Mixing textiles livens up a neutral backdrop with an eclectic punch of color. But neutral textiles can bring just as much punch to a room as their colorful companions. Here is collection of my current favorite neutrals. Denim is a fabric I put in the neutral camp, because I think it goes with anything. Caroline Z Hurley's linen throws (featured here in denim) are covet worthy. And if you want vibrant color punch, she offers lime greens, bright blues, and hot pinks too! Since winter is coming (and clearly I want GOT back on my tv) the Souk Pouf is a warm, cozy, and casual option for additional seating or as an ottoman. While your feet are resting on the pouf, you should wrap yourself in the blah blah wool throw. It's humorously warm. For underfoot, the ashdown wooden carpet by Eliza Strozyk is a must. Comprised of linen, oak, maple, and beech, her delicate geometric designs are tactile art-like furniture and furniture objects. Oyyo handwoven textiles are uniquely made and 100% organic. These blend simplicity with bold patterns. I want them all.
Black Accents whether in art, architecture, textiles, fashion, or interior design are my favorite. I have an inclination towards the bold pop black adds to its surroundings, and if it incorporates a geometric or minimalist twist, even better. Here is my round-up of current favorite black accents: 1. Love this modern interior photographed by Heidi Lerkenfeldt that showcases a variety of black accents from furniture, textiles, and a lamp. 2. The furniture object with some monochromatic punch in the Brooklyn home of Hannelore Knuts & Nicolas Provost. 3. Eames wire chair with a black leather "bikini" cushion. Perfect. 4. A black & white rug from House Doctor that features a geometric print (clearly I am a sucker for this design aesthetic). 5. Jean-Christophe Aumas' multihued Paris apartment. A perfect example to go bold and dark with wall color. The dark paint shown is from Dulux Valentine. 6. Black & white hand-woven rugs made in Sardinia and designed by Carollna Mells. Woven in the pibiones technique that creates a raised effect. 7. The black accent featured on the Cappellini Bac chair designed by Jasper Morrison offers a nice contrast to the light wood frame.
Alright, I absolutely love the combination of wood, metal, and leather. Three elements, textures, and finishes that when combined, produce endless furniture possibilities. BDDW has me excited about American crafted furniture again. Their Bronze Trestle Table and Lake Mid Credenza showcase true craftsmanship with metal accents. It is furniture that melds the natural with the industrial. Another metal and wood combination manufactured in the U.S. is the formed steel with solid walnut wood seat by Lockwood. For storage, I am currently all about the Chevron Grain dresser from West Elm. Love the grain of the wood with the subtle yet sophisticated brass-finished hardware. Now for the leather. The brass thin-framed chairs by Lawson-Fenning are obsession worthy. And how could I almost forget the gold medal of modernist furniture perfection, the Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman. Need I say more.
Alright, we have all heard enough on the topic of summer morphing into fall. But, along those lines, it is time to add some art, animal antlers, photographs, etc. to those walls that reflects the warmth of cozy fall weather, and the crazy-awesome imminent color change across our landscapes. Now, I love grouping various styles of framed images and art together, but I tend to gravitate more towards having one bright and colorful piece to make an all white room pop with moments of color. All images shown explore this idea in their own way. Now, go put something new and vibrant up on those walls. It is time for a change.
Furniture collections or stand-alone pieces that showcase wood through unexpected angles and continuous lines are my favorite. Hugh MIller of HM Handmade features this in his Folded Record Bureau. And it is SO FABULOUS. The bureau recalls mid-century modern simplicity, but with contemporary originality. Love the angled storage areas for records, and how the turntable is flush with the table surface. I also love his backgammon table that incorporates magazine or book storage (or instructions on how to play). The pop of color and geometric detail along the table top make this piece all the better. Another favorite of the moment is the New Alto home desk designed by Andreas Engesvik. The design incorporates a solid wood base with a delicate table top. I enjoy how the sides of the table top delicately flare upward, which juxtaposes its linear solid base. Enjoy these beautiful wooden angles + and lines!
With summer transforming into fall, I find myself gravitating towards one last infusion of bright colors through neons and metals. Pentagono Estudio from Mexico created the Nodo - a dynamic piece of furniture that reinterprets a classical form. If the neon shade of yellow is too overwhelming for your space (or taste) is also comes in a more subdued red shade and black. If neon furniture is too much of a commitment for you, the AVF Acrylic Fearless Trays are a must. They are trays- so you can use them in your home in a variety of ways. Even if you just want to add color to your space. However, the AVF Brilliant Acrylic Console Table in red is the perfect infusion of bright color. Its simple form blends into almost any space. Moving from neon to medal...The LUXX mirrors by Samuel Accoceberry are decorative steel mirrors in tinted gold, bronze, and dark grey. They are arranged parallelograms, hexagons, and diamond, resulting in asymmetrical or symmetrical shapes. The Copper Shade Floor lamp by Tom Dixon is a must. Copper is not neon, but this metal lamp sure infuses its surrounding space with a beautiful glow.
Storage is a huge. During a recent move I realized this more than ever, and it put me on the look-out for storage options other than closets. Bring on the shelving, consoles, desks, and more. Bradley Bowers created a beautiful geometric storage system that pushes the boundaries of traditional shelving for storage and display. Now, I am a lover of boxes in all shapes, sizes, and colors for storing odds and ends.I especially love incorporating the boxes into displays, or tucking them away into a console for extra tidy storage. If you need office storage, the Little Mountain Whale desk by Kevin Michael Burns is a mid-century modern gem remixed with a contemporary flare (and color). However, one can never go wrong with a traditional vintage bookshelf for displaying your treasures.
Pillows, blankets, throws, rugs, all of it, crafted from vibrant, vintage (or new) textiles reinvent a room. They bring color, texture, pattern, and volume. Summer is officially here in portland, and I have felt the need to reflect the warmer weather in my home. Leif is one of my favorite home-goods store, and the cactus tea towel + kilim pillow are delicate and fun colorful designs. What Jessica Helgerson (a Portland-based designer) has done for her clients Brooklyn brownstone is absolutely divine. A perfect showcase of introducing pops of color from textiles. El Cosmic Provision's and Pattern Society are two places one must look to for textiles. I love the Bolivian blankets from El Cosmic Provisions, and I will take anyone of those rugs featured on Pattern Society. Finally, I could not resist the bold geometric pattern of the varanasi stool from CB2. Color Punch, enjoy!
I have been looking for some new furniture pieces that are a blend of industrial and organic elements. I like incorporating furniture objects that bring contrast to simple pared down interiors. The first piece I have recently found is a pink powder coated steel wire side table from Iacoli & McAllister. It is geometric, light, and colorful - perfection. The Coffee One table by Thought Wood uses black walnut with a pinch of bold color, creating a modern yet organic piece perfect for urban surroundings. Along those organic lines is the stumps collection by Sharon Sides. She etches tree ring patterns into her designs. The result is metal furniture transformed into individual beautiful pieces. Signs by Jeremy Murier are stunning metal and ceramic (art) objects that I need to have in my home. Finishing my recent findings is the charred commode by Moran Woodworked Furniture. It is the perfect representation of a modern take on traditional furniture.
I grew up with wallpaper around me, and forever will use this material in my home. Wallpaper adds texture, drama, color, and altogether fabulousness to any space. For a monochromatic and geometric pop - Teepee wallpaper by Erica Wakerly is a must have. The Hit Collection by Tres Tintas Barcelona is an updated modern take on a floral design. Calico has created a metallic wallpaper collection (need I say more). Farrow & Ball offers a wide range of wallpaper that is divine, sophisticated, and totally fun. Enjoy!