Things I’m loving lately

Obsessing over classic chair designs by Cherner and Bertoia lately, and mulling over beautiful dining chair combinations.

Applauding the genius of Jenny Komenda’s idea to use small dining tables as oversize end tables in a living space.  I just got this bistro table and am loving the look next to our sofas!  Maybe I should finally pull the trigger on this lamp to go with it?  I’ve been in love with it for months.

Thrilled with Bloomscape‘s easy-peasy way of letting you shop for indoor plants that will work with your space and lifestyle.  I need low-light, easy care, pet friendly options, which has seemed like a pretty tall order.  I’m so happy to know now there are plants that might do well in our home!  Their pots are also quite lovely, yes?  I see a couple of these in my near future.

Happy Friday!

Cali-Scandi cool

A friend and her husband have just moved into a new apartment, airy and bright and complete with a white brick fireplace.  Their last place came furnished, I should mention, so they are starting almost from scratch in their new home.  She has a great eye and loves a clean, Scandi sort of feel, with soothing neutrals and lots of plants.  Since I love pulling together a space, here are some of the ideas I’ve floated her way.

Mid-century and Scandinavian pieces in a mix of wood tones with neutral-colored textiles give a collected feel while still soothing the eye.  A variety of textures (caning, tufting, leather, jute) keep things just interesting enough.  Add a tonal rug that skews somewhere between traditional and beachy California cool, and you’ve got a layered space ready to relax in.  Maybe try stacking some beautiful design books on the coffee table?  With an equally beautiful candle?  (Here’s one to try.)  And don’t forget tons of planters and vases to bring in ALL the greenery.

Since they have so much to buy all at once, I tried to skew on the end of readily available and relatively inexpensive, without sacrificing beauty and function (looking at you, sofa and leather pouf — swoon).  Enjoy!

Leon sofa  Wyatt coffee table  faux fiddle-leaf fig  half-circle pillow  organic lamp  Skye rug  Austin arm chair  leather pouf  caned TV stand  jute pouf  floral print  dipped vases  triangle table  platform bed  textured planters  hanging planter  geo pillow  white nightstand

 

Something old, something new…

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In my ongoing love affair with CB2 this season, I am finally replacing our old hand-me-down dining table.  I have had all the heart eyes for months over this stunning Cypher table in black marble.  On Saturday, it will finally be mine!  Delivery is scheduled for this weekend, and to say I am excited would be a gross understatement.

For a long time I have admired the look of artfully mismatched dining chairs, with  beautiful interiors like these providing perpetual inspiration.  I love the way colors and styles can be juxtaposed for interest, and the collected and unique vibe they can give a space.

elle decor   sfgirlbybay   my scandinavian home  @lieblingsblicke

I have gradually been tweaking the mix of seating in our own dining area over the last few years, with an eye for scale, proportion, and comfort.  Now that we’ll have a table I love, I am even more excited to see how everything plays together!  Here is my precious our table that will be delivered this weekend, along with the mix of chairs I have ready and waiting for it.

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woven chair   molded white chairs   oval back chair (similar)   X-back chair

If you need me this weekend, I’ll be happily sipping tea at my new table, savoring the view from every angle — and perhaps from every chair.

 

 

 

 

Eclectic glam

New year, new update for our living room!  The overall vibe of CB2’s latest catalog had me dying with gorgeousness — perfectly shadowy, perfectly glamorous, perfectly eclectic and moody.  With a few tweaks I thought I could shift our casual style a bit more glam, and now I am over-the-moon excited with our living space.

I kept most of our larger pieces and swapped out smaller elements.  Our green velvet and tan leather sofas are still great foundation items that I love, for example.  Also my jelly bean coffee table in white stone is still perfection in my eyes.  Instead of two patterned rugs layered together, though, I opted for a beautiful wool rug in a creamy ivory with a tonal hexagon pattern.  Already this took our space in a less bohemian and more refined direction.  The large beach-y print we had over one sofa I replaced with Joshua Schicker’s No Turning Radius print, a black and white abstract.  Over the other sofa I replaced our “We’re Here and It’s Now” poster with a more linear black and white abstract I painted myself, and pillows in navy and grey velvet and an inky mural print replaced my pink velvet cushions.  A brass drum pendant over our dining table was a glam upgrade from the wood hoop pendant DIY I made a several years ago, and a navy lacquer credenza makes for a sleek and modern storage option over the open console table we had stashed baskets under previously.  And a silver and agate side table made for a less casual option than my ceramic garden stool.  Add a classical bust, a quirky/glam lamp, and my favorite ceramics pieces, and voila!  A moody, eclectic haven I can’t wait to come home to every night.

Below you’ll find some of the items I added or swapped into our home, followed by items I already had that I kept in the mix.  At the very bottom you’ll see a few of the decor items I swapped out to give you an idea of the before and after.  Enjoy!

New:

grey velvet pillow  ink mural pillow  feathered brass drum pendant  navy credenza  ivory rug  abstract wall art  agate table  bust statue

Had and kept:

emerald velvet sofa  oxford tan sofa  agate side table  leather safari chair  black floor lamp  jelly bean coffee table  Moroccan pouf  faux fiddle leaf fig

Swapped out:

 

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Five great consoles

I’m not sure if it’s the freshness of a new year or the lull after the holidays, but either way, I’m in the mood to shake things up with our home decor.  I’ve been ruminating on a potential new media console for our living room, and there are such good ones out there at the moment!  Here are a few that have caught my eye to kick-start your weekend.  I think that navy lacquer beauty will fit best in our space, but I’m still on the prowl.  In the meantime, enjoy some eye candy — and happy Friday!

Odetta console  Pictograph console  Fuel credenza  Suspend console  Bios sideboard

In Living Coral

pantone_living_coralPantone’s Color of the Year for 2019 has been announced as Living Coral, “an animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.”  I am 100% here for it.  It’s a fresh version of the millennial pink trend that never really went away, and I am happy to embrace it.

I’m particularly fond of corals and pinks when mixed with a bit of eclecticism.  Think earthy ceramics, warm woods, mid-century touches, and maybe an old world portrait or two.  Even better if there is a mix of textures: velvet, rattan, wood, lacquer, and leather, oh my!  The interiors below get it exactly right, in my opinion — fresh, quirky-fun, and easy to live with.

Break out the coral-colored glasses for 2019, guys.  It’s going to be the year of Living Coral.

 

photos via house&home, architectural digest france, my scandinavian home, wit&delight, my unfinished home

 

 

Three great design books

Right now there are so many inspiring books on design to choose from!  If I had to pick three right now, I’d be diving into these handsome volumes.  Each has a unique point of view, but all feature amazing, quirky, beautiful spaces that I’d love to pore over again and again.  Coincidentally, all three are by incredible women that I am proud to support.

It’s Beautiful Here by Megan Morton

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This is Home: The Art of Simple Living by Natalie Walton

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The Alchemy of Things by Karen McCartney

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Fir? Sure!

A few years ago I stumbled upon my very favorite holiday candle of all time, Frasier Fir by Thymes.  To me, it is just perfection.  Every year growing up we’d drive out to choose a Christmas tree and then decorate it as a family, the whole living room smelling like the holidays had arrived.  To this day, the scent of a fir tree makes me happy.

As an adult and as a musician, December gets very busy, so for years now I have opted for a faux tree to streamline our holiday decorating.  Scent is such a powerful thing, though, so I splurge on a new Frasier Fir candle every holiday season.  The glow of lights from the tree, the scent of fir needles, and a mug of tea while cozied up on the couch is about as close to perfect as I can ask for at this time of year.

fir candle  faux fur throw  whiteware mug

 

Lost in my bedroom

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Recently I wrote about going dark in the bedroom — and of course, I meant on the walls!  I took the plunge finally, and could not be more excited with the result.  Benjamin Moore’s Raccoon Fur is the perfect shade of dark grey. I’m not quite sure how, but our room now feels both cozier and more spacious.

For comparison, here is what it looked like before:

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Below you’ll find a peek at the elements that went into this makeover, and the most apropos song to go with it.  Hope you love it as much as I do!

striped quilt  gourd lamp  Moroccan rug  velvet bed  mobile chandelier  brass inlay dresser  Oriental rug  linen sheets  striped lumbar  round mirror  Klimt print  diving ladies print