“Designer Insider Guide” with Chairish

I’ve always had a soft spot for antique and vintage finds. They seem to have a voice all their own and bring a layer of personality to every space I design. If I need something to feel collected or unique in anyway then my “found object” pieces are the ones that can instantly help me to do this.

  Designing an entire space using new, mainstream, catalogue-found furniture, feels a bit cold to me and lacks a little personality {which is really the fun of it all}. My mission is to curate spaces that feel authentic, layered, and collected over time. The only trick in this equation is that I don’t have years {or hours} to hunt for these special pieces. Luckily I have websites like Chairish to help hone the search for me!

Chairish is an online resource for all things vintage decor and has become a fantastic resource for our team at KMID. All of the pieces they include are curator-approved and trustworthy, taking out some of the guess work that you often encounter while hunting through Craigslist and Ebay listings. Chairish has a great selection of furniture and accessories that’s constantly being updated which means there is always something new so you can check back often.

I was thrilled {and honored} when Chairish asked me to curate a collection and be featured in their “Designer Insider Guide” series. I let them in on some of my favorite local spots, design musings, and hand-picked a collection of some of my favorite items listed in the Boston area. The piece goes live on their site today so I thought it might be fun to give my KMID friends a little inside scoop on the items I picked and why I love them so much! Read about some of my favorite selects below and head over to Chairish to read the full interview {here}.


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The lines of this sofa had me at “hello”! The curve of the arms and the base, with the sculpted wood feature and tight tufted back…wow! The beautiful thing is that this upholstery is also in great shape. Rust may not be your thing but you can’t deny the shape here. Nothing a little upholstery job by our friends at Partners In Design can’t handle if need be!


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Lucite coffee tables seem to be everywhere these days. This one has a more classic vibe  and feels a bit more “one of a kind” and unique to me. The beautiful brass detail adds just enough visual interest without taking away from the elegant shape.


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These chairs are such a sweet and interesting shape. I love the low backs, the line of the arms and the vintage fabric. These would add the perfect touch of 1960s decor to any living room. {They also kind of remind me of two old lady friends sitting on a park bench..haha!}


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Lamps are a great way to add another layer of dimension to your space. Finding quirky lamps can really say something and add just the right amount of whimsy, color or texture to your space. These lamps have an almost tribal pattern to them that adds a graphic element that feels strong and grounding …a great quality for a pair of side table or nightstand lamps.


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Every entryway needs an awesome tray. This is the perfect spot to toss your keys, sunglasses and a pack of gum on your way through the door. Not only is it functional, but it has gorgeous detailing…form meets function…love it!


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This ombre wall hanging is a refreshing use of wall space. It adds texture and dimension in a way that normal art cannot. I could see this looking beautiful and adding a funky element to a living room or a bedroom….or the end of a long hallway.


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We used an armchair with a similar channel back detailing in our Newton Colonial project. This piece is so classic while still having a geometric detail that remains current. It’s the perfect piece for bridging the gap between traditional and more contemporary styles.


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I love this mid century chandelier. It’s a classic style that brings an industrial edge to a space. We have a massive chandelier with similar lines hanging in our office and it just makes the space sing!


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I love this sassy, fashionable gal! I could see her accessorizing a bookshelf, standing on a desk, or perched on a side table. She would inspire me to dress for success on a daily basis!


KMID_Chairish_10 This teak and oak dresser is beautifully constructed and made up of clean, structured lines. I love a low, wide dresser like this because it adds much needed storage for a bedroom while leaving the wall above open for a mirror or piece of personal art.


I hope this little peak into my collection for Chairish convinces you of the value {and fun} of shopping vintage. I had so much fun picking my favorites in the Boston area and collaborating with Chairish on this project. Make sure to check out the whole collection online here and let me know what you think!

Design is everywhere. Be inspired.

Kate

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