Father’s Day Gift Guide: For the Tech Dad

Let’s face it- Father’s Day shopping can be pretty difficult if the dad in your family is anything like ours!  Let us help you find the perfect gift for your dad – today we celebrate the Tech lover with gadgets galore!

 

The first staple to any technology-loving dad is a comfy chair or sofa to curl up in while he watches a movie from his new curve TV, or plays his favorite video game.  Finding the right mix between comfort and style can be tricky, so here are a few to start with!

Restoration Hardware

Restoration Hardware

 

 

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

 

West Elm

West Elm

 

LG Electronics via Amazon

LG Electronics via Amazon

 

If your dad is a gamer, then he would just LOVE the Wii U.  With the new gamepad controller, Wii U is not only a console to play your favorite Nintendo games on, but also to watch Netflix or surf the web!

Wii U

Wii U

 

The Apple Watch and Google Glass are two fun gadgets that anyone would surely love to test out- especially in one of those new cozy armchairs we adore!

Apple

Apple

 

Google

Google

 

How will you surprise your dad this year?

Design Trends 101: Transparent Furniture

What is functional, easy to maintain, makes a statement without having any visual weight, and goes with everything?  Try transparent furniture.  Unlike glass there is no heavy weight, so moving is a snap.  Transparent furniture is adaptable to almost all interior design styles and is available in almost anything.  Perhaps it started with the iconic Louis Ghost Chair.

Designed by Philippe Stark, this chair was created in the early 2000’s as a throwback to the King Louis XVI armchair. Another thing that makes this chair great is that it can be used in any room of the house to give it a bit of “ghostly” flair. You can place this outside or inside and it will not get dirty or damage easily. It was made in Italy, and when folded can be stacked up to six chairs high!

This chair is shock, scratch, and dirt resistant, making it both beautiful as well as durable.

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Louis Ghost Chair, Kartell (Available at Voltex)

 

From chairs, to desks, to tables, the transparent characteristics add a new dimension to your decor.

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

Wisteria

Wisteria

 

Mixed with woods and metals, hinges and clasps, polycarbonate can transform the ordinary into the focal point of your room.

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

Jonathan Adler

Jonathan Adler

 

Clearstands Trunk, Photo by Homepolish (Via Refinery 29)

Clearstands Trunk, Photo by Homepolish (Via Refinery 29)

 

Big or small, tall or short, transparent furniture offers something for everyone.

Photo by Homepolish (Via Refinery 29)

Photo by Homepolish (Via Refinery 29)

Amanda Nisbet Design

Amanda Nisbet Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PB Teen

PB Teen

 

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Bedroom Basics: What You Need, and Why

This cold New England winter has meant a lot more time at home, and that gives us ALL time to walk around and see what needs some sprucing up.  I’ve gotten lots of calls for help with bedrooms lately.  There are so many beautiful options available in everything from furniture to linens, so I thought it was a good time to share some of my favorites with you.  The most important part of the bedroom and where you spend 8 hours a day (okay, so maybe not always 8 hours!) is laying in bed.  This should be the most important purchase you make.  First and most important, go shopping and buy a good quality, comfortable mattress! After that the rest is easy!!

Bed-  Go For the Cozy!

I have to say, I love an upholstered headboard.  It’s comfy to sit up against, feels warm, and can be reupholstered and changed to fit your changing tastes and decor!  What about a footboard?  Personal preference!  If you’re tall you may not want one.  Also, if you want the feeling of more room around the bed, perhaps not.  A canopy over the headboard is another great option if you want something a little different, but not the traditional 4 poster style.

Eloquence Sophia Two-Tone Gold Headboard, The Bella Cottage

Eloquence Sophia Two-Tone Gold Headboard, The Bella Cottage

 

Templeton Bed, Jonathan Adler

Templeton Bed, Jonathan Adler

 

Sofia Headboard, Pottery Barn

Sofia Headboard, Pottery Barn

 

Lorraine Tufted Upholstered Tall Bed & Headboard, Pottery Barn

Lorraine Tufted Upholstered Tall Bed & Headboard, Pottery Barn

I love a bench at the foot of the bed.  It’s great to sit while dressing, or it’s a great spot to put your coverlet when the bed is turned down!

Sophie's Dressing Bench, Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture

Sophie’s Dressing Bench, Mr. and Mrs. Howard for Sherrill Furniture

 

French Country Louis XVI Sage Tufted Oak Olive Long Bench, Kathy Kuo Home

French Country Louis XVI Sage Tufted Oak Olive Long Bench, Kathy Kuo Home

 

Bedding

Your bedding should be an investment in yourself.  Go for super soft and luxurious.  You’ll sleep better and it will be worth the money you spent.  I’ve found beautiful Egyptian cotton sheets on sale and at discount stores for almost the same price as the “standard” stuff!  Keep an eye on white sales and stock up!

 

Pratesi Griffe Hotel Collection, Bloomingdale's

Pratesi Griffe Hotel Collection, Bloomingdale’s

 

 

Nightstands- Mismatched… And With Storage!

The days of the matchy-matchy nightstands is (thankfully!) gone.  I love a large nightstand, and my husband prefers a smaller one.  I love to have a drawer to stash things, he prefers more of a table top – the styles, sizes and shapes are endless.  This is where you can add a little fun and personality to your bedroom!

Chez Harrods, Christopher Guy

Chez Harrods, Christopher Guy

Vintage Single Nightstand in Creamy White Finish. The Bella Cottage

Vintage Single Nightstand in Creamy White Finish. The Bella Cottage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Delphine Side Table, Jonathan Adler

Delphine Side Table, Jonathan Adler

 

 

Dressers & Chests

Closets have gotten larger and dressers seem to be getting a little smaller.  I love a double dresser with a beautiful mirror above.  A simple painted finish can go with most everything!

Eloquence Bronte Weathered White Dresser, The Bella Cottage

Eloquence Bronte Weathered White Dresser, The Bella Cottage

 

 Louis XV Five Drawer Chest, Wisteria

Louis XV Five Drawer Chest, Wisteria

 

Georg French Country Style Ivory Wash Wood Narrow Dresser Chest, Kathy Kuo Home

Georg French Country Style Ivory Wash Wood Narrow Dresser Chest, Kathy Kuo Home

 

Seating

It’s always to nice to have a little slipper chair or, if you have the room, a luxurious chaise.  Add a small table and a lamp and it becomes a reading nook or a spot to sip your morning coffee!

Augusta, Christopher Guy

Augusta, Christopher Guy

 

Sleek Slipper Chair, Wisteria

Sleek Slipper Chair, Wisteria

 

Bedrooms have come a long way, and they are the perfect place to create your personal haven.  It’s the one space you are designing just for YOU, not for guests, so make it personal, and sleep well!!