Archive for category Living Rooms
I’ve long since been lured to any tree-oriented aesthetic. Re-purposed raw wood materials, black and white photography, and things of that nature (pun!).
Delighted by the yellow accents – but get that squirrel out of there immediately. This Is Next.
The perfect minimalist tones. Charlotte Fancy.
Covering a door? Genius! Couture Deco
Love the life-like coloring of these trees – love the idea of birch trees in a children’s room. Tilly Cottage.
Is it me or are these birch trees ILLUMINATED?! Innovative Stencils.
I could do without the green leaves. Or perhaps just a more olive shade of green? Innovative Stencils.
Love the stark white with black contrasts. Honest To My Blog.
My personal favorite. Love the natural tones. Kaboodle.
Pewter on white. Kaboodle.
And taking it to a completely new level of intensity – an actual wall of birch trees. I know. Stop it. I’m already working on mine. Plumsiena.
For all those times you invite people into your home and they insist on imposing their design opinions on your living space.
(I, for one, would never impose in such a way.)
Okay maybe once. Okay on occasion. Okay every time I enter someone’s home. Or office. Or retail space. Or public bathroom.
I nearly spit out my chocolate cream pie last week in Idaho City when I overheard a young couple talking about the camo themed wedding they had just attended. “The bride had a camo sash and all the guests wore camo accents” she gushed.
I imagine the spectacular sight looked a little something like this. The social event of the season, no doubt.
Then suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere (perhaps because it blended in so well? Gaffaw, Gaffaw) camo appeared everywhere in fall fashion.
I immediately found myself wondering whether or not this print would translate well to interior trends. There are whispers of imagery sprinkled throughout the web suggesting that I am onto something. And love it or hate it, I see big, square, fluffy down-filled camo accent pillows in Suite Potato Store’s future…
Camo wall accent. A definite statement but the grey scale keeps it surprisingly subtle. Home Designing.
Modern meets manly.Nylon Guy.
Canary yellow! This conjures up all sort of possible combinations. The yellow accents could just as easily be a shade of florescent pink to be used in a girls room. Houzz
I’m swooning over these Lima-bean-green chairs. I am very on board with camo as a detailed accent (displayed in lampshade.) It’s not the first thing you notice when you see the room but it makes second and third glances more interesting and dynamic. Suite 106 Blog
How would you incorporate camo print pillows into your setting, you ask? I was thinking a little something like this:
When Craigslist postings started popping up left and right for mid century furniture in Boise, it waas reason enough to investigate further.
What I found was Broadway Vintage - A refuge for unappreciated mid century and Danish Modern finds rescued from estate sales, thrift stores and – as one of the owners recently told me – even bought right off the front porch of houses.
Both inventory and patron were filled with the usual suspects; Eames and Wassily replicas, Arch lamps, Lane coffee tables and thick-framed, vintage-briefcase-toting hipsters eye balling console tables to house their collection of antique SLR cameras and Jesus and Mary Chain records. Since their arrival on the scene in winter of 2011 I’ve watched as their audience, knowledge and quality of pieces have risen.
I found this hiding in the basement in a room of unfinished pieces on one my first visits.
A few weeks later I came upon this ottoman at a thrift store.
Before I proceed it is imperative that I explain the tragedy of photo quality is thanks to the suicide of my camera.
But the show must go on.
They’re for sale.
Industrial Chic? Let’s call it industrial chic.
1 part modern
1 part sustainable
1 part rustic
1 part minimalist
3 parts awesome
At the heart of industrial chic is the reclaimed wood box frame coffee table. So please advise.
Love it layered. Houzz.
So when I came upon the perfect version on sale at Ennis, I couldn’t help but submit to its sexiness and grace my own living space with its presence.
There were only two remaining.
Just as you could never stare into a kennel and choose to give a home to one of two motherless puppies - I had to take them both. Good thing Tayler’s living room was still crying out for the perfect centerpiece. Two birds, one coffee table.
That was a lot of nonsensical metaphors.
I love a good chair. I love a good pattern. I love a good before/after challenge.
So when a client approached me with the task of outfitting her new living room – building off of just one sofa – It was clear that I had my work cut out for me.
To me, the immediately obvious set-up yearned for a fabulous pair of patterned wing-back chairs. Luckily for me, Tayler was all-too willing to hop on board with the funky train so very little convincing was necessary – although a bit of fabulous inspiration board-sharing was still compulsory.
With my mission clear, I set sail on the Craigslist seas in search of the perfect fixer-uppers and came upon these steal-of-a-deals and started to brainstorm upholstry….
Tayler was particularly fond of their somewhat squatty stature…
…(although the novelty of their petiteness waned slightly upon the sit-test performed by her not-so-petite but oh-so-tolerant husband. All 6″7 of him).
“Yuk!” Exclaimed a judgy Mamma Sally. “I don’t get it.” stated a perplexed Special Man Friend.
Don’t worry. Both statements were immediately retracted when I pulled these puppies out of my car three weeks later.
And all the elements fall into place….
So, to review:
I think that’s the second time I’ve used a Rolling Stone song for an interior design pun. Ol’ Mr. Jagger is probably rolling in his grave right about now.
What? Still alive?
I kid you, Mick. I kid.
But seriously. Let’s talk about painted furniture. And I really mean painted furniture.
I first researched this option this past summer when I bought these fellas and was trying to think of a time and cost saving alternative to re-upholstery.
And then last week I spotted this before and after gem on Design Sponge.
Stella of Mon Petit Studio commandeered this fabulous sofa for $25 and after reading about the fabric painting situation online, she gave it a whirl.
(First she taped off the woodwork.)
Using a combination of black flat latex paint and Delta Ceramcoat Textile Medium (an additive keeps acrylic/latex paint flexible enough to use to paint a couch, without all of it just flaking off) she got to work with a paintbrush!
And voila! Is that incredible or is that incredible?
Apparently, it feels pretty damn good too.
Stella, girl. You got style. I’m going to copycat you. And you’re going to like it. Or your going to hate it. Or you’ll feel ambivalent about it.
Read the detailed how-to guide here.
Over and out.