I recently met with a client who over the next few months, will have her Northwest ranch renovated to include a new master bedroom and on suite bathroom. The existing bedrooms will also be reconfigured to carve out more space for her children and a home office.
I’m thrilled she contacted me for some design advice and in the coming months, I will be assisting her in selecting everything from lighting fixtures to a mid-century modern inspired vanity to create a serene and classic bath that will withstand the test of time.
With the new addition also comes a revamp of her current living room. She asked me to give her room a mid-century modern facelift, reminiscent of what you’d see in a Cliff May house. She already has beautiful hardwood floors and some mid century inspired furniture (the couch, coffee table, and side tables will stay), so I will be focusing on enhancing what she already has.
I created two concept boards which give a similar vibe but different color schemes. The first option plays off her yellow gourd lamp (she owns) and adds an air of sophistication with the brass accents.
The second option pulls in more color and exudes more of a Palm Springs vibe. She asked to see an option with the room accented in blues and greens.
I selected chairs upholstered in a sweet pea green and paired them with gorgeous peacock blue Robert Abbey lamps and a shag rug. Hints of brass, lucite, and walnut furniture round out the look.
So which look do you prefer? Which option would you choose? I’d love your feedback!
I’m a big proponent that by mixing high and low pieces and vintage with new, you can pull together a space that is a reflection of you. By featuring meaningful pieces, a high end table or chair, and a mix of vintage and new accessories you will give your room a well collected look that is warm and inviting.
One of my favorite retailers that features well priced home decor is Target and their Nate Berkus and Threshold collections offer great pieces that can be incorporated into the home at a reasonable price. Above are some of my favorites that exude a luxurious vibe and with the right mix of old and new, can tie together a high glam room.
If you have a favorite piece you’ve purchased from Target for your home, I’d love to see how you incorporated it into your space. And better yet, if you have a style shot of how you mix high and low pieces featuring a Target piece with a vintage decor item you purchased from AnthologyHouse, I’ll share it on the blog.
Today I share with you a fun project I recently completed for a client’s family and living rooms. This styling project didn’t involve paint or even the purchase of major furniture but rather adding a little bit of old, a little new, and shopping the client’s personal effects to give her family an eclectic, fun space to play and hang out.
Our goal was to add some character to her rooms by doing a little furniture rearranging and adding some decorative accessories. She already had great staples with the oriental rug, grey couch, and white bookcase. And I fell in love with her vintage cognac hue wingback chairs. The space just needed a little color and a change up of some accessories to tie it to the rest of her home.
Below is the beforephoto:
And the after:
To revamp this space, I began with her bookcase and stacked books by color. I then shopped for vintage pieces to dress it up and add some character.
I then removed the side table that was being used as their coffee table and replaced it with a mid-century modern style coffee table. I added some of her personal objects and a pair of vintage brass cranes.
Next up was her new addition at the back of her house. The new family room was a blank space with concrete floors, walls of windows, blue walls, and one lonely dining table. The family wanted to create a hang out area for playing music, socializing, and enjoying meals with family and friends.
I started with the vintage auto shop rolling cart my client acquired and wanted to use as a bar cart. I shopped for vintage barware and accessories to create a cool, industrial looking bar cart.
I then hung a velvet pheasant painting above the cart – my client was hesitant at first – and when it was in place she agreed it had to stay.
And finally for this corner of the room, she asked for a set of mid-century style chairs and cozy durable rug. She did not want a coffee table or ottoman as this was a high traffic route for her kids to the back yard. But she insisted we carve out a spot for her guests to sit while she and her husband served up drinks. And I couldn’t agree more, the chairs and bar brought some fun and color to this space of the room.
This area of the 300 + square foot family room is complete, however I still have a little more work to do. The client wants to finish off the other side of the space with a large side board to hold her wares and music area for her vintage piano. I can’t wait to get started and look forward to sharing pictures with you in my next big reveal.
One of the coolest features on Chairish is the ability to favorite fellow sellers pieces. From jewelry to an etagere – I’ve been collecting a favorite list and luckily for you, some of these pieces are for sale. Check out some of these Stellar Chairish Sellers and their amazing finds!
This past week I had the opportunity to glam up a bar area in a client’s kitchen. And since Christmas is around the corner, I knew I had to incorporate a little holiday whimsy into her space while retaining the glamour of her newly remodeled kitchen featuring white cabinets, carrara marble countertops, grey washed wide plank floors, and chrome hardware. Her kitchen opens onto a newly remodeled family/tv room that will soon showcase furniture, a throw rug, and a bookcase/media center featuring blues, white, and grey. I knew I wanted to incorporate these colors in her bar area so everything flowed.
I started with a staple – the mirrored tray from West Elm. From here I shopped for some vintage pieces and found a great lucite ice bucket, martini book, and cocktail accessories including a glass cut decanter.
My client’s husband requested some high balls and I scored some vintage Libby glasses in a plaid cut glass pattern. To tie in the blues, I found some beautiful crystal cut glasses at Anthropologie. And for my client’s daughter, I threw in some blue rock candy swizzle sticks.
And because I think every room needs a hint of gilt, I added this adorable gold ram ornament from West Elm.
Recently I was contacted by William McDonald, Co-Founder of Rug Pad USA.com, a rug pad retailer outside of the Greater New York area about reviewing some of their products on AnthologyHouse. Initially I had reservations as rug pads aren’t the most glamorous to write about however they are a necessity. Especially for my 1920’s hardwood floor home.
What sets Rug Pad USA apart from some of their big box retail counterparts is there focus on manufacturing high end, eco-friendly rug pads that are made exclusively in the USA. They specialize in offering non toxic pads so you aren’t introducing chemicals into your home.
I had been using a cheap perforated rubber pad with my living room throw rug and it didn’t offer much traction. Since this space is a heavy traffic area and I’m known for switching out rugs as much as I do pillows, I knew I needed a durable pad that would be kind to my 50 + year old hardwood floors.
I opted for the 100% recycled felt Superior Lock Non-Slip Rubber Pad and couldn’t be happier. The rug is completely secure, does not slip and adds the right layer of comfort and warmth to our space. I highly suggest this pad for your Kilim and Soumak rugs.
The other pad I needed to replace was for my 5×8 shag rug that resides in our guest bedroom. I wanted something thicker that would help with sound and provide some padding for underfoot. I decided to try out Rug Pad USA’s Eco-Solid pad and couldn’t be happier. Not only does it add a layer of thickness, it helps mask the ‘click click’ of heels that are often heard from the floor below. I would recommend purchasing this pad for those heavy traffic areas that require a little extra padding. And an extra bonus – this pad comes with a 20 year warranty!
So if you are in need of a new rug pad and value USA made products, I suggest you investigate Rug Pad USA. With a variety of eco-friendly pads, free shipping, and 30 day return policy you won’t be disappointed.
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There’s still time to shop for the holidays and I have a collection of vintage pieces for sale that are all under $50. Send your friend or family member a piece of history with a vintage cocktail pitcher, ice bucket, or dress up their mantel with a pair of Staffordshire dogs. All pieces are available in the AnthologyHouse online shop on Etsy and will ship within 1-2 business days upon receipt of your order.
A new friend of mine who I’ve quickly come to adore asked me if I would help her decorate her guest room and bring some new life to the space which as of late, has become a dump zone for her three boys trophies, footballs, games, and books. We got a good start on the room – she picked up an amazing 1920’s brass bed frame – and she started clearing off shelves to make room for some pretties until we got to talking about her living room.
After: All decor centered around the client’s family heirloom painting hung above the mantel. I incorporated yellows and various shades of blue. Couch, chair, and coffee table are client’s.
After: Blue metallic lattice pillows, AnthologyHouse. Silver faux snakeskin pillows and mirror tray, West Elm.
And that is where the guest room project ends (at least for now) and we directed our efforts to her living room. My friend already has a knack for picking up vintage treasures (her basement and garage unveiled some goodies) but she wanted a fresh eye on how to rearrange and incorporate a few key pieces in her space while maintaining the traditional feel of her early 1900’s home.
After: Vintage Italian bar cart and vintage wingback chair, AnthologyHouse. Vintage barware accessories (client’s own and AnthologyHouse). Print and floor lamp (client’s own).
Below was my to do list and the small (yet essential) accessories I picked up to bring a little warmth and sophistication to her already stylish home:
Bar Cart – Scored a beautiful Vintage Italian Cart.
Vintage Reading Chair – Found a vintage wing back chair in smoke-blue velvet.
Colors – My client loves yellow and did not want any brass. I added warmth by bringing in hints of various shades of blue. I also wanted to capture a little seaside vibe to her room as she has a killer view of Puget Sound.
Accessories – I utilized accessories she already owned by shopping other rooms in her home. Sometimes it’s a matter of relocating a book, frame, or just moving a table from one room to the next to get a fresh perspective on a space. I also shopped for some vintage pieces and picked up a couple great accessories at West Elm to balance the vintage with new.
After: Bar cart close up with vintage and new accessories.
After: Side table and floor lamp (client’s), vintage owl low ball glass (AnthologyHouse).
After: We relocated this bookcase from the other side of the room to this space next to the couch. All accessories are the client’s, it was just a matter of shopping other rooms in her home to give a cohesive look with white and aqua accessories.
After: Close-up of bookshelf. Incorporated a vintage picture with her children’s sea life treasures.
After: Coffee table styling with a mirror tray from West Elm and books, a plant, and client’s own accessories.
After: Close up of mantel with new accessories and an old family painting.
I had a blast shopping for my friend and rearranging pieces she already owns in her home. It just goes to show that you don’t have to spend a lot of money to revamp your space. Sometimes it just take a fresh eye and a little perspective – touches of gold are not so bad – and digging through treasures you already own can bring new life to a space.
So now that the living room has had a revamp, we are getting back to that guest room and can’t wait to share pictures once it’s complete. Our goal is to get it done before the holidays are here and guests need a place to crash.
If you are looking to revamp your space – from personal shopping to a complete one room overhaul – please contact me at email@example.com. I look forward to working with you!
This week I bring you a collection I curated for One Kings Lane and their new series, ‘Fashion-Forward Furniture’. The series features fashionable rooms that are inspired by our wardrobe and for this particular campaign, they asked me to pair my favorite statement piece of jewelry with a chandelier.
The Swedish Sterling Vermiel Wedding Crown was one of the first jewelry pieces I selected to pair with the French chandelier and although it was made exclusively for a Scandinavian wedding, I think it could be worn with a little black dress for a New Years Eve party. And be sure to check out the Vintage Chanel CC Logo Crown Earrings. They play off the wedding crown perfectly.
I hope you find beauty and inspiration in these pieces of past and present. I welcome your feedback and would love to hear which of these pieces are your favorite. And a big THANK YOU to Allison Burt Tilden of Votre Grande Soeur for recommending me as a guest contributor to One Kings Lane. I appreciate your support!
The holidays are upon us and it’s time to glam up the home with hints of white + gold. I just listed some white + gold vintage statement pieces in the shop that are staples for any well dressed home. And remember you don’t have to stow these pieces away after the holidays. You can continue to dress up the bar cart or nesting tables with accessories as the seasons change.
And for the month of November, if you live in the Seattle area and would like to purchase one of these pieces for your home, I’ll personally deliver and style (using your accessories) your new purchase for free.