Thursday, December 1, 2011

The 12 Days of Christmas...Designer Style.

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my designer did for me...

12 gifts for under your tree......
Merry Christmas from everyone at CRAIG OLSEN. 

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my designer did for me...

Vintage wall letters!

There are so many fun things you can do with these can stack them, place them all over a wall or two, or use them to spell something meaningful in your life: Family name, the names of your children, the city where you live...the list is endless!
Get Creative! These are a guaranteed conversation starter for any guest to your home.
Call the CRAIG OLSEN showroom to order your letters or to get a quote! 323-677-2111

On the tenth day of Christmas, my designer did for me...

Drapery Panels
Custom is always the way to go with window treatments. Of course you can buy them for a fraction of the price "out of the bag" but they just never quite look right or hang right. It's important never to ignore the windows! Roman panels with an overlay of drapery panels fill the space and make the room feel well dressed and warm.

Something creative to try - take an existing nook in your home -have a setee or seating bench custom made to fit into the niche perfectly then have some custom drapery panels made to help create an intimate space.

On the ninth day of Christmas, my designer did for me...

Coffee Table Books
Books are very important as they are a subltle way of sharing your interests with your guests, and are usually great conversation starters. From Fashion to Home decor, from pets to sports - the coffee table books are a must!

On the eighth day of Christmas, my designer did for me...

A variety of 8 new fabulous pillows- silkscreened and available in ranges from 16" to 22"

These beautiful pillows are eco friendly and made with water based ink on 100% unbleached cotton canvas.  Finished all raw edges with a professional overlocked edge with a matching colored hidden invisible zipper at the bottom end so the cover can easily be removed for washing. To wash, just unzip, remove cover, turn inside out, and wash with like colors and air dry and iron. All fabrics are pre-washed before sewing to prevent any shrinkage during washes. These pillows are constructed to be well made, durable and practical.

Call the CRAIG OLSEN showroom to order your pillows! 323-677-2111

On the seventh day of Christmas, my designer did for me...

A set of fine bone china collection - bottles and jars - to accent your living space with a touch of clean, useful art.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my designer did for me...

Monolpoly tokens for coffee table or bookshelf display. Perfect gift for the gamer in your life.....
Automobile  4.75" high x 3.75" wide x 10" deep

Dog 6" high x  9" wide

Hat 3.5" high x 8.5" wide x 7.5" deep

Iron 4.25" high x 7.25" wide x 4.75" deep

7.5" high x 12.5" wide x 4" deep

Thimble 6.25" high x 4" diameter

All are made of pewter/cast iron.

Call the CRAIG OLSEN showroom to order your Monopoly Pieces! 323-677-2111

On the fifth day of Christmas, my designer did for me...

Vintage McCallister movie light. For side table in corner. We love layering up lighting and nothing is cooler than our collection of Vintage MsCallister movie lighting from the 20's, 30's, 40's and 50's currently residing in the Craig Olsen showroom waiting to get back in action in your home!
Miramar table lamps: for each end table next to the sofa.
Miramar lamps are stunning with the tint of blue in the glass and a metallic bronze pillar style base.
Cadillac floor lamp for next to corner chair:
Fronting a mile-long curved and polished hood. Nestled between sculpted wheel fenders while framing a huge chrome radiator. Bronze Art Deco accents.... A combination of polished aluminum and brass brings home 1930s style, perfection and craftsmanship. Check out its details, its imposing size, and the tall ebonized tripod complete with a travel compass dating back to the Mille-Miglia of the 1920s!
Star pendant
This is a Antique Mirrored Moravian Glass Star Light gives interest to any space. Because it is mirrored it only escapes just a touch a light leaving the room with a feel of soft ambiance. We sell this star in many options from clear glass to frosted to antique mirror as shown here. The star also comes in different sizes and has different finishes on the frame. The star shown here has a bronze finished frame.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my designer did for me...

Four Coffee Tables.
Drafters coffee table. Glass top with industrial metal base with hardware that will allow the coffee table to actually tilt at an angel to allow for you to work from your coffee table.

Milano silver table. For next to the corner chair. Silver metal 15x15x18" tall - available on quick ship.

A pair of Jaden side tables. Iron base with an organic recycled wood top 20x20x26. Quick ship or pick up in showroom. This rough top becomes very interesting when placed next to waxed leather.
 2 for each side of your sofa.

Call the CRAIG OLSEN showroom to order your tables at 323-677-2111

On the third day of Christmas, my designer did for me...

Three comfortable sitting chairs
These chairs are perfect to flank your sofa or accent a sitting room.

THE Sherman Chair
26” x 29” x 32” High

On the second day of Christmas, my designer did for me...

Two layered rugs.

Have fun with your space! It's always interesting to layer textures and step out of the box a bit. We love the natural organic marriage of animal hide and wovens together.

On the first day of Christmas, my designer did for me...

1 leather sofa.

Available in 79" or 55" -custom leather available.

Inspired by the clean, classic look of architect Mies Van der Rohe's Barcelona chair, the Picasso Sofa complements any room by walking the fine balance between graceful simplicity and world-class elegance.

**Also available in a chair version with ottoman.

Call the CRAIG OLSEN showroom to order your Picassa Sofa 323-677-2111

Monday, November 14, 2011

Perfect Holiday Gifts Under $50 from Craig Olsen - Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from Craig Olsen! We wanted to share our top picks for fabulous and unique holiday gifts this year - sure to "wow" with their uniqueness and tasteful "stand out" qualities. All items are available at Craig Olsen - feel free to shop online at our Online Store or call us directly to place your orders at 323-677-2111
This Body Tonic can also be used as a room spray. These make useful gifts for any host/hostess this holiday season, and you can't go wrong with these incredible scents (you've never smelled anything so good - we can't get enough). $27/each
This 17-3/4"L Metal Beatle is a fabulous addition to any home OR garden. And for $48 it's guaranteed to be a standout gift. This is a unique piece that we just love.
We have these beautiful hourglasses in red/clear. purple/clear, in clear with white sand and clear with black sand as well as turquoise and clear. They are $42/each.
We are obsessed wit this gorgeous Monkey See statue. $29
These glass votives are not only the perfect holiday gift, but they also make the perfect addition to any holiday party. And for $13/each, how can you possibly resist?
This large industrial wooden tray is great for breakfast-in-bed or even better as an addition to any coffee table. It's a powerful design piece for any room and mixes beautifully with every design taste.
11"H Stoneware Hand, Cream. You can't go wrong with spreading "peace" this year - and this statue is the kind that radiates the message regardless of it's placement in your home or office. $38 

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Are Snakes the Silent "Power" Trend?

If you like snakes, but are not too keen on having them as a house pet, why not bring them into your home by including them in your decor. Snakes have been associated with some of the oldest rituals known to mankind - they definitely make a strong statement in fashion and interior design.

Speaking of fashion, that's where we always take our "cues."  We have noticed some interesting trends taking place this Fall 2011.
Notice this Jimmy Choo Snake Wedge - and since "Furniture" follows "Fashion," we always watch for the trends in fashion. And regardless, when has Mr. Choo ever steered any of us wrong?  
If you want to do just "a little" - something not quite so "bold" you can easily add an interesting table top accessory, or try a subtle side table.

If you are someone who "goes big and takes chances in your decor" - I particularly like this piece for a front door.

I am not a fan of snakes in the "skin" so to speak but for some reason I have become slightly obsessed with this snake chain fabric and plan on designing some dining room chairs for my own home - stay tuned for the completed work - I will post a photo once they are complete!
Connect with Craig Olsen on Facebook, and be sure you're getting his tweets...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fabrics Galore: Organizing the CRAIG OLSEN Library

Organization is key - in any business, in any household, in any anything. And we usually are VERY organized - but it's that funny thing that happens when too many artists "live" and "work" under one roof (showroom) - things are bound to go haywire. So we spent today going through all of the fabrics that we have acquired over the years. Every piece you see carries deep significance to us here - they are all equally important to us. Some denote specific trends, some represent complete design statements, some compliment other pieces we have in our space, etc.

We usually put the company of where the fabric came from and roughly how much of it we have - so that's already organized. We just had them all over and in mountains...

Lately, we have been working a lot with pink, as our clients are asking for it more and more, so we put together some of our favorite textiles on our inspirational wall. Because let's be's all about the inspiration in life...or at is for us.

Oh, the deal on all those little tags is...we acquire tons of remnants over the year so in order to know what I have I like to put them up on these tags-it helps my mind be organized and I usually will put the company of where the fabrics come from and roughly how much of it I have. I use these little bits and pieces for pillows, piping for a fun little chair etc etc.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Pillowcases with Personality...J'adore!

These pillowcases are 100% cotton and are manufactured through companies that emphasize environmentally friendly processes, fair wages, healthy working environments, gender equality and the development of self- sustaining communities. Everything that is important at CRAIG OLSEN. A set of 2 retail for $98. They make great gifts - they're too cute to pass up! Who doesn't see themselves as King or Queen? They're also perfect for your own home or guest room.

"Sleeps with dogs" is our personal favorite. Everyone that purchases these from us slyly pushes the neatly enveloped pillows towards us and kinda looks down almost with shame and embarrassement that they allow their furry children to take up space in their bed - if they only knew how much we all do the same thing! Too funny!