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!
Had and kept:
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!
Pantone’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.
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
This is Home: The Art of Simple Living by Natalie Walton
The Alchemy of Things by Karen McCartney
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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:
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!
For a long time I have flirted with the idea of going dark in our bedroom. There is something so dramatic yet inviting about dark walls. I have long admired Theobert Pot on Instagram for his lusciously saturated interior shots, and I keep being drawn to the dark and moody wherever I turn. I finally have decided to take the plunge, and with it, I’ve ordered the pink velvet bed of my dreams to really pop against the dark walls I’m envisioning.
I’ll be sure to take you along for the transformation, but in the meantime, here are some of the images I am inspired by, along with my glorious new pink bed and a song I can’t help but sing on repeat.
The eminent Janelle Monae makes an excellent argument for pink, no?
After admiring the cover and peeking inside virtually every time I visit Blue Bottle Coffee Co., I finally picked up a copy of Caitlin Freeman’s Modern Art Desserts. I am so glad I did! Freeman’s book is a gem. Formerly of Miette, Freeman clearly knows her way around amazing desserts — backwards, forwards, and sideways, in fact. What made this cookbook stand out for me was the fact that is not only full of stunning recipes, but also it serves as both a personal memoir and a mini-guide to some of the works at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. While Freeman and her beautiful desserts are no longer at SFMOMA, the cookbook that resulted from her tenure there is a pleasure for the pastry enthusiast and art lover alike.
Each dessert is presented with a photograph of the pastry, an image of the artwork it was inspired by, information about the work and the artist, and Freeman’s own experiences creating the dish. Then follows the recipe, with clear, clean instructions. Many of the recipes are quite aspirational — the complex Mondrian cake, for example, takes a whopping two days. However, specialized supplies and ingredients are sourced in the book, out-of-the-ordinary equipment is highlighted and explained, and a section early on gives a great rundown of both the ingredients and cooking tools you’ll likely need throughout. Freeman somehow manages to make incredibly complex recipes seem both aspirational and accessible. Mixed in with culinary feats like the Mondrian cake are slightly lower key options like trifle, sodas, popcicles, and even a savory snack or two, so there are certainly options for those who prefer to measure their recipe timing in minutes or hours rather than days.
Overall I was surprised and delighted by Modern Art Desserts. It is a diverting read above and beyond being a good cookbook. If you’re a modern art fan, give this one a whirl. Freeman has given us candy for the eyes and the taste buds in equal measure.
Maybe it is the busy, chaotic state of the world right now, but I find I am currently craving clean clean clean soothing neutrals, with a bit of black for a sophisticated accent. Black gives an unexpected polish to these looks, and I’d love to spend a serene afternoon in any one of these spaces.
As fate would have it, I was able to attend the goop x CB2 launch event this past weekend, only days after professing my love for the gorgeous Cerchio chairs. CB2 did a delightful job of hosting, with pressed juices, meditation, DIY sage bundling, and a chat with the lovely Caroline of Love & Loathing Los Angeles. Here are a few snaps from the event, if you’d like to see:
While I had no need for new dining chairs, I may
or may not have bought a new coffee table — and I am so excited! I think it will be just the bit of curvy modernism my living room needs/wants/has to have. In the meantime, thank you goop and CB2 for a lovely event!