It has this subtle watercolor feel to it, and I think it needs to come live with me. The colors in my living room are aqua, cream, chartreuse, a deep grey/blue, and a pop of yellow. It is coming together, but with the construction we have going on at our house, and my surgery, projects have slowed down a bit. Check out these rooms for some aqua and chartreuse inspiration – just what I needed, and I hope you enjoy it, too.
the well dressed home
the glam lamb
What do you think of this color story? Does it have a place in your home?
Anyone out there have an awkward living room? Welcome to the club. Ours is long and narrow with multiple doorways and no symmetry. It has been a really, really tough room to figure out. I think we may be getting close?? In a long (or perhaps very large/open) room, I love the idea and look of multiple seating areas. It has a cozy feel, and it gives you the option to have a ton of seating when you have parties. Back to back sofas are a terrific way to create two seating areas, and really work in a long living room like mine. “Sophisticated” is the word that jumps to mind when I see this kind of set-up.
velvet and linen
I LOVE the moroccan stool at the end of this pair of sofas. I wonder if there is one on the other side?! Swoon.
And Sarah, I seriously love her. Her shows are the only design shows I watch. And I will even tell you a nerdy fact about me – the ring tone on my cell phone is the theme song to “Sarah’s House”. (blush)
A table in between the sofas allows for lamps to be placed in the middle of the room, and I like this look, too, although my living room is not quite long enough for this to be feasible.
dick clark architecture
Then I discovered there is such a thing as a conjoined sofa. Yes, you are reading that correctly.
oak ridge revival
Can you believe that thing? How in the world do you get that into a house? Can you imagine the size of opening you would need?!
Nevertheless, I found several lovely images of rooms with conjoined sofas. Check ’em out.
elements of style
What do you think of conjoined sofas? I like the rooms overall, but the sofas look a little strange to me. Maybe I just need to get used to them?
I thought I would show you my old living room layout. This worked okay, but then a pair of my chairs got drawn on, I couldn’t decide on a new fabric, I found another pair of chairs I loved, and then a pair of settees, and the rest is history. In fact, a few of these pieces I have sold, and they are residing happily in their new homes now. Oh, and this room is a different color.
You can see the sofas back to back here, and I know all of the inspiration photos show matching sofas, but I liked the difference in styles together. If the sofas were different sizes, I wouldn’t have been able to pull this off.
Although this layout worked for awhile and was pretty in many ways, it just wasn’t quite right. I’m working on it! And the settees I ruined? They are back from the refinisher, and they are looking fabulous! Can’t wait to show you! I am working on finding the right fabric for them.
What do you think of back to back sofas in a living room? Would it work for you? Are you into the conjoined look?
There is something decidedly American about denim, and I do love the homey feel it brings to a room. So much is right about it – it’s comfortable, it’s casual, it goes with everything, it gets softer with use, it’s easy to clean, it can withstand nearly anything…the list could go on. But somehow, in the 80’s and 90’s, denim on upholstery meant overstuffed, saggy, generic blah.
I think everyone I knew had one. But there’s hope for denim! Done right, it can look classy, and dare I say, chic?
Don’t believe me?
meg braff via house beautiful
house and home
So you want a denim sofa but don’t want it to look drab? Here’s the scoop:
1. Go as dark as possible. A deep indigo or navy will read much more updated than the cornflower blue acid-washed hues.
2. Add some detail – nailhead trim, tufts, lacquered white legs or frame. A little oomph will go a long way!
3. Stick to mostly straight lines. Too much curviness will look “basement couch” fast.
But Grace, what if I own the denim sofa you are talking about? In fact, I am staring at it right now.
Spice it up! Add some bright modern-looking pillows or a trendy pattern. Take the cushions to an upholsterer and add a contrasting welt to the edges. Or maybe do this?
What are your thoughts on denim upholstery? I’d love to hear your comments!
P.S. Thank you so much to everyone for participating in the survey I posted last week. It has been so helpful in planning for the future, and I feel so lucky to have such diverse, knowledgeable, engaged readers! I am so grateful!
You might think campaign furniture is trendy, but really, it has been around since at least the time of Julius Caesar. It is most often associated with British military officers in the 18th century, who frequently traveled with high quality portable furniture. It was designed to be easily transportable; therefore, a typical chest would break down into a few pieces. When the destination was reached, the furniture would be put together. Because officers of high position in Britain would just not be able to be without the luxuries of home on the road, campaign furniture was the perfect crossover of the luxuries of home and the practicality of travel. Inset handles, brass corners to protect from bumps, and typically made of a durable wood such as teak or mahogany, campaign furniture was a staple for many years.
With the arrival of the motor car, traveling with loads of cargo went out of vogue, and the demand for campaign furniture changed. However, it has never really gone out of style, and ebbs and flows in popularity. A resurgence of interest in this type of furniture occurred in the 1960’s and 1970’s, and there is most assuredly a revamped desire for campaign furniture in recent years. Kristen and I can hardly keep it for more than a few days when we list it, and it is harder and harder to find.
A variety of campaign hardware from dhshardware.com
Most often, you see campaign hardware gracing chests and desks and other case goods. These pieces look gorgeous painted in any color. Recently, I saw a piece that was left a gray, raw wood color, and it was perfection. My own living room houses a campaign chest, see the photo below. Maybe you wouldn’t think of putting a chest of drawers like this in a living room, but it has been soooo practical for us. It houses light bulbs, linens, and trays.
Image by Kat Phillips, TheGrayAttic.com
In the last few years, I have been seeing campaign hardware more and more in bathrooms and kitchens. I love brass so I think it looks terrific, and there is something so beautifully aged about the campaign hardware look.
What do you think of campaign hardware in a kitchen?
The Hunted Interior
The Hunted Interior
The Hunted Interior
House and Home
House and Home
Or in a bathroom?
Iconic Kelly Wearstler Bathroom
Van Rozeboom Interiors
La Dolce Vita
What are your thoughts? Would you like campaign hardware in your kitchen or bathroom? Do you have any elsewhere?