home sweet home part deux

some pieces that shall be added to our apartment soon-ish:

the bantam sofa, from DWR:

it’s sort of a sage-y green…though if you put your nose up to it, it has flecks of brown and even grey. very affordable, too!

the eames plywood lounge chair and eames rocker, both also from DWR, in the colors shown:

flokati rug from IKEA:

anyone know if these are of decent quality? if not, where we might find a nice quality rug that looks similar? i’m calling out to you great folks for suggestions! i am using this color to give some some much needed neutrality to our surroundings, which tend to be hyper-colored! i’m trying to reform, i really am! trying to tone it down, at least a little. šŸ™‚

possibly these stools from IKEA for the kitchen bar (in lieu of a dining table in our tiny apartment, as i want to have room for a teeny studio instead!):

unless we find something better down the road…i haven’t seen anything that strikes my fancy *quite yet*.

all these will be added to some pieces we already own, of course.

still thinking about a coffee table…i’m seriously wanting something in a medium brown color, that’s akin to our kitchen cabinetry, to sort of bring the whole space together…may seek out a vintage piece as a coffee table rather than buy new. i want to think about that for a while! most of the other wood in the house is blond/pale but i think it would be a nice contrast to have a coffee or side tables in a darker tone.

and we need to locate a cool dresser somewhere…of course. no more giant closet at our disposal here! there is lots of storage, but not *quite* as much as we had in brooklyn.

if i haven’t said it already, i really like the idea of mixing very modern or mid-century modern pieces and spare, clean(er) lines with homespun, brightly colored touches, like bold denise-schmidt style quilts, fun old afghans, needlepoint pillows, little bright colored vignettes of *whatevers* grouped here and there, graphic art/vintage paintings, and the like. i can’t manage stark modern interiors, they are just too sterile for me and my rather nostalgic tastes.


other things i’d like to do:

-make a circular crochet rag-rug for our kitchen out of scraps of all sorts of fabric in a myriad of colors from my fabric collection (how fun would that be? plus my kitchen is small and it wouldn’t take too long to do something like this, i’m thinking!)

-finish the yo-yo curtain for our bedroom…it’s also out of all colors of scrap fabric

-knit or crochet a riotously multi-colored afghan for the couch, out of nice wool. maybe something with granny squares? others may find them tacky but i’m prone to loving (some) tacky things! tacky things need love too! hee!

-get lots of plants for the back porch and try not to kill them! hah!


  1. Amber

    I love the Bantam sofa! That was totally my #2 choice. Flokati rugs are great. I’m speaking of the vintage ones from the 60s/70s though. No idea about the Ikea ones. There’s an antique store in Norfolk that has a few of those vintage Flokatis for a really good price, I wouldn’t think you should have trouble finding one in SF!

  2. tricia

    hmmm, i’ll have to see what i can find as far as vintage flokatis…but i doubt i’d find them for cheap here, being SF/california and all. i don’t know! but i’ll keep looking though! thanks!

  3. annie

    have you been to japantown, yet?
    my favorite store is in the miyako mall called ichiban kan, it’s basically like a japanese dollar store, and there’s lots of pretty bowls and other inexpensive housewares.

  4. Lisa-Gabrielle

    Even though I re-mix in mostly neautral colors, I too like my interiors bright.We’ve had the Eames red Plywood chair for a few years and love it(so much so we finally broke down and bought their lounge and ottoman). I owned a flokati from Urban Outfitters it actually held up quite well for years,until we had some work done on the house and our cat…well you can imagine why we threw it out. We changed the carpet to an amazing taupe shag and never replaced it. I suspect the Ikea rug would hold up pretty good . I even washed and bleached mine. Your choices are beautiful and I especially love the snail!

  5. Lauren

    I just started making a cute pillow case, using leftover colorful yarns, in a “log cabin” pattern. It looks like a traditional quilt, it’s colorful & it’s super easy.

  6. tricia

    annie: yes, i have been to japantown. i’ll check that place out next time i go back (usually i go there hunting for japanese fashion mags at kinokuniya (sp?)). thanks for the suggestion!