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I mentioned on the last “What’s New Wednesday” post about our latest collection for the store, the Barclay Butera Lifestyle Collection. Scott and I have appreciated Barclay Butera’s style for some time. His look is classic and chic, clean and comfortable. Barclay Butera’s look often reminds me of Ralph Lauren, but he grew up in Southern California and infuses a slightly more casual, approachable feel.
I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen this image from a design client as an inspiration room. It is by Barclay Butera from the Belaire Show house. All images from the Barclay Butera website, unless noted.
When I worked for Jaguar Cars, one of our marketing activities was to sponsor the Hamptons Showhome with the magazine Home & Gardens. Barclay did the entry and it was very impactful when you walked into the home and saw this amazing shell chandelier he custom created.
Barclay Butera’s style is very recognizable, although he breaks his ‘look’ into specific lifestyles: style, beach, desert, etc. His color palette and formality change with the environment and style of the home, yet he still manages a consistent look.
This home is one of my favorites from Corona del Mar, CA. It features prominently in his book. In beach cottage fashion, this home is very small, 2 bed, 2 bath and about 1300 square feet. Often we think if we have a small space, not much can be done with it. Not true! This open living area is basically the whole ground floor with ‘living room’, ‘sitting room’ and dining area next to the kitchen.
I love a beachy look and Barclay Butera does this really well without a ‘themed’ look. His beach style is more plantation/british colonial than seashells and bright colors. I feel this gives a more sophisticated and chic take on an inviting and comfortable atmosphere.
I love this image which shows a great way to place a TV in your bedroom without making the TV the dominant focus on the wall. You barely know it is there as it disappears above the sideboard. As armoires have gone by the wayside, TVs are getting prominent placement in many rooms. I don’t have an issue with that as it relates to how we live our daily lives. However, it is nice to notice a put together room and the décor as opposed to the giant TV on the main wall of the room.
I really like his use of symmetry. Anyone that knows me, knows I hate furniture and rugs on angles or a ‘messy’ feeling in a room. Symmetry is defined as: imprecise sense of harmonious or aesthetically pleasing proportionality and balance. This is often achieved through pairs. Notice (above as one example throughout) Barclay Butera’s use of a pair of lamps with a pair of vases or hurricanes or vases on his table tops.
Barclay Butera has gone from decorating homes to creating lifestyle collections of the items he needs to create the spaces he envisions. For a couple of years at Heather Scott Home & Design we have carried his artwork:
His fabric, available through Kravet:
and his rugs from Merida, a company most known for their natural fiber rugs (custom sisal and jute):
We are now really excited to be the exclusive dealer in Austin for the Barclay Butera Lifestyle Collection. This is a comprehensive offering of casegoods (tables, buffets) as well as upholstery (dining chairs, sofas, ottomans). We now have a large selection from many of his collections available in the store.
Here are some pictures from the High Point market representing several of these collections:
These are some of our favorite pieces we now have in stock:
This mirror would look fabulous over a buffet, flanked by a pair of awesome lamps and hurricanes.
This nighstand/chest has so much character we couldn’t resist it. The piece looks aged and rich and has incredible detail.
This dining table is about 72” without the leaves, and has great detail on the legs. The table is also on casters for additional style.
We love these chairs and the banquette to go with any dining table. Yes, you can scotch-guard the fabric if you are worried about maintenance. Sometimes something looks so good you just have to have it!
As you can see from the length of this blog post we are extremely passionate about this new line for our store. You may recall from earlier in the post, we focused on a home that only had 1,300 square feet and yet looked larger and ‘put-together’ with a lot of furniture and accessories. No matter the size or current style of your space, this furniture line can open up your home and enhance enjoyment in your favorite environment! We are confident you will love the product as much as we do, and will find a place for many of these pieces in your homes. Be sure to put us on your shopping agenda over the next few weeks to see all of the new product.
Scott and I are very excited to now be carrying the Barclay Butera Lifestyle Collection. When we lived in California, we loved the Barclay Butera shop in Newport Beach. I think I’ve read his book about 50 times. In High Point, NC, just last month, we decided to order several of his items and they have already started to arrive!
Many pieces came yesterday during the first rain storm (complete with thunder and lighting) that Austin has seen in about 9 months. It was a little crazy, but definitely worth it!
One of our favorite things were this pair of dark, blue velvet head dining chairs, complete with arms and casters. Stephanie, one of our employees, first words were ‘those are gor-geous’ and she says it with the long g-o-r-g-eous when something is really special!
The chairs are $787.99 a piece. They would look really special during a holiday celebration!
We hope you’ll come by and see all the other new pieces we received as well!