Season of Change

By Jason Parker-Counce


Summer is fading and it's time to think about decorating indoors. Currently, the theme for the front collaboration booth is "Comfort and Wood." It focuses on the warmth and comfortable coziness created by bringing the warm and wonderful hues of fall indoors. The shades of autumn make lovely accents for the home. 


The overall mix of the front collaboration booth is one of various woods and eras, and different textures, including mirrors, artwork, furniture, seating, a mantle and a few dog figurines. 


As I was pondering what to do for the current front collaboration booth look, what was delivered to me but an 1800s corner cabinet (photo, right; $12,950). This rare cabinet is made of walnut, with a poplar back, and has its original glass in the doors and an upper and lower lock with working keys. When I saw this, the theme "warm inviting woods" came to mind. It hit me that it would be fun to show a collection of items, and out of that came a wall with pictures of dogs in all forms. 


When looking throughout Gaslamp's inviting booths and merchandise, I then spotted a shabby-chic style fireplace (located in in right half of photo; $275). It made me think, "What better to get us in the mood for fall?" The booth started coming together so wonderfully. I then added a charming barley-twist chair, because this is a chair that is perfectly at home by a fireplace (chair, $495). Dogs and a barley-twist chair; it could be an English country manor instead of the front collaboration booth.





Along with this look, which is all about comfort, came seating pieces, such as several quaint upholstered chairs and a set of six side chairs made of carved wood with embossed leather seat side chairs, which I hung from the rafters (photo, left; $850 for six chairs). Also hanging from the rafters are collections of birdcages and baskets, and a few light fixtures. I also worked an unusual piece into the mix: an island dental cabinet, with plenty of storage ($895). Who would have thought this would work into a landscape of warm and inviting looks, but it worked out just perfectly. 






For the front collaboration booth, the warm browns and subtle finishes of the woods harmonize well with brighter or richer colors; they highlight them by providing the perfect, muted canvas. Here is just such an example with this vignette (photo, right): It's a a honey-colored wood coffee table flanked by two side chairs, of Scottish origin, that are upholstered in a rich eggplant-colored fabric (chairs $285 each). Such a grouping would offer a warm welcome to all who enter a room. By putting in some wood-toned boxes, along with an orchid and a green jewelry box, the many hues enhance each other, evoking the beauty of a forest. In the right, upper-hand corner of this photo, you will see there are also some baskets and birdcages hanging from the rafters. 


Another interesting find I made while created this month's booth was this carved wood English sideboard, inspired by those first made by London cabinetmakers during the late 1700s (photo, left; $1,350). For this vignette, I decided to create a wall of mirrors and art, which would make a bold display in any living room. I also tucked a hodgepodge of autumn-colored train cases under the sideboard. Paired with a soothing neutral wall color, like this elephant gray, such a collection of ephemera doesn't get too busy, because the wall gives it a crisp backdrop.


Time flies, as my 90-year old grandmother says. So do the eras of furniture and collectibles. It's fun to gather the time-worn treasures that are passed down from generation to generation, enjoy their eclectic nature, and put them together as one's own "style." 


All in all, the focus is to have fun enjoying the little things and the simplicity of it all. Remember the old adage that, "One man's junk is another man's treasure"? I contemplate that thought daily, especially when I have the daunting pleasure of sifting through GasLamp's items to pull together "the next look" for the front collaboration booth. Then, on a daily basis, it seems, I hear the comment, "I have never seen this in here!" But, in reality, all of these items have been in GasLamp all along; it just takes opening one's mind and eyes to see something differently.

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