Too Hot to Handle

July 19th, 2016
Once upon a time, at High Point Market, we were very, very, very, very hot. Our show room in Historic Market Square is lined on one side by chic, industrial, iron windows - which makes our showroom bright and sunny, but also extremely HOT! The unforgiving North Carolina sun in mid-April, pounds through the windows during the entire day with no place to hide. Historic Market Square is a renovated factory, with many interesting elements; the fore mentioned iron windows, brick walls, uneven floors, and less than perfect, drippy air-conditioning. Sigh. Zero for two on relief from the heat. Neither the AC unit or the open windows could spare us. And this was all too apparent during that one Spring day when we launched the Nina Campbell for oomph collection  to a packed house anxious to meet the cool, calm, collected Nina Campbell. "What you need is a Big Ass Fan . . ." she said matter-of-factly. Yes. Yes we do. But instead of just buying a white or black fan for the showroom - why not partner with the brand and add some oomph to the ceiling fan market?!?!  Why not a ceiling fan in oomph signature colors!! Fan_rainwashed Fan_pealegreen Fan_parakeet Fan_nyblue Fan_knockoutorange Fan_bolero To our delight, Big Ass Fans was willing to work with us! They were in the midst of launching a more residential friendly branch of their already extremely successful, "industrial" style fan. The Kentucky-based company was excited by our color palette and oomph for Haiku was born. Big Ass Fans collection of Haiku fans are what they call "Smart Fans." Each fan is equipped with SenseME technology that senses when the temperature needs to be adjusted due to a change in environment. Likewise, the fans are extremely energy efficient - only using energy when the temperature changes to maintain the absolute comfort level. The fans can even be controlled by your phone and via your NEST system!
Each fan is balanced by hand

Each fan is balanced by hand

Makin oomph- orange - sound chamber 1 makin oomph - orange 4 makin oomph - orange - airfoils 1 image6 We could go on and on about the brilliance of these fans. But we are certain that the brightly colored lacquered finish is what will catch your eye! oomph for Haiku fans can be found on our website and like everything oomph, each is custom made just for you! IMG_8915 IMG_8879

California Dreaming . . .

December 12th, 2010

We are very excited about our newest "lucky Retailer" - style setter Kathryn Ireland. She has a fabulous shop in Almont Yard which has become our favorite spot when in L.A. to head for a little oomph. We love to visit  her beautiful design studio in the secret courtyard off Melrose.

The approach through the ivy-walled alley to her color-filled shop makes us long to travel to some of the exotic places that have influenced her style.  Once upstairs, the excitement mounts; we are transformed all at once  to a Cotswold Cottage and a bazaar in Morocco.

Kathryn's sense of style and use of color are trendy and traditional all at once. Her colors and the oomph palette are simpatico and compliment each other beautifully. We hope all of our oomph fans find her hidden treasure of a shop on their next visit to L.A. Thank you, Ms Ireland. We admire your style!

Tobi Fairley's Top Ten Tiny Tables . . .

October 11th, 2010
Tobi Fairley has once again chosen the oomph line as one of her favorites for that just-the-right-size table that is so hard to find. Most recently on Tobi's Blog post, she lists her favorites and it is no surprise that the oomph tini ranks among her top ten. Thank you, Tobi, for your continued support. We are thrilled to make your list again!

Anna oomph . . .

October 5th, 2010
Is it possible that the legendary and influential Anna Wintour was channeling oomph when she placed the two oomph Newport look-a-like mirrors above her ten foot couch in her Long Island Farmhouse? We must confess, when we saw the picture in October's WORLD of INTERIORS, the thought crossed our mind! It just goes to show - oomph is always in vogue.

American Fashion Designers at the Aldyn . . .

September 24th, 2010
Earlier this week, Habitually Chic did a blogpost on the Aldyn Design Showhouse on the Upper Westside of Manhattan. It's a showhouse of fashionable interiors motivated by the book American Fashion Designers at Home. Immediately, our favorite room was a bedroom that was inspired by the iconic Babe Paley designed by our friend, Jennifer McGee. Jen took a nondescript New York City apartment room and transformed it into a warm and inviting place that you would have sworn had a pedigree or, at the very least,  the provenance of someone very chic and famous. The tailored canopy bed was an immediate room changer but, upon further inspection, we spied an oomph `Tini Table beneath the ghost lucite console! Obviously, a room just isn't complete without a little oomph. We immediately emailed Jennifer and she wrote back - "Hi Girls! Oh, yes you too were a big hit. I loved watching those fashionistas walk in and immediately confirm their knowledge of your now "legendary" tini table! That table seems to be my lucky charm!" Thank you, Jennifer! We love all your choices in this room and wish you much success at the Aldyn and beyond.

oomph is At Home . . .

September 22nd, 2010
Our `tini tables are featured in the Shopping Guide of AT HOME Magazine's Fall Issue. Here they are shown in stock at SM Home on Arch Street in Greenwich. We love the fall hues of our knockout orange and the creme with the petite vases in the color of fall leaves. We think they look right at home everywhere!

Rue, who knew? . . .

September 16th, 2010
The long awaited online magazine RUE launched today! One of oomph's favorite pillows is front and center and we understand why! "Poetical" is a gorgeous pillow - greige (that's grey-beige in designer speak). It is ultra sophisticated and we guess they think so too since they featured it on the Editor and Chief's bed! Be sure to scour the first issue for design and style tips that are both current and easy to click through.

The Newport Collection . . .

September 9th, 2010
We love Newport. In many ways, it is a town with many faces. It's considered the sailing center of the world! It has no shortage of beautiful yachts and of course was once home to the America's Cup. It's where the Newport-Bermuda Race begins and where the best yacht racers from around the world come to sail. But Newport doesn't just have yachting. There's the Newport Jazz Festival - a fabulous weekend every summer where the best jazz musicians in the world gather to toot their horns, and the Newport Casino - The International Tennis Hall of Fame with its grass courts and 1880 buildings and stands. Stepping through the arch on Bellevue Avenue can't help but transport one back in time. But Newport is more than just a favorite playground. Its early townspeople played an important role in America's history. Their tolerance of religious freedom was the foundation for the America we know today. As early as the 17th century, Newport's citizens embraced diversity. Newport is a town that boasts both a grand and salty history and exemplifies the energy and beauty that inspires us. Perhaps that is why we chose it to represent oomph's grandest collection of classic tables and mirrors. The Newport Mirrors, Consoles, and unique Coffee Tables epitomize the spirit of this great town - slightly gilded in design, but classic in nature, and enhanced by a new breed of signature oomph colors. From Newport, Rhode Island, to Newport Beach, California - everyone needs  a little oomph.

Detail of NYYC First Station Club House, Harbour Court, Newport

Lazy, Hazy Sundays and Crossword Puzzles . . .

August 30th, 2010

Sitting at the beach, doing the New York Times Sunday Crossword Puzzle and we come to #2 DOWN.

Clue: Zip.

That's an easy one!

It's Showtime. . .

August 10th, 2010

New York International Gift Fair

August 14 - 18 • Pier 94 • Booth 41005