Lafayette Family Room: The Space Plan

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Y’all remember way back to yesterday when we were chatting about the Lafayette Family Room.

Well, thanks for bearing with us, while we set up what we’re getting into. Now, let’s jump into our solutions for the space plan. We took the scenic route, considering (and spending lots of time mapping out options.)

Here is where we landed.

FURNITURE & TELEVISION PLACEMENT
We sought to solve the space plan woes for the family by floating the seating pit in the middle of the room.

Starting with the existing striped 10×14 rug as our anchor, we centered it in the room, just below the window. We suggest extending the curtains to 120″ to help frame the seating area, though the window is only 96″ wide. We then suggest floating the furniture inside that 120″ area.

Consider a vintage kilim rug layered on top for added texture and visual interest. Our renderings are a loose interpretation of our ideas for placement.

  • We suggest centering the layered rug according to the final sofa & coffee table dimensions.
  • These dimensions are all affected by one another, but ideally the coffee table should be centered over the rug, positioned roughly 16-18″ away from each seat, (Note the large gap in the former arrangement.)
  • Whether on or off, the rug should ideally have the front legs of each furniture piece equidistant from the rug’s edge. We suggest on.

There should always be a flat surface within reach of every seat, so the homeowner’s existing mix of side tables should serve perfectly once mixed in with the new seating layout.

A PROBLEM A SOLUTION

We did discuss some apprehension over the TV becoming the main focus in the room. There really were only two options for placement and the homeowner had tried both. Of the two, the one pictured in our before image above was not working functionally, while centering it on the other wall gave it too much prominence.

Our solution instead, is to create a larger focus that the TV can be a part of. By grouping the wall-mounted device among the art gallery scenario, and flanking it by two floor to ceiling shelving units, along with a low profile console (all in white) the entire wall becomes a showpiece.

MOVING ON TO OTHER TO DOS!

ADD A DINING ROOM BANQUETTE
We couldn’t help ourselves, and so we pushed beyond the boundary of the family room a bit. One of the casualties of the former space included the dining table encroaching into the family room zone. We love us a good dining banquette, so we tossed it into the floor plan just to see. We love it.

  • An appropriately sized bench or a built in banquette under the window will create a fantastic feature that is both on trend plus will help maximize space between the rooms.
  • We do suggest considering a statement pendant for above the dining table, but consideration of the proximity to the kitchen peninsula pendants is important.
    Watch out it doesn’t turn into pendant city.”
  • We noticed the homeowner’s peninsula countertop has a rather large lip unlike our rendering. Our suggestion is avoid placing bench seating below, but a customized built in could accommodate.

CREATE FOCUS

  • Make the TV part of a gallery wall to take the focus off of the device itself
  • Center a low and long console, then flank with floor to ceiling bookshelves
  • Style with existing matching lamps or spring for new lamps in a more petite, traditional shape
  • We think you might even be able to camouflage the large speakers among this setup.

CREATE BALANCE & COHESION

  • Float the rug and furniture in the middle of the room
  • Match the 3 window dressings between rooms
  • Create a storage feature along the back wall to help balance the weight of the TV focus wall
A PROBLEM A SOLUTION
The homeowner had doubts about hanging the drapery.

 

 

We think she had the height and the width right for the hardware, but would benefit from a bit more length in the drape itself. They should kiss the floor, rather than hang a couple of inches above
We also noted that the sliding glass door on the adjacent wall appears bare in comparison, while the dining room window in the next room was another disparate pattern, making the spaces feel disjointed.

 

 

Matching floor to ceiling drapes on all three windows will create a more cohesive look, tying the spaces together.

The grass shade can be eliminated for the sake of functionality on the sliding glass door, but is present on the two windows. Push all drapes to the left for easy access in and out of doors.

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Lafayette Family Room: An Introduction

Let’s introduce you fun folks to one of our recently completed E-decor projects, The Lafayette Family Room. As with many TEOT PROJECTS, we pack in tons of info, so we’ll be splitting this up into a number of posts in the coming days! Let’s dig in first with the setup, the information that we received from our client at the start!

 

The Lafayette Family Room is a square room, approximately 16×16, and it sits adjacent to the dining room and open kitchen.

It is the main hub of the home for our client Tina’s whole family. This bay area couple has a rambunctious 5 year old boy and a 10 month baby girl, which means the room is pulling double duty as a grown -up entertaining space while it is often full of toys.

We wanted to help Tina establish a great space plan with new furniture, and find some storage solutions that would help the room easily transition from a day time play room to a great lounge pit for a family movie night, or maybe even some adult conversation with wine & cheese!

We were impressed with the base pieces that the family had chosen. There is an obvious passion for on-trend decor and we liked what we had to work with. Here is where we started.

Not a terrible start at all.

We put our finger on their style, referring to it as California Casual. It’s a bit traditional, but there is certainly a laid back vibe that is typical of decor here on the West Coast.  She had some smart pieces and you know we love us some navy blue, so we decided to build on that, rather than take her in a completely different direction.

Also, Tina had specifically mentioned that she wanted to keep the paint color and the large striped rug… but she also desired some assistance in layering more into the room, including another rug, perhaps a kilim, to make it feel complete.

The key areas that needed improvement included a better television placement, a cohesion in the drapery from room to room, and lastly that final layer that really pulls it all together; the accessories.

 

THINGS TO KEEP THINGS TO ADDRESS
  • Wall Color
  • Serena & Lily Rattan End Tables
  • The Art in the Gallery Wall
  • TV Placement
  • Little Architectural Interest
  • Lack of cohesion between the rooms

 

So, this is where we are starting.

As we always do with our clients, we immediately fired up a Pinterest board to begin tossing ideas big and small into one pot. You can see the Lafayette Pinterest Board here for a snapshot into the direction we ended up going with Tina’s new family room plan. And catch us back here on the blog tomorrow for more about this room.

 

 

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the perfect English roll arm sofa

Betsy and I have been talking sofas. Reason being…I was thinking about putting my dirty well-loved Petrie on the shelf and getting a…Belgian Classic Slope Arm when Restoration Hardware was running a legit year-end sale on their in stock furniture.

I waded in to a sea of online reviews and read other people’s sofa journeys and rambled on about it via email, text and on the phone to Betsy. She listened, for the most part patiently, as she does. I texted my neighbor who has a petite track arm that stands up well at 3 years of age to two small children, no pets but no major spills. “I hate to bug you about this again but did you say you got the brushed linen in fog” She knew exactly what she’d purchased because she had the receipt! Her only regret? She didn’t get the luxe depth.

The conversation between Betsy and I shifted, as it most often does when I talk to anyone about sofas, to the english roll arm sofa. Betsy said, you’ve always known you wanted a roll arm–thats what you should get. But I’d have to settle because the perfect roll arm that is financially feasible and easily accessible eludes me…it eludes most.

Design junkies know these images,

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Jenna Lyons English Roll Arm SofaJenna Lyons

sofa pinkAnn Mashburn

 

and the image I’m fixated on,

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sofa bulow2I tell Betsy that Pavoncelli’s children in the Town & Country feature are laying on the perfect sofa. Betsy isn’t easily convinced but she wants to pour over it with me.

 

This is some of what that conversation sounds like,

“Well it’s a tight back. I can’t tell if the back has a seam and if it’s a single seat cushion or two because of the magazine binding” We can’t find the whole flat image on the internet. “It’s down-filled, I think it’s pretty safe to say the seat cushion is down-filled. Is it George Smith? Well AD says that Markham Roberts likes George Smith.”

I love the sofas of both George Smith and George Sherlock. They are what others try to replicate. Why don’t I invest in one? Well…because they are $12,000.

 

But what happens to these sofas that are seemingly perfect and supposed to last forever? What happens when they are sat on and loved and napped on for a good long while–say 20 years or so?

Well Grandma saggy buns comes to mind,

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The cushions are starting to take a dive at Ashley Putnam’s place,

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One of the authors of the Everygirl, has the Pottery Barn Carlisle in her Chicago apartment but the cover looks a bit askew and the seat cushions look a little broken down. My Petrie seat cushions look very similar and it’s 9 years old. The Carlisle is a roll arm sofa that a lot of folks go for, it’s relatively affordable and it’s good looking. I thought it was a sure bet until I sat on one and then I quickly put the brakes on. Sorry PB, painful but true.

sofa everygirl PB
A well loved George Smith three-seater once for sale on 1st Dibs,

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This two seat Smith is on sale for $6500 on Viyet, BTW you should cruise Viyet if you haven’t yet. This sofa turns nine this year. It looks good don’t you think, wonder if she’s had work done? Ultimately the legs are too contemporary.

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Perfection doesn’t yet exist and by perfection I mean the perfect sofa that we can afford, that is a beautiful roll arm silhouette, that is well-made and can be reconditioned over time, something that will last. This is all assuming that you’re in to roll arms. Maybe you’re in to slipcovered track arms and if that be the case well then we can still talk.

 

 

 

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DEAR TEOT: Texas Porch Makeover Needed

Our dear friend Bregan needs a porch makeover.

The artist behind Maiden America Studio recently picked our brains with her challenge. She had a very interesting question indeed.

Dear Teot, Can I paint the exterior of my home, inside my porch, a different color from the rest of the exterior?

Here is a look at Bregan’s sweet little porch on her Wimberley, TX ranch cabin. (And by ranch, I mean 10 fenced-in acres, not a midcentury style residential architecture.)

The architecture of the home is actually a bit cabinesque, clad in a brown painted cedar paneling with matching window frames and gutters.

Texas Porch Makeover Needed

Another look at the interior of the screened in porch shows just why the room might need and want a little color on the walls. It does make sense to me why she might feel compelled to paint the entire room out, without painting the entire exterior of the home, but I’m no expert on the rules.

Texas Porch Makeover Needed

So, I sent the question over to Sarah, here is her response:

I’m fairly sure we can NOT paint the inside of the porch a different color than the rest of the exterior…but we can paint the ceiling, and I think we can paint the entry door and the floor.

And then she attached this jaw dropping image.

inspiration for bregan porchIf only all of Bregan’s brown were this moody blackish blue.

I loved that  picture so much, that I started to think maybe Bregan should paint her entire house a dark slate. I showed her the Lauren Liess contemporary home makeover.

lauren liess before after exterior

but Bregan said she might actually prefer the brown…

So, we are on a fact finding mission, and an inspiration hunt when it comes to this porch decor conundrum. We’d love to hear your thoughts.

Here is a little QnA for some more intel.

-What do you use the porch for if anything? Currently, nothing.
– If there is enough width to accommodate, do you envision yourself dining there. Possibly
– Do you envision sitting occasionally or full on napping, reading, lounging, chatting, etc? Or is this porch makeover more for aesthetics. Sitting, napping, enjoying the breeze, enjoying the rain, chatting with guests
-When you get  heavy rain storms there, does the inside of the porch get a little wet? Yes
-Do the things on the porch get really dusty or is it pretty protected from the weather? Yes
-Is there an exterior outlet? Yes

 

Have a Design Dilemma? We’ll work it out with you. Just holler at us.

Email Sarah at theestateofthings.com!
Subject: DEAR TEOT

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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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Betsy’s New House Progress

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Decorating is a living process, kinda like training this little dog of a puppy!

We’ve been in the new house now for just a little over 3 full months, and each day it gets better.

I suppose it’s a never ending effort to get a home feeling like home. I know all of mine have always remained a work in progress, cause being “done” isn’t really something that I’m interested in. Otherwise, it would be time to move, right Sarah? So, we have lots of projects left and I can think of many things that we still might like to acquire (like the perfectly sized persian rug.)

But, we’ve also made a few strides lately and I’m finally at a place where I can snap a few pics and share.

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We’ll start with the least impressive… the kitchen!

We knew that this would be my least favorite aspect of the new home, and that we would be taking our time before planning any renovation. But I did swap out all of the previous owner’s glass knobs. In theory, a glass knob is a sweet option for cabinet hardware, but it wasn’t working for us and our desire to give this home a cleaner more modern vibe. We can deep dive into this room and how we are changing it later, but for now, I updated the cabs with the absolute most inexpensive hardware in the world, and while I know they aren’t what we ultimately want, the overall look is better. It’s got a little graphic punch, and if it makes any sense, this black speaks to the black window panes on the other side of the room. I’ll keep dreaming of an eventual gut renovation for this kitchen.

Care and the picture ledges

Speaking of spreading the black around, we pulled a little something off in the stairwell entryway as well. Back during the renovation, I purchased a wall of picture ledges, and we finally got them up. Most of this art came together from our previous home, and I’m just real pleased with all of it, the kid’s art, the family photos, and every stitch of sentimentality that I’ve ever put in a black frame. I imagine this will be an ongoing evolution.

 

shaniqua bedroom

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I am aware that the rug is too small for the bedroom! I have to decide on one huge, or maybe two large rugs for this room that are cozy, dog friendly, something Jeff can live with, something economical, plus beautifully bold without us being sick of it in 6 months. So far I can only seem to love the $11,000,000 Persians. So for now, I have the same rug under our bed that was under our bed at the last house, in an 11×10 bedroom. So yeah, it’s too small, I’m aware. Thanks Emily Henderson and Sarah Farrell, it is an honor to be schooled in this way by you! ;)

 

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Lastly, here is a little look at one end of the sunroom. It’s one of my favorite spots in the house, since as you know we deliberated hard on painting the black window frames. I’m sure glad we sprung. They make just the personal stamp on the home that we need. The other corner still has some boxes stacked up and it does NOT have a hammock. Oh, the shame.

We have drawn up some plans for some built-in shelving and a floating console for the living area. That should give us the final storage needed to finally unpack all of our books and board games, and then we’ll be box free! Also, the kids’ rooms are really coming together nicely, and I love them both. I’ll share them someday soon, we still have a few projects up our sleeves for those rooms too!

Alright, that’s where we are, thanks for being here with us! <3

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Streaming on Sofas

Did you know that “NetflixandChill” is a code phrase in the online dating world? Ah, the things we miss out on being all coupled up in 2016.

But, whether you are on Tinder or not, don’t we all love a good night in with a cuddle on the couch and some marathon TV, you know for the actual purposes of devouring your latest TV thrill?

Turns out, we at TEOT have a fascination with the darker side of the drama spectrum. To lighten things up a bit, we’ve paired our juiciest marathon obsessions with an equally intriguing sofa, for a combo worthy of its own meme.

When it’s time to binge watch, we whole-heartedly endorse these streaming and sofa combos.

 

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Making a MurdererRestoration Hardware’s Belgian Classic Slope Arm

You basically have a civic or really a human duty to watch the 10 episode documentary series on Netflix called Making a Murderer. It’s a documentary deep dive into a murder mystery the likes of our favorite podcast SERIAL. Has the justice system failed an innocent citizen? Is there a vast government conspiracy at work? Sink into the luxe depth of the Classic Slope Arm and try to keep up with the details.

 

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FargoJoybird’s Braxton Sectional

The FX series based on the Cohen Brothers film of the same name is Billy Bob with creepy bangs, its a classic Cohen, “take no prisoners,” split-screen delight with a great soundtrack. If you like dark comedy, you may agree that this series was the best thing on TV all year. We’ll take it stretched out on the midcentury lines of the Braxton of course.

 

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The Returned + The Willoughby

(the French version, you gotta watch the original French version available on Sundance & Amazon)
It’s a slow horror series with a look at humanity through the kind of dark lens that only the European can hold up. Encroaching waters threaten a small lakeside town, haunted with the supernatural return of formerly deceased loved ones and the leftover anguish from serial murderer. You need a deep, dark lived in velvet sofa with classic lines to envelop you and cradle you throught this rocking cerebreal horror. We think Anthropologie’s classic roll arm sofa in Forest Green will do.

 

 

 

 

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Shop TEOT: Vintage Navy Ceramic Lamp

Did you love almost everything as I did about Eliza Dyson’s CA home in House Beautiful’s December/January issue? If you haven’t seen it I recommend clicking the link to soak it in for a little or a long time.

Dyson’s bedroom is just one of the many places that I’ve spotted a classic navy blue ceramic lamp. We love the color of our vintage navy table lamp, so versatile, shiny and navy….sweet navy.

 

vintage navy lamp

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SHOP TEOT Winter Sale 15% Off

Dear TEOT Readers and SHOP TEOT Lovers,

How did you make out this Christmas!? Maybe you all have very attentive and astute gift givers as significant others, friends or family, which is seriously lucky!

For those of you who missed the boat, or didn’t get exactly what you wanted and have got Christmas money in the pocket burning a hole, now is the time.

We’re offering 15% off the whole SHOP TEOT INVENTORY. And, yes that includes the vintage settee that everyone loves so much.

Dig into the SHOP TEOT WINTER SALE now through Jan 3 with coupon code BAGIT.

 

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Holiday Spruce Up

Get ready for holiday get togethers and sprint to the finish with us! Please ask us about last minute shipping.

 

Spruce-up

 

 African White Mudcloth Stockings | Vintage Eero Aarnio Wicker Stools | Backgammon (similar) | Vintage Black African Mudcloth Throw | Vintage African White Mudcloth Lumbar | Vintage African Tie Dye Mudcloth Lumbar | Vintage African Indigo Stripe Pillow

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Asheville Project: Bath Plan II

The Asheville clients got two design plans to choose from once we narrowed our vanity style down (i.e. color, white or wood) we were ready to jam out the overall plan. The clients narrowed it to a wood vanity or a colored vanity. We’ve seen the wood vanity concept, so let’s take a look at the vanity with some color.

I’m recently a fan of Benjamin Moore’s mysterious but saturated gray color called Brewster Gray. I don’t think it’s going to be an infallible color in every space but so far so good. I painted a sad little 1980s oak vanity Brewster Gray recently and it gave that little bathroom a new lease on life.

We’re keeping with a modern farmhouse aesthetic and my argument was strong for either a full shiplap wall or just wainscoting. Shiplap will add dimension and create that utilitarian look that we love so much.

A simple vanity with just a few drawers because it’s a guest bath and an open slatted shelf for towel storage should fit the 50″ wide space nicely.

The key differences between the two plans are the floor tile, sconce choices, hardware and the introduction of the blue/gray vanity. The obvious question to you is– Plan I or Plan II?

Asheville bath plan II

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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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Inspired by Betsy Burnham North of Montana

Holy smokes! This looks like my kinda den.

Betsy Burnham Design

 

Get the look.

Snag that Peter Dunham zig zag bedcover (Lord knows I can’t get that for myself.) Get ya some sort of similar Safavieh Drippy Splatter Lamps. And here is a look at our fav spot for that tribal kilim. As for the console, that is custom but we think you can DIY it by covering a simple parsons table in some reptilian inspired vinyl.

Peep the rest of the Burnham Design “North of Montana” project on the Betsy Burnham Portfolio. Go ahead and get into that rabbit hole… there is design inspiration for days!

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Design Finds at OMG, Amazon

What, did you say? Design Finds at Amazon?

Here at are our house, we’re hopelessly reliant upon the behemoth logistics company for our groceries, everyday household items, toys and long distance gift-giving. And recently more than ever I have come to the realization that tapping into the wal-mart of the web doesn’t mean I have to sacrifice my design sensibilities — if I just dig a bit.

So, this year I’m gathering up gift guides with these design finds at Amazon for the procrastinating gift giver in all of us.

 

I’ve had a thing for flat black lately, I think its due in part to the success of the window frame project at the new house. So I’ve concentrated some of my finds on the sophistication of matte black, and I’ve tossed in a little natural wood finish and some brass glam here too.

Pair any of these items with crisp white walls, a warm rustic wood floor and some black window panes and you’re speaking my love language.

Design Finds at Amazon

 

1. Eames Style Eifel Chairs in Black   $98 for the pair |  2.  Gold Tipped Light Bulb   $6 |  3.  Matte Black Polyhedron Lamp Pendant  $205  |  4.  Tabletop Origami Star Sculpture $41 |  5.  Turned Wood Candlestick Holders  $25 |  6. Air Purifier & Diffuser  $28  |  7. Brass Pendant $95  |  8. Serge Mouille Reproduction $445  |  9.  Enamel Pendant $59  |  10. Plywood Chair $103 |  11. Ladder Display Rack $37

 

Also, if you visit smile.amazon.com instead of just amazon, then a percentage of your purchases will go to the charity of your choosing. I choose KCRW, the local NPR radio station in my town cause I’m into supporting music, culture and general curiosity!

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Don’t Resist White Rooms

Please don’t fight it. White rooms are ok, really I promise. You’re apprehensive because you think it will be boring or sterile. We can’t design/decorate the room with paint only just because we paint it a great shade of blue/gray doesn’t mean that our work is done in that room. There are layers and layers that can go in that white room and on those walls. It’s clean and bright and we can build on that.

I’ve recommended at least one white paint color to three different homeowners and two resisted and the third client is trying to resist in their bath remodel that has a modern farmhouse lean!

These rooms all have white walls, don’t you love them?

Let’s begin with the epic love affair we have with white kitchens,

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People pin this image like it is their JOB,

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We love white bathrooms almost as much as white kitchens. And you know what we really crave, fresh white ship lap on the walls whether we live in SoCal or Charleston.

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Now don’t be afraid but…everything is white in here except for the floor,

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You see the need for white walls here? Because color is bonkers everywhere else. A neutral foundation provides for a situation where you can totally flake out on the throw pillows you just bought every week, every month whatevs

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By the way– imagine that reading nook above full of a pile of indigo, from the TEOT Shop!

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a white library/den makes it open season for book color and pretty much everything else

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White bedrooms…absolutely. Is anyone noticing that white is warmed up by…WOOD

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Farmhouse white,

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More of that glorious white ship lap even in the dining room,

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White is welcoming too, love the contrast of the black frames on those modern lanterns against the white on the walls

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white makes for a good workspace wall color too,

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And of course white makes for an excellent background for a great art collection,

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