Monday, September 24, 2012

Isn’t It Odd?

Bob and Sara became our neighbors when ten years ago, they purchased a little salt box style house at the end of our street. Over the years, they added a room to the upstairs and converted it to a master bedroom.  Both were golfers and their front yard looked like some of the finest fairways I’ve played.  They enjoyed a weed-less lawn that Bob religiously mowed and edged.

In the front yard was a Japanese maple, the kind that grows like an upside-down umbrella.  Bob even hired a Japanese gardener to trim the little red maple. Bob and Sara were from Phoenix and after awhile, came to miss the Arizona heat and their family still living there.  Up went the For Sale sign and after a considerable amount of time, in a buyers real estate market, the house was sold. Bob and Sara said goodbye and soon the new neighbors moved in.

One day while walking the dog past Bob and Sara’s old house, I noticed the little red maple that had been watered by lawn sprinklers was gone. Soon all the grass was stripped away by sweaty, shirtless men and a drip irrigation system was installed.  Next, a load of slate was delivered and soon more sweaty men built paths paved with slate between new mounds of fertile dirt.  I asked the new neighbors about their plans and they said they had always wanted a flower garden and that’s what they were building. The flowers are in now and they may bear flowers and aromas for nine months out of twelve.

Isn’t it odd! One man’s tree is another man’s thorn.

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bernhardt In Homes & Gardens

Kim Cook writing in Homes & Gardens focuses on the fall season and inspirations for interior designers. In the section Parisian Panache, she says, "Tufted furniture and mirrored, lacquered furnishings evoke the élan of a turn-of-the-century French apartment, or maybe old Hollywood glamour.

She states that "Bernhardt (Interiors) has the low-profile Lotus coffee table, Balboa media console and Gustav dining table, all in lustrous polished steel.

Here are photos of those items:

Lotus Coffee Table, in polished stainless steel - W 67-1/2 | D 31-1/2 | H 16 in.
Balboa Media Center, Metal frame in Polished Stainless Steel finish - W 78-5/8 | D 17-5/8 | H 19-7/8 in.

Gustav dining table with glass top and polished stainless steel metal base - Diam 54 | H 29-5/8 in.
with matching polished stainless chairs and upholstered slip seat with welt - W 22-1/2 | D 23-1/4 | H 35-3/4 in.

Thursday, September 20, 2012

New From Bernhardt Interiors

Ardmore Leather Bench


W 71 | D 28-1/2 | H 15 in.


Dining Table (84")

  • Tempered glass top with eased edges and corners
  • Railroad tie design top in Gray Pearl finish
  • Polished Stainless Steel finish base


Thursday, September 06, 2012

Home Furnishings Business reports today that Uttermost is jumping into the rug business at next month's High Point Market.

will be pleased," said Mac Cooper , president. "Rugs have been a top priority for many of us since last year, and this will be the biggest launch we have ever made into any new category."

The company's offerings range from flat weaves in bright colors, to wool and viscose hand-tufted rugs, to hand-knotted rugs in soft, worn patinas. The rugs are designed based on current fashions, with an emphasis on transitional patterns to work in a wide range of home settings. Traditional designs feature cleaner patterns with current colors.

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Home Furnishings Business writes that "Furniture brand Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams has rolled out its collection of home furnishings inspired by CBS show, "The Good Wife".

The collection - available in the US - was developed in collaboration with set decorator, Beth Kushnick , who is responsible for the designs seen on the series."

You know, the collection looks a lot like Bernhardt Interiors. Speaking of Bernhardt, Jennifer Guggenheim posted pictures on her Facebook page of her Laurelhurst client using our furniture from Bernhardt Interiors.That's the Beckett Sofa! Also available in a loveseat.