DEAL ALERT: OOMPH ON ELM STREET SAMPLE ROOM EVERY THURSDAY AT 8PM

by Marisa Marcantonio

Every Thursday, Oomph will be adding deeply discounted pieces to a new sample room section on their site called Oomph on Elm. Starting at 8pm EST, you can find samples, pieces in one of a kind colors, and and other discontinued items. Just register on their website to access the sale. The items are up for 24 hours, and when its gone, its gone. Log on tonight to score the sweet pieces below!






RIGHT SIZED: THE BEST STYLISH UPHOLSTERY FOR CITY LIVING

by Marisa Marcantonio

After years of attending High Point Furniture Market, trade shows and visiting showrooms galore, I have had plenty of time to hone my eye for upholstery. I find my tastes have changed over the years, and currently I am really liking tight-backed sofas and chairs, and pieces with a cleaner silhouette. I am in the process of an apartment overhaul and carefully considering everything I choose. As I think about what I would like to live with, I have taken a deep dive into the subject.  Examining proportion, pitch, length and depth in small, right-sized sofas and upholstered chairs, I seek pieces to complement city apartment living. Tight back, loose back, the reverse, tufting or not, roll arm or straight, exposed leg or skirt? Here is what I have come up with, and as you can see, there is no shortage of great pieces that fit the bill. I hope it will help you when making decisions for clients and your home. Being that the sofa is often the star of the living room, it is an important, considered purchase.

The only hard part is choosing! 

TIGHT BACK SOFAS:

 Photo courtesy of Century Furniture

The Berry Sofa from Century Furniture has a chalk white leg and long seat cushion that I love. Pared down chic.

Photo courtesy of Wesley Hall

If you prefer two cushions, here you go. Wesley Hall does a loose seat tight back version, 1742-77 with deep sink-into cushions.

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The 1009-2 Loveseat from Lee Industries is adorably right-sized.

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The Geranium Sofa by John Derian for Cisco Brothers with a high arm and minimal decorative accents is reminiscent of an early American design.

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The Oscar de la Renta designed Dutch Sofa for Century Furniture. I sat in it today at NYDC 200 Lex and I love it.

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A nice thick, long cushion to sink into for naps on Lee Industries 3278-11 sofa makes it a contender.

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The Meadow Sofa from John Derian for Cisco Brothers can take lots of pillows.

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Kravet's Tulane Sofa with nice turned leg and roll arm with tight back and seat for perching is perfect for one stop shopping- get your fabric and upholstery all in one showroom.

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Drexel Heritage's Tisbury Sofa with a roll arm and two pillows is another great option.

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Century Furniture's Oldfield Sofa with a cross stretcher base and casters comes with two bolster pillows.

Photo courtesy of Wesley Hall

Ooh more bolsters! High sides and a tight back on the 1840-72 settee from Wesley Hall for those that want a piece with an historically-evocative silhouette.

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Hickory Chair's Monroe Sofa by Suzanne Kasler has a loose seat, tight back, exposed leg and curved arm.

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Sherrill Furniture's new Mr. and Mrs. Howard line is easy to love, as is this pared down chic two seater sofa with clean roll arm and light wood base with turned legs.

EXPOSED WOOD LEG SOFAS:

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A straight arm and loose seat and back on a Lee Industries Apartment sofa mean movie watching comfort. If skirts are not your thing, this has enough interest going on at the base.

Sink into a three seater, The Pelham, with loose seat and back from Kravet. A Lawson sofa is always a good way to go for a more masculine look.

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The Templeton Apartment sofa by Jonathan Adler for some mid-century flair.

LOVESEATS:

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A classic two seater, the Colefax Sofa from Hickory Chair. The addition of the tape trim at the bottom adds that extra special detail.

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 A nice two seater with straight arm from Lee

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Mariette Himes Gomez designed this girly Boudoir Loveseat for Hickory Chair with a sweet pleat

   Sometimes a small kidney loveseat is just the thing.

Oomph's new Tini Loveseat would work at the end of a bed as well as in a second seating layout in a larger room.

Currey and Company has this nice Lancaster Swedish Settee for tete a tete's.

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The Elkins Tufted Settee from Century Furniture is tailored and old world.

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The La Salle armless sofa from Kravet is great for the foot of the bed. Cushiony cozy too.

Photo courtesy of Wesley Hall

A tight seat and tight high back on Wesley Hall's 700-54 settee makes it a good piece for a hallway. The curved apron is a nice touch.

TUFTED SOFAS:

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 Hickory Chair's Marler Tufted Apartment Sofa is a classic and refined for a sitting area or a nice add on in a bedroom seating arrangement.

Photo courtesy of Wesley Hall

Another classic tufted choice, Wesley Hall's 1740-77 sofa.

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Tufted with a tight seat this sofa 1331-03 by Lee Industries is gracious and the tailored skirt gives it polish.

SITTING PRETTY:

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Dwell Studio's Mallory Chair has a touch of mid-century modness with tapered leg and cut out back.

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Milo Baughman-inspired, The Clarke Chair from Jayson Home rocks.

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I like the mid- century- meets- arts- and- crafts lines of this Lee Industries 1290-01 chair.

TUFTED BACK CHAIRS:

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Cozy for reading, Hickory's Holly Chair designed by Mariette Himes Gomez is like a tufted marshmallow. I mean that in the best way--

 Photo courtesy of Century Furniture

The Hawk's Ridge Chair from Century Furniture upholstered in a great color velvet is a good fireside chair.

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Cozy time with a throw and a book in Beeline's T42 tufted reading chair has me dreaming.

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Lexington Home Brands take on a classic bridgewater chair, The Augustine.

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Mr. Brown's Lounge Chair has a nice deep seat and a few tufts for good measure. The curved back and slim arm are very appealing.

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The Julian Chair from Drexel Heritage with tufted square back and loose seat is long on English charm and a workhorse.

SLIPPER CHAIRS:

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Diminutive charm with the Elkins Chair from Century Furniture.

 This little darling, The Mini Chair from Oomph is the perfect pull up chair. Piping trim adds a little more oomph.

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Beyond. The new Charleston Slipper Chair from Charlotte Moss is part of the Century Icons program in specific showrooms around the country.

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With casters, the Cabot Chair from Drexel Heritage will fill in nicely when guests arrive.

TIGHT BACK CHAIRS:

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Century Furniture Emma Chair is like mini wing chair.

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Perhaps you prefer an English-inspired armchair on turned leg with turned arms. Wesley Hall's 783 Chair has you covered.

Elite Leather has a version too, The Flores, created by Nathan Turner for them.

 The Pierre Chair from Beeline Home has a splayed arm and curvy back that adds some movement and personality in an upholstered piece. This one had me from hello.

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I am just so taken with the cut corners on the Boyd Chair and it's upholstered leg from from Hickory Chair.

 Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture had a slightly deco rounded arm that worked well with a turned wooden leg and base.

 Beeline Home's Azure Chair is polished with a tight back and exposed chalk white leg. I like that it is really upright. Does that mean it will make my back feel better? Gosh, I hope so.

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This go anywhere Virginia Chair from Suzanne Kasler for Hickory Chair with a small roll arm and tight back is good for the tall folk, i.e.,  not me!

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Hickory Chair's March Lounge Chair from the Gomez Collection is the epitome of refinement.

 Photo courtesy of Cisco Brothers

 Cisco's Tulip Chair by John Derian has just the right amount of curvy detailing at the top of the back and always grabs my attention when I see it.

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A curved back and loose seat on 1846-01 for a bit of polish from Lee Industries.

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The Virginia Chair from Julian Chichester has a nice profile and fit arms.

SLEEP ON IT PART II: A PLACE TO REST YOUR HEAD

by Marisa Marcantonio

Looking for a new bed to freshen your bedroom? Look no further. To round out my post of recent bedding additions, here are some beds to make you want a new place to rest your head for 8 hours a night. Or, if you are the president, a new mom or Martha Stewart, four.

UPHOLSTERED:

Oomph recently launched a squiggle - backed headboard that is very unique, and a nice addition to the market

Century's graduated curvy Temple King headboard is very now

 Lee Industries does upholstery so well and their headboards are no exception. The camel curved Queen bed was upholstered in a bold black and white ikatesque fabric at market.

Photo courtesy of Drexel Heritage Drexel Heritage has this cool cut - out silhouette in a fun bug and butterfly print at market

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With ethnic flair, the Vanessa headboard from Horchow has Moroccan flourishes

Photo courtesy of World Market

Add global glam to your enclave with World Market's Ninda headboard. Boy, is it a great deal, too.

Photo courtesy of Serena and Lilly

The Octavia bed with nailhead trim in a Greek key motif from Serena and Lily for a fresh upholstered look with a little glimmer.

 This past market also saw the launch of Phoebe Howard's Mr. and Mrs. Howard collection at Sherrill Furniture that had this great curved tufted headboard.

 Photo courtesy of Dwell

With a stepped - up silhouette, this Deco upholstered headboard from Dwell Studio is not too femme and super comfortable.

Photo courtesy of Drexel Heritage

Clean corners, an inset border and linear tufting for the neatniks from Drexel Heritage.

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Charlotte Moss's new Atlanta bed from Century Furniture, a showroom exclusive, is an instant classic.

UNIQUE MATERIALS:

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Covered with Penn Shell, the Gavin headboard from Made Goods adds an exotic touch to a classic cut corner shape. 

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Clipped corners and caning on Ballard's Averill Headboard is just the thing for warm weather locales.

HIGH AND MIGHTY:

Another goodie from Mr and Mrs. Howard in grey turned wood and curved headboard.

Photo courtesy of Noir

Big on style, the Ferret Bed from Noir has turned detailing and high posts.

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The Summerland Key Bed from The Well Appointed House is a classic bamboo canopy bed with a twist. The all-white finish keeps it fresh while the added detail above the headboard provides additional visual interest.

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The Paramount metal king bed from Lilly Pulitzer Home has presence galore with four posters and a swish canopy in a brushed gold finish

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Keep romance alive with Restoration Hardware's iron Campaign Canopy Bed.

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With stature and four posters, the Antonia Canopy Bed, a metal bed from Pottery Barn, has old world charm and comfort with an upholstered headboard

GREAT PAIRS OF TWINS:

Lexington Home Brands West Indies twin headboard with lattice and bamboo detailing would make any guest room cozier.

Lilly keeps it preppy with bamboo detailing on their Tangiers Bed.

Suzanne Kasler added a femme tented canopy to her Simone Upholstered Headboards for Hickory Chair at market. Perfect for teen aged girls.

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A little bit dorm room a little bit old-school, Schoolhouse Electric gets it right with the boldly colored Hamilton  Bed

THE MATRESS:

Photo courtesy of Hastens

Handmade in Sweden, Hastens frame-based beds and mattresses are known by their distinctive check available in many colors. Filled with horsehair, cotton, flax and wool, they start at $4000 and take over 100 hours to create. Their showroom at 75 Grand Street will be easily recognizable with the crisp signature blue and white checked beds waiting for nap trials.

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Initially created for The Savoy in London, Savoir Beds have been gracing royal and luxurious bedrooms in England since 1905.  Wool, horsehair and hand-tied springs make up their natural beds that breathe well. Their pillow tops add an additional layer of coziness. Check out their showroom at 28 Wooster Street to take one for a test drive.

NAUTICAL NIRVANA: HIT THE DECK!

by Marisa Marcantonio

A few gorgeous sunny days in a row make me crave summer, including the crispness of tailored sailing-inspired seaside interiors. In the spirit of red white and blue, nautical nonchalance and sunny days on the water, I am feeling the preppy, peppy punch all around for spring!

Photo courtesy of Trowbridge

Known for his sepia toned Marine portraits, British photographer Ben Wood works out of his photography studio on the Isle of Wight. This locale means he gets to shoot world class J Boat regattas like Cowes Race Week. Get your time on the water by adding his work to your collection with Trowbridge's beautiful triptych prints.

Photo courtesy of Oomph

Don't navigate the waters alone, plot your course with the map inlaid Fenwick Chart Table by Oomph. They use NOAA charts so you can plan your next voyage over cocktails.

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Belly up to this woven South Seas Bar Cart from Serena and Lily. It will be smooth sailing since casters make it easy to transport it from room to room and a lower shelf provides storage.

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Thick red ridges in the Ohm Mirror from Bunny Williams' Beeline collection resemble thick ropes if you get creative. The red lacquer finish is ship shape sharp.

With a red and white striped grain sack shade and blue blown glass wine bottle base, nautical nirvana has been found. From Europe 2 You.

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A thick, perfect coil of rope in Serena and Lily's Spinnaker Lamp is just so good looking anywhere, nautical or not.

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Ralph Lauren Home's shiny chrome Montauk XL hanging pendant will keep everything illuminated, like your kitchen island.

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Add some visual interest to the edge of the sofa with Tory Burch's kicky wool and cotton Chevron Blanket in navy and white with whip stitched edge detailing.

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Your coffee and tea get also get in on the stripe action with West Elm's porcelain striped mugs in a fresh shape with crisp blue line at the lip.

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A wide painted stripe on the Jacqueline Bowl from Ralph Lauren Home adds a graphic touch to the table.

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The blue and white wave patterned C. Wonder bowl can provide a happy home for mixed nuts during cocktails.

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And speaking of cocktails, you will need a chic way to open up your Regatta Ginger Beer bottles for Dark 'n Stormies.  How about a cool rope resembling bottle opener from Haus Interiors?

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A little bit of red, white and blue together in elegant cocktail napkins with hand - embroidered monograms from Julia B.

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For friends that have dropped their anchor together, these unbreakable glasses by Waterfall Designs through Etsy are just the thing.

Photo courtesy of Link Outdoor

With a bit of whimsy, Link Outdoor has created rows of embroidered fringe on a solution dyed acrylic. Love it. If you have not seen their entire collection of imaginative fabrics, it is worth discovering.

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A zigzag paintbrush stroke on Perennials Swish in grotto adds a naturalistic component to an outdoor fabric.

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An oversized chevron pattern always looks right by the pool. F. Schumacher's Cote D'Azur Antibes Chevron fabric.

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Christian Lacroix's vivid Riviera in sevres blue through Designer's Guild looks like an aerial view of beach umbrellas.

Riviera in garance

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William Yeoward's Manacor woven in poppy.

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Stripes can also transform your bed as with Julia B.'s new Versailles pattern with an undulating border.

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Do the kids need a new place to hang in their room? A wide striped square pouf from West Elm is the spot to chill and watch a movie.

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Sea Salt Soap from Sweden in darling packaging. From Three Potato Four.

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Mainsai Rope Bracelet from J. Crew is sharp. There is a proliferation of bracelets out there with rope lines recently.

Photo courtesy of Lemon and Line

Lemon and Line creates a variety of styles from ropes of all colors. The Nantucket Collection of Nautical Rope Bracelets with a jaunty knot make great gifts for sailors. They even do custom club colors.

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Is this the neo Nantucket Bracelet?! Tory Burch's Woven Turnlock Cuff looks good with the glimmer of gold hardware.

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Sailormade takes three strand sailing rope and channels the classic J Boat style with their double wrap Endeavor bracelet. The brass brummel hook closure makes this a dressier option.

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Mariner Rope Bracelet made of nylon sailing lines from Skipjack in a killer red.

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Cashmere yards wrap around these stripey Elizabeth Yarborough Yarbie bangles at Chance.

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I noticed this highly covetable Tillary Tote in J. Crew stores a few weeks ago and was waiting for it to hit online so everyone can get dibs. With enough room for your ipad, red leather detailing and wide stripe printed on linen cotton canvas it is a bag to carry through summer.

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What is nautical style sans boatneck French dress like this staple from Uniqlo?

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Get in the swim of things in Anthropologie's Tidal Dock Maillot. 1950's styling will have you feeling as fab as a classic pin up girl.

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Cap off your collection of casual resorty shoes with Toss Designs Chevron Espadrilles. Magnifique, non?

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Adler

Store your phone in this diminutively darling Jonathan Adler Jute Sailboat Pouch.