Tuesday, September 19, 2006

victorian secret

Be still my design-beating heart! Designer Lisa Versacio, who launched the wildly successful West Elm brand for Williams-Sonoma, has started a new home furnishings and accessories company for Restoration Hardware called Brocade Home. And trust me on this -- it's absolutely fabulous! Long live Victorian Modern!

As you can see, Brocade looks a lot like Anthropologie with some modern West Elm flair thrown in -- the winning combination, in my opinion. (As much as I love Anthropologie, the style can be a little too flea market-girlie for my taste. And even my personal fave West Elm sometimes appears too cold and empty for real life.) The Brocade launch line looks feminine and romantic, with deep muted colors and ornate furniture that still feels modern and young. There are enough crystal chandeliers, satin coverlets, pink crushed-velvet pillows and sexy boudoir tables to channel Carrie Bradshaw! I am in love with the hand carved curve back chair with peony vine jacquard upholstery ($299) and the velvet burnout curtain panels ($109).

Prices generally range from $200 to $600 for lighting and chandeliers, $40 to $50 for pillows, $1,500 to $1,700 for sofas, and $50 to $130 for curtain panels. Still pricey but not completely out of reach. Right now, it's a catalog-only but they're planning to open stores and set up an e-commerce site soon. Start saving room on those credit cards now!


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