The task of designing a new home from the point of a clean slate to a balanced state is an overwhelming one. We think it's best to start with a few pieces of furniture, lighting, and textiles—all with a classic and timeless design—and build your interiors from there.
From the kitchen to dining, living, bed, and bathrooms, here are 10 of our favorite individual pieces from Williams-Sonoma Home's Spring 2013 collection, an entirely new look for the brand. The collection centers around the use of both refined materials (like brass, nickel, stone, oak, and cashmere) and smart design details (like mortoise-and-tenon joinery and hand stitching and finishing techniques). With a focus on three main styles: New Traditional (classic silhouettes mixed with luxurious fabrics), Beach Chic (natural fibers and regatta-inspired color palettes), and Rustic Modern (expressive objects: hides, horns, and original art), the collections are vailable online at Williams-Sonoma Home, via catalog, and in-store at their New York City; Portland, Oregon; and San Francisco locations.
In the Kitchen
Above: The Stone Top Kitchen Island is designed in the style of an antique French utility table made from reclaimed pine base and a natural stone top for rolling out pastry. Sitting on locking caster wheels, the island can be moved around the kitchen; $2,495.
Above: The Rejuvenation Reed Sconce is versatile enough for the living, kitchen, or bedroom. With double-knuckle articulation, the lamp provides direct task lighting adjusting in four different places. Made from brass with a spun-steel shade, the lamp is available in brushed nickel, polished nickel (shown), and an oil-rubbed bronze finish. Made in the US for $339 each.
Above: From French company La Cornue, the CornuFé Stove in Stainless Steel features the workmanship that has distinguished the company's stoves for nearly a century but with quicker availability. Each stove is assembled with new manufacturing and finished by hand; a professional-style gas burning cooktop, a convection and conventional oven with French side-swing doors. Proportioned for use with a standard 24-inch deep base cabinet, the stove can be adjusted in height; $8,600.
Above: The Emmett Pendant Lamp borrows its design from a 20th century-style factory light available in antique brass or oiled bronze for $450 each.
Above: The Rectangle Dining Table is hand built from French Oak in the form of a carpenter's workbench, mortise-and-tenon joinery included. The table is finished with beeswax and measures 93 1/4 inches long, 39 1/2 inches wide, and 30 inches high for $3,250.
Above: A pair of matching benches, like the Mendocino Bench, accommodates any number of guests around the dinner table for $995 each.
Above: The essential living room piece: the classic white sofa. Like the Terrence Sofa which features a linen slipcover (available in white, ivory, sand, and flax), tapered legs and frame constructed of FSC certified, kiln-dried hardwood with mortise-and-tenon joinery. The frame is reinforced with double doweling and corner blocking and seat is made with sinuous steel springs; $2,695. Note that all upholstered furniture from Williams-Sonoma Home is made in the US and can be custom designed with a selection of premium textiles from international sources.
Above: A dark indigo area rug like the Melange Dhurrie Rug, hand-loomed in India from yarn-dyed wool, features a rich blue that is just soft enough to build an entire color palette around. The rug features a subtle woven stripe and measures approximately 8-by-10-feet for $995 (also available in a 5-by-8-foot size).
Above: The Murray Coffee Table features a classic design: a mix of oak wood reclaimed from American textile mills in North Carolina with hand welded and finished square-stock steel. Due to the nature of the reclaimed oak table top, each piece is unique but all are sealed with a matte acrylic finish; $1,250 for the 63-by-32-inch table.
Bed and Bath
Above: Williams-Sonoma Home's Signature Linen Bedding is made from the fine linen, woven to a smooth finish. The Linen Sheet Set, available in white, natural, ivory, and dove (shown) is $379 for the queen and $389 for the king.
Above: The Chambers Heritage Solid Towel Set is made from 800-gram-weight Turkish cotton loomed with dense loops and a piqué dobby. The set includes two washcloths, two hand towels, and two bath towels for $110.
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