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Stay Green this Spring with Responsible Home Design Trends for 2016

Spring is here, and it brought its annual brigade of new style and design trends.One of these is more of a reiteration.

Spring, “If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it every year since 1998. Go Green! Solar panels, green juice, electric cars for Pete’s sake. Lets get it together!”
Everyone, “But spring, is this a passing trend?”

Spring, “No, no. Listen-What began as a perspective has become the standard. It’s a responsibility. Green is the future. Green is here to stay!”
Everyone, “Ok take it easy big guy (or is spring a maiden?) How can we follow the cutest trends while also being green?” 
Mohr and Mcpherson, “Um, excuse us please, over here. WE GOT THIS. Read our blog.”

Behold, a list of our favorite spring trends that are also completely green friendly. Whats more, you can find examples of all of these items in both of our showrooms.Talk about convenience!

Cisco Brothers Upholstery

Dalia_Slip_Sofa_Life-StyleWith a custom option called “Inside Green”,  its no wonder this brand is at the top of our list. Cisco Brothers has not only been producing high-end furniture since 1990, they have been “green friendly” all along. Based in Los Angeles, Cisco employs  local artisans to hand craft each piece of furniture, using responsibly sourced, sustainable materials.Every piece of furniture produced by Cisco is free of all formaldehyde and flame retardants, and built with FSC approved wood. In addition to this base standard, you can choose to upgrade any Cisco order to “Inside Green”. The Inside green option reduces materials to natural Latex, organic wool, organic goose feathers and down.

“These natural materials are not only superior in terms of comfort and lifespan, but are inherently flame retardant and hypoallergenic. Every product in the Cisco line can be ordered using Inside Green technology.” -Cisco.

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From Cisco’s new line of textiles: From Top left, Cocoa Chocolate, Farrah Wheat, Midnight Minh

Cisco Brothers not only sets the standard in luxurious, insanely comfortable seating, the brand aesthetic  is perfectly on trend. Their signature look relies heavily on textured, natural fabrics such as linen, cotton, jute and hemp, which come in a huge range of neutrals and brights. The brand has also recently developed a new line of textiles, which features a range of geometric and tribal inspired prints. Going for the California chic trend,or looking to lighten up your industrial loft? Go with Cisco. Do you need a timeless, understated sofa for your beach house that will stand the test of salt, sand and children? Trust us, Cisco.

Read More about Cisco Here.

Also: Now selling Karole Moe Wrist Cuffs, featuring Cisco leather

We have a crazy selection of leather cuffs made by our very own Karole Moe!  These bracelets are made using remnants and scraps of leather from the Cisco Factory. These are a fun and beautiful way to experience leather.

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 Live Edge Furniture

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Live edge has been creeping up steadily for several seasons as an exciting, yet somewhat alternative trend. In 2016, the look has landed front and center of basically everything.Live Edge dining, console and coffee tables can be seen across the board in design publications and have invaded pinterest  with total confidence. While the most  avant-garde examples are being used in editorials and high-profile commercial projects from offices to restaurants,  the average family home can incorporate a simple live edge piece with ease.

This unique design style was inspired by traditional Japanese woodworking, and created by  George Nakashima, a mid-century furniture maker and architect, as well as the father of the America Craft movement.
“Nakashima’s signature woodworking design was his large-scale tables made of large wood slabs with smooth tops but unfinished natural edges, consisting of multiple slabs connected with butterfly joints.” Wikipedia.

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Live Edge furniture is completely organic, and makes use of wood that would otherwise  be deemed unusable due to being knotty, or having unruly angles and gaps. The Live Edge philosophy  seeks to feature these “imperfections”, working them into the design of the piece. This style is great if you want your home to feel more organic and down to earth, while at the same time majorly chic and modern.  You really can’t go wrong.
At Mohr & McPherson, we’ve had a long time crush on this genius and beautiful design style, showcasing a range of examples. We love the Asian design roots and detailed craftsmanship that goes into Live Edge, as well as the  amazing sculptural essence each piece provides, making art of something functional.

Read more about Live Edge here.

 

Mango Wood Furniture 

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Similar to Live Edge, Mango Woofurniture is made from wood that was once considered “scrap”. In this way, it is  economically responsible and hugely sustainable, as mango trees are already  being grown in massive numbers by another industry altogether the fruit trade. Mango trees only produce fruit for about 15 to 20 years, and at this time the trees would traditionally be cut down and either used as fuel or left to rot-which also increased co2 emissions. These two industries have reached a very sensible deal, and are now helping each other, as well as the earth.

Mango wood is a very grainy hardwood, but soft enough for woodworkers to manipulate. It is very receptive to staining and waxing. Naturally, it has a golden, sometimes light brown color, and often  unique pattern to the grain. Because of its availability, Mango wood tends to be less expensive, despite its high quality, making it very popular in the furniture industry.

 

Indian Furniture from Reclaimed Wood

 

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If we are going to talk about being green, we can’t leave out The 4 R’s: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle,Reclaim. All of these are relevant when it comes to our curated selection of wood furniture from India. While we supply furniture from lots of countries, our  largest selection of reclaimed pieces is from India.  Some of these are entirely “reused”- antiques and vintage pieces with a particular story. More often, our Indian pieces are newly constructed using reclaimed wood, which has often been taken from antiques. For example, an armiore might be constructed of new wood, but the doors are taken from the doorway of a palace.

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These pieces are a great example of the “eclectic” presence which is becoming a defining aspect of every “boho-chic” or “Urban loft” look. In 2016 there is a strong desire in the design world for authenticity, and this has led to the increased demand for unique, rustic pieces that you probably can’t find in a catalogue.  These items provide character and that hard to define “lived in” aesthetic, while also adding a big dose of statement to your space.As luck would have it, this is our specialty! We have an ever-changing selection of one of a kind, Indian furniture for you to endlessly peruse until you find your perfect fit.

 

 

 

 

Featured Artist: Nicole Buttery Handmade Jewelry

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Our jewelry  boxes  are overflowing with dazzling masterpieces from local artist and jeweler, Nicole Buttery. Nicole’s pieces incorporate nature’s bounty of  sparkling, multicolored gems and stones, as well as driftwood, clay and bone.  While being crafty in nature, these one of a kind creations are expertly constructed and contain high quality chains and metals. Silver, gold, and some vintage materials are also used.  Nicole’s jewelry is chic and elegant, and each piece is unique. Read about what inspires Nicole, below.

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 I am naturally a collector. I am always searching for tiny treasures wherever I go. Maybe a piece of sea-glass, or a tiny flower, there’s always an object calling for me to pick it up. By chance two strange objects meet, fall in love, and a new project is conceived. Almost everything I collect I use in my art pieces, therefore collecting fuels my art, inspiration and creative process. I want the viewer to instantly be attracted to my work. Whether it’s my use of bright colors, textures, or compulsive use of gems and odd bits. I want my work to be quirky, playful and a sort of “eye candy”.

 

Stone setting is a huge part of my work. Sometimes I like to take mundane objects and set them in a way that almost puts them on a pedestal. I like to push limits in terms of size and wearability. Big and dramatic while also being comfortable and easy to wear everyday. My works aesthetic pulls from cabinets of curiosity, the displays in the Natural History museums, Polly Pocket, miniatures, doll houses, antiques, fashion, fantasy, fairy-tales, dreams, Wicca, the occult, and nature. My work is well made, interesting, and literally “one of a kind”. They are all hand crafted with unique materials, and fun fascinating shapes. My art has an other worldly feel, and transports the viewer to another more magical realm. There’s a mag-pie in all of us that my work inevitably appeals to. One can’t help but feel under an enchanted spell.
-Nicole Buttery

jewel collagegreen sideView and purchase wide selection of Nicole Buttery jewelry in our Boston Showroom, including the pieces below. Visit us at 460 Harrison Ave in the Sowa Arts district.

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Kevin’s Travel Log: Luang Prabang Thailand

On a peninsula in Northern Laos sits the city of Luang Prabang. Formed by the Nam Khan and Mekong rivers, the city is surrounded by  green Mountain ranges, such as the PhouThao and PhouNang Mountains.  Continue reading to learn more, and see Kevin’s photographs of Laos’s top tourist attraction. 

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“Spicy fish soup with Mekong cat-fish next to the river. Lime leaves, galangal, tamarind, lemon grass and or course chilies and fish sauce… Yum!  Luang Prabang celebrating 20 years as a world heritage site as I write this.  Beautiful town with fantastic French architecture. All the Charm of Havana or Yangon but with the buildings well-preserved.”
-Kevin Mcpherson

 

 

 

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The fusion of traditional Lao architecture with that of European Colonialism in the 19th and 20th centuries is exemplified quite famously in Luang Prabang structures.   

Typical Lao buildings are made from wood, excluding temples, which are built from stone.  The  pagodas or “Vats” in Luang Prabang are some of the most sophisticated Buddhist temples in South East Asia. They are decorated with engravings, paintings, sculptures, and assorted furniture.  The colonial houses were usually built with brick, and often featured balconies and decorative wooden elements. These buildings still line the main streets and the Mekong river.

 

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Although the Lao people continued building  with wood during the colonial period, they were also influenced by materials brought by the Europeans. New tools and techniques were developed due to this merging such as plaited bamboo panels coated with wattle and daub.

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In addition to being the country’s capital city, the old town centre of Luang Prubang is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s no wonder this beautiful city is the top tourist attraction of Laos. 

 

 

 

New Year, New Leather

 Here are some of our favorite pieces from the New Leather line, available now at both Mohr & McPherson locations for a limited time. Also for a limited time they will be marked at 20% off retails for our new arrival leather promotion!* These fresh colors are sure to bring new life to your own collection, just in time for 2016.

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Leather Tub Chair in Racing Green, Vienna, Grey (left to right)

 

 

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Patchwork Ottoman, Linen/Vienna Sofa, Low bench, Leather/linen side table

 

 

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Vienna/Linen Arm Chair, Vienna High Back Chair, Low Arm Chair

 

 

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Vienna Wing Chair, Grey Wing Chair

 

Like any, or all of the styles you see here? View the entire collection on our website by clicking here or on and of the style names below their corresponding pictures in this post. We would also love to see you in person at either of our shops.

*Offer good through the end of January 2016 only, cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers

 

 

Kevin’s Travel Log: Sunflowers and other Wonders- Mae Hong Son Thailand

 Our founder Kevin McPherson has relocated to Thailand. As Kevin explores his new home, he is snapping some photos for all of us back here in New England.

Here are some photos and notes from Kevin’s recent adventures, as well as some additional information about one place he and Nok visited-Northern Thailand. Read on to learn about the popular destination of Mae Hong which is famous for its exquisite and bountiful Sunflowers.

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Kevin and Nok traveling

IMG_1200“View in Pai, a hippy town in Thailand near the Laos border.”

 

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We met A lady in her late 70s who ran it.”

 

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Learn about Mae Hong Son

Northern Thailand is known for its beautiful scenery all year round, but from November to December things get even more extraordinary. This is the time of the famous sunflowers. One particularly lovely Sunflower hotspot is Mae Hong son. This is Thailand’s second Northernmost provincial capital. The town is sheltered by high mountains and had once been isolated from the rest of the world due to poor accessibility.  There is a strong Burmese influence here, which is exemplified in the many temples and Burmese style architecture. 

The drive to Mae Hong Son is the best way to catch some of the countries most rewarding views, but also includes navigating many narrow, bendy roads through the mountainside. If you’re up for the trip, you will  also be able to stop along the way to see some worthy road side attractions, such as the Long-Necked Women. These women belong to the  Pa Dong Karens tribe. This is a community of rice, tea and tobacco farmers, who are known for their exotic aesthetics. Women in this tribe wear many brass coils around their necks, a practice which is begun at an early age. More coils are added over time, which elongates the neck and is believed to enhance beauty. Older women may wear as many as 20 coils.

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Another popular attraction is the Pai River. People love to raft, boat and hike along this river.  Mae Sam Laep, a  hamlet off the Salawein River, is also popular for rafting. This area of the Salawein divides Thailand and Myanmar.

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Mae Sam Laep

North of Mae Sanang are the Mae Ha Cave and Mae Na Hot springs. The Namtopk Mae Surin National Park is home to the Mae Surin Waterfalls, believed to be the highest waterfall in Thailand.  The forests of Doi Mae U-Kho are made up of 250 acres of Sunflowers, which you can see in the photos below.

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Travel Tuesday: The Pink City of Jaipur, India

 

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Our founder Kevin is busy exploring India, finding cool, new stuff for our showroom. He sent us a video today from his latest travels in the  city of Jaipur, which you can watch here:

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Here are some quick facts about this magnificent place.

Jaipur is known as the “Pink City of India”, and is a fitting capital for the charismatic state of Rajasthan. It is the largest city in Rajasthan, as well as the 10th largest city in India, with a population of 6.66 million. The city is named after its founder, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II, who founded it in 1727.

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Unlike other Pre-modern day Indian Cities, the streets of Jaipur are quite regulated, and the city is divided by broad streets into six sectors. The urban parts are further divided by a grid network of streets. Jaipur is a very popular tourist destination in India. It is included on the Golden Triangle Tourist Circuit, in addition to Delhi and Agra.

The former royal family continues to live in the city palace at the heart of Jaipur. The royal observatory is also here, part of the world heritage, and In the hills surrounding the city is Jaipur’s star attraction, Amber Fort.  Jaipur is known for its bustling, full of life atmosphere and lively streets. Its culture is colorful, flamboyant and warm. It is also a prime spot for shopping, its markets overflowing with pottery, jewelry, silks and textiles, iron-ware,  carpets, and all kinds of other handmade goods. 

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Rug Foliage

What Better way to get your home ready for fall than with a cozy and luxurious rug?  Here are some of our fall favorites, that will also work all year round. Choose from brilliant, highly pigmented hues, to rich, calming neutrals.

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Travel Tuesday: The Blue City of Morocco

 

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The  city of Chefchaouen is tucked away in the Riff mountains of northern Morocco.It is located about four hours from the city of Fez, and is remote and well hidden.It was founded in 1471, when Jewish and Moorish refugees fled the Spanish Reconquista, and was used as a sort of base while hiding from the invading Portuguese. Chefchaouen once again became a safe haven in the 1930’s when Jews were fleeing Europe. It was during this time that the city was painted entirely in  Blue.  

The color blue, in addition to being beautiful, represents the sky and the Heavens in Judaism. Painting homes blue for spiritual inspiration had been a practice of the first refugees in the 1400’s, but became widespread in the 1930’s. The  families of Muslims,Berbers, and Jews lived here in peace for hundreds of years.  However in 1948, most of the Jewish families left for Israel. The people Chefchaouen today still keep the Jewish tradition alive, and continue to paint their building blue, applying fresh paint seasonally. The local government supplies paint and brushes to the people as well. 

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Another fun fact about the blue paint is that it is rumored to keep away mosquitos. Mosquitos dislike flowing water, and from a distance that is what the city appears to be. Many visitors say that while walking through the narrow, cavelike streets, it can start to feel like you are swimming

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Like many other parts of Morocco, This city is colorful! Not only are there countless variations of blue to gaze at, other colors are celebrated too. Bags of pigment fill the markets, and vibrant, handwoven rugs are a big part of cultural tradition here.

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While most of us won’t be visiting this heavenly city any time soon, we can dream about it, and better yet we can shop about it.  Here are some of the most Chefchaouen and  inspired pieces at Mohr and McPherson.

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California Boho in 5 Steps

California Boho is a fairly new phrase, applied to some very classic aesthetics.You might ask, what does this word pairing really mean? How does one california-ize their boho?   Of course the concept of bohemia has never been far in people’s minds from California. The ideologies of both words conjure other words- surf, sand, salt-soft. Waves in the ocean, waves in your hair. Waves in the patterns of your textiles. Still, this is not your standard Haight/Ashbury fan fare. We’re talking sleek lines. Were talking sophisticated neutrals dusted with specific, sparkling odes to boho; ethic patterns, layered textures, organic materials, nature inspired pieces. Regular old hippie dippie  style can exist anywhere. The key to California Boho is modernization. Heres how to get to the land of chic: Steer with great restraint away from over doing it with the boho part, take a slight left at minimalism, and straight on till morning through mid century modern.

 

1.A Vibrant, Tribal inspired Rug
A rug is a great first step. You can choose one to compliment the furniture you already have, or if you’re starting from scratch, you can choose whatever you want and design the rest of the room around the rug. Flat weaves are great for  this look, and the Kilim is at the top of the list.

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Red Kilim RugBlack and White Rug, Multi Colored Diamond Rug

 

2.Mid Century Modern
Look for low profile neutrals to offset the bright colors and busy patterns of your boho pieces.

 

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Taylor Chair with Rush Seat, Avery Mini Buffet, Louis Sofa

 

3.Poufs, Pillows, and Boho Accents
Here’s the place to go crazy! Since you have kept it neutral with the larger items, the interchangeable accents can be some what of a free-for-all without compromising  sophistication. You are encouraged to layer patterns and textures, which will give dimension and  warmth.

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Poufs

4.Live Edge
Live edge furniture is a great way to introduce nature inspired themes into your decor, without turning your living room into a summer camp log cabin.  you can keep it simple with a small stump used as a stool or side table, or make a statement with a larger piece.

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Live Edge Bench
, Acacia Console, Live Edge Coffee Table

5.Unique, Antique or One of a Kind Pieces
This step is important for adding  character and authenticity to your space.


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Tile Inlay Cabinet, Blue Trunk, Drum Coffee Table-Out of stock

Other Ideas

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Silver Lantern,Ganesh,   Brass Singing Bowls, Marble Bowls