What's New: The Carlyle Campaign Dresser

Back by popular demand, we're excited to bring you the Carlyle Campaign Dresser. Formerly available unfinished, the new Carlyle Dresser comes with a white satin finish (no painting required) and improved hardware.

This petite dresser offers a modern take on the classic campaign style and works perfectly as a nightstand or end table. Keep scrolling for a roundup of some of our favorite projects using this piece and shop the rest of the Carlyle Collection.

What's New: The Bienville Chair with Cane & Regent Dining Chair

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The Regent Dining Chair offers are more polished look, with an Antique White painted finish on the frame and an oatmeal linen on the seat and back. 

Both chairs feature hand carved floral details, delicately fluted legs, and luxe Belgian linen upholstery.

Limited quantities are available, so get them while they last! Find your local dealer here.

Two new dining chair options are here! The Regent Dining Chair and Bienville Chair with Cane are now available for order. Freshen up your dining area with these Louis XVI style pieces that work perfectly with both traditional and contemporary decor.

Much like our best selling Bienville Chair (back in stock next month!), the The Bienville Chair with Cane comes unfinished and can be painted or stained to work in any space. We've added an oyster linen to the seat, which also pops out to make finishing and reupholstery easier than ever.

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Spotted: Lucy Liu's Playroom Makeover

Lucy Liu enlisted the help of the Studio at One Kings Lane to transform her son’s playroom in their NYC apartment. The space, which features the Mollie Nesting Tables from our AVE Raw line, is perfectly designed to be warm and inviting for children but also elegantly functional for adults. 

All images via One Kings Lane

All images via One Kings Lane

Lucy worked with OKL designer Nicole Fisher to bring her vision to life. “It needed to be sophisticated—the kind of place where you wouldn’t mind having a few friends over for a glass of wine,” Nicole said of the space. To achieve this, Nicole went with a warm, neutral palette and added plenty of storage and seating. Head over to One Kings Lane to read the full story and shop the look.

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Design Profiles: Heather Somers of Élan Studio

For our next Design Profiles subject, we wanted to keep things close to home. Mutually based out of New Orleans, designer Heather Somers of Élan Studio shares with us all that inspires her.

From our beautiful city to the ever-changing creative industry she works in day-to-day, get all of the details and words of wisdom from the incredibly talented designer below.  

Name and occupation. 

Heather Somers, designer and owner of Élan Studio. 

What is the first thing you do in the morning?

Check emails, then Instagram and then shower. 

 

Name the one thing you never leave the house without. 

I know this is obvious, but my phone! It is crucial for me to be connected to everything and everyone 24/7.

What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?

My parents have always taught me to stay focused on what's important. Set your goals and always give 100% in obtaining them. They have taught me to never be afraid to be wrong, instead learning how to embrace those moments becoming a better, stronger person the next day. 

Describe your design style in five words.

Elegant, innovative simplicity, classic, functional. 

What is one thing every home needs?

Something imperfect - an item that stands out and creates a conversation.

Where do you pull inspiration for the spaces you design and create?

I resort to all of my design books and magazines. If you come by my house, I have more design related literature than furniture itself! I am consistently investigating inspiration from experiences through nature, fashion, etc. Inspiration for me comes from my knowledge of the world, our ever-evolving creative industry and my daily surroundings. 

How have you created a workspace you can thrive in as a designer?

We have a very open studio environment where the designers and myself can constantly work off of each other. I believe it is very important to collaborate as designers, and because of this truly creative environments are formed. 

What are three elements crucial to the spaces you design?

A focal point, contrast and repetition. 

What about New Orleans inspires you as a designer?

Born and raised - it's always been the culture and passion of this beautiful city! The vibrant color of palettes and ornate, detailed architecture are inspirations of mine that are deeply rooted in a rich history. These elements are only a fraction of what embodies the unique, energetic and welcoming character seen in the past and present. 

Describe Ave Home in one word. 

Timeless.

In the Raw

Today we're rounding up our favorite projects using pieces from AVE Raw, our collection of unfinished furniture that can be custom finished to work in any space. While these classic designs look beautiful painted or stained, lately we've noticed designers opting to keep the pieces in their raw form, and we're loving the results. The unfinished wood is a great way to add warmth to a space while also making a statement. Keep reading below for some design inspiration.

 
Via One Kings Lane.

Via One Kings Lane.

 

Amy Stone partnered with The Studio at One Kings Lane to redesign the living room in her Manhattan apartment and selected our Camille Demilune for her entryway.

The neoclassical style piece features hand carved details and delicate, tapered legs. At only 14 inches deep, the demilune is perfect for areas where space is limited. Pair it with a colorful painting to complete the look.

 

Jacquelyn Clark of Lark & Linen recently completed her home office renovation, where she chose to use our Colette Desk

"The raw wood adds a ton of warmth to an otherwise crisp and cool palette," said Jacquelyn, "And the carved details and turned legs add the most glorious details." The simple, classic piece also offers plenty of storage and a ton of surface space, making it the perfect place to settle in and get some work done.

 

 

We were blown away when Mollie Openshaw of Design Loves Detail revealed her #OneRoomChallenge office makeover. Our Louie Dresser works perfectly in the bright, cozy space. 

Mollie says she loved the look of the natural wood, so she chose to keep the dresser in it's raw form, applying only a light coat of wax. This is a great way to protect the piece, while maintaining the raw wood look.

 

A recent DIY tutorial from One Kings Lane details the transformation of OKL President Debbie Probst's powder room. If you've ever wanted to learn to upholster walls, this post is for you!

We love the way our Philippe Mirror complements the warm, earthy tones of the fabric on the walls and the other natural accents.

 

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Spotted: Anders Sideboard on Paper & Stitch

We recently teamed up with Brittni Mehlhoff of Paper & Stitch to bring you some tips for styling a sideboard. Brittni selected our Anders Sideboard to use in her Atlanta-based studio, and we're loving the way the space turned out.

The mid-century inspired piece works seamlessly with the rest of the studio's decor, which features clean lines and pops of color.  The interior shelving and drawers provide plenty of storage for Brittni's collection of tableware, while the top of the piece displays a colorful arrangement of art, flowers, and accessories. The final result is a vignette that is both stylish and functional. Head over to Paper & Stitch to read all of Brittni's styling tips

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Summer Color Inspiration: Serenity

Ethereal and natural with a calming effect, the soft pale blue of Serenity has permeated the design world after being dually named the Pantone Color of the Year in 2016 alongside Rose Quartz. Reminiscent of the ocean's waves, we can't get enough of this color now that Summer is officially in full swing. 

From the classic Palisades home designed by Mark D. Sikes to our Regent Side Chair reupholstered in a hue inspired by the trend, see what we're coveting in this new season. 

Clockwise from left: Mark D. Sikes Pacific Palisades Home, 'Faraway Love' by Agnes Martin at the Tate Museum in London, Delpozo Spring 2017 Collection, Cole & Son Great Wave Wallpaper, Ave Home Regent Side Chair, Coco Republic Interior Design North Shore Residence

Clockwise from left: Mark D. Sikes Pacific Palisades Home, 'Faraway Love' by Agnes Martin at the Tate Museum in London, Delpozo Spring 2017 CollectionCole & Son Great Wave Wallpaper, Ave Home Regent Side ChairCoco Republic Interior Design North Shore Residence

Design Profiles: Ave Home's Lisa Rickert

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We're thrilled to announce the newest series we will be rolling out on the blog: profiles covering the best and brightest design minds Ave Home works with in our day to day. 

First up in the series? None other than our Founder and Creative Director, Lisa Rickert. Lisa is the founder of both Ave Home and Unfolded. In addition to building two companies from the ground up, she is a mother of two. We sat Lisa down to discuss design, entrepreneurship and everything in-between. 

 

Name and and occupation.

Lisa Rickert. CEO / Creative Director of Unfolded and Ave Home.

What is the first thing you do in the morning?

Check my emails and take a quick peek at Instagram.

 

 

Name one thing you never leave the house without.

My iPhone (i.e. my mobile office).

Describe your design philosophy in three words.

Elevated, versatile, classic.

Where do you pull inspiration for the pieces you create?

A constant source of inspiration for my work is the history of design...each different period and style. The past is usually a starting point my design process, then I work to make sure it is appropriate for modern applications. My goal is to create a sense of timelessness with each piece.

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You're a mother of two and have also built two companies from the ground up. How do you get it all done?

First off, I have an amazing husband, Scott, who has always supported me regardless of my wild ideas and aspirations. Not only are we business partners where he routinely manages all the operations of both companies, but he is always there for the kids and I. He is my emotional rock and my soulmate through life. We are often asked, "How do you work with your spouse?", but I couldn't imagine it any other way. 

I also have two incredible teams, made up of family and employees. My brother has been a part of our company from the beginning. My teams are very capable and I have formed extremely valuable and trusting relationships with them. I always tell people that our employees must have two characteristics that are essential to working with me: they must take initiative and be able to work autonomously under my direction.

What is one thing every home needs?

A well designed living room!

How have you created a workspace you can thrive in as an entrepreneur and a designer?

Keeping things light, quite literally. My office at our headquarters and at home is filled with natural light and a neutral palette. We've created a place we can be both productive and at ease in our surroundings. 

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What are some exciting things you're working on?

Currently, we are moving in a direction that will layer in transitional pieces that can act as a perfect compliment to our existing collections which exhibit stronger qualities of antiquity. We are also expanding the hugely successful Aria and Carlyle Collections. 

Additionally, we are creating bedroom furniture - we'll have more options such as nightstands, as well as a canopy bed and headboard which I'm very excited about. The designers we work with also love AVE Raw, so you there is definitely more to come there as well.

Describe Ave Home in one word.

Beautiful.

 

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