Thursday
Jan152015

New Couch on the Block

On Tuesday I made an impulsive decision...not just for me, but for my family...I bought us a new sofa! You see, since we only have one living space...and one sofa in that space...the sofa is a very big deal around here.

We bought our old sofa over 5 years ago now from Macy's. It's pretty much a knockoff of Crate & Barrel's Petrie at half the price. It saw us through 4 homes and a cross country move; even in the end we still loved it. It was just time for something a little more grown up, a little more masculine in my opinion. See, all of the other furniture we have in the room has got a Midcentury vibe to it and I wanted something a little fuller to balance out the mix.

Leather has been on my mind for some time now and when I found an amazing tufted back, rolled arm, high end Bloomingdale's sofa on CL for a fraction of what we paid for our original sofa I jumped at the chance...

Sorry for the iPhone pics and lack of styling, but you get the idea. Now onto grab some velvet pillows and switch a few other things around in the room and I'll be ready to show you the full view : ).

More leather goodness for your viewing pleasure...

Monday
Jan122015

Just Obsessed: Cathy Echols' Houston Home

I love a good bar vignette {@here} and one of my favorites of late is this snapshot...

Obviously, I'm a big La Fiorentina fan @here & @here, and imagine my surprise and adoration when I saw a different angle of this room...

It's from a 2014 shoot for Papercity Magazine in the Houston home of Cathy Echols. Love love is all I'm feeling here. Here are some other snaps of her home and it keeps getting better...

Just cool, right? The art is a crazy good mix too and helps to pull in energizing colors into the mostly neutral spaces. Such a fan and totally obsessed.

 

Thursday
Jan012015

Behind the Marsala Door  

Starting 2015 off with Pantone's color of the year...marsala. I'm loving the rustic feminism of this entrance. The wisteria is a dream, no?

Wednesday
Dec312014

The End and the Beginning 

I am starting a new tradition. I would like to start each new year off with a sentiment to be internalized during the course of that year. What better place to start than with {the man}...the ultime teacher...Buddha. Basically every idea expressed on my "Words" Pinterest board @here comes back to this.

I struggle with a terrible case of being critical of myself. I'm a perfectionist, I am my own worst critic, I can't help it...or can I? During 2015 I'd like to spend my time being a little kinder to myself and becoming that kindness to everyone else around me. Just like the little engine that could, no? I think I can.

I'd like to know, do you have any special thoughts you'd like to internalize in 2015? xx 

Monday
Dec292014

Sofa Layering 101

In my opinion, it's time to start thinking about layering up your sofa like "making your bed." Don't skip out on all the extras or else your living room, the space where you spend most of your time, will be feeling a little lackluster. Inspiration please...

Here are three fail-safe rules to follow when layering your very own sofa.

#1 : {Texture and Pattern are just as important as Color}

Texture adds coziness and pattern adds depth. Mix 'em up with abandon.

#2 : {Consider a color scheme...and then throw in one element that is completely opposite of it}

I know, this probably seems extremely counter-intuitive, but I feel it's critical to keeping things interesting. If your room is all about cool blues, mix in a warm yellow-orange. If you love emerald green, mix in a reddish-orange, etc. Just a touch is ok, but make it meaningful.

#3 : {Symmetry is a yawn}

The old rule of two matching pillows and calling it a day is OVER my friends. Single pillows of different styles are so much more interesting; tuck in a blanket or your favorite vintage textile and a sheepskin for coziness and you're golden. Singles are also less expensive and less of a commitment...go for it! 

Still in need of inspiration...a few looks to consider...

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