November 5, 2010

Janell Shares Her Favorite Things

Ohhhh, this is a good post, friends.  We have our 2nd feature in the My Favorite Things series, and this one has me drooooooling.  I asked interior designer Janell of Isabella & Max Rooms what she has looked at, lingered over, and loved enough to put in her own home.  Let's just say that the gorgeous Janell delivered with some serious style!!    

Thanks for inviting me to be a part of your "5 Favorite Things" series, Chassity! When I started to think about what I might include, I decided to go with the first items that came to mind and here they are.

1. The Freud Chaise Lounge from Mitchell Gold. First of all, is that the best name for a chaise lounge or what? I had my eye on this piece for quite awhile, and so was thrilled while visiting the store in Portland for a book signing, by both Mitchell and Bob, to see that the floor model was on sale! It is a great piece that simply gets better with age.

2. Here is another floor model, an Uttermost mirror I found at Lamps Plus, on clearance with a bit of damage. A small piece on the top portion of the frame was cracked and about to come off. I bargained the price down from over $300 to around $35. LOVE! A bit of super glue and a new glaze of paint over the frame (to help the finish work well with the design of this bathroom) took care of any damage and it is one of the highlights of this bathroom design.

3. These lamps were found at HomeGoods, one of my absolute favorite resource for lamps. Originally the bases were a bright cobalt blue and featured plain ivory shades. A makeover resulted in the glossy ivory bases, with the shades covered with a fun Chinoiserie fabric and green trim.

4. An old Hoosier cabinet is another favorite item in my home. This piece originally sat in my grandfather's wood shop, and I have many fond memories of being in the shop, watching him work. The cabinet finally found its way to my house, and after I had it stripped of lead paint it was refinished and now functions as a great storage and desk piece in my husband's home office.

5. And last, this chair is one of a pair I won at auction. They were one ugly pair of chairs and luckily no one else was interested in them! But after refinishing the frames and having them reupholstered in a pretty velvet, they are a favorite in our home.

My goodness, Janell, can I move in?  Thank you so much for sharing your amazing finds.  And she clearly is a humble woman, because she didn't even mention her DIY chalkboard lamp that was featured on The Nate Show. 

You can see the step by step instruction on The Nate Show's website here.  And be sure to check out Janell's design blog too.


Emily A. Clark said...

Janell is definitely one of the best! I love her home.

Design Esquire said...

I love Janell! The Hoosier cabinet is one of my favorites. I love that she was able to incorporate and update something with so much meaning.

Studio 13 said...

Great post! She is so good at taking something inexpensive and making it look high end.

Janell @ Isabella and Max said...

Thanks for having me today, Chassity!

Michaela said...

I just love Janell! Her style is flawless. I love that chaise lounge...and the wall she stenciled behind it is gorgeous too (: Lots of talent!

Sanity Fair said...

Such a fun blog! I'm glad to have found you through Janell's blog! I love those lamps - I remember seeing them in the blue, and thinking they had a great shape. This is definitely the best look for them!

Karen@StrictlySimpleStyle said...

If I didn't love Janell before (and I did!) I love her even more now. A $300 mirror for $35, she's my hero!

Cassie {Hi Sugarplum!} said...

Great list -- and I got to see some things from Janell's home that are new to me!