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variegated: hudson + holiday


a month or so ago i hopped a train to hudson, ny to visit jim and corbett of variegated inc. beyond sharing a southern past (all three of us love a good biscuit) all of us could (and do) talk home design till we're blue in the face. beyond preparing to release a fantastic holiday collection they happen to own what has to be one of the cutest (and most colorful) apartments around. corbett and i used to trade paint ideas (we both have a love of benjamin moore's tawny day lily) but now we're trading online shop talk because variegated has now launched a holiday 2006 shop full of new designs. the shop carries a lovely set of pillow cases, cards (a joint effort with maria of port2port) tea towels, holiday cards, sachets, handmade cloth ribbon and, my favorite, a "grab bag" of fabric with buttons ($20). i'm a big fan of any gift that encourages creativity so the grab bag is a fun way for the recipient to get crafty and for variegated to recycle leftover fabric scraps. so click here to shop their full holiday collection online at etsy. but, now to the fun part...



the variegated apartment tour! i have a mild obsession with poking into talented people's homes to see how they decorate their most intimate spaces. nothing is more personal than a person's home and i find that creative people often have some of the most inspiring and dramatic homes around. corbett and jim certainly didn't dissapoint- their home was a study in bold color and modern collecting. the boys of variegated have everything from collections of sea shells to slightly kitschy religious paintings. the pictures are wonderfully inspirational and i highly suggest flipping through the whole set if you're in need of help with your apartment. their use of color and pattern is really fantastic. click here to view the full collection. enjoy!









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Anonymous joy said...

ooh, so fun! love these pics...! such a great post ;)

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

tried to view the set (Variegated people's apartment home tour) but it linked to a Flickr page that said "This page is private"

1:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can we view the whole aparentment? when I click it says "private, no access"...

1:32 PM  
Anonymous Luisa said...

Flickr is saying that the photos are private...

1:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Grace,

I tried to view the Variegated apartment tour, but the link told me I didn't have permission to view the page.

Glad you're feeling better,

1:57 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you access the apartment tour photos from flickr? They are private and I can't seem to see them.

1:58 PM  
Blogger Ben Fellows said...

Quite a varied design. like to know what that bottom photo is

2:00 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

sorry! i forgot to mark the photos public, they're all set now :)


2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi grace,
speaking of a southern past: my parents live in virginia beach and i just went home to visit them for thanksgiving. i can never find anything interesting design-wise down there or any independent shops. the thrift stores are amazing, but i was wondering if you know of any hidden gems i'm missing?



2:40 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


too funny! i was in va beach all last week, too. shoot me an email and i'll send you any good shops i know. it's sort of a wasteland for modern things these days...but norfolk has some decent shops ;)


2:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there's a Jim Corbett National Park in India...hehehe

4:02 PM  
Blogger k. said...

Thanks for the great post. I noticed on their site they went to my alma mater- NC State College of Design. More great designers that left the south

4:43 PM  
Blogger Corbett said...

Just so everyone knows...
I think there may be a problem with getting to our site.
You may need to clear your cache in order to get to the page that links you to etsy.
Otherwise go to variegated.etsy.com.

5:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

great post! i love to see what's inside designer/artist homes. xo, breanne

5:58 PM  
Anonymous Karen said...

What a great piece on Variegated! The new work looks really fantastic (adore those butterflies!) and I love seeing the photos of Jim and Corbett and their stunning apartmenttoo. Thank you!

7:33 PM  
Anonymous Agn├Ęs. said...

So much fun ! What a great apartment , I love all these bright colors and their funny collections . But what I loved best is the armchair all scratched up by kitty claws ...
PS :Hope you are feeling much better !

7:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the orange paint colour in their apartment, do you know the company and name of it?

12:44 PM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

yup! it's benjamin moore's "tawny day lilly" but corbett warned me it's at least 5-7 coats...


12:47 PM  
Anonymous Caroline said...

Do you know where they got those deer heads from? I just LOVE them. Thanks.

12:25 PM  
Blogger Corbett said...

Hi Caroline...

We got the deer heads at a shop here in Hudson, NY called the WhatNot shop. I think they were around $25... These are not vintage... They're cast iron and very heavy. I'd rather not post the phone # for the shop but I think you could google them. What Not Shop Warren Street Hudson NY. or call directory assistance. This shop is not one of the fancier antique stores on the street. The owners are really nice and might be willing to ship to you if they have one in stock... Shipping will be expensive. Hope this helps.

(They say the heads are actully elk...)

12:50 PM  
Blogger Corbett said...

It's actually spelled WatNot...

5:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thank you so much for posting the info on the elk heads, i was going to ask the same question!
i haven't been up to hudson in a while, now i have a reason to make the trip!

3:10 PM  

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