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Color Stories: Aqua & Chartreuse

Sanderson

Sanderson

Since my last color story post was “Aqua & Poppy”, I think you see a trend here.  I love aqua.  It is the perfect shade of cool, clean, chic, and cozy to me.  So really, aqua paired with just about anything is lovely.  While brainstorming ideas for our living room, I came across this zigzag Sanderson wallpaper and fell in love.

Sanderson

Sanderson

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 well dressed home

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house beautiful

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apartment therapy

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digs digs

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design crisis

design crisis

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apartment therapy

elle decor

elle decor

the glam lamb

the glam lamb

What do you think of this color story?  Does it have a place in your home?

Written by Grace

Living Room Solutions: Back to Back Sofas

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.

gianetti home

gianetti home

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velvet and linen

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elle decor

elle decor

I LOVE the moroccan stool at the end of this pair of sofas.  I wonder if there is one on the other side?!  Swoon.

Rue

Rue

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)

Sarah Richardson

Sarah Richardson

My mouth dropped when I found this photo.  What does this color scheme make you think of?

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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.

phoebe howard

phoebe howard

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dick clark architecture

phoebe howard

phoebe howard

christina murphy

christina murphy

Then I discovered there is such a thing as a conjoined sofa.  Yes, you are reading that correctly.

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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

elements of style

james howard

james howard

miles redd

miles redd

jeffrey bilhuber

jeffrey bilhuber

windsor smith

windsor smith

jeffrey bilhuber

jeffrey bilhuber

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.

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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?

Written by Grace

Denim: America’s Fabric

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.

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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?

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cottage living

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meg braff via house beautiful

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restoration hardware

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southern living

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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!

Written by Grace

Campaign Hardware Moves to Kitchens and Bathrooms

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.

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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.

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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?

Barry Benson

Barry Benson

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

The Hunted Interior

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House and Home

House and Home

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Or in a bathroom?

Iconic Kelly Wearstler Bathroom

Iconic Kelly Wearstler Bathroom

Van Rozeboom Interiors

Van Rozeboom Interiors

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La Dolce Vita

La Dolce Vita

 

What are your thoughts?  Would you like campaign hardware in your kitchen or bathroom?  Do you have any elsewhere?

Written by Grace

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