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Campaign Hardware Moves to Kitchens and Bathrooms

You might think campaign furniture is trendy, but really, it has been around since at least the time of Julius Caesar.  It is most often associated with British military officers in the 18th century, who frequently traveled with high quality portable furniture.  It was designed to be easily transportable; therefore, a typical chest would break down into a few pieces.   When the destination was reached, the furniture would be put together.  Because officers of high position in Britain would just not be able to be without the luxuries of home on the road, campaign furniture was the perfect crossover of the luxuries of home and the practicality of travel.  Inset handles, brass corners to protect from bumps, and typically made of a durable wood such as teak or mahogany, campaign furniture was a staple for many years.

With the arrival of the motor car, traveling with loads of cargo went out of vogue, and the demand for campaign furniture changed.  However, it has never really gone out of style, and ebbs and flows in popularity.  A resurgence of interest in this type of furniture occurred in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and there is most assuredly a revamped desire for campaign furniture in recent years.  Kristen and I can hardly keep it for more than a few days when we list it, and it is harder and harder to find.


A variety of campaign hardware from dhshardware.com

Most often, you see campaign hardware gracing chests and desks and other case goods.  These pieces look gorgeous painted in any color.  Recently, I saw a piece that was left a gray, raw wood color, and it was perfection.  My own living room houses a campaign chest, see the photo below.  Maybe you wouldn’t think of putting a chest of drawers like this in a living room, but it has been soooo practical for us.  It houses light bulbs, linens, and trays.


Image by Kat Phillips, TheGrayAttic.com

In the last few years, I have been seeing campaign hardware more and more in bathrooms and kitchens.  I love brass so I think it looks terrific, and there is something so beautifully aged about the campaign hardware look.

What do you think of campaign hardware in a kitchen?

Barry Benson

Barry Benson

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

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House and Home

House and Home

House and Home

House and Home

House Beautiful

House Beautiful


Or in a bathroom?

Iconic Kelly Wearstler Bathroom

Iconic Kelly Wearstler Bathroom

Van Rozeboom Interiors

Van Rozeboom Interiors

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La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita


What are your thoughts?  Would you like campaign hardware in your kitchen or bathroom?  Do you have any elsewhere?

Written by Grace

Patterned Paint Rollers


My sweet friend, Sarah, sent me a picture of these amazing paint rollers yesterday, and I was so excited, I knew I had to write a post about them.  Plus I didn’t get the project I mentioned photographed. 🙂

The patterned rollers from UK-based “The Painted House”  (here’s another one of my recent UK discoveries) have my mind reeling of possibilities.  Fabric?  Wallpaper?  Wrapping Paper?  Faces of furniture?  Whoa!

Along with the patterned roller itself, you also need to purchase a fabric applicator or a wall/paper applicator.  If you want to see how it works, I highly recommend their YouTube videos.  Yes, I would do a bit of practicing before I started my project, but the result is beautiful, and you can’t beat the price (less than $80 for fabric and less than $50 for wall or paper applications) for that aged patterned look!

They don’t have many designs, but here are my top three favs:

Pattern No. 6


Pattern No. 6

I love the whimsy of this one and think it would be adorable as an accent wall or nook, a layered look over a sisal or solid rug, or a ceiling in a kids room.




Pattern No. 3

No. 3

I like the movement of this one, and it would be lovely in a variety of settings.


Pattern No. 1

No. 1

No. 1

The chinoiserie feel here is so spectacular and reminds me of the wallpaper in my dining room.



What do you think?  Is this a project you think you would tackle?  Which pattern is your favorite?

P.S.  I also found this company that has lots of rollers.  In fact, they have The Painted House patterns, plus more.  I’m not sure how they are related, if at all, and though they charge more for their rollers ($59), they do have more patterns to offer.  My favorites are this one, this one, and this one.

**All images courtesy of The Painted House **

Written by Grace

a beautiful mess, c’est la viv

Don’t you love when you discover a “new to you” artist or pattern or design?

While searching for the perfect fabric for a client a couple of weeks ago, I happened upon c’est la viv’s Spoonflower shop, and I was immediately smitten.  An artist out of Canada, she describes herself as follows:

C’EST LA VIV™ is a creative boutique, a brand and a beautiful mess! Original watercolors and designs created by Vivian Ducas ♥ Ask about collaborating, licensing and custom art + design.

Her fabrics are like beautiful watercolor pieces of art.  I’m dying to do a piece of furniture or some pillows in one of the designs!  Ah, how do I choose?  Here are a few of my faves.

For starters, I adore the entire “Wood” collection.

c’est la viv, wood collection, “wood abstract”

Dear Santa, please send me a “tree rings” feather pillow.  I have been a very good girl.

c’est la viv, wood collection, “tree rings”

In gray?  Swoon.

c’est la viv, wood collection, “woodstains DIOR GRAY”

 Peonies are my very favorite flower.  I think a petite French settee in this fabric would be to. die. for.  Santa, that would be a nice Christmas gift for me, too.

c’est la vie, garden lark, “peony”

The most beautiful zig zag’s I have ever seen.

c’est la viv, sally’s day, “lemon twist”

c’est la viv, sally’s day, “lime lambada”

c’est la viv, sally’s day, “bubblegum pop”

Sweet and light butterflies.

c’est la viv, monarch park, “butterflies”

Moody monarch.  Love it.

c’est la viv, monarch park, “monarch black & white”

Anyone need some holiday pillows?

c’est la viv, deck the halls, “silver & blue”

c’est la viv, deck the halls, “stripes”

cestlaviv_very vintage ornaments

c’est la viv, deck the halls, “very vintage ornaments”

 Pretty paisley.

c’est la viv, paisley crazy, “green eyed lady”

I really like the bohemian feel of this one.

c’est la viv, paisley crazy, “paisley tangerine”

c’est la viv, paisley crazy, “paisley lime”

I could show you pictures all day long, but you should go explore for yourself!  I like to shop her fabrics by collection, you may do so by clicking here.

Other ideas:

You could make some seriously darling kitchen towels with the “My Backyard harvest” collection and the “Yummy” collection.

Do you love monograms?  Me too.  Check these out.

This is hilarious.  I wonder if I could pull off a pillow in this in my husband’s library?  He doesn’t have a moustache though – I don’t think he can grow one either.

This fabric makes me so happy.  I ordered a sample of it, and it is just as beautiful in real life.  I’m thinking a banquette in a kitchen…maybe a sign I need to visit Tuscany.

Love the geometric feel of this one.  This would make a lovely piece of upholstered furniture, too.

I am especially drawn to the emotional, haphazard, wild designs like this.

Here are some real-life photos of the fabrics in action.  Aren’t images like this nice to see before you buy?

That is c’est la viv’s zig zag pillow on the sofa. I could be very happy in this room.

You can purchase prints to frame at this site!  A set of three would be so pretty on a wall!

Society6 Raindrops Print


I seriously heart this peony fabric.

To Vivian Ducas, thank you for your lovely fabrics – they have truly inspired me.

What do you think of c’est la viv’s beautiful mess?

Which is your favorite?

PS.  If you haven’t used Spoonflower before, do not be intimidated, it is a great resource!  You can order samples of all of the fabric before you buy so there are no surprises.  And they now have wallpaper!!  Try it out and let me know what you think!

Design Trend: Pleated Furniture

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How do you feel about pleats on your furniture?  They can be classic, but the more detailed pleating seems to float in and out of style.  I am definitely seeing more and more pleating in design mags these days.

P.S. Every time I see the picture above, I think about how much I love those pillows with the huge pom-poms on top.  MUST remember to make some pillows like that for the girls room.  And that wallpaper looks a bit like Queen Anne’s Lace, yes?

This is definitely a more intricate look in regards to pleating.  I am torn on it.  I can imagine a room this would look nice in – it would have to be a room very well-balanced in masculine and feminine.  I can also imagine fabrics this would look nice in – although I have a hard time not picturing this in a peach or forest green moire (does this look scream 80’s/90’s for some reason?), I think it would be pretty in a white linen and cool in a grey tweed.

Henredon via High Point Home

This chair from Cutting Corners is really unique – I think a pair of these across from a tuxedo sofa would be quite stunning.

Cutting Corners

Classic box pleating from Pottery Barn.  This style can be a little too sweet for a living room so be sure to pair it with a leather ottoman or some hard lines on an opposite piece of furniture.

Pottery Barn

For a glossary of pleats, check out this article from Real Simple.  Impress your friends with your knowledge of box pleats vs. knife pleats vs. inverted pleats.  Okay, maybe not.  ha.

What do you think of pleated furniture?  Are you into it?  Do you have a piece or two in your home?

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