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CULTIVATED OFFICE

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“It was funny, she thought, that before she had ever had a job she had always thought of an office as a place where people came to work, but now it seemed as if it was a place where they also brought their private lives for everyone else to look at, paw over, comment on and enjoy.” – Rona Jaffe, The Best of Everything

Perfect mix of old and new | D.L. RHEIN

We always love when a client comes back to us after we have completed a job, to help them with a new space or project.  One of our favorites was moving into a new office that had nothing but bare walls and industrial carpet.  We jumped at the chance to work with her again and create an inviting space to meet with her own clients.  As an agent, she is both business woman and therapist.  It was important to make this a place where people could feel comfortable yet inspired when visiting her at the office.  We took the pieces that would work from her old space and brought in additional items to round out the room.  The two paintings she acquired are filled with such vibrant colors, we put them front and center on the main wall so everything could play off of that.  Lavender and green embroidered pillows are a fun mix with our Turkish Velvet pillows and sumptuous shearling in the center.  A large plant adds a touch of freshness (a must in every room) and provides oxygen in a place with recirculated air.  What to do with these camel colored chairs?  Bring in our faux tortoise coffee table, one of our top finds at an antique show while hunting on a buying trip on the east coast.  A bone tray from Regina Andrew holds coffee table books and candy, while a stenciled cow hide adds another layer and covers the carpet in the center of the room.  read more

Blue Bayou

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“I’m going back someday, come what may, to Blue Bayou. Where the folks are fine and the world is mine, on Blue Bayou…” – Linda Ronstadt

Teen bedroom remodel | Brentwood | D.L. Rhein #turquoise #teal #bedroom #dlrhein

When the only girl, the youngest of four turned 14, she yearned for a grown up room.  With her oldest brother off to college, she was granted her wish.  We said bye bye to fraternal flair, and hello to girlish glamor with the complete remodel of this bedroom.  The transformation began by painting the walls in one of our all time favorites, Silver Spruce by Dunn Edwards.  It all started rolling from there.  A velvet upholstered bed replaced an old trundle, and was dressed up with new bedding from Kerry Cassil and some of our embroidered pillows.  A vintage painting of a young maiden holds all shades of blue used throughout the room and adds a touch of old world charm to an otherwise modern room.  read more

Pillow Party

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“There are as many pillows of illusion as flakes in a snow storm.  We wake from one dream into another dream.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

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2014 D.L. Rhein Pillow Collection

There is no better way to punch up a room than with decorative pillows.  We love to put a spin on classic patterns as well as original designs with bold embroidery and unexpected color combinations on our pillow line.  A recent feature in Lonny magazine shows off one of our favorites, a double snake pillow created from a piece of hand painted antique art from a trip to Paris.  Whether jazzing up a party, or taking your living room from boring to beautiful, take a peek at our newest introductions for 2014 when visiting our stores and through our online shop.

XO,

D.L.

From Beige to Greige

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“Children always know when company is in the living room – they can hear their mother laughing at their father’s jokes.” – Unknown

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 BEFORE | LIVING ROOM AND BAR

I love neutral tones, but beige is one color I can just not get down with!  This house had a good shell, so half the battle was already won.  With Judge’s paneling and crown molding (one of the first things I add to a room’s remodel for an inexpensive but impactful finish) already in place, a fresh wall color would be a dramatic change towards updating this living room.

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 Once the walls were painted Gray Owl, it became even more clear that the fireplace should be painted out white to match the trim around the room.  This gave the space a modern cohesion and makes furniture and accents really pop in the room.  The floors were stained dark and we painted the bar in a high gloss black to make it a separate entity while still marrying with the rest of the space.   I love how the sunlight pours into this room and the updated palate creates a lighter, airier feel allowing for some graphic accoutrements.

The Perfect Great Room | D.L. Rhein

This couch had disappeared into the original room as it was also beige and had a dated, over sized odd shape.  I encourage my clients to recover or refinish well made furniture whenever possible, provided the frame work is good.  To reinvent this piece, the size was slimmed down, restuffed and squared off to make it look like a brand new piece worthy for this modernized space.   I knew that my favorite pre-washed natural linen would make this sofa a real stunner.  Persian lamb pillows mixed amongst Hexagon and Chain Link Embroidered Linen work beautifully with a stenciled zebra hide ottoman.  A chunk of black tourmaline sits atop coffee table books in a gilded mirrored tray.  An antique rug from our trip to Maison et Objet in Paris is the perfect shade of slate grey and doesn’t overpower the room.

A Dining Room and Extra Seating | D.L. Rhein

 Navy Mohair Chair | Greek Key Pillow | Natural Sheepskin Rug

This Bar is always Open | D.L. Rhein

The “new”  bar was created to have an old time feel.  Vintage leather bar stools and a 70’s nude oil painting from one of my hunts, lucite trays containing vintage art from my ongoing collection, and mercury glass and seltzer bottles with a well edited choice of liquor bottles (had to pull out all the turquoise!) make the bar interesting, organized, and functional.

A beautiful family room | D.L. Rhein

The living room should be most comfortable room in the house as it is where we all tend to gather, but comfort never means you have to compromise style!

XO,

D.L.

Suzani

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 “There are days when I think there really is some huge plan out there and we’re all woven into it – this fabulous, complex pattern of life and death, full of recurring motifs and waves of color, and we’re each one tiny thread in the weave.” -Jane Johnson

Suzani comes from the Persian word for “needle,” and  refers to embroidered hangings or fabric coverings that are synonymous with the finest old embroideries of Uzbekistan, in Central Asia. The birthplace of suzanis is in what is now Uzbekistan, the area along the Silk Roads that interconnected the cultures of Europe, Turkey and China with the Muslim world. With the establishment of the Silk Road, the Suzani art flourished. In the 19th century, Uzbek women produced excellent embroidered hangings, table covers, bed covers, wrapping cloths, and prayer mats for their households and their daughters’ dowries.

In recent years, there has been a revival of this traditional art form.  One of our favorite finds are these vintage Suzanis that we picked from a vendor with a great eye that travels to Asia several times a year to gather one of a kind pieces.  At first glance I said we have to make pillows out of these!  Part of what makes these so appealing is that no two are alike, and part of the charm is that the patterns aren’t perfect as they are hand embroidered.

We are always gathering interesting textiles when we come across them.  From antique swatches to old feed sacks, that are re-born into pillows or unexpected upholstery, half the fun is the hunt to find them!  Recently a customer brought in an embroidered remnant from a tea towel her mother had made.  She said she wanted to make something out of it, but thought it was too small.  Nonsense!   We put it in the center of one of our embroidered pillows and voila!  Old meets new and the customer was overwhelmed her updated keepsake.   What have you done with your old embroidery?

XO,
D.L.