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Tea Light Holder Elegance

tea light holder - The geometric shapes of Etch holders by Tom Dixon diffuse candlelight into beautiful patterns - suiteny via atticag

Don’t mistake a hand-assembled metal tea light holder for some Halloween-related accessory!

The soft glow when massed together with candles ablaze certainly looks festive — and the holidays are here. These are serious pieces from lighting designer Tom Dixon’s Etch collection, first introduced at the 2010 Salone Del Mobile in Milan. Produced in small numbers, each 5- x- 4 inch metal votive is crafted from etched .04 mm metal pieces digitally cut with an intricate pattern.

Tom Dixon is a leading English metal accessories designer who began his career welding scraps of salvage metal into beautiful, usable pieces. Born in Tunisia, it’s not surprising to see pierced metal as a major theme in his work since that is a tradition in North Africa.… Continue Reading

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Making Sense of Apple TV

apple tv - channel selections - apple via atticmag

Most people may already know about Apple TV but I didn’t.

For a long time, I really didn’t understand what an alternate system like Apple TV or Roku does, or why it might be worth the investment. The only “streaming” I knew about centered on my kitchen sink faucet. But two of my friends know everything. One is my pal Tracy, who told me about her Apple TV and urged me to get one. Tracy is super smart and always right. I took her suggestion and now I want to pass along my experience here because, after six months, we cannot imagine life without our Apple TV.… Continue Reading

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Slipper Chair Marathon 4

Edwin slipper chair with walnut frame and wool-poly upholstery – Room & Board via Atticmag

Modern & vintage variations on slipper chairs for any room. Part 4 – Exposed Frames.

One reason I’ve done this series of posts on slipper chairs is purely practical. These are, for the most part, exceptionally approachable and affordable pieces of furniture everyone needs.  One chair may be better for perching while another is made for lounging – that’s fairly obvious. But dimensions — the facts of each design – as well as the angle of the back, the height of the seat, and the way a chair is upholstered (including what’s underneath) affects its comfort. If someone is 6-foot-2 they won’t love sitting in a small low chair.… Continue Reading

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Slipper Chair Marathon 3

Caned rattan slipper chair with loose upholstered cushion - Wisteria via Atticmag

Modern & vintage skirted on slipper chairs for any room. Part 3 – Covered Bases.

One type of slipper chair has feet rather than legs. That’s made possible when the seat deck is elongated until it essentially sits on feet. Or, legs may be covered by a fabric skirt and  embellishments such as fringe to the same effect. Naturally boxy in style, this third genre in my  slipper chairs marathon looks comfortable and substantial. But again, lacking arms, the height, depth and tilt of the seat are the critical factors that affect whether it is easy to sit down and get up – or not.… Continue Reading

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Slipper Chair Marathon 2

slipper chairs - Avington slipper chair upholstered in leaf-and-branch pattern – Target via Atticmag

Modern & vintage variations on slipper chairs for any room. Part 2 – Neutral legs, long and short.

When I evaluate any chair I focus first on the legs. That’s the way I was taught to approach antiques, where furniture legs and feet are helpful in determining style. So when it came to organizing the 26 pieces in my slipper chairs marathon, the legs became a more important distinguishing feature than silhouette or even height. Slipper chairs in Part I had turned legs; some with casters to enhance portability. This second, more contemporary group has somewhat neutral legs – square or round – which  are smooth and of various heights.… Continue Reading

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Slipper Chair Marathon

armless chairs -the Cushion Chair, bespoke slipper chair with pillows – Soane Britain via Atticmag

Modern & vintage variations on the armless chairs for any room. Part 1 – Victorian details.

Recently, I started looking at slipper chairs and couldn’t stop! Every time I found a lively  chair that would be great for use in a living room, bedroom, kitchen, library, bathroom, front hallway or mudroom, another one in a different style, color or shape turned up. When I sat back to review what I’d curated there were more than two dozen beauties – 26 to be exact — the same number as miles in a marathon! So I’m presenting them in groups based generally on the style of the legs, which make similarities and differences easiest to see.… Continue Reading

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