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The Perfect Modular Sofa

Who here has their sights set on a chunky low slung sofa?

Likely a testament to my recent love for all things seventies, but this fascination is also brought on by some karmic influence from the design world at large. These babies are starting to pop up all around me. The more I see, the more I likey.

When ideas start to percolate in mind, I get curious about their history. I wonder why we, the collective design world, are suddenly smitten with profiles that harken to another era. What does it say about that time period and most interesting, what does that nostalgia say about this one?

While I was digging into the chunky sofa profile I started thinking about the modular variety and I found some really great inspirations.  The most iconic version of the modular that I can think up is the TOGO, a design classic by Ligne Roset.

Take a look at these applications, some modern and one total throwback vinyl album party pit.
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Would you rock this iconic sofa silhouette in your home?

I like to fantasize about that huge pit in my non-existent basement den/garage conversion! I’m always converting garages and attics in my mind here at this new house!

The Togo collection has been the ultimate in comfort and style for over thirty years. It features ergonomic designs with multiple density foam constructions and quilted covers, making each piece both visually attractive and physically inviting. This iconic model was designed in 1973 sofa.

More about the TOGO from our friends at Design Milk.

There are of course other notable modular sofas that are every bit as fun as the TOGO.

 

Chadwick Modular Seating by Herman Miller

Don Chadwick designed a system in 1974 for Herman Miller that is still a player, particularly in the commercial world. I didn’t dig too deep on modern uses of this one, but you can see the appeal, especially for a large lobby, floors below.

 

Mah Jong Missoni

Another badass is the Mah Jong made for Missoni by Hans Hopfer sold by Chicago based company called Roche Bobois. This would fit nicely in the boho aesthetic that is having its shining moment right now. The shape is a classic that was also designed over 40 years ago.

The seventies were so awesome.

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Lavender Love

The evolution of love from the blush crush into a dusty grey lavender has been an easy and natural one. Are you a long time purple lover? Are you a Prince lover. <3

Does it bother you guys to see so much personal digital content popping up around the death of an icon? Or is it ritual and the new way that we honor the dead? Just thinking aloud.

Among the many things I’m pondering, I also wonder if lavender is a new neutral. Are you ready for moving in on this moody androgynous hue? I’m down. Somebody gimme a lady cave, where I can play Prince on the record player and feel imbued.

 

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Individual images and more lavender love can be sourced on my “Inspired by Lavender” pinboard.

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African Indigo

African Indigo is sweeping the nation of home decor cool by storm. We think it works well in a range of modern styles from your maximalist boho homes, to a more lived in rustic modern farmhouse,  as well as the more tailored and curated traditional style that favors a backdrop of creamy neutrals and pops of our favorite shades of navies and rich blues.

 

The mix of a well worn denim Indigo near a blue and white ginger jar for example is a pairing that can’t be beat.

Get in on the action by splurging on a few of your own whole pieces of this wonderful, well worn textile and mix it up with your home style. We’d love to see it!

Our favorite applications (besides custom pillows of course) is the easy layer of texture of warmth it provides when draped over your nearest sofa arm, bench ledge or upholstered headboard.

indigo the parisian wayDrape your indigo with Parisian panache, via House and Garden

drape your indigo 1Amber uses a draped Indigo in just about every project. Her portfolio is full of inspiration.

Typically these textiles range in quality and quantity and are dealt at antiques markets and local textile trade shows by Malian men that work directly with sources in West Africa, from Mali, Burkina Faso, the Ivory Coast and more. We have been delighted to get to know some of our local dealers here in Los Angeles. Meeting up at markets or even digging through the Indigo van on side streets in the decorative arts district of Los Angeles has been a real thrill.

by fleamarketfabApplied here with the more bohoey of Boho vibes, via Jennifer Harrison

Beach Bedroom by Daniel Romualdez Architects

We dig and pick so that you can have the best options to choose from, whether you are here in LA and want to spare yourself the adventure, or if you are in a part of the country where it is harder to come by this fantastic handmade beauties.

Here are a few of the options available at the shop now.

The Estate of Things Vintage Indigo Throw STEVE MILLER The Estate of Things Vintage Indigo Throw ROBERT PLANT
The Estate of Things Vintage Indigo Throw LABRYNTH darker throw

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Denim Sofas Y’all

I have my eye on some denim sofas.

I looove sofas, almost all of them, I like to imagine my life and lifestyle with every style.  If you are like me, there was a time when a navy velvet sofa was all we wanted, am I right?

I know I wanted one anyway, specifically something like Rachel Bilson’s setup.

These days though, I am feeling like I want a more coarse but well-worn and complex option for the blue sofa of my dreams. The dude and I have been tossing ideas around about a new setup at our new house. If I had to pick today, I would be leaning in the denim direction.

Here are a few radical examples that I’ve been stockpiling in my inspiration folder.

Denim and Indigo Sofasvia My Scandinavian Home

bradford linen sofa via one kings lane
Bradford Linen Sofa via One Kings Lane

 

Indigo Denim Sofa worn with stripesvia Milk Magazine.

That looks similar to this modular sofa from Anthro.

anthro batik sofavia Anthropologie 

denim sofa by amber interiorsvia Amber Interiors

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Gah, I really love those windows in this image, and the low and long shelves are a major inspiration!

Our SHOP TEOT collection, in these hues of blue would be right at home with this look. I’ll have to make do with piles of indigo for now!

What do you think? Are you down with the denim?

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Rorschach is Where Its At

Building upon a recent appreciation for Eskayel, my eyes are still on all things rorschach.

The imagery itself isn’t new.  It is taken from a 100 year old personality test by scientist of the name, Rorschach. You’ve probably conjured up an image much like mine, of silky tufted fainting sofas and old mustached men holding up ink blot cards for young ladies of leisure.

Andy Warhol Rorschach

Andy Warhol dug into it a bit in the 60s as seen above in metallic gold, and over the past few years it is becoming more and more prevalent in home decor.

We think its especially appealing when presented with inky hues. The watercolor effect seen below is perfect.

Eskayel vignetteWallpaper by Eskayel

Sarah and I like to talk about the many uber hip applications of Eskayel’s wallpaper line that we’ve seen.  From its use in a maximalist modern eclectic home, to it’s application in a classically Southern home, where the powder room is allowed to pack a bit more graphic punch without breaking from a more muted, typically traditional decor.

It looks fresh and modern anywhere it’s used.

 

rorschach art by hi sugarplum one room challengeFrom the One Room Challenge, by HiSugarplum

Like the artwork used in this recent room update, it just smacked of rorschach. Our feeling is that these bold bright hues really amp up the trend, taking your art display to the next level.

bunglo by shay spaniola

Bunglo, by Shay Spaniola is an another brand we love. I feel as if I’ve been along for the ride, of the rise from the day that our friend Bregan gave us the heads up on this local Etsy seller she admired, on through the moments that her lines were snatched up by ABC Carpet & Home and major retailers like Bloomingdales & Nordstrom. Pretty awesome.

 

cle tile rorschach

And finally, this tile. OMG. Now, tilling to this effect requires a bit more commitment than simply tossing the new design via a pillow among the mix on your sofa, but these rorschach inspired ceramics by Cle Tile are hot to death as a bathroom backsplash.

 

 

So that’s it. We’re positively inspired and in fact, we’re cooking up a little something of our own for SHOP TEOT. Holler at us and let us know if you’re into it, or over it.

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Dreamy Celestial Inspired Gift Ideas

Keep an eye out for the latest in must have personal expression… it’s all about your favorite constellation! 
 
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Our friend and fellow design lover Bregan at Maiden America Studio is right on trend with her celestial home decor and personal fashion items for the season!  Peep them on her website and consider gifting me with this Big Dipper Necklace this holiday!  (JK, I already gifted myself… but do get one for the other boho gypsies and dreamers in your life.)
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I’m pretty constantly inspired by the work that comes out of a recent Instagram follow @laurelwoodgems. She’s got an obsession with dip-dye, tassels and macrame – and her photography and presentation is killer. When she popped out this image, I knew I was destined to be a long time admirer. She’s speaking my love language with that rustic wood.
Visit: laurelwoodgems.com
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Oh man, I can’t even imagine being able to view the world through the rose colored glasses that this fine artist must have. Her commitment to the dusty lavenders and oranges of a desert sunset, and how extra-terrestrial the landscape of the Southwest can feel is so obviously inspired her lunar & planetary watercolors. I’m totally into it.
UPDATE! The Big Dipper Necklace really pulled my twenties inspired party ensemble together for Heffe’s holiday party. I got tons of compliments. So, Bregan of Maiden America Studio has been super kind to extend an offer to TEOT readers for free shipping. Just enter TEOTship into the coupon section of her site. You can get the big dipper necklace here.
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