Friday Favorites 7/22/2011

Karin Lidbeck Brent, Contributing Editor
On a recent trip to Rye, New Hampshire, I came across an amazing shop that makes me want to move there: Christine’s Crossing. Beautiful home furnishings, accessories, art and fashion are all rolled into one huge rambling farmhouse and barn just filled to the brim with style. Room after room, Christine has a fabulous eye for color and style. I love the way she divides the shop by color–you can shop for home furnishings and accessories depending on your color scheme. I was drawn to the blues, but every corner was an eye opener. One the second floor, adding to the adventure are rooms of vintage finds and antiques.

Paula M. Bodah, Senior Editor
Just about everything Tyler Doran sells at his Providence antiques and home store, Heir, is delightful. I find this Adrian Pearsall High Back Arm Chair amusing, charming and quite dramatic. The 1950s walnut-framed chair with its original upholstery is in perfect condition. I’d love to install it in my bedroom. To do justice to such a glamorous piece, I’d surely have to get myself a chenille robe and pair of feathered mules.

Photo courtesy of Heir Antiques

Kyle Hoepner, Editor-in-Chief
Liberally sprinkled among some of the most sophisticated projects we’ve covered in New England Home over the years have been lamps, furniture and accessories from John Lyle.
They’re sometimes playful (firedogs that are actually dogs, for example, or fish), always elegant, generally conceived with at least a sideways glance at Deco style, and almost invariably become a focal point of the room they occupy.

Case in point: Imagine this Back Bay living room, designed by Hacin + Associates, without its Vestal fire screen.

Living room of a Boston condo, from the January/February 2010 issue of New England Home. Photo by Sam Gray

Or consider the Gates andirons in this Greenwich, Conn., library by Linda Ruderman. (Admittedly, a nice Damien Hirst painting doesn’t exactly hurt the effect either.)

Library in Greenwich, from the Spring 2011 issue of New England Home’s Connecticut. Photo by Laura Moss; click to see more.

A few additional lovelies to ponder:

Yves stool. Photo from johnlyledesign.com

Matthew desk. Photo from johnlyledesign.com

Heliopolis vase. Photo from johnlyledesign.com

John Lyle products are available locally through through Furn & Co. at the Boston Design Center.

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