Friday, July 25, 2014

Friday Favorites

Today's Friday Favorites come from OneKingsLane

Thursday, July 24, 2014

How to mix furniture styles like a pro

Today I am going to reveal some useful tips on how to mix furniture styles like a pro.  I do not go for matchy matchy - it looks too contrived and does not really let the homeowners personality shine through. Even if a room looks "good" if I can tell every piece is from the same catalog, I'm not really impressed. Everyone prefers a space that looks like it came together overtime but also with style, and that allows the character of the people who live their to shine through. This is easier said then done. Furniture is such an important player in a room, so putting together a meaningful collection of furnishings can be daunting to say the least. Below are some useful tips to successfully mix furniture styles:

An easy place to start might be your walls.  I love the look of traditional furnishings with modern art

Traditional Kitchen by Chicago Kitchen & Bath Designers Rebekah Zaveloff | KitchenLab

Work with the bones of your home.  If your home is a country style abode, work in a few vintage pieces. Make it easy on yourself when you are starting out by choosing styles that pair well together.  Country and Vintage work well.  Victorian, a style that celebrates the ornate, pairs well with French and Asian. Arts and crafts works will with midcentury modern and modern.

Eclectic Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators ABCD Design LLC

Eclectic is undoubtedly a style that lends itself to mixing.  Make it work with surprising details like travel mementos or memorabilia from your past lives. This gives the illusion that every piece has a story behind it or sentimental value.  That way even if the mod couch doesn't have a story behind it, it will look like it does because many other elements in the room do.

Here, a mix of antique style furniture is kept fresh with a modern table lamp and modern art.  Also notice that the furnishings all have a similar visual "weight" to them, which helps keep this space look airy.
via Shelterness

Don't forget your walls.  The abstract painting pairs well with the modern chairs, while the gilt mirror pairs well with the coffee table - but they juxtapose one another.  Creating relationship like this helps the space feel cohesive.

via Lonny

Mix "like" pieces.  By like I mean chairs, or stools, or side tables, etc.  Here two side chairs of very different style really stand out and bring attention to themselves because they are two different styles.

via Pinterest via Elements of Style

Here, the black and gold baroque wallpaper is an unexpected surprise in a room of modern furnishings.
Rue Mag

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Inspiring ways to use fabric and textiles

There are so many interesting ways to incorporate fabric in your hope besides curtains in blankets! Check out some awesome ways I found:

Frame a favorite scarf.  Even if it's just on display in the summer when you won't be wearing it, you'll get more enjoyment from it than if it were  just hanging in your closet!

Use shoebox lids, styrofoam, or canvas stretchers to mount your favorite swatches as a pretty gallery wall collection.

via Pinterest via Houzz

Hanging your fabric on your wall as wall art is probably one of the most budget friendly options as well as it being so easy to change out if you ever decide you want a different view. 

An extra touch to your luxury bedroom! I have always had a little place in my heart for canopy beds and I love how simple this one is. I might be utilizing this idea to hide our heat pump...

Using some favorite fabric on a table or coffee table is a great way to make an impromptu table cloth or runner.
via H&M 

Even if it's just a simple project like wrapping a lampshade in fabric - it can really help a room pop! 

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Inspiring REAL Home Offices

via Lonny Magazine

via Lonny Magazine

via Lonny Magazine

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

via Apartment Therapy

Monday, July 21, 2014

Bring In Some Orange

Starting this week off bright and exciting! Although orange can seem like a scary color to work with, I wanted to show you some inspiration today that might make you change your mind about loud colors in general.  I actually always try to incorporate some orange in my office, because it supposedly boosts creativity! Used in the right way, it can stand out beautifully:

We'd love to relax with our favorite book in this calming nook! See more pretty rooms:
via bhg

Smitten Studio

angles, curves, perspective + juxtaposition = one snazzy vignette


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