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flor catalogue furniture

A few months ago, I mentioned in a Favorite Things feature about how I was loving the furniture and well thought out vignettes in the Flor catalogs. Well, I’m still loving them and frankly, I’m floored. Pun intended.

We’re big fans of Flor tiles, but aside from their endless carpet tile options, the furniture in the Flor catalogs is simply to die for. I wish like everything they would do just one special issue that included where the key furniture pieces were from. That would make my day. Getting a new Flor catalog in the mail is like getting a super stylish home magazine that’s full of inspiration that can easily be used in any home. Here are few Flor rooms that I’ve gathered for future inspiration for our humble abode…

I like the idea of sitting a collection of framed art on a table, rather than hanging it on the wall. It’s different, unexpected, and draws the eye down to what’s going on on the table. However, in my mind, it’s the nailhead trimmed chair on the far right of the photo that steals the show. Isn’t it lovely?

Even though it’s obviously staged, I like the addition of the red handbag and notebook. It packs a big punch of unexpected color!

This study carrel would be a great addition to a study or even a shared kid’s room for separate homework spaces. I wish I knew where they found it… not that we have room for it or even need it. It’s just one of those pieces where you’ve gotta know.

I’m a big fan of gallery walls – especially when the frames are hung in a grid pattern like this. The vintage art makes it that much sweeter. This idea can easily be done in any home with 8×10 frames, a vintage book (that has a lot of pretty pictures of course), and a level to make sure your gird pattern is straight. We can’t wait to do something like this in our house; I just need to pick a place!

I’m attracted to shiny things. However, I think I’m even more attracted to orange Hermès boxes. Though the Hermès boxes are lovely, everything about this entry table is perfect: the color combo, the chunky table, the bold pattern of the Flor tiles, the accessories chosen for the table… there’s a lot to pull inspiration from in this photo.

Yes, the chairs in this dining area are awesome. They are modern with a touch of “I Love Lucy”. However, it’s the giant framed wipe off board that’s making me “pin” this photo. What a great idea!

I’m not sure what kind of wood this desk is made from but I love it (Greg is geeking out over it too!). He also likes the grid gallery to the left, the sleek desk light, and of course the super bold carpet tile pattern. We’re actually thinking about using these carpet tiles for a “rug” in Greg’s office (though in a different color).

Doesn’t this look like the perfect place to curl up and read a book on a rainy day? This daybed (I think it would be considered a daybed…?) can serve mutli-purposes in what seems to be a home library. I also like the addition of the sconces attached to the flanking bookcases. Perfect reading light.

Three things I love about this room: the neutral color scheme against the colorful patterned throw pillows, the unique floor lamp, and the chunky coffee table. It looks as though the room has evolved over time which gives it a cozy, welcoming vibe – a vibe that we hope our house will have down the road.

Itching to find out where some of these pieces can be found?! Me too! So I called upon myself to do my own investigative research — which merely amounted to reading the FAQ on the Flor wesbsite. This is what I found:

The font is practically pt 2, so here’s what it says: “All imagery in the FLOR catalog was shot on location, often in private homes. Therefore, unfortunately, we do not have informaiton about all of the furniture or accessories seen in the catalog or in our photographs. Select locations courtesy of Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, Illinois. Select products courtesy of CB2, Dwell Studio, and The Verde Design Studio.”

Question answered! Even though it’s not an ideal answer to the million dollar question, it’s something to go on and a few websites to pawn over.

Do you find inspiration in catalogs? If so, which ones?

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    May 3, 2011 at 1:16 pm

    I *think* that desk is Zebra wood. 🙂

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    May 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I think the desk is zebra wood. (My woodworking boyfriend would be proud…)

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    Lori H
    May 3, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    We have Flor tiles in 3 rooms in our house, and love them. I have yet to test the rumor I heard that you can throw the tiles in the dishwasher to clean them…I may call customer service because I really don’t want to have melted carpet tile backing in my realitively new dishwasher! eek. But I am loving that chevron pattern and may need to find a place for it. And I looove the furniture in their ads. I also love the visual styling in the Sundance catalog, and of course Pottery Barn.

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    Jessica @ Decor Adventures
    May 3, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    I found Flor on a blog and quickly ordered a catalog and yes the photos are inspirational for sure!

    My faves are the side-by-side and Sophistikat. I just need to find somewhere to put them all!

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    Lauren @ Hungry Child in the City
    May 3, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    Oh man I heart that shiny entry table very, very much. We just re-did our entry way and the table is nowhere as cool as that. I did manage to incorporate shine though, with an oversize vase in mercury glass!

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    May 3, 2011 at 6:02 pm

    I find inspiration from Anthropologie catalogs and in-store displays!

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    Sara Smith
    May 3, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    West Elm’s catalog does it for me every time!!

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    May 3, 2011 at 10:33 pm

    love those back to back desks. Makes me think of a library.

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    Rocky B
    May 4, 2011 at 9:12 am

    Those back to back desks are awesome! I third (or maybe fourth) that the desk is zebra wood.
    The bulk of those really amazing pieces do not come from dwell studio or cb2! I stalk the new season catalogs from both stores 🙂 thanks for the inspiring pics. Definitely pin worthy!

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    macy dawn
    May 31, 2011 at 2:17 pm

    I am addicted to collecting West Elm and Ballard Design catalogs for inspiration. I will flip through and star all the items I like and then make notes if I get any good DIY ideas from them.

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    David in NYC
    February 16, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    The facing desks are vintage French antique bank fixtures. I’ve seen them listed, infrequently, on 1stDibs.
    I thought they would make a great floating bathroom vanity with sink bowls and dbl. sided mirror.

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