The Allure of Burl Wood

The Allure of Burl Wood

You've seen them. The lovely grain of those Milo Baughman burl consoles and dining tables. Those pieces that make you swoon. Did you ever wonder where all that burl came from?

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Did you know that burl is actually a tree growth or a sign that a tree is under some form of stress? These burls are prized pieces of wood because they are so rare. There has even been a rise in burl poaching at National Parks across the United States.


Most burl growths occur near coast redwoods at the base of the tree. The wood itself is extremely hard to work with as its very dense and chips and shatters unpredictably.

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Burls are removed, sliced into veneers and highly sought after by furniture makers, auto makers, and artists.

Not to be confused with bird's eye maple.

February 14, 2017 by Erin Bichara
Pantone's Color of 2017 | Greenery

Pantone's Color of 2017 | Greenery

Its always fun to see what Pantone reveals as its color of the year. For 2017 they unveiled "Greenery". I love how designer Christian Siriano styled this entry for Elle Decor photographed by Alec Hemer. He just embraces color in this room and does it so effortlessly. Its so playful with the pop art and hints of bamboo. Of course velvet never goes out of style.

January 10, 2017 by Erin Bichara
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Styling with Vintage & Modern Mirrors

I have an obsession with collecting vintage mirrors of all shapes and sizes. I love the way light reflects through a mirror and you can see the layers of your home, especially during the holidays with all the white twinkle lights. Mirrors play a vital role in decor because sometimes when we can't physically remove walls we can add a mirror. It instantly opens up a room without all the extra headache of construction. Adding mirrors is perfect for small space living when you need to create a more open feel. I love the mix of a vintage mirror in an ultra modern room. It gives a relaxed, welcoming, and lived in feel.

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The Evolution Of The Wingback Chair

Who doesn't love a fabulous wingback chair? Its as if they call to us to come and have a seat in front of the fire, perched in a room with a view, and beside it a little cocktail table with a glass of your favorite spirit and book you can't put down. Wingback chairs can be the anchors in a living room. Not only do they serve a specific purpose they are well loved by many because of the versatility of styles ranging from George II to Mid Century Modern. The wingback chair or often known as a fireside chair has that name for a reason. Those large, protruding wings were meant to protect from the cold drafts inside homes from the 1700's most often seated in front of the fireplace. Over the years we have seen changes in the wings from bat wings, butterfly wings, flat wings, and scroll wings. The legs have evolved from a curved cabriole to a more modern parson leg. I love to to modernize wingback chairs with fresh upholstery choices like vintage rugs, velvet jewel tones, and African mud cloth. We recently purchased many sets of wingback's and Gainsborough chairs from an estate in San Francisco in near perfect condition and a few in Pantone's 2016 color of the year "Rose Quartz". Check them out here. DSC_0448

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{How to create that perfect gallery wall}

I don't know about you but I have so many pieces of art that aren't hung. Interior Collective put together a great "how-to" for creating gallery walls and I wanted to share it.

A gallery wall is a great way to display special art pieces, unique objects and shapes, as well as your kid's art pieces. It's fun to experiment without thrashing your walls. Here's how to do it. Perfect Gallery Wall

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October 10, 2015 by 2

What is Mid-Century Modern?

If you get giddy at the names Eames, Knoll, Bertoia, Herman Miller, Cherner, & Saarinen then you most definitely know about Mid-Century furniture design. Over the past several years Mid-Century Modern design & Danish modern has become one of the most popular design styles around. The designers at this time embraced the principles of clean, pure lines, proportions of the human body, and mass production techniques. The period of time that encompasses Mid-Century is loosely 1933-1965.

Where did this renewal of interest come from? Mad Men maybe, Palm Springs? Who knows? I think people simply love the clean lines, functionality, and coolness of it. Here are a few of my favorite examples of Mid-Century styling.

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If you'd like to incorporate Mid-Century Design into your decor look to pinterest for some ideas that spark your interest and then you can start shopping. Mid Century respects the blank spaces of a room so you don't want to overdo it. Buy some quality anchor pieces and then have fun with your accessories.

Here are a few of my favorite Mid-Century pieces in the shoppe.

[caption id="attachment_4279" align="aligncenter" width="900"]DSC_0338 WJ Sloane Scoop back Chairs[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4280" align="aligncenter" width="900"]DSC_0688 MCM Culver Highball Glasses[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4282" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Danish Desk Mid Century Modern Danish Roll Top Desk[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4283" align="aligncenter" width="570"]il_570xN.775438354_la9b MCM Low Chairs[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4286" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Travertine Coffee Table Travertine Coffee Table[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4281" align="aligncenter" width="900"]Culver High ball Glasses Culver High ball Glasses[/caption] [caption id="attachment_4288" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Jerry Johnson Arcadia Chairs Jerry Johnson Arcadia Chairs[/caption]

What is Chinoiserie?

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Chinoiserie (CHIN-WAH-SEREE) defined is a French term meaning "Chinese-Esque. Chinois is "chinese" in French. When I think of what encompasses the word chinoiserie what first comes to mind is a refined elegance. I do remember as a child in Texas visiting a friend's home with Chinoiserie elements and thinking how fancy it was. It wasn't until I was in my thirties that I really started to search out chinoiserie elements and how to incorporate them into my decor, which seemed daunting at first and it was for a while. I started slow by adding some faux bamboo here, some wallpaper panels there, and just had fun with it. Sometimes you need to live with something for a few days to see if it makes sense.

This style was popular in the 17th & 18th centuries as artisans were painting scenes of the Orient on furniture, wallpaper, and porcelain pottery. Fretwork, tassels, birds, bamboo, Greek keys, monkeys, and leopard are many of the elements of chinoiserie.

Why is it so widely popular by designers? The resurgence of Hollywood Regency has brought many of these elements back into fashion. You will see chinoiserie used in many of the top interior designers work such as Kelly Wearslter, Bunny Williams, Suzanne Kasler, & Charlotte Moss to name a few. Its so popular simply because its beautiful and serene.

shawnhendersondesignA powder room is a perfect place to have fun with chinoiserie. Its a small space and can handle drama as seen here in this stunning powder room by Shawn Henderson Design. I love the Regency feel, the lucite legs on the sink, the chinoiserie wallpaper, the herringbone tile, and the La Barge mirror.

alexpapachristidisThis living room by Alex Papachristidis is breathtaking. His use of bold colors, faux bamboo, foo dogs, and leopard would make anyone swoon. His details are the work of a true artist from the nail heads on the bookshelves, the elephant on the table, the silk sofa, the velvet touches, and pom pom trim. Stunning!

Chinoiserie BedroomLook at the panels on the wall with the bamboo frames. So feminine and ethereal by Nick Olsen Design via Domino magazine.

Here are a few of my favorite chinoiserie items in our

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Blue & white are synonymous with Chinoiserie. We love this artist rendering of ginger jars found on


This a youthful & modern play on chinoiserie. That wallpaper, though....Wow!

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A very traditional chinoiserie room with a little pop of glam thanks to the Italian brass Chiavari chair joining the party. Via Domaine Home

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What is Hollywood Regency? How to Incorporate It Into Your Space | Erin Lane Estate

I use the words Hollywood Regency, Chinoiserie, and Mid-Century Modern at least 20 times a day. People sometimes look at me cross-eyed when I throw these terms around. Doesn't everyone know? I'm such a sucker for design I simply can't get enough of design magazines, blogs, and images of luxurious well designed interiors. One of my favorite things to do is take my 10 year old son to Barnes and Noble, get a coffee at the cafe, and pick up every single design magazine known to man and go to town.

I thought it would be a great idea to create a series on this blog to actually delve a bit deeper into these iconic, classic design styles so I could help our customers learn about design, learn about what they like, and how to communicate that. So Design 101 is born...First Class is my favorite: Hollywood Regency.

When I hear Hollywood Regency the first thing that pops into my head is GLAM. Elements of Hollywood Regency are banana leaves, any color lacquer, brass, pineapples, bright colors, bar carts, stripes, leopard & luxury. If you want WOW factor go with Hollywood Regency.

Hollywood Regency was born in the glitzy 30's. Iconic designers like Dorothy Draper & William "Billy" Haines would encourage their customers in show business to go bold & glamorous with their home decor.

So how do you get this look you ask? Lacquer everything. Hollywood Regency is about shimmer and details and rich fabrics. Adornments on lamp shades and window treatments. Luxurious rugs, brass bar carts and chinoiserie coffee tables. No spartan or minimalist decor here. Here are a few of my favorite examples.

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The Greenbrier Hotel, Decorated by Dorothy Draper, Newly Decorated by Carlton Varney

Celerie Kimble Kitchen

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Kitchen by Celerie Kimble

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I picked a few of our favorite Hollywood Regency pieces to give you some ideas.


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August 21, 2015 by 2