Emperor Nero's Rotating Dining Room 'discovered'

Remains of the fabled dining hall have been discovered on the city's Palatine Hill, where emperors traditionally built their most lavish palaces.

The hall is said to have had a revolving wooden floor which allowed guests to survey a ceiling painted with stars and equipped with panels from which flower petals and perfume would shower onto the tables below.

The remains of the room were found by archeologists excavating the Domus Aurea, or Golden House, which was built for Nero during his reign from 54 to 68AD.

The leader of the four month dig, Françoise Villedieu, said her team discovered part of a circular room which was supported by a pillar with a diameter of more than 13 feet.

The Roman historian Suetonius described the unique revolving room in his Lives of the Caesars, written about 60 years after Nero's death.

"The chief banqueting room was circular and revolved perpetually, night and day, in imitation of the motion of the celestial bodies," he wrote.

Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, the recently departed head of the British School at Rome, an archeological institute, said: "People have been trying to find the rotating dining room for a long time. We don't have much idea about it except for what Suetonius tells us. It could have had a revolving floor, or possibly a revolving ceiling. "If they really have discovered it, that would be exciting." Rome's commissioner for archaeology, Roberto Cecchi, said funds would be made available to help archeologists carry out further investigation and try to verify whether they have indeed found Nero's dining room.

Nero established during his lifetime a reputation for cruelty and megalomania before committing suicide in AD 68.

Among the monuments he erected was a giant gilded statue of himself, known as the Colossus, which gave its name to the Colosseum amphitheatre.

Ben Carson's HUD Cancels Order for $31G Dining Room Set After Complaint
The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced Thursday that it is canceling an order for a $31,561 dining set purchased for a costly makeover of Secretary Ben Carson's office after a whistleblower's complaint."At the request of the Secretary, the agency is working to rescind the order for the dining room set," HUD spokesman Raffi Williams said in a statement.The move comes after Helen Foster, HUD's former chief administrative officer, complained that she was retaliated against for objecting to the cost of the set, saying that $5,000 was the statutory max. The New York Times reported on the decision, made in late 2017, on Tuesday.The agency had previously called the dining room set a decoration rather than a building expense, and said it was not ordered by Carson. HUD told the Associated Press that only blinds were purchased for Carson's office and were within the $5,000 limit. The dining set is in a room adjoining Carson's office.Foster said she was demoted for refusing to bankroll the remodeling, and claims it was requested by Carson's wife amid an environment where top officials told her to skirt or break the rules. Foster says she was told the department "has always found money for this in the past" and that "$5,000 will not even buy a decent chair."The department said in response to that report that Carson decorated his office mainly with furniture from the agency's basement and did not ask for a new dining set. Instead, HUD blamed it on "career staffers."The department also denied retaliation, saying that Foster is still a HUD employee and that it is customary for staffers to be rotated.HUD's Office of the Inspector General said it would not confirm or deny whether it had opened an investigation into Foster's allegations.Foster's complaint asks for a public apology, and that she be reinstated to her original position.Fox News' Peter Doocy and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Will This Match My House(livingroom/dining Room Combo)? Please Help?
you can mix the different colors of glass but maybe you should add in some wood? I would do a simple wood table with some ghost/lucite chairs to keep the space airy1. How do I clean a dining room chair that has attached seat cushions?Howdy! Someone in my Facebook group posted this page so I came to check it out. I am definitely loving the information. I am book-marking and will be tweeting it to my followers!.2. I am making a Walnut Dining room table 4x6 ft what stain would be the best to make the grain and natural look?If it is new lumber and has a good grain pattern , I would wipe down with boiled linseed oil to make grain stand out and then (When dry) coat with several coats of Poly. If the grain is not so good or there are streaks, use a good quality wipeing stain to even out the color, then Poly coat.3. Majesty of the seas dining room food?Having just been on the ship (for the 4th time), the food in the dining room was excellent since the refurbishment. 5-6 different entree items each night plus an alternative menu of steak, chicken, and salmon. The Windjammer has also been changed. they have added a Deli, Pizza and Johnny Rocket's venue on the upper level. Service was excellent and the siging by the wait staff is fun. Have fun in Coco Cay but be sure to bring sun screen.4. In winter, does the plastic film sealed over your home windows really save money on your home heating bills?Newer homes do not usually see as big a savings as homes with older windows. However, for $60 I think the potential added comfort is worth the investment. Since your home is newer you might want to have someone come out and make sure you do not have a draft or leak in your duct work. My natural gas company came out and did it for free for us a couple years back. I think the electric company does it as well. Does not hurt to call and ask! Another thing that helped, just as a side note, is that we closed all the vents on our top floor which stays much warmer than downstairs. And usually I keep the vents in the kitchen and dining room closed, too. If we are in the kitchen for any long period it's already warm from the stove being on. So the basement stays pretty toasty and our bills are so much lower now.5. Will anything remove permament felt from a dining room (wood) table?You can try WD40 or really cheap hair spray (has to be the super cheap kind). They will take permanent ink off most things (also takes crayon off painted walls) Try it in a place that has the same finish as the table top, but you cant see (inside leg of the table)6. Strange Beeping in my Dining Room/Office?Smoke detectors tend to beep every hour when they are low , goodluck finding it7. I painted my dining room red Need colors to go with red and decorating ideas- artwork, curtains, place settingI would go with black and white prints for hangings on the wall or you could do some wrought iron pieces in black that would look great against red also. Try to use as little color everywhere in the room to let the red be your statement or everything will just look too jumbled8. Why do dog owners allow their dogs up on the dining room table when guests are eating?ahhh yes, the pet guardian that treats the dog like the child and not as the dog. I actually have experience with this, believe it or not. I dated a guy who has two tiny dogs that he talks to like they are 4 year olds needing to be talked to from dad. This guy has allowed bad manners with his dogs for so long that the dogs do not believe they are dogs any longer and have been transformed into odd shaped people. His dogs eat human food (which is not good for them) and are constantly under foot begging and making me feel awkward for saying no and he never even said a word on his own to discourage the matter, thinking it was perfectly normal. I hated that. your sister in law, no doubt, has a few ideas of her own that are not condusive to discipline. I bet the dogs rule the house and not the owners. Dogs, regardless of breed, are pack animals not minuture humans with four legs. The guardians are the Alphas and never the other way around. This action of dining with pets and guests is rude, it is undisciplined, and it is quite an eccentric attitude to have with guests. Personally, me? I would have been the witch that spoke up and stated right then and there, that I would not be made to sit next to the dog. Perhaps the dog would be better suited outside during the meal. I know, I am rude like that. But I do not believe you did that at the first meal. So you have two options now.....1 do not go back and 2 let her know that you were not excited about the dog begging at the table. She might be insulted by either option, but your brother in law should have had a clue that the rest of the family would not enjoy the meal as was and should have said something but he did not . I am affraid your only future option will be to politely suggesst you were not happy with the matter and perhaps it should change if the next dinner happens there next year.
What "extras Room" Are in Large House Or Mansion?
What "extras room" are in large house or mansion?One room could be a dining room, another could be a lounge or den, a parlour is used for serving informal tea or coffee, one room could even be a library or a study— — — — — —best plate size for table settings/dining room?Do not you think the 13 inch is the standard dinner plate, and the 10 inch is the salad plate? I would want both— — — — — —What do I paint my living/dining room?Use a tomato color to accent off setting walls, leave some the plain or light color. Accent the others with a Tan or adobe, one more accent color a pale green on a couple of other accent walls— — — — — —Dining room furnishing: 7 useful tips for neo-classical Italian styleElegant, luxurious and timeless. Classical style, in all its countless variations, is an endless source for stunning inspirations that never cease to amaze. In particular, neo-classical taste, as well as being one of the most popular and widespread design styles has excellent appeal in any setting. From the bedroom through to the living area, with its prestigious materials and details, neo-classical style can bring a new light into any room. This article aims to tell you a little bit about dining room furniture in neo-classical style and specifically, we are going to show you 7 useful tips to create your perfect furnishing concept. Let's take a look: • Decide on the right colour palette • Paint the walls or decorate them with wallpaper: it's your choice • Choose furnishings with precious detailing and decorations: friezes, coping and columns 7 tips to create a neoclassical concept for your dining room furnishing Formal balance, decorative variety, unquestionable dramatic presence: the combination that creates the style key in a furnished room, following neo-classical style. Let's take a look at the 7 key steps in setting out a style concept with great aesthetic results: 1. Decide on the right colour palette Every interior design project worthy of the name starts with an initial bold step, or setting out the right colour palette to suit the furnishing context. In this case, the neo-classic style requires a range of soft, sober colours, such as cream, ivory, cream, gold and silver. Tones of this type can add an aesthetic dimension to your dining room. That's why we advise you to create a furnishing concept that is perfectly in line with the typical colour standards of this style trend. 2. Paint the walls or decorate them with wallpaper: the choice is yours To start decorating your dining room, you need to start with the walls. The choice is all yours: paint in pastel shades or wallpaper with a neo-classical design (motifs or arabesques in classic style). In both cases, these decorative solutions will provide a look based on elegance. As well as providing the light a room needs, decorative lighting is ideal for creating a dining room with a welcoming atmosphere. If you want an elegant decor in your dining area, choose lamps in neo-classical style. We recommend that you combine more than one lighting solution, made in different materials. Choose important lamp shades and/or appliqués with glass or crystal body. You can also add table lamps in wood covered in gold leaf. Use decorative lamps with a classic design to convey the ambience you want to create in your dining room: welcoming, convivial, stimulating. 4. Choose furnishings with precious detailing and decorations: friezes, coping and columns The atmosphere in each place takes shape above all thanks to precious decorative detailing such as friezes, coping and columns. Focus points that as well as enhancing your furniture, also boost the style potential of your dining room. Choose furnishing elements that are finished in great detail, using prestigious decorations: sideboards with gold friezes, designs with a Greek or Roman feel, combined, where possible, with a display cabinet with side columns. The table and chairs are an essential part of any dining room furniture. If you want to find a style that matches the rest of the furnishings, these elements need to comply with the rules of neo-classical style. Opt for chairs with sleek style and fan-shaped backs, finished with fine fabrics. Tables should be squared and have bold gilt decoration along the edges. To complete your layout, you can always place your table and chairs on a large rug in classical style. Make sure the rug is large enough to cover a space for the whole dining set. A decorative touch that wo not go unnoticed, while also adding comfort and style to your dining room. If you want to make your room even more beautiful, then do not forget the decorative potential of elegant furnishing accessories including vases finished with gold detailing and bas-reliefs, brass candelabras with gold or silver lacquering, ornate table lamps and hand-painted decorative plates to hang on the wall. All of these items are great statement pieces that enhance the neo-classical style and add touches of luxury to your dining room. Dining room furniture with neo-classical charm: a sumptuous furnishing style to enjoy, every day. To create your classical interior design project, why not follow our style tips? Make an elegant style statement by choosing furnishing items with a prestigious feel and finishes with a great visual impact. Stunning to look at. Always.
Sojourns in the Snow; Resorts That Blazed Western
BY TUKEY KOFFENDDEC. 7, 1986 This is a digitized version of an article from The Times's print archive, before the start of online publication in 1996. To preserve these articles as they originally appeared, The Times does not alter, edit or update them. Occasionally the digitization process introduces transcription errors or other problems. Please send reports of such problems to . The three queens of Western ski resorts - jazzy Aspen, homey Alta and venerable Sun Valley - still reign over their snowy realms after nearly half a century. Each had its beginning as a mining town, fell on hard times during the silver slump and was later transformed into a winter playground. Aspen has grown and changed a lot; Sun Valley has grown a lot and changed a little; only Alta has remained much the same.Alta, snuggled in Little Cottonwood Canyon about 4,000 feet above Salt Lake City, is the smallest and oldest of the three. While Aspen-ites complain about their so-called urban sprawl, Alta diehards are worried about a half-dozen new houses, and some even object to the resort down the road, Snowbird, with its complex of concrete battlements, designed to withstand avalanches.Avalanche danger is one of the reasons for Alta's lack of growth; the threat is ever present, and the only access road is often closed. The ski lodges were laid out carefully between the slide paths. The other reason for the relative lack of development is that only 8 percent of the land is in private hands; the rest is public land administered by the United States Forest Service.Most of Alta's original 3,000 residents departed the snowy canyon and its devastating avalanches when ore began to run out in 1873 and silver was no longer profitable. In the late 1930's, as skiing began to be popular in this country, George H. Watson, an Eastern businessman who had acquired a lot of mining properties, donated 1,800 acres to the Forest Service so that a ski area could be built at Alta.AdvertisementIn 1938 the first chairlift, a primitive contraption constructed partly from old ore-bucket conveyors, hauled skiers up 2,630 feet for 15 cents a ride. Mr. Watson, self-styled mayor of Alta, used to entertain visitors in his cabin buried in snow so deep that one descended, like Santa Claus, by a ladder down the chimney. Here he served his visitors an exotic drink of his invention: a Pine Tree, which consisted of a pine twig, some snow and lots of bourbon.AdvertisementDick Durrance and James Laughlin 4th, who had raced together in Austria in 1936, with Mr. Durrance's wife, Miggs, took over the Alta Lodge from the Salt Lake Winter Sports Association, and the Durrances ran it. By 1940 a lift company had been formed by a small group of stockholders, including Mr. Laughlin (who owned New Directions Press) and Joe Quinney, a Salt Lake City lawyer.At the outset Alta's management decided the area should welcome local families, and later, when other stockholders suggested lift prices be raised, Mr. Laughlin refused. Today, Alta has the least expensive lift ticket, at $15, of any major area in the country.Altaphiles insist their snow is the best. Alf Engen, who has been head of the Alta Ski School since 1949, says it is ''dried-out snow'' from California. Those who favor this resort also cite the reliability and abundance of snow. Although Sun Valley might suffer a six-week snow drought and Aspen has been known to have skimpy coverage in a very bad year, Alta's base averages 3 feet from mid-November to 12 feet by the end of May. Timid skiers might fear all this deep powder, but there are machine-groomed slopes, too, packed nightly - something old-time skiers would have considered insulting.Today Alta has eight double chairs to carry skiers up to all sorts of terrain: open slopes, steep chutes or narrow trails. The ski map of major runs shows only 4 real beginner trails, 14 intermediate runs and an inordinate number of black diamonds (designating the toughest runs): 17 trails and slopes plus a lot of gullies and corkscrews. Helicopters leave from nearby Snowbird to take the intrepid powder skiing.There are four lodges in Alta, all informal and some downright homey. Many of the guests who started coming to Alta in the early days still come, and now they are apt to bring their grandchildren.Though the lodges include meals in their rates, one can have dinner up or down the road. Most people tend to stay put, however, and each lodge has its adherents. Many longtime visitors prefer the down-to-earth Alta Lodge. Others like the more formal atmosphere of the Rustler, with its outdoor swimming pool, and some prefer the Alta Peruvian, which has a cozy lounge with a big fireplace, a pool and a younger crowd. The Goldminer's Daughter, right down by the lift, is more rustic, with Ping-Pong, pool and an exercise room. The lodge owners, all long-time Alta residents, are particularly eager that guests enjoy themselves.There's no need for a car at any of these places. Guests at the Alta Lodge or the Rustler simply ski down a little slope to the lift and ride back up later on a short rope tow. Those at the Goldminer's Daughter don't have to go up or down - they are already at the lift. The Alta Peruvian has a van to transport skiers, as do the resort's condominiums.AdvertisementVisitors to Sun Valley don't need a car, either, for it, too, is self-contained, but there the similarity to Alta ends.At its inception, Sun Valley had one place to stay, the Lodge. It is now surrounded by 600 guest condominiums; consequently there is little of the personal touch that Alta offers.Sun Valley celebrated its 50th anniversary last year. It was the country's first destination ski resort, the brainchild of W. Averell Harriman, chairman of the board of the Union Pacific Railroad, in the heyday of train travel. He wanted to find the best spot in the United States to build a ski resort - as long as it was near his railroad tracks. He sent Count Felix Schaffgotsch, an Austrian ski expert, off to search for the best location.The Count looked all over Colorado -Aspen was too high, he thought - Utah and Wyoming. He wasn't satisfied until he stopped in Ketchum, Idaho, another old mining town that had gone from boom to bust. It was home to 270 people, mostly sheep herders, but it lay at the base of 9,300-foot Bald Mountain and was on a spur of the Union Pacific.By Christmas of 1936 the multimillion-dollar Lodge was built. The Count had picked the site; he decided that where the cows spent the day must be the warmest spot. The Lodge was built in imitation rustic, of poured concrete stenciled and painted to look like logs. There was a glass-enclosed swimming pool, an ice rink, an orchestra for dancing and a ski school with five instructors.The world's first chairlift started operation. It was designed by a Union Pacific engineer who translated the mechanics of hauling bananas onto a ship into hauling skiers up a mountain.Only one thing was lacking: snow. It wasn't until New Year's Eve that a storm dropped two feet of the stuff, enough to barely cover the slopes. But never mind: Sun Valley soon became the glamour resort of the decade, with Hollywood stars and Eastern social luminaries mingling on the hill, dressing up for dinner in the ornate upstairs dining room and dancing in the Duchin Room.They came from New York on the luxury train City of Los Angeles, and on the SnoBall Special from Los Angeles. At the Ketchum railroad station a dogsled met visitors and took them, swathed in furs, to The Lodge. Today limousines and vans at Hailey Airport have replaced this glamorous ride.AdvertisementThe next year the Challenger Inn (named after a Union Pacific train) was built to accommodate people who couldn't afford the Lodge, and the year after, bunk-bedded chalets renting for $1 a night were opened for ''college students.'' Today rooms in the Lodge and the Inn are nearly the same price.In the beginning the resort had only three rather small mountains, Dollar, Proctor and Ruud, and it wasn't until Bald Mountain, known as Baldy, was developed in 1939 that Sun Valley had a really good ''skiers' mountain.''In 1964 Bill Janss and the Janss Corporation, seeing Sun Valley's potential as a year-round resort, bought it from the railroad and began a vast expansion program; all the condominiums and apartments have been built since then. In 1968 Bill Janss himself took over and formed the Sun Valley Company.Sun Valley changed hands again in 1977, and is now part of Little America Hotels and Resorts, whose president is the oilman R. Earl Holding. Two new chairlifts have been installed, a double and a triple, but more important, Sun Valley is trying to re-create the elegance of earlier days. The grand foyer in the Lodge has been restored. There are new marble bathrooms everywhere. Waiters in the dining room are dressed in tails and serve dinner wearing white gloves.Today many of Sun Valley's visitors are young families who prefer the comfort of a condominium with kitchen and television set to a hotel room. There is a sprinkling of the old guard who always ski at Sun Valley and always stay at the Lodge, but many visitors are here for the first time.As for the skiing, there's something for everyone, from gentle to terrifying. Baldy has 64 ski runs; 38 percent of its terrain is for advanced skiers, the rest for intermediates. Dollar Mountain and Elkhorn, on its other side (above the Elkhorn Village development), are perfect for beginners. Three restaurants serve Baldy's skiers, with another at the base of Dollar. The story of Aspen's beginning as a ski resort has been told many times: how in 1936 the skiers Billy Fiske and Theodore Ryan, with the developer Tom Flynn, hired a Swiss ski expert, Andre Roch, to evaluate the area around nearby Ashcroft for a resort; how, in his spare time, Mr. Roch laid out the first ski trail on Aspen Mountain, where a race was held in 1938 and national competitions in 1941; how the 10th Mountain Division, including many of the country's top skiers, trained at nearby Camp Hale; how Friedl Pfeifer discovered what he called ''the nearest thing to Switzerland'' on a ski trip to Aspen, and how after the war Walter Paepcke, chairman of the board of Container Corporation, decided that Aspen was the perfect town for his grand dream of culture in America.Later Mr. Paepcke and Mr. Pfeifer joined forces and, along with a group of stockholders, formed the Aspen Ski Corporation. Mr. Paepcke also put together a separate group, the Aspen Company, which leased and refurbished the Hotel Jerome, and bought Victorian houses to serve as additional lodging.Once one of the West's most prosperous silver mining towns, Aspen had been served by two railroads and boasted a fancy opera house, 10 churches and 6 newspapers until the silver bubble burst and it fell on hard times. By the time the new lift, billed as the world's longest, started up Aspen Mountain in the winter of 1946, the town was a sorry sight compared to glamorous Sun Valley.AdvertisementYet the resort's setting in the Roaring Fork Valley and the exciting terrain on Aspen Mountain soon lured skiers from all over. During that first winter Aspen had as many Chicago and Denver socialites as Sun Valley had movie stars. But it wasn't yet the cultural center that Mr. Paepcke envisioned.When Robert Maynard Hutchins of the University of Chicago proposed a Goethe Bicentennial celebration in 1949, Mr. Paepcke persuaded him to have it in Aspen instead of at the university. Dr. Albert Schweitzer, on his only visit to the United States, was to be the principal speaker. The first music festival was planned for the same time, and the architect Eero Saarinen was engaged to design a tent to hold an orchestra and 2,000 people.Skiing grew apace. In 1950 the World Alpine Championships of the Federation Internationale de Ski were held for the first time in the United States, and Aspen was chosen as the site for the race.Please verify you're not a robot by clicking the box.Invalid email address. Please re-enter.You must select a newsletter to subscribe to.View all New York Times newsletters.Today, with five double chairs, three quadruple chairs and a brand-new, high-speed gondola (from bottom to top in 13 minutes), scheduled to open just before Christmas, Aspen Mountain is a far cry from 1946, when the only way up was on the No. 1 and No. 2 lifts. In those days a skier could remove his lift coat, usually an old raccoon or a Hudson Bay, at the top and send it back down on the chair. At the end of the run he collected it from the big pile of coats at the bottom.In those days everyone ate at the Sundeck at the top of the mountain. Now there are three restaurants on the mountain, including the newest, the Coyote Grill, formerly Ruthie's. Old-timers stick to the Sundeck; celebrities seem to prefer Bonnie's, half-way down.Aspen Mountain is the most challenging in the Aspen complex. This year two huge bowls will be accessible by snowmobile for powder skiing. Thirty percent of Aspen Mountain's runs are expert, 35 percent more difficult and 35 percent most difficult. This is where hotshots cut huge moguls on the Ridge of Bell or bounce through new powder on Zaugg Dump. It's also the favorite mountain of many skiers who started coming here in the 40's.The old-timers are apt to turn up their noses at Snowmass, an instant $10 million town created by the Janss Company in 1967. It has added more than 1,500 acres of skiing to the Aspen complex, with 86 trails and more than 55 miles of runs; you can ski at Snowmass all day and never go down the same slope twice. There are some yellow (expert only) trails, including two snow bowls, but on the whole, Snowmass is the supreme cruising mountain. It's also an ideal family resort, with most of the condominiums right on the slopes. There are 14 chairlifts, including two new high-speed quads. Lift lines are never very bad here except on holidays.Smooth and friendly Buttermilk, an area begun by Friedl Pfeifer in 1958, is perfect for beginners; nearly half its runs are easy ones. There are six double chairs and rarely any lines. The Tiehack area on the same mountain has black diamond runs (well, maybe gray-black), and the view from the top of its lift looking up Maroon Creek is one of the best in Aspen.The fourth area in Aspen is one that two years ago won a $7.5 million antitrust suit against the Aspen Ski Company for not including it in the three-mountain daily ticket. Whipple Van Ness Jones started the Highlands, two miles from town up Maroon Creek, about the same time that Buttermilk was begun. Now it is managed by his grandson. The Highlands is the favorite of many local residents for its season pass, the only real one in Aspen. (This year it's $425.) Aspen's 40th anniversary as a ski resort will be celebrated Jan. 5 to 10, with a week of races, balls, parades and banquets. One day will honor the 10th Mountain Division.AdvertisementIn the years since the first lift was dedicated, Aspen has become a mixture of modern and Victorian, furs and jeans, locals and tourists, movie stars and tradespeople. It is more than just another resort. The combination of splendid setting, summer culture, winter skiing and interesting residents gives it an ambiance both rural and sophisticated. Heading for Western slopes Resort Logistics Room rates given throughout are for peak season, generally from early February through early April. Rates for the Christmas holiday period can be higher; from early to mid December and from early to late January, they may be 10 to 20 percent less.All the resorts have programs for children that include both ski instruction and activity off the slopes. Alta There are four lodges; none takes credit cards. All add a 15 percent gratuity to the bill. A package may help you get a better air fare; contact the Alta Travel and Reservation Service, 801-742-2040.The rates at Alta Lodge (801-742-3500) include breakfast and dinner. They start at $69 a person in a dorm-style room for four; double rooms range from $76 to $104 a person.At the Rustler (801-742-2200), rates start at $62 a person for a dorm room (men only) and go up to $126 a person for a deluxe double. Breakfast and dinner are included.Rates at the Goldminer's Daughter (800-453-4573), including two meals, start at $53 a person in a dorm; a deluxe double is $70 a person.Rates at the Alta Peruvian (800-453-8488) include three meals and a lift pass. They start at $82 a person for a dorm room and range up to $130 a person in a deluxe double.Condominiums, on the European plan, are all about a half-mile from both Alta and Snowbird. A one-bedroom unit will cost about $175 a night at the Hellgate (801-742-2020) or Blackjack (801-742-3200); a two-bedroom at the Powder Ridge (800-453-5789) will run $285.Restaurants in Alta are an academic question for many visitors, because meals are included with hotel accommodations. For those who seek a change of scene, Snowbird is about a mile down the road. A new seafood restaurant, the Aerie, is scheduled to open there in mid-December.AdvertisementAlta's area day pass is $15. Two-hour ski classes are $14. Private lessons are $34 an hour for one person, $12 for each additional. Sun Valley Packages for a seven-night stay with a six-day lift ticket start at about $500 a person sharing a double room at the Lodge or the Inn, and range up to about $625; prices at condominiums are comparable. For information and reservations, call 800-635-8261.There are two restaurants in the Lodge: Gretchen's (formerly the Duchin Room) and the Lodge dining room. Gretchen's serves breakfast and a menu of salads, sandwiches and such for lunch or dinner. As in the early days, there's music in the bar till the wee hours. The dining room on the second floor is elegant, with Continental fare and a trio for dancing; steak or veal entrees are about $18.In Ketchum, local residents like the Pioneer Saloon (208-726-3139) for steaks and beer. Dinner, about $20 a person. The Evergreen (208-726-3888) has a Continental menu, with dishes like raspberry duck or milk-fed veal at $18, and an extensive wine list. Soupcon (208-726-5034) has a different menu every night; entrees range from about $13 to $22.Or you can take a horse-drawn sleigh ($8.50 round trip) to rustic Trail Creek Cabin east of the resort for a dinner of meat, potatoes, salad, and dessert for $17 to $22 a person.Sun Valley's lift tickets are $29; 3-day passes $79, and 5-day, $128. Ski school rates are $37 a day. Private instruction is $40 an hour. Aspen The Aspen Resort Association (303-925-9000) will help with accommodations arrangements.In the recently remodeled Hotel Jerome (800-331-7213), double rooms start at $225 and go up to $500.A bed-and-breakfast inn, the Sardy House (303-920-2525) on Main Street has rooms from $155 to $205. It is owned by the same people who run the Hotel Lenado (303-925-6246), with rates from $145 to $205.Families with children might prefer a condominium in Snowmass, where they can ski right out the door onto easy slopes. A studio will run $139 a night for two; a deluxe two-bedroom at the Wood Run V unit, $395. Call the Snowmass Resort Association at 303-923-2010.During Aspen's busy winter season, smart visitors make dinner reservations when they book their rooms.AdvertisementEnticing and expensive is Gordon's (303-925-7474) which serves appetizers (about $8) such as potato pancakes with golden caviar. Entrees include free-range chicken with sun-dried tomato and herbs, $24.Abetone (303-925-9022) is a lively and attractive Italian place with entrees starting around $18. The pasta is homemade, the fish is never overcooked and the veal saltimbocca is first rate. Poppie's (303-925-2333), an intimate bistro, has wonderful sweetbreads at $21. The Golden Horn (303-925-3373), one of Aspen's oldest restaurants, is famous for its wiener schnitzel among other veal dishes for $20 and up.The Crystal Palace (303-925-1455) is an Aspen institution where waiters and waitresses become entertainers after dinner. Dinner and show, $28.In Snowmass, reservations are a must at Chez Grandmere (303-923-2570) a very small and personal French restaurant; it's $35 for a four-course dinner. Krabloonik (303-923-3953), although home to teams of husky sled dogs, somehow manages to have the best dry martini, as well as wild game and smoked meats; entrees run from about $16 to $26.The daily lift ticket at Aspen is $29. A three-day, three-mountain ticket is $84; for six days, $162. A six-day, four-mountain pass is $168.A day's group lesson in the ski school is $35. Private two-hour lessons for one to five people are $100.Aspen Highlands' lift tickets are $28; a three-day ticket is $69, and a five-day ticket, $95.The graduated length method is taught at Aspen Highlands' ski school. Class lessons cost $28 a day; private instruction, $50 an hour. T. K.Tukey Koffend is a writer who lives in Aspen, Colo.A version of this article appears in print on December 7, 1986, on Page 10010019 of the National edition with the headline: SOJOURNS IN THE SNOW; Resorts That Blazed Western Trails. Order Reprints| Today's Paper|Subscribe
Why It's so Hard to Find a Comfortable Dining Room Chair ...
One of the keys to a memorable dining experience is good seating, which is why many restaurateurs and designers in Los Angeles turn to Amsterdam Modern for a solution. If you've ever dined in Beachwood Café, Gjelina or visited Ace Hotels, chances are you've sat in chairs that have come through the furniture purveyor's 10,000-square-foot warehouse.Located in Historic Filipinotown just west of downtown Los Angeles, Amsterdam Modern began when Ellen LeComte became enamored of midcentury Dutch design."I stumbled into this whole business," says LeComte, who opened her doors in 2009. "I just thought Dutch design was crazy cool and different." Apart from chairs, the shop also carries lighting, tables and storage solutions of Dutch design.Designers such as Cliff Fong, Barbara Bestor and Commune Design agreed. Her vintage finds now grace their projects. Ink restaurant's Michael Voltaggio even has LeComte listed as "Chair Lady" on his phone, the supplier says with a laugh.According to LeComte, the perfect dining chair is subjective. "Everyone is different," she says, but every buyer considers two things: style and comfort."It's mostly about style first," says LeComte. Chairs can have a staggering variety. Do you want a metal frame? A wood or upholstered seat? Or a combination of metal, wood and leather?Where your chair will ultimately be placed factors into your decision."If you're looking for more of a fine dining experience, one would probably want an upholstered chair," said LeComte. Amsterdam Modern supplied Ink with Friso Kramer's Revolt and Result chairs, which it upholstered with black vinyl for the restaurant.The style of the chair also plays a part in a diner's mind-set. One of LeComte's clients, a restaurant owner in the Bay Area, wanted chairs that subtly leaned back. "Chairs that lean back invite people to sit, enjoy, perhaps drink their wine," LeComte says.Budget is also a consideration. According to LeComte, quality chairs can set you back $125 to $225, with $150 to $185 being fairly typical.The final test of a chair is ultimately the human body. "It's really best if you try it," says LeComte. Amsterdam Modern ships chairs around the country for its customers to try, but Angelenos can just stop by their warehouse during store hours.LeComte's favorite remains the Friso Kramer Revolt chair, which you can try at Ink. Introduced in 1953, the chair was an icon of Dutch style during the 1954 Milan Triennial. LeComte says that despite its industrial look, the chair is very comfortable because of its molded seat and back. Rubber mounts sandwiched between the backrest and metal frame also act like shock absorbers whenever anyone takes a seat.ALSO:Check out these fabulous fireplacesWill this be the color of 2017?Disappearing glass walls create magic for high-end homes
Dining Rooms, Private Balconies and Whirlpools: Inside Quantum of the Seas' Stunning Two-storey Suit
They are the kind of palatial suite that wouldn't look out of place in the penthouse of the world's grandest hotels.In fact, these are the luxury berths that feature on the breath-taking Quantum of the Seas cruise ship.The two-storey loft suites feature private balconies and their own dining rooms, and come with a dedicated concierge service, while the spectacular Royal Loft suite comes with its own whirlpool.However, the luxury rooms don't come cheap.An eight-night stay in the Royal Loft Suite for a Bahamas cruise costs £7,499 per person - almost £1,000 each a night.The trip departs from Cape Liberty in New Jersey and calls at Port Canaveral in Florida, and Nassau and Cococay in the Bahamas before returning to Cape Liberty.The rooms cost £133,000 each to build.Touted as the world's first smartship, Quantum of the Seas is the most high-tech cruise ship in the world, boasting wristbands that serve as room keys, speedy wifi and a skydiving simulator.Royal Caribbean International's brand new ship is one of the most luxurious in the world with 18 decks and room for 4,905 guests, and is one of the most luxurious vessels in the world.At 1,141ft long, Quantum Of The Seas is the length of 41 London buses and longer than five Boeing 747s. It's the third largest cruise ship in the world. It is 2.5ft longer than the Great Pyramid of Giza is tall.Its most striking feature is the unique North Star, a jewel-shaped glass observation capsule suspended from a giant arm that lifts passengers over 300ft above sea level.The passenger pod, similar to the capsules on the London Eye, offers 360-degree panoramic views of the ocean.In addition to a skydiving simulator, the 1,142ft ship boasts a surf simulator, rock climbing wall and multiple venues for live performances.Billed as 'the world's most futuristic and advanced ship', Quantum of the Seas is the first in Royal Caribbean's new Quantum class of vessels.Built at Meyer Werft shipyard in Papenburg Germany, it has more than 2,000 guest rooms and an area known as SeaPlex, the largest indoor active space at sea, complete with a flying trapeze, basketball court and three firsts for a cruise ship - bumper cars, roller skating and a food truck.It has the fastest internet speeds at sea using a new generation of mid-Earth orb satellites, and smartphone apps that allow guests to plan their shore excursions, book restaurant reservations or set up spa appointments.On Sunday the ship began its voyage from Southampton to a port near New York.After spending its inaugural season in North America the 168,000-tonne ship will relocate to Shanghai in the spring. An eight-night Caribbean holiday is priced from £879 per person.Decks four and five are lined with elegant Las Vegas-style restaurants, bars and shops selling everything from pints of beer and slices of pizza, to champagne and diamonds.Level 16 boasts iFly - the world's first skydive simulator at sea - as well as North Star, a five-star spa, a surf simulator, and a climbing wall.Deck 15 is where guests can find swimming pools, sunbeds and hottubs - as well as a pool-side bar playing music and serving drinks throughout the day.Inside, the ship's awesome architecture is complemented by a multi-million dollar art collection - from a huge butterfly wall by the glass lifts, and on-board galleries, to the 30ft-tall magenta polar bear made from stainless steel triangles standing proud on the ship's exterior deck.
Contemporary Dining Tables - Create a Modern Dining Room with Them
If your dining room has been the same for years, you may have decided that it's time for a change of view. For some people looking through a couple of interior décor magazines triggers this. A look at a couple of contemporary dining rooms of the stars and you may be ready to toss out all your old items and bring in contemporary dining tables and accents.This is a process that you have to piece together. Most people begin with contemporary dining tables. This makes perfect sense if you are creating a modern dining area the contemporary dining tables are going to be the major focus of this space.But don't think contemporary dining tables are the only pieces of large furniture you need in this space. If you do a lot of entertaining, you will want to think about the other accent pieces that should go with those tables.Buffet - While many think buffets are older fashioned items to have in their dining room, they change their mind when they see all the offerings that come from buffets. Not only is a buffet a great place to serve food off of the top of (especially in a buffet setting), but they also have a lot of storage space underneath. This is space that is of great use for your holiday china, tablecloths and napkins as well as the special silverware that is only pulled out for large family functions.China Cabinet - A china cabinet is a great way to show off your good taste. Glass front china cabinets can show off the beautiful serving dishes that have been handed down through the generations, which you have given a loving home to. They also offer extra storage space for some of those serving plates when they are not in use.Before you start buying all these furniture pieces to go into your dining room, you need to take some measurements. You want to make sure they will all fit comfortably. Remember, the measurement of those contemporary dining tables is not the only thing to keep in mind. You also have to take into account the chairs that will be around them. Each chair needs adequate space to be moved in and out from the table. Once you allow that extra space, make sure there is still room to comfortably move around the room if you were to add the buffet and china cabinet.Once you have decided on the furniture for the room, and know it will fit, there is one final detail you may want to look into, lighting. A beautiful contemporary chandelier that hangs down over the table would be a beautiful finishing touch to a formal dining room. If you look up and are less than impressed at the ceiling that the chandelier will be coming down from, you can fix that too. There are beautiful aftermarket ceiling medallions that can be placed on the ceiling to look as if you had all the architectural touches taken cared of when creating this dining space.
Spring High Point Market: Market Mindful of History, but High on Youth: Both the Young and Old Found
Young consumers were the object of attention at the International Home Furnishings Market in High Point in April, but their grandmothers would have felt right at home with several anniversary collections updated for the 21st century. Consumers under 44 are responsible for half the furniture purchased, said Phil Haney, Stanley Furniture's executive vice president for marketing and sales. Collection after collection showed an attempt to appeal to that age group, with soft-edged contemporary styling, reduced scale furniture and versatility. Consumers feel more comfortable with soft contemporary than with stark contemporary, said Morgan Flies, director of advertising at Lane Home Furnishings, as she showed the company's two new collections by Robert Idol, Pacific Heights and Union Square. Lane's Pacific Heights Collection, available in Santos rosewood, and the Union Square Collection, offered in cathedral cherry, both make use of richly patterned veneers and geometric shapes. Stanley Furniture's Midnight Sun Collection, made from quarter-sawn white oak, demonstrates the company's "ability and desire to connect with the young consumer," said Haney. The soft, contemporary Midnight Sun, described as "low and linear," includes tables and chests with an asymmetrical, floating look. Perhaps the closest to pure contemporary the new designs come is Kelly Hoppen's collection for Century. The British designer has used tropical flor-morado, white oak veneers, upholstery, steel and black glass to produce pieces with simple lines and an uncluttered feel. A wide ribbon of steel flows across dresser and chest tops, ending up as legs. Anniversary Pieces Tried-and-true with a modern twist characterizes several anniversary collections. Broyhill Furniture, which is celebrating its centennial, has come out with dining room, bedroom, upholstery and occasional furniture in the style of Sheraton, with a Little Hepplewhite and Chippendale thrown in. Ovals of okoume crotch veneer subtly enhance each piece, even the TV-centered entertainment unit that would have been unheard of 100 years ago. Pennsylvania House, approaching its 60th anniversary, reinterprets its classic Hallmark Cherry collection, updating it with a softer, earthy-brown finish that allows the woodgrain to show. And 50-year-old Pulaski brought back its three-decade-old Keepsakes curio cabinets, with new Lighting embedded in each shelf so that display objects are lit from above and below. In between the contemporary and the classic are handsome pieces which harken back to a romantic European and British past, including the campaign furniture packed by Britons as they colonized a large part of the world. Stanley's mahogany Barbados Collection, for example, with its prominent brass hinges, looks as though it is ready to be broken down and packed away for an ocean voyage. Pulaski's Royale collection of bedroom, dining and accent pieces was inspired by Beaux Arts architectural elements found in medallions, crown moulding and ceiling tiles throughout Europe. Hookers Casa del Sot, described as "Sunbelt Casual," draws on Italian and Mediterranean influences. It includes bed room, dining, occasional, home entertainment and home office pieces. Rustic styles are generally missing among the new furniture, as are overtly Asian styles. The bamboo and banana leaf of past markets also were not much in evidence. Furniture that Fits One trend of note is that many of today's new pieces are transferable from one collection to another. "Each piece stands on its own," said Kathy Mitchell, Hickory Chair director of wood products, as she introduced the 40-piece Alexa Hampton collection The collection tries to avoid "matchy-matchy," she said. "We don't believe that's how people live." Thin stripes of different-colored primavera and mahogany decorate the top of one end table. The striped table encourages normally-reluctant consumers to mix finishes, she said. There also was an attempt by manufacturers to accommodate all Lifestyles, including those crammed into small apartments, with Lots of storage and multi-functional pieces. Storage/display ranged from elegant to utilitarian. The full-Length glass doors of designer Barbara Barry's oval china cabinet for Henredon are bisected with elegant wood curves. Glass shelves with walnut edges are set in a walnut interior. At the other end of the price range spectrum is Sauder's EZ Cube, a modular collection of basic cubes, with or without doors, available with dividers with moveable shelves and end units with curving shelves. The versatile cubes, the company said, "can be used to create a wine cabinet that easily can be transformed into an entertainment center or a bathroom storage unit a month or a year later." From Wine To TV Wine cabinets that can serve other purposes are not limited to Sauder. In Lane's Union Square collection, you can take the bottles out and put in a TV. Presto! An entertainment center. Other solutions for the space-challenged include Pennsylvania House's Flip-Top Sideboard, part of the Today's Hallmark collection. The top flips open to reveal a wear-resistant laminated surface perfect for serving food or drinks. Fitting in with the emphasis on smaller spaces are several low-profile Hickory Chair headboards and an entire Guest Quarters Collection by Vaughn, designed for second bedrooms. Whether small or large, beds are gaining a good deal of attention. A padded headboard stretching several feet above the bed provides an invitation to reading or TV watching in Stanley's Midnight Sun Collection. Another Midnight Sun bed has a lighted headboard, eliminating the need for a bedside lamp. To make more space available in a room, beds by Hooker and Bernhardt also feature short finials as substitutes for foot posts. Style and comfort extends to the kiddies, too. Stanley's Young America showed Ma Marie, a country French collection for young girls, in turquoise, black and antique white. Bush Furniture came out with Bush Kidz, a playful collection of youth furniture that rests on MDF "feet," and holds up yellow MDF "hands." Curved drawer pulls are smiling "mouths." Prices on Thomasville's "Impromptu" and Sauder's "Beginnings" are aimed at those consumers furnishing a first home. Lexington Home Furnishings showed bedroom, dining room and occasional pieces in a new line called Lexington. Prices on those pieces are an average 10 to 15 percent lower than those of the company's well-known brands like Tommy Bahama and Nautica, said President Bob Stec. What Lexington has tried to do is emulate mass merchandiser Target, which has made style affordable, said Stec. For example, a bedroom now can be fitted out for $2,000-2,500 with the Lexington brand, compared to $3,500-4,000 with the others, he said. RELATED ARTICLE: Pass the remote, deal the cards--it's party time! By Hannah Miller The only thing bigger than the currently popular wide-screen TVs seems to be consumers' appetite for them. The Consumer Electronics Assn. projects Americans will buy 36 million new TVs this year, spending $8 billion more than last year. "The vast majority of television sales will be high definition 16 by 9 formats, and many of those will be 50- to 60-inch sets," said Kelly Cain, vice president and product manager at Stanley Furniture Industries. Hooker Furniture showed more consoles than entertainment centers at April's International Home Furnishings Market in High Point, NC. The company says they are an ideal solution for the 50- to 60-inch digital LCD (liquid crystal display) and DLP (digital light processing) rear projection tabletop TVs, which are usually 1520 inches deep and weigh about 100 pounds. Bush's versatile new Clarion Collection in the Eric Morgan line has a hutch on which a flat screen can hang, and a video base on which it or other TVs can stand. Hooker and Stanley showed what may be the ultimate in couch potato-dom, or in this case, bed potato-dom. It is a plasma screen that rises from a bed footboard, but can be turned at various angles for viewing from elsewhere in the room. Hooker's is in its Metropolitan View, a soft-edged contemporary collection. Stanley's is in Midnight Sun, also a soft contemporary look. Want more than a wooden panel covering your screen when it is not in use? In a new armoire-style entertainment center from Sligh Furniture, real books or curios occupy shelves above a TV, and a screen painted with faux books slides over the TV when not in use. Game Tables, Bars and More Despite all that TV to watch, manufacturers evidently think there is still a demand for hands-on entertainment. Game tables, where friends can gather over a deck of cards, are featured in several new collections. "The craze of celebrity poker on TV and the popularity of poker and game playing on college campuses and across America have created a demand for game room furniture," said Mike Space. Hooker's executive vice president/merchandising. Both the John Elway Home Collection from Bassett Furniture Industries and Hooker Furniture showed game tables paired with bars and, in the case of Hooker, a circular pool-cue rack with an etched-brass base. The Old West-inspired table in the Elway collection is made of solid oak and accented with cherry veneer. It has a hand-tooled leather playing surface with a reversible sunburst cherry top. Antiqued brass cup holders surround the border. The Elway Home Bar Setting has a freestanding bar, bar back, bar hutch, barstool and counter stool pieces. Hooker is entering the game room category for the first time with 15 items, including poker, card and game tables, game chairs, a counter-height game table, bars, bar stools and a pool cue stand. Most pieces are made of hardwood solids and cherry veneer, with accents of leather, black granite, etched brass and billiard-quality felt. Freestanding bars also were shown in several manufacturers' collections, without accompanying game tables. Such bars are said to be preferred by some consumers over built-ins because they can accompany a homeowner during a move. One such bar in Pulaski Furniture Corp.'s European-inspired Royale Collection is finished in medium brown cherry with gold-painted overlays. The top is deep gray granite. Broyhill's imported Continents collection features several styles, including one with rotating shelves on a lazy Susan device inside the bar. Bistro tables--square, bar-height tables usually seating four people--were shown with accompanying tall chairs in several collections, including Stanley's Midnight Sun and Hooker's game tables group. Lane Home Furnishings, which first introduced the bistro tables at the October 2004 market, now includes them in the company's Eddie Bauer and new Robert Idol collections. Bernhardt goes in the opposite direction. Its State Street Storage Cocktail is a table of many uses, with a padded leather top you can sit on or use as a footrest. When you feel like drinks or a snack, pull out the side trays. And if you want a little competition enliven the evening, pull out the center shelves for board games. Checkers, anyone?
High Point Market Report Trend: a Rainbow in Your Room: Bold and Bright Make for Beautiful Furniture
New furniture hitting stores this summer and fall will be bold in color and sometimes architectural Line, but overall restrained in style. Manufacturers showing at the Spring High Point Market stuck mainly to a transitional, informal feel enlivened with unexpected touches--a ribbon trim here, or an unusual use of mirrors there. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Reds, blues and yellows that used to be confined to upholstery are now the hues in which chairs, tables and chests are painted. The color is often custom--the customer can order from a palette--and it is paired, in the same piece, with stained elements. Stanley Furniture's Continuum Collection is just one example of this new trend. In it, Stanley offers an Accent Chest with cherry perimeter framing, but with drawer fronts of lacquered Cinnabar (old-barn red), Creme, Ocean (gray-green) or Java. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Kincaid also offers five painted finishes, plus cherry, on each piece of the 70 pieces in its American Journal Collection. Besides cherry, there are eggshell white, mint green, taupe, raspberry and blackberry. "Color adds a dash of personality in the same way jewelry does. You don't want a whole room of it, but a splash here and there serves as a focal point and improves the mood of any Living environment," says Edward M. Tashjian, vice president of marketing for Century Furniture. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Century's 60-piece, Spanish-inspired Barcelona Collection of bedroom, dining room and occasional pieces is suggestive of "the blues of the sky and sea, the green of the hillsides, the fruit markets overflowing with lemons, the bright mosaics of the Alhambra," Tashjian says. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Forms and Function Customization goes beyond color combination in many collections. lines are likewise bold in architecturally-inspired pieces that feature circles, squares, rectangles and triangles. Stanley Furniture's Continuum Collection incorporates them all, with a special emphasis on a "woven wood" effect on bed headboards and some storage pieces. Atlanta interior designer Suzanne Kasler Looked to the French for inspiration in the first collection she's done for Hickory Chair. Quatrefoil forms outline the back of the hand-carved, upholstered Alexandra Chair. Kasler then segued from curves to rectangles with the Tuxedo Armoire/ Entertainment Center. Here, reproduction hardware contrasts with the severely architectural doors. In another example of customization, Hickory Chair offers a Suzanne Kasler chest with a mirrored side and top. The same chest may be ordered without mirrors, in the customer's choice of one of the company's many finishes. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] For customers who would sometimes prefer to do their dining at counter height, Lane offers a Dual Height Farmhouse Table in its Country Living Heritage Collection. Leg extenders are used to raise the square farmhouse table to countertop height. The Country Living farmhouse table also takes distressing to new lengths with a surface that is so "worn" that it ripples slightly. Simulated "pegs" in the table mimic early joinery, and another table, this one gateleg, is supported on elaborately turned spindle legs. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Looking Back The nod toward the rural past, usually American, was pronounced at this market. In his bedroom collection for Vaughan-Bassett, well-known designer Alexander Julian opted for simplicity, in a Chairback Bed and Meg & Alex Dresser that looked almost Shaker. The bed is a series of slightly curved slats. The dresser is unadorned except for recessed, "pocket pull" handles, a design note that was repeated in several other collections throughout the show. The "Authentically American" Collection is in oak solids and veneers and is offered in two oak finishes, a lighter Camel Hair and a darker Sable. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Broyill's Attic Heirlooms brand has added a Fireside Cherry franchise collection that also takes its cues from a previous period. The panel bed, night table and chest on chest are in cherry solids and veneers with hand-rubbed cherry finishes. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Martha Stewart also creates a blend between city and country, past and present, with her 50-piece North River Collection in collaboration with Bernbardt Furniture. North River blends elements of Americana--like a bonnet-shaped armoire--with sleeker shapes. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] "Our unique and functional pieces capture both the charm of heirloom-inspired furnishings and the clean refinement of modern design," Stewart says. Encompassing two bedroom groups, two dining room groups, and seven accent pieces, it is her sixth collection with Bernhardt. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] The popularity of the laptop computer opened the design door for makers of home office furniture, and at each market, several step through it in adventurous ways. No longer obliged to offer work and storage space for bulky, desk-bound hard drives, designers are offering desks that will get from light to heavy use and can go in various rooms of the home. A Chippendale Glass Top Desk in Stanley's Continuum collection has both open and closed fretwork as architectural detail. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Just as laptops have impacted home office, flat-screen TVs have transformed entertainment furniture. Sauder is among those companies offering a combination hanging-wall and storage center for the large sets. One Size Fits All Since many consumers prefer to keep their options open about what kind of TV they p(an to own, they turn to consoles. Many manufacturers, including Sauder, are catering to these consumers with pieces that support large screens, but can do double duty elsewhere in the house. In Sauder's LynWood entertainment grouping, slats give a console an airy feel, but the piece can support most 42-inch, 16:9 (aspect ratio) TVs. [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] Sligh Furniture, which specializes in home office and entertainment pieces, came up with two striking architectural shapes for consoles. One is a sweeping oval. Indented ends on the other give it a vaguely bow-tie shape. Furnishings manufacturers say they expect technology to continue to be a huge presence in American tires. Sauder quotes the Consumer Electronics Assn. (CDA) as saying the average U.S. household owns 24 consumer electronics products, with TVs leading at 92 percent. Therefore, they can only guess at what the future holds, as electronics shift gears and consumer tastes change. But this year's market proves that they are on the job, and trying to give consumers as broad a selection as possible. [ILLUSTRATIONS OMITTED]
Top 10 Designer Furniture Outlets - the Telegraph
W hether youre after a real bargain for your dining room or a bespoke beauty to take pride of place in your living room, this curated list of furniture outlets is the perfect starting point for anyone looking for that special piece of furniture. By purchasing quality cancelled or returned orders and overruns from six of the most respected British high street stores, Trade Secret is able to offer premium furniture at hugely discounted prices. The companys unique business model also means that stock is constantly changing, making room for fresh designs to suit every home. As a bonus, what you see on the shop floor is what is in stock, giving you the option for immediate collection or delivery. From beds and sofas to dining tables and TV units, Trade Secret has everything you need to make your house a home. Located close to the lovely Oxfordshire market town of Henley-on-Thames, Get Furnished stocks a versatile range of furniture at far below high-street prices. In its impressive 8,000sq ft showroom space and through an extensive display of products on the companys website, customers can find everything from beautifully carved dining tables and classic living room pieces. This family-run business employs a skilled carpenter to ensure that repairs and the dispatching of goods are always performed to the highest standard. With a dedicated collection of sofas that combine style and function, Sofa Workshop is a go-to destination for living room furniture. With its range of corner and modular sofas, sofa beds, leather sofas, chairs and chaises, you are sure to find the right piece online or in one of the companys many shops. Every product is made by craftsmen in the companys British workshops and can be customised to your exact requirements. If you are unhappy with a product, the Sofa Workshop team will happily come and collect it from you. The members-only, free-to-join store Achica has become a household name in Britain thanks to its desirable offerings at exceptional prices. The companys buying teams scour the globe, working with premium labels and smaller boutiques to bring customers an exciting choice of furniture at up to 70 per cent off. Customers can choose to receive a daily or weekly email to gain access to exclusive promotions with new sales launching daily at 6.30am. Whether youre after that perfect sofa to complete your living room, a chandelier for your dining room or accessories for the bedroom, Achica can provide it. At the very core of Feather & Blacks operation is the idea that bedrooms are the heart of the home. The company, which offers luxury, modern bedroom furniture that meets your practical needs as well as your sense of style, is at the forefront of quality bedroom furnishings. From beds and dressing tables to bookcases, Feather & Black helps customers to create a comfortable, serene and visually appealing private oasis. The Interior Outlet is a clearance sofa/furniture warehouse based in West Yorkshire that also offers delivery throughout the UK. This impressive furniture shop, operated with love, is a real hidden gem offering a variety of hand-picked quality sofas, suites, riser recliner chairs and other home furnishings from the UKs most respected high-street department stores. The Interior Outlet has amazing prices, with products priced at least 50 to 70 per cent less than in typical high-street stores. Furniture Villages philosophy has always been to provide excellent products and prices to customers and 25 years later, that ideal still holds true. The company has 40 stores across the UK and a range of gorgeous, stylish furniture for every budget and every taste. Furniture Village is the ultimate destination for homeware, with the best brand-name furniture as well as finishing touches such as rugs, lamps and cushions. Halo Living is a renowned seller of luxury, high-quality homeware. Every product is handcrafted and hand-finished, and among its unique and detailed selection Halo offers quality wood and luxury leather upholstery. Whether you are looking to furnish the living room, dining room, bedroom, home office or general home accessories, Halo has something for you. The companys home office is in Cheshire, with an outlet in Northwich, and you can also shop online at haloliving.co.uk . Interior Icons is a web-based retailer offering designer-inspired products. Founded on a love for beautiful designs, Interior Icons combines functionality and practicality with beauty and charm. The company focuses on providing iconic furniture pieces for a range of home spaces, all at competitive prices. Darlings of Chelsea , a respected and trusted name, is a top leather and fabric designer. A majority of the companys products are handmade and handcrafted in the UK and can be made bespoke to suit a customers individual requirements. Offering traditional, chic, or contemporary styles, Darlings of Chelsea also has an award-winning customer service team and five established modern showrooms. Telegraph Media Group Limited 2019 Need help? Visit our adblocking instructions page.