This last week I had the immense joy of being able to go and explore ABC Home in NYC. It was like the mothership. I felt like I had finally come home. And then...I looked at the price tags...
A- Absolutely freaking crazy expensive.
B- Beautiful beyond my wildest design dreams.
C- Could I pay for this over the next 50 years please? Because that's only way I could afford it.
Yeah... C-R-A-Z-Y. In all ways. But, I'll tell you what. People say, "oh-I don't go in there...it's just soooo expensive. I can't afford it, so why waste my time?" That just confuses me...I think to myself...yeah but, what great ideas to "borrow" and recreate for your own house. Or, maybe you can find a piece of furniture with similar style for much less somewhere else, and would never know if you didn't see it at a much more expensive store. Right? If nothing else, it's just beautiful, and come on ...don't we all need a little more beauty in our lives? I know I do.
Anyway, there were like, 5 floors, and it took around 3-4 hours to see everything. So, here is an abbreviated tour of ABC Home, for your viewing enjoyment.
Love the crafty, paper and scissors feel here, combined with the elegance of the crystal, and the rustic branches. Very cool, and innovative.
Check out the texture they created with the gauze underneath the glass, over an acrylic table. So light an airy. Oh, lovey, love, love.
These were my two favorite pieces for me personally. The table is AMAZING. It was covered in white metal...yes, people that is metal over Rosewood. I can't tell you how cool it was...I had to wipe the drool off that beautiful shiny finish. The second, a dresser, is a prime example of a piece you could recreate in your own home. Super easy, just find a dresser with ornate details, get some modern, unexpected paint, and lacquer it after the paint. Seriously. Couldn't be easier.
Crazy cool ceramic chandeliers.
Now, this is something I don't quite get. I understand the whole, old world, beat-all-to-hell thing happening nowadays...and actually, am growing to appreciate it more and more (I wasn't totally on board initially.) But, this? The staples are left out in the open for all the world to see. This is something I would see at a flea market for like, $1o, because it looks like it's been through a war ...and this wasn't even the worst I saw. There were some that weren't even upholstered, and they were priced well above $1000. Nuts. Why can't I figure out how to sell stuff like this?
Now, these chairs are beautiful...especially the one on the right. The navy velvet was to die for.
I went crazy over these petrified wood tables/stools. Anytime there is history combined with home design, I'm there. These just fascinated me. They were so gorgeous, and varied. Prehistory, in my home...oh, don't I wish! At least I got to touch it.
Look at the amount of pillows they had...plus the red branch concoction behind the chair. Someone got all crafty and such.
I had a moment with these pendants. So completely different from one another and yet, both, so freaking killer.
Ok, all you crafty-craftersons out there...make this thing happen. I thought this vase covered in a crocheted sleeve was lovely. Let me know when one of you figures out how to do this...I want to buy one!
These two pieces were really special. The first is a mother-of-pearl inlaid dresser. The craftsmanship was unbelievable. The second is something I have grown the appreciate, as I've said before. The patina was really cool.
So, there you have it. If you are ever in NYC, I suggest you make ABC a stop. It really is an amazing place just to gawk and enjoy. Just don't look at the price tags!