Thank you for the great response to my new approach to these Making it Yours posts! I love sharing a bit more about the thought process behind the designs.
The last post was pretty girly and young, and this time we’re going a bit more grownup, a bit more neutral. Well, as neutral as one can get with as the foundation, but I’m going to show an alternative color scheme at the end. This is going to be a living room, so with the rug already chosen (since we’re seeing it in three looks), the next big choice is the sofa. Sometimes I know exactly which piece I’ll be incorporating, and sometimes I have to look around a bit. In this case, I immediately thought of , designed by Maxwell of Apartment Therapy.
The walls are going to be painted either in Clunch or Dimity, both by Farrow & Ball (I’m considering both for a project I’m working on right now, so the colors are top of mind). Between the pink rug, pale walls, and the beige sofa, it’s all very light. We need a little depth and contrast in the form of dark finishes, maybe leather or velvet, and wood. How about a big display cabinet, or maybe a wall of bookshelves to start?
DARK CABINETS AND SHELVING: • • • •
It’s probably going to be the or the (both hit the right mix of modern and traditional), but I won’t decide for sure until everything else comes together.
Now chairs. A matching pair or two different styles? Maybe one upholstered (good way to introduce leather and/or color), and one wood? Gotta see what’s out there and what works. Maybe one pricier option and one more affordable — I try to mixup the price points as I would in my own home.
I started by looking for slim-profiled dark leather chairs with metal bases. These are a nod to the lines of the in the bedroom.
SLIM METAL-BASE CHAIRS: • • • • •
My favorite of the bunch for this room was the . It’s the only non-leather chair of the bunch but it fits stylistically, and because it’s fabric, it’s a bit more affordable than most of the others. I think wood is out for the other chair now; these need something more h. And what color? Pink, bien sûr. Maybe a wingback, or something with tufting? It needs to be different in shape from the other upholstered pieces, and a bit larger in scale than the .
PINK CHAIRS (numbered, so we can discuss)
So cool! So tall! Too tall?
This is a good option. I like the tufting that’s not present anywhere else. On the traditional side, but that could work depending on what else ends up in the design.
I like the envelope styling of the cushions, but this is a bit too wide and low for the room.
Kind of feminine — a good balance to the masculine chairs.
Maybe too feminine? It’s a contender though. I bought this chair ten years ago in an orange/red pattern. Sometimes I still wish I had it.
Subtle reference of the sofa arms, but not an exact match (that’s a good thing). Nailhead detailing is a , as is the traditional lines.
Great price ($330), but a little too flat and lean for my liking here.
The rolled arms are too similar to the sofa’s pared back version of the same style.
A little deco. I’m into it.
Screen shot! Here’s what I’m looking at as I write this. (The post is coming together stream-of-consciousness style. It’s different for me, but I’m enjoying it! Also, we’re at the point where I want to chuck all of my furniture and do this in my house. Happens just about every time — I’ve gotten good at ignoring it.)
The rug, sofa, and black chair are staying. I think the geometric cabinet is staying. For chairs, I’m thinking #2, 4, 5, 6, or 9. Let’s look for a coffee table, shall we? Not brass — too on-the-nose with the brass chair legs. Wood, or maybe ? OK, found what I wanted without too much searching: the has a nice wood tone, and the chunky/blocky shape is nice against the spindly legs of the chair and the turned legs of the sofa. A for next to the pink chair would be good with it.
I had been thinking I would bring back one of the white table lamps from last time, but now I think a floor lamp would be the better choice, and I know . Time to pull this all together!
OK, and just because it’s so simple to change this out, let’s take a look with a different color scheme. Everything is the same except for the rug and the color of one chair. Funny how color changes things so much, eh?
IDENTICAL, EXCEPT: 3. • 10.