Sometimes a space calls for a rectangular coffee table, other times, it calls for a round one. My new space in Boston has a rather small living room of which a round coffee table was definitely called for. The first one in this round up from West Elm is one I wish had been around when I was purchasing for my new space as I would have definitely bought it! Instead, I bought this one. But I love all of these! Leave me a comment to let me know which is your favorite.
I love a good, simple pendant. I think pendants are great over breakfast tables, kitchen islands, and powder rooms (the cedar and moss below is what I sourced for Midnight Midcentury. shhhh) And the west elm pendant shown here? It’s in my living room!
Just popping in really quickly to show you some statement lounge seating that I’m currently loving. These all have that that fat, soft look to them. Which one is your favorite?
Perhaps as a way to mix my architectural background within interior design, I am in love with color-blocked paint on the walls. I have a client right now who is happily allowing me to do a variety of color-blocking effects as an overall concept for her home. We started with her home office where the wall which her desk site is all grey and the color moves onto the adjacent wall, ever so slightly, creating a geometric angle cut. Check out the project here. We are also painting a 2" frame around the window opening in black. The next room I am in the middle of designing right now is her master bedroom where she wants total calm. I've designed a block of light grey or blue paint going all the way around the room, including on the doors, trims, and baseboards. This will align with the top of her dresser and be just about an inch above her headboard. It will also create some additional visual interest as it cuts across one of the three windows in the room. Lastly for this client, I am working on her living room and want there to be something very geometric on this core wall that connects kitchen, stairwell, and living room. It will definitely be grey and involve angles with possible additions of an accent color. Or more black.
This example from apartment therapy shows a similar idea of what I'm doing in my clients's home office. I love the bright blue here. It also reminds me of what Consort has done recently to their showroom.
Why not try color-blocking with two similar colors?
I particularly appreciate using color-blocking to highlight the architecture of your existing space. This image I found on pinterest of the window being offset onto the wall is a great example, as well as anytime paint is used to highlight the framing of spaces.
While geometric angles with various colors don't work for everyone, they make a beautiful statement for people who enjoy a little touch of boldness in their space.
Excited by the idea of color-blocking, but a little too scared of color? You can still make a statement with white walls by adding just a block of color to your door.
Color-blocking doesn't have to be limited to the walls. It can also make objects look more edgy and modern, such as these more classical-looking paintings and frames.
I have had a grey obsession for many years now. In architecture school, you learn that architects all wear black. While this is probably 90% true, and I definitely own key black architectural attire, I often dress in all grey. Additionally, my house is about 90% grey, hence the instagram photo that may have led you to this post. But I recognize that I am not alone in this grey obsession. Researching a variety of interiors these days, the color grey is abound, and it looks fabulous! Whereas many buildings have long been grey, thanks to concrete, limestone, and steel being key exterior architectural materials.
The thing about grey as an interior design element is that you can use just about any color as an accent and it will be perfect every time! That's why I am a huge advocate for selecting grey major pieces, such as sofas, chairs, even rugs. Then whenever you need a style change, you can change out pillows, arts, and accessories as you wish. Of course, in my own home, my pillows and accessories are all mostly grey too. But, hey, I already let you know that I'm obsessed!
I should also point out that yes, I spell it with an "e" GREY... Most Americans spell it GRAY. I think it's much prettier with the "e," and I feel that it makes it that much more mine.
Here's my round up of some stunning greys that I think are doing a great job at doing what they do:
1. A dark grey wall helps makes the white art, linens, and Louis Poulsen lamp pop.
3. A medium-light grey linen sofa will never go out of style. How awesome is that large scale ombre art?
4. A lovely grey, muted bathroom is the perfect place to relax in the tub/shower after a long, hard workout.
5. An all exposed concrete building is more than alright with me. It's one of my favorite things!