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On My Radar: Desiron

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Desiron's Frank Carfaro

In our constant pursuit of the new, we sometimes forget about time-tested classics. I recently rediscovered New York-based Desiron, which is a great source for chic, understated, handcrafted American pieces. This 15-year-old company started when Frank Carfaro, president and creative director, took a few pieces to the Columbus Circle Flea Market. He garnered custom orders, grew organically, and now the line is in showrooms all over the country.

Frank (above) knows his stuff: He's a third-generation ironsmith whose family hails from Turino, Italy. Everything is made in the U.S. and the New Jersey factory can be toured (you just have to make an appointment). And if you're looking for something to fit in an odd space with out-of-the-ordinary measurements, existing pieces can be altered to meet your request. The new catalog is gorgeously shot and printed on newsprint, creating a dreamy, nostalgic vibe.

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Desiron Bed

(Photos: Desiron, Eric Alexander)

Jayson Home & Garden, Chicago

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Today's blog takes a detour from New York City to Chicago, where my colleague Yvette recently visited for Halloween weekend. One of her favorite stops was a faithful supplier to Martha Stewart Living, a store called Jayson Home & Garden. We've loved working with them!

Yvette's pictures from her visit give a great impression of just how incredible the selection is in this store. Not only does Jayson Home travel worldwide for one-of-a-kind antiques and vintage (focusing predominantly on France, England and Belgium), but they also carry domestic product lines from all over America.

Owner Jay Goelts started Jayson Home in 1997 in an abandoned warehouse in Chicago. His business blossomed as a neighborhood treasure, and grew in a few short years to boast a website and added garden center and eventually publishing a bi-yearly national catalog.  Business is booming at Jayson Home & Garden, and I love everything about it.

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Welcome to Jayson Home & Garden, located at 1885 N. Clybourn Ave. in Chicago, IL.

1 Welcome to Jayson Home & Garden, located at 1885 N. Clybourn Ave. in Chicago, IL.

Isn't it lovely? Jayson Home is one of those stores you could get lost in for hours.

2 Isn't it lovely? Jayson Home is one of those stores you could get lost in for hours.

I love when a showroom is thoughtfully and creatively arranged, and especially when their colors are united.

3 I love when a showroom is thoughtfully and creatively arranged, and especially when their colors are united.

Retro swivel chairs and a low side-table look relaxed and comfortable.

4 Retro swivel chairs and a low side-table look relaxed and comfortable.

Vintage containers would be unique flower vases or candy jars.

5 Vintage containers would be unique flower vases or candy jars.

Blankets: I am ready for cozying-up weather!

6 Blankets: I am ready for cozying-up weather!

I love the tressle pattern on these vintage hat boxes. The smattering of sizes reminds me of my Hermes box collection.

7 I love the tressle pattern on these vintage hat boxes. The smattering of sizes reminds me of my Hermes box collection.

Jayson Home has a nice selection of candles.

8 Jayson Home has a nice selection of candles.

I love this seat with its swath of animal print and gold glamour (and it's on sale!).

9 I love this seat with its swath of animal print and gold glamour (and it's on sale!).

Stone hearts make great paperweights.

10 Stone hearts make great paperweights.

I love this line of ceramics; the glossy finish on top is supported by an unglazed underside that make each piece feel one-of-a-kind.

11 I love this line of ceramics; the glossy finish on top is supported by an unglazed underside that make each piece feel one-of-a-kind.

I love the rustic simplicity of wood, leather and fur. This is such a unique piece!

12 I love the rustic simplicity of wood, leather and fur. This is such a unique piece!

Cups and saucers made from horn are rimmed in gold and silver.

13 Cups and saucers made from horn are rimmed in gold and silver.

These dishes are so lovely. The petals remind me of flames and flowers all at once.

14 These dishes are so lovely. The petals remind me of flames and flowers all at once.

Antique keys are a good reminder that every vintage item has a whole story.

15 Antique keys are a good reminder that every vintage item has a whole story.

These glass covers can hold any number of decorative items. I love the dimpled metal surface they're resting on.

16 These glass covers can hold any number of decorative items. I love the dimpled metal surface they're resting on.

These lucite antlers are funky and mod.

17 These lucite antlers are funky and mod.

More antlers, in clever flower arrangements using awesome amber jars.

18 More antlers, in clever flower arrangements using awesome amber jars.

Feather-tipped pens are pretty and useful.

19 Feather-tipped pens are pretty and useful.

Their rug room is heaped with incredibly beautiful tapestries.

20 Their rug room is heaped with incredibly beautiful tapestries.

These animal fur options add instant contrast and intensity to a space.

21 These animal fur options add instant contrast and intensity to a space.

These mirrors are hanging on a wall in the rug room.  The shapes are so simple and beautiful.

22 These mirrors are hanging on a wall in the rug room. The shapes are so simple and beautiful.

Silhouette dishes and a great read decorate this catchy ottoman.

23 Silhouette dishes and a great read decorate this catchy ottoman.

More of these wonderful amber vases.

24 More of these wonderful amber vases.

The gifting potential at Jayson Home is high. Love the cork notebooks.

25 The gifting potential at Jayson Home is high. Love the cork notebooks.

Numbered metal tins for collecting and organizing.

26 Numbered metal tins for collecting and organizing.

Cleverly designed pencil holders make pretty desk decorations.

27 Cleverly designed pencil holders make pretty desk decorations.

Golden wishbones; if that doesn't bring you luck I don't know what will!

28 Golden wishbones; if that doesn't bring you luck I don't know what will!

This brass spot light lamp adds a nice accent to a room.

29 This brass spot light lamp adds a nice accent to a room.

Vintage green chairs, with caning or upholstery.

30 Vintage green chairs, with caning or upholstery.

Bright square cushions beckon for lounging about.

31 Bright square cushions beckon for lounging about.

Aren't these green velvet chair chic?

32 Aren't these green velvet chair chic?

Don't these display capsules remind you of my skull centerpiece? I love how tall they are!

33 Don't these display capsules remind you of my skull centerpiece? I love how tall they are!

The Garden section of Jayson Home is just as lavishly filled with treasures as the showroom.

34 The Garden section of Jayson Home is just as lavishly filled with treasures as the showroom.

Antique cutting boards; I don't even cook, but Martha would love these.

35 Antique cutting boards; I don't even cook, but Martha would love these.

I always gravitate towards furniture with interesting finishes and colors. That large corner piece has caught my eye.

36 I always gravitate towards furniture with interesting finishes and colors. That large corner piece has caught my eye.

Such a modern design for this little roll-top desk; I'm thinking of Jude!

37 Such a modern design for this little roll-top desk; I'm thinking of Jude!

I'm really into taxidermy these days. This stuffed bird is completely amazing.

38 I'm really into taxidermy these days. This stuffed bird is completely amazing.

The bedding at Jayson Home is so refreshing, with patterns and fabrics that are just in keeping with the store's theme.

39 The bedding at Jayson Home is so refreshing, with patterns and fabrics that are just in keeping with the store's theme.

Another cluster of antlers. I like the idea of showcasing single items in those glass pieces.

40 Another cluster of antlers. I like the idea of showcasing single items in those glass pieces.

Geometric silver platters and bowls break up the usual circle-plate-norm.

41 Geometric silver platters and bowls break up the usual circle-plate-norm.

This woven lamp-base and shade are nautical and refreshing.

42 This woven lamp-base and shade are nautical and refreshing.

I love how they've filled this piece with firewood.

43 I love how they've filled this piece with firewood.

Book Friday: Michael S Smith

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Recently I had the pleasure of meeting designer Michael S Smith and he gave me a copy of his latest book, Michael S Smith Kitchens and Baths published by Rizzoli.  Page after page are filled with jaw dropping inspiration that every home can benefit from!

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This is such a serene bathroom.  (Photo by Brian Doben)

1 This is such a serene bathroom. (Photo by Brian Doben)

The Asher striped marble Michael used in this bathroom is absolutely stunning. (Photo by Michael Mundy)

2 The Asher striped marble Michael used in this bathroom is absolutely stunning. (Photo by Michael Mundy)

These metallic tiles are very glamorous in the bath. (Photo by Michael Mundy)

3 These metallic tiles are very glamorous in the bath. (Photo by Michael Mundy)

This Italianate home in Laguna Beach, California boasts a kitchen inspired by villas along the Amalfi coast.  (photo by Grey Crawford)

4 This Italianate home in Laguna Beach, California boasts a kitchen inspired by villas along the Amalfi coast. (photo by Grey Crawford)

I really like the clean lines of this palm Springs kitchen. (photo by Grey Crawford)

5 I really like the clean lines of this palm Springs kitchen. (photo by Grey Crawford)

The Moroccan tiling on the walls makes this room adds a layer of pattern. (photo by Simon Upton for The World of Interiors)

6 The Moroccan tiling on the walls makes this room adds a layer of pattern. (photo by Simon Upton for The World of Interiors)

An idyllic setting. (photo by Michael Mundy)

7 An idyllic setting. (photo by Michael Mundy)