I Can See Clearly Now

Full transparency is the buzz word these days and the name of the game for this group of clearly terrific ideas. With the new year approaching, there is a feeling of wanting to start anew and embrace a fresh outlook and approach. I know I’m feeling the urge to add some clear accessories to my home and wardrobe to lighten things up a bit. Here are a few suggestions!

The wonderful shopping site Taigan offers a couple fun options. I think these lucite napkin holders from South of Market would be fabulous with any tabletop setting

And the Lola chair by Niba Home could be equally chic anywhere from an elegant dressing room to a fabulous ski house.

Belgian Serge de Troyer’s Lucite Collection translates familiar shapes into transparent icons. This trunk would be perfect in my bedroom to organize my out of control magazine and book collection.

This sophisticated coffee table from Wisteria, designed after an early 20th century piece, could hold its own in any room

And I’ve been thinking that this leaning bookshelf would look fabulous in my bathroom for towels and accessories!

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to clean out your closet you could always try and duplicate the incredible space that architectural firm 212box designed for Julie Janklow (she has since sold that residence). It started like this

and this

and became this

You can’t beat the fabulous acrylic collection at cb2. Their peekaboo and format series are really chic modern classics. From the nesting tables

to the handy c table

to the Format floor magazine holder, you can’t get more bang for your buck

They also carry the incredibly stylish and reasonable marta barware, admired by many designers for its micro-thin elegant simplicity.

The Container Store has great clear accessories as well such as this terrific magazine file, which I own.

Your bookshelves could clearly benefit from these fabulous Italian letter bookends from Bergdorfs

And for your desk, even this little Kantek tape dispenser could add a little see through chic

If you’d like to lighten up your personal look, you can find this fabulous Chanel acrylic and metallic lambskin “Ice Cube” clutch at Bergdorfs or any Chanel boutique.

This hand-carved and signed lucite ring is distinctive and light.

The glass collection from Susan van der Linde would make anyone feel like a modern Cinderella.

While this clear lucite bangle is a go with anything wear everywhere piece

Here’s hoping that this new year will bring clear vision for us all!!

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33 Responses to I Can See Clearly Now

  1. I am completely fascinated by that trunk. I keep wondering how I could make it work because it’s just such an incredible piece! I like the napkin rings too…and of course, the Chanel ice cube clutch!! Love that bangle too. Now I have lucite on the brain! Really fun post.:)


  2. This is a mesmerizing post — Nero’s so in lust for lucite.
    And with that I bid you goodnight ;)


  3. Jane Schott says:

    I have been looking for clear glasses that are thin…I am going to pick some of those up. Thanks so for the tip. Happy New Year!

    • quintessence says:

      Hi Jane – yes, the marta glasses are a no brainer – and as teresa mentioned after you, they are such a great price point that you wouldn’t be upset if one broke.

  4. Pat Allen says:

    I now have four long walls of glass bookshelves in my new apartment and a collection of heavy antique bookends. I love the lucite Bergdorg bookends and would never have found them, since I am often kidnapped in the shoe department, held hostage by Manola et al.
    Great post!

    • quintessence says:

      Hi Pat – your glass bookshelves sound divine! And totally understand about getting sidetracked in Bergdorfs!!

  5. Wonderful list! I have lost count of how many marta barware glasses I have. I love them,and they are so inexpensive that if someone breaks one it doesn’t matter. They also look casual or fit in with formal ware.
    Love this post. You never disappoint.
    Have a nice day.

  6. The trunk is fab-u-lous! If only I knew I could keep it organized.

    • quintessence says:

      Hi Karen – Isn’t the trunk great?! I think if it had magazines and/or books, it wouldn’t be hard to keep neat – it could just be stacks!

  7. Wow – GREAT roundup! CB2 is always pleasantly surprising me with their affordable and styling choices and the Chanel ice cube purse – heck yes!

    Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again soon! Happy holidays!

  8. mydesignchic says:

    I adore lucite…have ghost chairs in my office, but I’m totally obsessed with the Chanel handbag…so chic!!

  9. Oh, I’ll have to pass this post along to my friend Heidi, who is an interior designer and always loves to work a little “clarity” into her projects. She will love those nesting tables… Have a clearly wonderful day!

  10. That trunk is fab! Not to mention the napkin rings and tape holder.

  11. kayce hughes says:

    I love a little lucite. It transforms my stuffy old rooms into something new and chic … or at least I like to think it does.

  12. I just discovered Taigan the other day, wonderful array of goods. A little lucite is the perfect compliment to anything.

  13. This post is like going to a Fashion Iceland! :-)

    I’d love to have that trunk. So fabulous! The shoes are so adorable too! Beautifully done, Q!


    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

    PS: I’m glad you liked Jennifer Lopez’s house today at my blog. :-)

  14. The bookends are calling my name. Absolutely FABULOUS!!!

  15. Andrea says:

    Mildly. No, unabashedly obsessed with that TRUNK!!!!!!! OMG!

    Lucite is the sorbet of a room. Crisp, clean and light. I love it all :)

    • quintessence says:

      Hi Andrea – yes, trunk is fabulous! And just LOVE your analogy – lucite is the sorbet of a room – what a fabulous thought!

  16. If it’s lucite, I LOVE it! What I really, really want is the lucite ottoman that La Dolce Vita featured from a reader’s home (Hallie). Every time I think lucite, I think of it!

    • quintessence says:

      Hi Traci – I know the ottoman you mean – it was a fun modern piece with a beige cushion on top. And I believe there were some stools shown with it.

  17. Marisa says:

    What a varied mix, love it!

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