The time has come to turn on the furnace, light the fire and settle in for a long winter. Making the transition from outside to in taps into a primal desire to prepare your living space for the months ahead. Sometimes just adding one accessory or piece of furniture is enough to brighten up your interiors during the shortened days.
Here are a few items you might want to pick up to perk up your life. All turned up at the Spring International Furniture Market in High Point, N.C., and are available now from local interior designers or furniture dealers.
Hancock & Moore's Fowler chair is smart, stylish and very comfortable. Upholstered in a diamond ebony leather, it looks like something Coco Chanel would have designed if she did furniture. It is shown with a bisque finish and nickel nailhead trim. It's available at Today's Home, Stickley Audi & Co. and Artifacts.
Currey & Company's chairs will always have your back -- and your attention. Upholstered on the front and back of the Palais armchair, the face on this Fornasetti-inspired fabric could launch a thousand conversations. It infuses any room with instant character.
Eco-friendly Lee Industries' leather lounger is exactly what the doctor (and anyone mad for midcentury modern) ordered. Available at Antiquarian Shop, Penhollows and Crate & Barrel, it's the perfect place to relax while someone mixes your whiskey sour at the new Oomph bar cart. Set on rolling casters and shown in deep pink lacquer, the mobile bar is also available in club navy, turkish coffee and knockout orange among others.
Designer Bunny Williams' carved wood, mini-skirted drinks table from her BeeLine Home furniture collection is the perfect place to set your cocktail on a coaster, of course. Its light mahogany stain shows off the craftsmanship.
When lounging there's nothing like a pillow for support. Fanshawe Blaine Antiques & Interiors has applied 1950s-style private school blazer pocket crests to give these pillows preppy look. Like energy and the seasons, preppy style never dies, it just returns in a different form.
Antiquarian Shop: www.antiquarianshop.com
506 Beaver St., Sewickley
110 S. Main St., West End
Crate & Barrel: http://crateandbarrel.com
Ross Park Mall, Ross
2441 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside
2220 E. Carson St., South Side
Stickley Audi & Co.: www.stickleyaudi.com/
Ross Park Mall, Ross
4764 State Route 30, Greensburg
Today's Home: www.todayshomeinc.com
1840 Greentree Road, Scott
601 McKnight Road, Ross
324 S. Highland Ave., Shadyside