, candlesticks, pillows, and one of the most amazing stools.  Click the arrows to have a look. 

Chair Obsessions Part Four

Bring on the gold, lacquer, craftsmanship, and wood. These elements set the tone for these scene stealing chairs. The Eames side chair golden. Gold leaf, fiberglass, lacquered metal, design perfection. In the same vein, Hans Olsen chair in a lacquered teakwood with metallic cover. Both of these jewels of design, work well in multiples or as a single statement side chair. I want both of them. Rami Tareef created COD for Gaga & Design at imm Cologne 2013. The intricately woven synthetic sleeve is a beautiful juxtaposition to the rigid steel frame.  The colors are muted, but his design is successfully bold. STEEL chair by Reinier de jong is a simple chair that highlights its natural components. Color and texture results from the materials used to create what becomes STEEL chair. Similarly, the reclaimed teak rocker from sobusobu uses reclaimed and natural components to create a show stopping rocker. It is more subdued than gold and lacquered design, but just as attention worthy in any space. 

Black Accents

Black Accents whether in art, architecture, textiles, fashion, or interior design are my favorite. I have an inclination towards the bold pop black adds to its surroundings, and if it incorporates a geometric or minimalist twist, even better. Here is my round-up of current favorite black accents: 1. Love this modern interior photographed by Heidi Lerkenfeldt that showcases a variety of black accents from furniture, textiles, and a lamp.  2. The furniture object with some monochromatic punch in the Brooklyn home of Hannelore Knuts & Nicolas Provost. 3. Eames wire chair with a black leather "bikini" cushion. Perfect. 4. A black & white rug from House Doctor that features a geometric print (clearly I am a sucker for this design aesthetic). 5. Jean-Christophe Aumas' multihued Paris apartment. A perfect example to go bold and dark with wall color. The dark paint shown is from Dulux Valentine. 6. Black & white hand-woven rugs made in Sardinia and designed by Carollna Mells. Woven in the pibiones technique that creates a raised effect. 7. The black accent featured on the Cappellini Bac  chair designed by Jasper Morrison offers a nice contrast to the light wood frame.

Chair Obsessions Part Three

I’ve said it before, but to reiterate - chairs are my favorite pieces of furniture.  Ariele of Brooklyn to West did an awesome reupholstery of a classic chair silhouette with a modern geometric textile. The Leftovers Chair by Lauren Davies is a beautiful assemblage of different species of wood.  Changing mediums and materials, Nicole Franzen lifestyles photograph of mis-matched leather chairs, a stool, and upright light capture a moment and space perfectly. The style featured on the Nyahem blog showcases natural materials mixed with modern handcrafted design; and how could I leave out a Victoria Ghost Chair by Kartell.

A Gathering, Dining Rooms

What we love to do: eat and drink and laugh together. Dining rooms are one of my favorite spaces in a home. They can be incredibly formal, informal, or a perfect mixture of both depending on personal preference. Regardless, they are spaces for gathering and enjoying  company, food, and drink. On top of it all they incorporate some of my most favorite things: fabulous family and friends, food, and a table and chairs. I love mix-matched chairs, dramatic walls, or the refined statement of mid-century modern design for a space to gather and share and celebrate. 

Chair Obsessions Part Two

Where to begin. Chairs are probably my favorite types of furniture. I love the various ways in which they are created, and all the possible outcomes. Wood chairs are my absolute favorite. I love plastic, metal, and upholstered chairs, but wood chairs always come out victorious. Throw in some leather or a geometric pattern with the wood based chair, and I'm even happier. Enjoy these beautiful crafted and architectural gems of furniture.

Chair Obsessions

Chairs. One of my most favorite types of furniture. Lately those with eye-catching fabric patterns + being rockers have caught my attention. I also enjoy a traditional frame mixed with modern textiles. The first two images are from the amazing portland based beam & anchor store, and the third is a piece of family furniture.