Furniture placement should be uniquely suited to each and every room. If the space allows it and the flow feels right, two sofas facing each other is one of my favorite ways to appoint a living room. Whether one is enjoying alone time or entertaining friends, this layout is designed to either encourage conversation or provide total relaxation. Although one often sees this type of placement with traditional pieces, some of the examples below take on a more eclectic look by featuring non-matching sofas, colorful futons, casual fabrics and unique accessorizing.
About this time last week I was in Boston working with my #beachonhillchd clients. I shopped and selected rugs, accessories, and even plants, for their newly renovated space. With the addition of the textiles and botanicals the rooms took on a 'homier' look and feel. Surprisingly, the color orange became the accent color in the main living areas allowing for ottomans and pillows to be interchangeable between the different spaces. In the kitchen we emphasized the cabinetry color, Farrow & Ball's Railings, with a dark rug and oversized vintage botanical prints. Brass hardware and a lighting fixture lent a classic look to this space. For the first time ever, I got to see the Modo Chandelier in its destined spot: smack dab in the middle of my clients' huge living room window. I love it there and I'm happy to say my clients do too. All of the lighting we selected for this Beacon Hill residence is spectacular and there's more to come!
I'll be venturing back in the warmer months to tackle the dinning room area and to add some final details to the living room. Many thanks to AK and BD for allowing me the opportunity to work on your home. It's been,and continues to be, a great experience!
Last Saturday, Alex and I set out to find chairs to place around our new dining table. After visiting a few Mid-Century shops we found 5 period appropriate contenders, all of which came with us overnight. After studying the chairs, both from near and afar, we were able to narrow the options to 3. One designed by Eric Buch, another by Kai Kristiansen and the third by Ole Wanscher's. Taking in account their comfort, shape and wood grain all 3 could work in the space and the table but only ONE can stay. I have my favorite. Which one is yours?
1. Eric Buch
Three things I can't seem to get enough of lately: 1. Banks: LA musician Julia Rose Banks' hypnotic and sensual sound is practically all I listen to at home and in the car. If you haven't heard her music yet, here's one of my favorites.
2. Boots: The boot season is upon us and I'm trying desperately to refrain from buying these babies. (Who am I kidding?!?)
3. Brass: The warm tone and classic appeal of anything brassy has officially become an obsession. Can't wait to reveal our newest arrival from Australia: a brass plated dinning table.
What are YOU obsessing over lately?
Finding the right dining table and counter stools for our renovated kitchen proved to be a much harder task than expected. We wanted to preserve our home’s mid-century design without overpowering it with a table or stool style that conflicted with it. In Australia's Barbera Design bronze table and Uccio stool, we found the perfect balance between modern design and a sophisticated aesthetic that will work well with authentic mid-century chairs. Now that they have been found and ordered, we are not so patiently awaiting their arrival. Our latest update was that the cargo ship carrying our items had docked in Los Angeles! Next stop would be Oakland. I'm anticipating another 2 to 3 weeks before they're delivered to our home, which will prompt both the table top and chair selections. Let's hope the last stages of this project go smoothly and quickly, we're all ready and eager to sit down at a table!