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Our Furniture Collection Celebrating Calico's 70th Anniversary!

Our Furniture Collection Celebrating Calico's 70th Anniversary!

  Bedroom, living room, office, entryway and beyond - the possibilities are endless with the Barlow Loveseat. But what I think makes this piece so special is the super cozy and cool seafoam/aqua Mener la Mer check fabric that could fit right into almost any design style, and stand out in the best way. A furniture dream come true!

Bedroom, living room, office, entryway and beyond - the possibilities are endless with the Barlow Loveseat. But what I think makes this piece so special is the super cozy and cool seafoam/aqua Mener la Mer check fabric that could fit right into almost any design style, and stand out in the best way. A furniture dream come true!

I hope everyone that celebrated Turkey Day here in the U.S. had the most wonderful, relaxing holiday! We’re so incredibly grateful for all of you, so thanks for being here with us today and always. We love you! To say that today is an exciting day is the understatement of the century. I’ll never be able to properly express my excitement over today’s post because I never, in my wildest dreams thought that I’d get to do something this fun and fulfilling with people I adore so much and have the privilege of sharing it with you guys, my kindred spirits! I’m humbled beyond measure to tell you guys that as part of Calico’s 70th Anniversary, I was given the opportunity to create my very own collection of furniture that includes 10 unique pieces that I love with every single ounce of my being and are such a true representation of all that I adore in home decor and design… and I hope you guys love them, too!

  You know we live for a great cane accent, and the warmth and casual-coolness of cane has never looked better than on the Kirkwood Chair. And pairing it with a classic white performance fabric like the beautiful Sky - Crypton Home Salt and a gorgeous navy piping means it can live… and work hard… anywhere in your home and stand the test of time. How cool is that?

You know we live for a great cane accent, and the warmth and casual-coolness of cane has never looked better than on the Kirkwood Chair. And pairing it with a classic white performance fabric like the beautiful Sky - Crypton Home Salt and a gorgeous navy piping means it can live… and work hard… anywhere in your home and stand the test of time. How cool is that?

To give you a little background about this project, to mark its 70th anniversary this year Calico has partnered with designers to envision 70 one-of-a-kind furniture pieces. Using Calico furniture frames with distinctive fabrics from their collections, Vern Yip, Justina Blakeney, Madcap Cottage, Stacy Garcia, Thom Filicia, the Robert Allen design team and now yours truly have created unique collections which can be easily adapted to fit your own style, thanks to Calico’s super helpful and fun C360 visualization tool (this tool is like a design lover and dreamer’s playground). The program allowed the designers (and allows shoppers) to select furniture frames and pair them with thousands of fabrics and trims, plus a choice of wood finishes (love having the ability to choose my preferred finish), and then to see it from all angles, even spinning the frame 360º. You can see all of the Calico 70th Anniversary collections on their website, and all are available for purchase.

  My love for the Chesterfield Ottoman runs deep. This little tufted gem is about as versatile as it gets and would inject the tons of personality into a living room, bedroom, nursery, office, walk-in closet and beyond with ease. And I couldn’t imagine a more fun, funky or perfectly paired fabric than the adorable, spotted Fauna - Kate Spade Flaxseed. A small piece that packs a big punch!

My love for the Chesterfield Ottoman runs deep. This little tufted gem is about as versatile as it gets and would inject the tons of personality into a living room, bedroom, nursery, office, walk-in closet and beyond with ease. And I couldn’t imagine a more fun, funky or perfectly paired fabric than the adorable, spotted Fauna - Kate Spade Flaxseed. A small piece that packs a big punch!

What’s more, furniture pieces at Calico are a whopping 30% off right now until November 28th for their Black Friday/Cyber Monday Super Sale, which means that all of the pieces in this collection are on serious, serious sale. Which is really exciting because if you find yourself falling in love with one of the pieces (and we sincerely hope you do), there’s no time like the present to scoop it up! Also, if you’re fabric-obsessed like I am and have had your mind on a project that’s in need of the perfect fabric, you’re in luck because their full-priced fabrics are up to 40% off during the sale, and their clearance fabrics are up to 75% off. And the sale awesomeness doesn’t stop there. Calico’s kicking the sale up a notch and offering free shipping on furniture, fabric and wallpaper, so you can have one of these beauties delivered to you at no charge. Dreams do come true, friends. They really do!

  Comfy, cozy and oh-so-inviting, the Classic Home English Arm Chair in Primative Stripe Navy/Natural is all of our casual-cool-countryside dreams come true. This gorgeous, relaxed French-grain-sack-esque fabric paired with this versatile club style makes it a natural fit for almost any cozy corner of the home.

Comfy, cozy and oh-so-inviting, the Classic Home English Arm Chair in Primative Stripe Navy/Natural is all of our casual-cool-countryside dreams come true. This gorgeous, relaxed French-grain-sack-esque fabric paired with this versatile club style makes it a natural fit for almost any cozy corner of the home.

I know. I know. Does life get any better than this? And if you’re thinking to yourself, “Man that sounds like a lot of fun!” you’d be absolutely right. I’m just going to be totally honest and say that I don’t think I’ve ever had this much fun working on a project. Ever. This collection is all of my design and decor dreams come true, and creating it was every bit as fun as all you design lovers out there could imagine.

The entire collection was inspired by Scandinavian farmhouse design (our favorite), pairing fabrics in shades of blues, grays and aquas with my favorite Calico frames. I chose hard-working performance fabrics, stripes, buffalo checks and toiles and paired them with stylish frames to create 10 memorable, unique pieces to love - all made in the USA of the highest quality and all an incredible value!

  Does this one look familiar? Of course we had to include the classic Mary wing chair in our favorite fabric of all time, Elwood Thunder. As most of you know we have an almost identical chair in our living room (thanks to Calico’s impeccable upholstery services) and it’s our very favorite piece in our home. This chair just oozes coziness and relaxation and would be such a beautiful, standout piece in so many different rooms. Long live black and white buffalo check!

Does this one look familiar? Of course we had to include the classic Mary wing chair in our favorite fabric of all time, Elwood Thunder. As most of you know we have an almost identical chair in our living room (thanks to Calico’s impeccable upholstery services) and it’s our very favorite piece in our home. This chair just oozes coziness and relaxation and would be such a beautiful, standout piece in so many different rooms. Long live black and white buffalo check!

And speaking of fun, that’s exactly what I and the amazing team at Calico wanted these pieces to be. As you know, in our house if the design and decor isn’t fun, personal and oh-so-cozy it just doesn’t feel right. So we wanted every piece to be a little bit funky, a whole lot of fun and the collection to be full of lively pieces that stand out… and blend right in… in the best way. The most interesting and character-filled pieces in our home are always the pieces that stick around the longest, moving from room to room and function to function, and really make our house a home. And I hope that for some of you, one of these pieces will find its way into your home and subsequently your family’s story, too.

  If you’ve never experienced the casual, lived-in, nap-enducing glory of a chenille sofa, you haven’t lived! Which is why we couldn’t think of a more perfect, timeless centerpiece for a family living space than the Classic Home English Arm Sofa in a super soft, denim-hued fabric -- the casual-chic Titan Chenille - Kravet Armor - 5055 Indigo. My parents have an almost identical sofa in their home in Michigan and it remains one of my favorite furniture pieces of all time.

If you’ve never experienced the casual, lived-in, nap-enducing glory of a chenille sofa, you haven’t lived! Which is why we couldn’t think of a more perfect, timeless centerpiece for a family living space than the Classic Home English Arm Sofa in a super soft, denim-hued fabric -- the casual-chic Titan Chenille - Kravet Armor - 5055 Indigo. My parents have an almost identical sofa in their home in Michigan and it remains one of my favorite furniture pieces of all time.

As you guys know, I’ve had the absolute honor and pleasure to partner with Calico over the course of the last year and it’s been a dream come true every step of the way. I didn’t think I could love Calico any more than I did before we started collaborating, but as I’ve come to have a more intimate understanding of Calico’s ethos and the incredible people behind the brand, my love for what they do and who they are has grown immeasurably. When we started collaborating, the goal was simple -- inspire all of you design lovers and dreamers out there to think outside the design and decor box, breathe new life into old gems, find meaning and purpose in new pieces, and curate a home of treasures that tell your story. Today that goal remains the same, and from our hearts to yours we sincerely hope you find that in this collection that celebrates Calico’s 70-year history of encouraging those things in everything they do.

  If I were a furniture frame, I’m pretty sure I’d be the Bankwood Chair! This spindle style has so much personality, and paired with the fun, lively blue toile of the Honneur Bleu fabric it becomes one of those special, unforgettable pieces that stands out and blends in wherever it sits. Enter, the living room piece of my dreams!

If I were a furniture frame, I’m pretty sure I’d be the Bankwood Chair! This spindle style has so much personality, and paired with the fun, lively blue toile of the Honneur Bleu fabric it becomes one of those special, unforgettable pieces that stands out and blends in wherever it sits. Enter, the living room piece of my dreams!

I think we’re all aware that in this life, you might not always connect with the people you’re working with or for, but when you do, thats when the magic happens. When you have the unique ability to let your wildest creative dreams, your heart, your soul explode and the people around you welcome it. They embrace it. They foster it. They add to and enhance it. That, my friends, is the magic that fuels this blog, and the magic I’ve found with the incredibly kind, creative, warm, inviting, supportive team at Calico. And that’s what we hope you see and feel in this collection and in turn, what we hope finds its way into your home.

  Another performance fabric wonder that’s as fun and fabulous as it is durable! The Vincent Sofa is so simple and elegant, which is why the personality-packed Journey - Sunbrella Outdoor - Classic fabric with its beautiful white backdrop and dotted black stripes is the perfect fabric to bring this piece to life. Have you ever seen a more fun (and functional) sofa?!

Another performance fabric wonder that’s as fun and fabulous as it is durable! The Vincent Sofa is so simple and elegant, which is why the personality-packed Journey - Sunbrella Outdoor - Classic fabric with its beautiful white backdrop and dotted black stripes is the perfect fabric to bring this piece to life. Have you ever seen a more fun (and functional) sofa?!

Ok Ok let’s get down to the nitty gritty, here. Do I have a favorite piece? It’s almost impossible for me to choose! Seriously -- my mom asked and I tried! I really did. I went back and forth from piece to piece professing my love for each frame and fabric combination for about 30 minutes, which is way more conversation on the topic than I think she was ready for, but that’s what moms are for, right?! Right. But if I had to choose, if I absolutely had to in order to save the world (with The Rock by my side hanging off of a helicopter or something), then it might have to be the Barlow Loveseat in that gorgeous Mener La Mer fabric. I just can’t get enough of that perfectly cottage-farmhouse-cozy loveseat frame paired with that dreamy aqua/seafoam check fabric! It’s one of those pieces that I could see in my home and my life for decades and beyond, that would find its way into every room of the house throughout its life.

  Cozy, moody and 100% fabulous is how I describe the James Chair covered in the unique and versatile Bakosi Soft Black fabric. This frame was made for showcasing character-packed fabrics like this one, creating a memorable accent piece for any room on its own, or a showstopping living space centerpiece when deployed in pairs. I love how cozy, casual and inviting every inch of this chair is! The hygge is real with this one.

Cozy, moody and 100% fabulous is how I describe the James Chair covered in the unique and versatile Bakosi Soft Black fabric. This frame was made for showcasing character-packed fabrics like this one, creating a memorable accent piece for any room on its own, or a showstopping living space centerpiece when deployed in pairs. I love how cozy, casual and inviting every inch of this chair is! The hygge is real with this one.

Though we love every single piece in this collection, we’re can’t wait to hear which pieces you love and why! So make sure you drop us a comment in the comments section below and tell us which piece moves you, where it would live in your home and how it fits into your family’s life. We absolutely love hearing all about your homes, your design style and what connects you to the pieces that tell your family’s story! And we hope you’ll join us in celebrating Calico’s 70 years of making custom customary and their unique place in helping all of us make our houses homes. Cheers to your 70 years of pure design magic, Calico!

 A simple style becomes a standout piece thanks to the Isaac Bench’s distinctive turned wood legs and a fabric I fell in love with at first sight, the beautifully textured Gentillesse la Mer with a gorgeous seafoam backdrop and fun, funky cream spots. At the end of a bed, nestled into an inviting entryway and beyond, this is one of those pieces that could find purpose in almost any room through the years.

A simple style becomes a standout piece thanks to the Isaac Bench’s distinctive turned wood legs and a fabric I fell in love with at first sight, the beautifully textured Gentillesse la Mer with a gorgeous seafoam backdrop and fun, funky cream spots. At the end of a bed, nestled into an inviting entryway and beyond, this is one of those pieces that could find purpose in almost any room through the years.

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