Holy pink! One of my favorite colors and animals is everywhere in design as of late. Now, pink is a tricky color, because the wrong shade can mimic pepto-bismol, and too much pink is overwhelmingly frightening. Flamingos on the other hand are simply fabulous. And I am enjoying their less campy iterations currently found in design (from interiors to fashion). But nothing is wrong with a little outdoor whimsy to bring inside for a punch of color. Back to the pink- the glas italia table iridescent pink, blue, yellow hues bring a modern glow to your space. Its simple form and modern assembly works well as an accent or side table in ones living room or bedroom. Textiles and texture are presented well in a dark spotty pink on the flutura occasional chair. And if you prefer pink with a deep purple/blue undertone the patricia urquiola upholstered modular sofa for moroso is lounge and envy worthy. The geometric pastel pink pillow with gold accent is one of my paintings transformed to textile. Rest your head on some art. (gorgeous marble and metal shelving found via Pinterest)
One of the greatest luxuries one can give themselves in the home is a cozy bedroom. And more specifically, a cozy bed. Now, I am a lover of bright textiles through-out the home, but there is something soothing about neutral linens for the bedroom. Neutrals allows for more variation in texture, and work well for winter or summer nights. To really treat oneself, the Belgium linen line from West Elm is divine. Both soft and warm, you'll be tempted to bring the duvet into the living room. Another option is the rippled striped duvet and sheet-set from Anthropologie. Layering is important in winter months, and throw blankets are here to help. One of the more versatile options are Caroline Z Hurley Throws. Oh the glory of the simple design and luxe fabrics. Regardless of size, a cozy warm bed is a treat one should give themselves to begin and end the day.
I enjoy mixing traditional and modern pieces in a space. And often my favorite room in homes is the living room - a perfect space to mix and match. Whether the space acts as a neutral backdrop to the furniture or the opposite; mixing traditional with the modern results in comfortable (perhaps bohemian) luxury with clean lines, neutral tones, and vivid patterns. A home in Russia features a timber interior as a backdrop for a neutral sofa and patterned textiles. Fergana by Patricia Urquiola for Moroson is an entirely wood framed sofa with comfortable cushions. The large cushions display delicate weavings which draw on traditional and modern techniques. The sofa is intended to be placed as an island in a space, rather than pushed up against a wall. The Goddard Sofa is a fabulous example of combining traditional and modern elements that result in a contemporary shape with a refined feel. True understated luxury. Or the Abel sofa from BDDW. Impeccable craftsmanship with blackened cast bronze legs and wool herringbone fabric. All of these sofas embrace traditional and modern aesthetics.
A few textiles, some art, beautiful storage, speakers and a bottle opener that need to find their way under my christmas tree and into my home.
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.
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!
Patterns. Patterns are my favorite color. I enjoy a space, piece of furniture, textile, art, architecture, or clothing that incorporates a pattern. Put a monochromatic or incredible geometric pattern on a throw or pillow, and I can all but not have it. Luckily, spring is about bloom, which means it is about time to switch out the textiles and incorporate all things fresh, lively, and colorful.
Having a calm and collected bedroom to escape to is one treat you should always try and give yourself. All of these bedrooms are spaces that I would love to cozy up in for some relaxation.