September 10, 2010

Belgian Linen Slipcovers Add Easy-Care Style to a Healthy House

 Designer Suzanne Kasler fearlessly places a creamy white Verellen Charlotte Wing chair in this Brays Island kitchen, as featured in Veranda Magazine.  The secret is linen slipcovering, instead of upholstery.

Once you expend the effort, energy and money to make the shell of your home as healthy as possible, it is important to furnish it in the same careful manner.  That means looking for furnishings with non-toxic finishes, minimal allergy triggers and easy maintenance.  Skip those chemical "stain guard" finishes, unless you can find a truly healthy non-toxic option. 
 Verellen Charlotte Wing Sofa.  Photo: South of Market.

THE CONCORD GREEN HEALTHY HOME will feature a Verellen Charlotte Wing Sofa (slipcovered, of course!) as the focal point of the living room.  Verellen's tagline - "Timeless.  Organic.  Modern."  Their furnishings are handcrafted in the USA.  Options include various sizes, down or down-alternative fillings, upholstered vs. slipcovered (as you can tell by now... my strong recommendation for easy maintenance), several grades of fine linen, and even choice of stitching style on the seams.

Verellen sofa in designer Eric Cohler's living room in Charleston, SC, also featured in Veranda Magazine

The Belgian style, and Verellen's line in particular, is haute, haute, haute in the design world right now, but I think Verellen's look is indeed timeless.

One of my favorite local shops, Hudson, carries the Verellen line, along with other fine offerings from Oly Studio, Dash & Albert and more.

Where can you get your Verellen piece?  If you believe in supporting local retailers (as I do), head on down to Hudson, with locations in Wellesley, MA and South Boston.  Owner Jill Goldberg has assembled a beautifully edited selection of furnishings, lighting, textiles, accessories and gifts.  Helpful staffers Chris and Kelsey will guide you in choosing from the many luxe offerings of the Verellen line.

 I snapped this photo at Hudson a few weeks ago.  The gray bookcase with library ladder is currently on sale, just waiting for a lucky buyer to snatch it up.  Happy hunting.  :)


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