KRIS Likes… 1st Dibs

“I have no recipe for how to combine things.  But you must be sincere.  And if you are, strangely, it will succeed.” – Andree Putnam, Interior Designer 

Today I thought I would simply post some of the things from one of my favorite websites (1st Dibs) that have inspired me over the past few days or (in the case of the John Dickinson tables)… things that I have loved my entire life! … Enjoy!

“I believe creativity is a childlike activity and to question too much may be irrelevant..” – Frank O. Gehry

Azilal Rug

Azilal Rug at 1stdibs.


The Log Holder at First Dibs

Stunning Moon Mask From The Ivory Coast at 1stdibs

Stunning Moon Mask From The Ivory Coast at 1stdibs.

Rare Large John Dickinson African Table

Rare Large John Dickinson African Table at First Dibs

Cantagalli Vase at First Dibs

Cantagalli Vase at First Dibs

Rooster Parade from the portfolio Aftermath by Gustav Klimt

Rooster Parade from the portfolio Aftermath by Gustav Klimt

Original John Dickinson Four Leg Table

Original John Dickinson Four Leg Table at 1stdibs.

KRIS Likes… Outdoor Spaces

“There is no need to go to India or anywhere else to find peace.  You will find that deep place of silence right in your room, your garden or even your bathtub.” – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross

Sandy Koepke House Beautiful

Harriet Maxwell Macdonald and Andrew Corrie House Beautiful

Jean Larette House Beautiful

Home of Ricky and Ralph Lauren Elle Decor July 2008

Sunroom of Amy Neunsinger House Beautiful

Linda Garland Architectural Digest September 2004

Peri Wolfman Elle Decor June 2008

Simon Upton Elle Decor October 2009

Tom Fox and Joe Nahem Elle Decor Feb 2004

Miguel Flores-Vianna Elle Decor

Aged Pinecone Pot (Small) from Jayson Home and Garden – $23.80

Sheffield Copper and Galvanized Steel Watering Can from Jayson Home and Garden – $19.00

Outdoor Trellis Garden Seat from Maine from Laurin Copen Antiques – $2,900

Francoise Carre Casablanca Garden Chairs

Willy Guhl Loop Chairs (1954) from Roark Antiques 

KRIS Likes… Beeline Home by Bunny Williams

“My tastes are unabashedly eclectic.  I wanted pieces that would work together not because they are alike but because they are different.” — Bunny Williams describing the aesthetic of her Beeline Home furniture line

Bunny Williams, creator of Beeline Home, launched her own design firm in 1998 after 20 years at the esteemed design house of Sister Parish and Albert Hadley.  The 1st Dibs Style Compass feature on Bunny wrote of her, “When Williams speaks, you listen carefully, because you are going to learn something that will make your life a little better.  Even if you aren’t lucky enough to have your own country home or an herb garden, her advice on those subjects transcends the specifics to embrace a joie de vivre that is both down-home and infectious.”  I could not agree more.  Everything she said seems to strongly resonate with my own design experience.  Throwing herself head first into interior design when she started working for Sister Parish and Albert Hadley, she claims, “I knew after being there a little while that I was going to make a career of it.  The learning wasn’t going to stop at office hours; I was entrenched full time.”  And later when she started describing the process of creating her own home line she says,  “I just wanted to create things that every room needs.  Besides I like staying busy.  If I didn’t decorate I’d spend my life in the country with my dogs.”  I cannot tell you how many times I have responded to a comment about how hard I work by telling them that when I’m not decorating I don’t know what to do with myself.  It’s not just a job – or a passion even – it very simply becomes a part of who you are.  This is not to say that I entirely know what it feels like to be as busy as Bunny Williams, a 30 year design veteran who has authored three books, co-founded the Manhattan retail home and garden boutique, Treillage, and now creator of her own furniture and accessory collection, Beeline Home.  To get from her first idea of Beeline Home to the finished product took her four years.  This is mostly due to the fact that she decided to produce the line herself, claiming, “it has taken that long because I had to do it the complicated way.” Being in control of the manufacturing of Beeline Home was the only was she could ensure the pieces were properly constructed and that the quality of the finishes were exactly the way she wanted them.

The Beeline Home collection was first introduced in 2009.  To keep the collection fresh and exciting, everything in the collection is a limited edition and new items will continue to be released each spring. The newest collection, Beeline Home II debuted at High Point this past October and included around 45 new additions to the line.  The collection can be purchased through the Bunny Williams website.  Below are just a few of my favorites… Enjoy!

Turquoise Lamp

I have had a love affair with these oversized, ceramic temple jar lamps since I first saw them in Bunny’s 2009 Kips Bay Showhouse living room.  The Turquoise color and layering of the glaze is magnificent and I love the detail of the hand carved gilt lotus base!

Chicken Feather Lamps

Yet another lamp I fell in love with at Kips Bay last year.

Hyacinth Lamps

These tall and slender pyramid shaped lamps have a wood burned shagreen pattern and come in two colors: lavender with nickel hardware and ivory with brushed brass hardware.

Ziegfeld Mirror

This is Hollywood Regency glam at it’s best!  Fitting considering Bunny claims to have been thinking of  the old Hollywood movies when she created this piece.  I love the white lacquered wood frame and the eight antique etched glass panels surrounding the large mirrored center keep it grounded in luxury and tradition, and from being too modern.

Scroll Side Table

There is something about the chunky legs of this table juxtaposed with the thin semi-honed granite top and delicate neo-classical details like the graceful volutes that support the tripod base or the hand carved coin details that makes this table magnificent.

Hourglass Table

An octagonal pedestal base of hand applied reeded wood, (finished in either an old gold or silver leaf patina) with a honed fossil stone top is what Bunny Williams calls “eye catching”.

Modern Marble Coffee Table

Like the Eglomise Table in her first collection but with a slightly raised honed fossil stone top….

Charlie’s Chair

This semi-slipper chair was a treasured gift from Albert Hadley to Bunny Williams.  I especially love the high back.

Eclipse Arm and Side Chair

One of Beeline Home’s signature pieces, this chair features an elongated oval splat frame supported by tapered, splayed legs and perfectly finished with a tight upholstered back and seat.  I love the contrast of the curved armrests on the arm chair with the architectural details on the apron and legs!

Nailhead Sofa

I have always been a sucker for this type of clean yet ultra-feminine type sofa with the curved apron and nailhead trim.  LOVE the look of the tight back with the super plush loose seat cushions!  All upholstery can be done COM (in clients own fabric).

Pug Bench

Bunny describes this bench perfectly, calling it elegant, yet compact.  I love having pieces in a room that can serve as extra seating when you have company over, or a place to rest your books while you are reading alone.  Function and style is always a winning combination!  The carved scroll legs and paw feet really put the piece over the top for me!

Below are photos of Bunny Williams room for the 2009 Kips Bay Showhouse, where she used to showcase many of her new Beeline Home product….

Photos from this year’s High Point Showroom, which featured the Beeline Home Collection II:

KRIS Likes… The Very Pink of Perfection

The verb “to pink” dates from the 14th century and means “to decorate with a perforated or punched pattern” – Collins Dictionary

Below are a few items that I think are the very pink of perfection…  Enjoy!

Madeline Weinrib “Pink Ivy” pillow.


Madeline Weinrib “Pink Orléans” cotton area rug.  Available in various sizes and carried by ABC Carpet and Home.

Pair of 1950s pink lacquer end cabinets designed by George Nelson for Herman Miller and sold at Talisman.  The hardware on this piece is simply divine when added to the bright hot pink lacquer! Contact vendor for price.

Chrome chairs hand tufted in hot pink wool sold by Pieces.  I love the half-moon base and delicate curved back on these chairs. $1,400 for 4.

Pink cased glass Murano lamps with lucite bases from the 1960’s.  Sold by Swank Lighting. $2,500 for the pair.

Curvy hot pink chaise lounge with white lacquer legs from Mid Century Antiques. $4,800 one of a kind.

1960’s pink lacquer bamboo trellis writing desk / vanity from Sabina Danenberg Antiques.  Very well priced!  On sale for $800.  I would defiantly use the money you save and spend it on some better hardware. Perhaps crystal knobs or something turquoise and funky depending on the use.


LOVE the hot pink Moroccan chandelier & stunning patterned draperies finished with a pink ribbon trim in this girls bedroom designed by New York designer Amanda Nisbet.

House Beautiful Jan 2009

I love the contrast of the hot pink towels against the painted black & white walls in this Master Bathroom designed by Steven Shubel.

This pink wallpaper in this powder room designed by Woodson & Rummerfield is to die for!

Jonathan Berger dining area featured in House Beautiful July 2009.

Unkown Source.

I love the pink walls with the orange ceiling in this room!






KRIS Likes… William Haines

William “Billy” Haines began his career in Hollywood as one of the top 5 silent motion picture actors from 1928 to 1933; appearing in over 20 films alongside leading ladies such as, Joan Crawford, Marion Davies and Constance Bennett.  In 1930, Haines opened his own antique shop after his hollywood friends and famous costars were continually spellbound by the decor of his own home. Using the antique shop as a base, Haines launched his new career as an interior designer in 1933 when both Carole Lombard and Joan Crawford hired him to decorate their Brentwood homes. That year, Motion Picture Magazine described Lombards residence as “no place for tweed and slacks, but a perfect setting for trailing tea gowns and evening dresses.”  Not long after, Haines came to embody Hollywood glitz and glamour, becoming the “it” decorator for the elite of Hollywood’s golden age.

Haines had a very unique approach to decorating for his time.  He rejected the spanish colonial decor that had been so prevalent in Southern California and ushered in a lighter, fresher, more elegant and eclectic style .  A style now defined as Hollywood Regency.  Haines injected his rooms with the luxury and glamour of the screen.  He created intangible atmospheres and homes designed for entertaining and the high style living of his clients.

William Haines residence in Brentwood, CA
Jack Warners Private Hollywood Screening Room
Jack and Ann Warners, 1937 Beverly Hills Estate
While Hollywood Regency might be a throwback to a another era there is no denying it has made a modern comeback with designers like Kelly Wearstler.  Thanks to William Haines Designs, carried by the Profiles Showroom in New York City, furniture created by William Haines can still be purchased and even customized to be made into your own.  Below are just some of my favorites…
Bel Air Sofa

originally made in 1952 by Haine for Betsy Bloomingdales Hollywood home; The Bel Air sofa is a perfect example Regency-style upholstery and Haines desire to make furniture that is attractive from all sides.
Brentwood Chair / Popular Name: Hostess Chair

It’s hard not to love something nick named The Hostess Chair, although, the name isn’t the only thing to love. Hollywood Regency was all about scale.  The furniture was low and small so not to detract from the glamorous people in the room.  However, these pieces are not what you would expect from furniture of such small-scale.  Surprisingly comfortable, the chairs seem to place you in an elegant pose you had no idea you were capable of striking.  The tufted seat and tight back is also William Haines signature look.
Ice Crystal Sconces

Designed by William Haines for the May house in 1953, these sconces are the first item in what I call my “future home” file.  If you didn’t guess already, this file consists of all the things I would fill my dream home with.  unfortunately for me, this pair of sconces, composed of faceted pieces of acrylic, are a limited edition but I envy the lucky owner who buys them.
** All pictures provided by the William Haines Designs website.

KRIS Likes… Credenzas

Credenza – A Buffet or sideboard; originally referred to the place, a cautionary zone, where food was set out for the servants to taste before serving it, to verify that nothing was poisoned; the word, in Italian, means trust. – Karen Elizabeth Gordon, The Disheveled Dictonary, PG. 25

This sleek and chic 1970’s Italian black lacquer credenza would add a dash of Hollywood Regency glamour to any dining room.  You won’t have to compromise practicality for beauty either, it comes with a glass top so the lacquer top won’t scratch when dishes are being served.  For more information go the Antique Du Monde’s dealer site on 1st Dibs.

Talk about a feast for the eyes!!  The dining room can be a great place to add a little sense of daring and really have some fun and I cannot imagine anything more delightfully delicious and fresh than this yellow lacquered Credenza with a Greek key-fret style motif by Mastercraft. A metaphorical exclamation this piece really stands on its own; dramatic and vibrant, yet, refined, and exquisitely detailed. For more information on this piece email go to or email

This bleached Parchment and Brass Marseilles Sideboard reminds me of an old phonograph with the round brass circle motif and graceful curve to the legs. Manufactured by Sylvan SF and carried by the Profiles Showroom in New York City.  Available to the trade only.