This with that: Lael O’Brien Designs


Lael O’Brien is a fabulous designer based inVancouver BC. Her This With That post focuses on the Acapulco Leather Chair.

“There’s nothing more exciting to me than finding a cool piece of furniture – so double that excitement for one which can be outside in the sun and inside when the rain starts.  Enter the Acapulco Chair – a classic 50s design still fresh today, it’s the perfect mix of comfort and beauty.

No need to lament the end of summer if you can create a cozy, outdoorsy corner where you can curl up and read your favourite book. The secret is to gather a few pieces which bring texture and visual interest while keeping the palette calm with a mix of greys, browns and creams. Dig your toes into a plush carpet in neutral tones, layer two instead of using one large one for added interest.  Look for an organic shaped reading light and a fireplace which dubs as a piece of sculpture and a great conversation piece. Stack your magazines into a fair trade willow basket and lean back on a silky pillow with an ahead of the trend swirl pattern.  A bold graphic wallpaper can add a spark of personality and a hit of colour while evoking the outdoors.  I love the blue in this antique chest because it offsets the predictability of an otherwise monochromatic collection and has a sense of humour.  Rest your feet on a wooly pouf and recline into this fabulous chair and you’ll be guaranteed to save that summer smile!” 

by Lael of Lael O’Brien Design

1. Delphi Cocoa area rug and Lantau champagne area rug, both by Designers Guild (available through Lael: contact details)

2. Anglers’ sconce, West Elm

3. Orb Fireplace,

4. Woven basket, Crate and Barrel

5. Orla Kiely Stem wallpaper, Wallpaper Direct

6. Mongolian Poufs, Pfeifer Studio

7. Chinese chest, Peking Lounge

8. Marble print silk pillow, West Elm

9. Acapulco Deck Chair with leather cord, Gallant & Jones

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  1. gallantandjones, Post author

    oooh, I just love this Lael! Where can you buy those amazing poufs and the Orla Kiely wallpaper in Vancouver?

  2. lael,

    DavincisHome in West Vancouver carry the mongolian poufs; Orling & Wu in Gastown is the source for the wallpaper. Aren’t they fantastic!