If you live somewhere that’s seen a lot of snow this week, you’re probably already sick of hearing about and dealing with it. So I won’t elaborate about how much it sucks and instead let’s focus on the lovely idea of curling up at home and ignoring the swirling snow globe landscape out the windows.
This rooms dark walls are very appealing to my eyeballs today. All that bright snow reflecting outside is giving me a headache. Draw the curtains, dim the lights, and get to know your sofa a little better.
I love the personality of this room and it certainly looks like a place I could hibernate in, though I require a comfier sofa and the ability to put my feet up. I never tire of textural treatments on walls and the subtle two-tone look applied here elevates everything. A cozy, quirky room is just what the doctor ordered for me right about now.
one | Pennyweight
two | Jake Curtis
three | Design*Sponge
These sitting areas are bursting with personality. You should view the above image larger to really take it in. And if it wasn’t already obvious this is our “glam” sitting room. From the chandelier to the ornate chest-turned-coffee-table to the fur seat on a gold chair to the malachite ceiling this space is positively bold and flashy. What do you think, is it too much?
Traditional architecture with modern decor. One of my favorite combinations. Compared to the first room this looks so simple, sleek, and masculine. Am I the only one that likes both, though? What I’d really like to do is combine both of them and throw in a bit of this last one too.
I’ll take this room’s soft, weather-worn textures and dark walls plus the first room’s lighting fixtures plus the second room’s architecture and bar cart. I find mixing styles so often produces the most interesting and lovely rooms. It isn’t always easy to pull off, everything still must feel somehow cohesive. You can achieve cohesiveness in other ways such as the color palette.
For me the real key to decorating is to simply go with what you love. Don’t confine yourself by any particular style or theme. Don’t assume that the gorgeous tufted Victorian sofa that you fell in love with at the antique store would never work next to your rustic brick fireplace or your modern rug. The tension between pieces like this creates excitement and interest in a room! So in answer to the question posed in the title of this post: Glam, modern, or rustic? All of the above, please.
one | D Magazine
two | Idha Lindhag
three | The Design Files via desire to inspire
I love a good sitting area. Whether it’s part of a living room or just a single chair tucked in a corner, they’re such a good opportunity to express your style while also creating a nice spot to sit and take a rest. Chairs in particular are a piece of furniture that can take on so many different forms making them the perfect piece to provide a moment of interest and personal flair. That is if you don’t just settle for the La-Z-Boy.
Admittedly this shot isn’t exactly realistic from a space and styling point of view, but I still love that light pink chair and brass floor lamp. As hip as you may feel putting your books on the floor, a (reachable) side table is recommended. :p
Check out that chair! It’s almost like a hybrid between a chair and a hammock. Very fun. If something needs a little extra softness a sheepskin is almost always a good idea. IKEA sells them for cheap! I’ve had one of IKEA’s for several years now and it’s held up beautifully.
one | Brooke Pertzel via The Design Files
two | Heidi Lerkenfeldt via The Design Chaser
three | Hecker Guthrie via My White Room
I have never been a leather girl. In the past it has always just screamed “bachelor pad!” at me. But ever so slowly over the last couple years I have been exposed to some good leather, and it’s forcing me to reconsider. The key for me seems to be that it has to be an excellent, rich color and feel, and it should probably be vintage and worn, or at least weathered to look vintage. I love the above room but I actually don’t love black leather. It can be good but only maybe 10% of the time, in my opinion.
This gorgeous chair meets all the criteria. I literally used to hate this color, but now a good caramel leather it absolutely the best in my mind. Plus with that tufting, that vintage shape, and that worn finish, you can’t go wrong. Not to mention the lovely surroundings.
To be perfectly honest if you showed me this chair on a showroom floor or in a different style house I would probably say I hate it. The rest of this space is so cool and stylish that it elevates the chair. I really want dark walls.
one | Abigail Ahern
two | Remodelista via Blood & Champagne
three | Alec Hemer via desire to inspire
This is Abigail Ahern‘s bedroom (she has since changed it). I just can not get over her style. So daring and personal and luxurious but in a totally irreverent and casual way. It’s wonderful if you have room in a bedroom to create a little sitting area like this. Especially if it involves old, worn, caramel leather.
How charming is this? Again: daring, personal, luxurious but casual. Perhaps that needs to be my new mantra. This would be such a sweet corner to have brunch with the family at. Who would have thought to squeeze a corner bench in there right up against the fireplace surround? It totally works. It is really hard to sell me on leather but I definitely have an affinity for that caramel color. My boyfriend really wants to get this leather sofa for his future man cave and I totally approve. (The pictures online don’t do it justice. Much nicer in person.)
Ah, so serene. Beautiful Moroccan-style blankets and pillows create soft visual interest while remaining neutral and easy on the eyes. I’m imagining waking up early, brewing that fresh coffee, and whiling away the morning with a magazine and some soft music playing. Whose with me?
one | Abigail Ahern
two | Andrea Chu for Milk via dustjacket attic
three | Ben Mayorga for Remodelista via nicety
Three sitting areas for you today that all use wonderful patterns. Mixing patterns is very much on-trend right now, in a good way. I find some people have a negative view of “trendiness” while others embrace trends to a fault. Trends can be bad, good, fleeting, or long-lasting. The key is to examine each individually and determine whether it makes sense for your home and most importantly, whether it makes you happy.
Pattern mixing is one of those trends that can be pretty easy to give a try because it can be accomplished with small pieces like pillows and art. Or if you’re feeling bold and awesome, not-so-small pieces like a decorative screen or rug. Do I love zebra print? No. Do I love what it does for the above room? Yes.
Of course patterns add so much to a room even when you aren’t layering them like crazy on top of each other. These bright pillows give the space a jolt of color while the rug’s pattern is more subtle but still visually interesting. This wallpaper has an even more subtle and textured pattern.
If you favor a little more simplicity but still want liveliness, this sitting area is one to emulate. I adore this creamy white drapery and clean-lined chest of drawers. The rug is obviously the life of the party. The mirrors and hanging planters that they reflect form an abstract pattern of their own. I hope this inspires you to play with patterns. As long as you don’t pronounce it “patt-er-in” like a former design instructor of mine– oh, that drove me crazy.
one | Tara Guérard for Lonny via Savvy Home
two | Susan Kroeger via The Pursuit of Style
three | Jessica Helgerson, photo by Andrew Cammarano, via Design*Sponge