Blogger's Home Tour: Alkemie's Karen Defines Eclectic Glam

Alkemie's Karen has one of those bold, graphic, and totally glam homes that few of us are brave enough to pull off. The rooms began with a free, and by Karen's account "frightful" sofa found on Craigslist that she had reupholstered - after one go-around with tufting and the like, Karen got hooked to the point where she plans to open her own online shop in the near future.

When she began, she had no plan at all - she started with her couch and a coat of paint and everything evolved from there. She has everything from Rococo chairs to midcentury modern dining chairs because what she loves is so diverse, the only thing she can do is buy what she loves and find a way to pair everything together in a way that's somehow cohesive.




"Black Crystal base lamps with white silk shades are from Ballard Designs. Very heavy because the base is solid crystal. It comes also in a clear base. The Sofa was done in lilac cotton velvet from Alexander Latimer (fabric company.) It was a throw away because it was in such bad condition, so I got it free and got the upholstry company to pick it up directly from the guy who was getting rid of it. It had to be completely redone from the inside out, new springs, cushions, the works. The black Louis ghost chair was a second hand find on Craig's List, and the red velvet tufted wing chair also a find on Craig's list but redone in Raspberry Red. Mirrored end tables from West Elm."



"Duvet was from Smart Bargains.com, or was it Overstock.com? I always check both sites for bedding. They have a nice selection of colored flokati rugs too. The brown large pillows and lamps from Z gallerie, small silk pillow in yellow and red from Cambodia."

Thanks Karen! Be sure to drop by Alkemie and have a look at her gorgeous uber-glam taste. For more photos of Michelle's home, including additional rooms and detail shots, check out the constantly updated Blogger's Home Tour Flickr set here. Feel free to subscribe to The Love List to keep up with new homes as they are posted!

6 comments :

Cote de Texas said...

just beautiful - I love her sofa - !!! what style she has. AND - she's just as beautiful a person as her apartment is. Karen's one of the nicest bloggers around - a real sweetheart.

Joni

Visual Vamp said...

I love Karen!
And I always wanted to see more of images on the banner she uses on her blog, because I knew it was her home! We share a love of Ghost chairs and upholstery too.
Her home is just beautiful!
Your idea of the Bloggers Home Tour is just the best thing!

Teal Chic said...

Love Karen! She's the best and her house is just as amazing!!!!

SimplyGrove said...

Karen's home is gorgeous! Love her sofa:)

Alkemie said...

Just coming back to catch up on all the posts I missed. All of you are so kind I just want to give you all hugs! Jessica's idea to do tours was so much fun - I couldn't pass it up.

Karen

Aparna said...

I like these rooms