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Cool Finds

Author: Linda J. Barkman
Issue: July, 2014, Page 19
Photo by David B. Moore


According to a recent article, shelfies—or vignettes of objects arranged on a shelf—are the latest twist on the selfie craze. The idea with the shelfie is to take a photo of your composition, share it on Instagram, and wait for the “likes” to pour in. Being a bit of a design geek, I find the idea of creating shelfies irresistible, whether shared or not. My intent with the one shown here was to bring the cool colors of the ocean a little closer to home during the hot summer months. So, I took two West Elm bottles with the look of sea glass and placed them against a pale blue wall. Then I added a stack of stones and cuttings from my garden to incorporate the natural beauty of the desert. You might say it’s my way of playing the blues.

SHELF LIFE Layered aluminum shelves with edges coated in Tiffany Blue lacquer lend a floating effect to the mixed-media Ellis Etagère from Councill. The wood-framed piece has a center drawer and measures 72"H by 28"W by 16"D. It is available through Ladlow’s, (480) 609-5000.
SPIN ZONEStylish and well-proportioned, Taylor King’s Larsen Swivel Chair boasts a loose back cushion, extra-large seat cushion and a swivel base. Shown with pewter nailhead trim, it measures 39"H by 32.5"W by 41"D and is available in fabric or leather through One Posh Place, (480) 941-8954.
EBB & FLOWPisces, a new wallpaper from Phillip Jeffries, was designed to mimic the calming rhythm of rippling water. Made with a multi-layer process in which metallic and matte inks are hand-applied by artisans, it comes in Under the Sea Foam (shown) and nine other colorways. Available at John Brooks Inc., (480) 675-8828.

BENCH MARK Form meets function in the Mermaid Blue Ottoman from Massoud. Distinguished by turned-wood legs and stretchers, the bench-style piece is upholstered in a textured patchwork fabric featuring ocean-like hues of blue and green. It can be purchased through Abode Fine Living, (480) 659-3646.
CLEARLY COOL Designed by Billy Moon for Uttermost, the Andreas Water Lamp features a blown-glass base accented with nickel-plated details. It stands 32"H and is topped with a round, slightly tapered hardback shade covered in crisp white linen. Find it at Premier Lighting, (480) 699-3534.
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