When I sat down to write this post—I feel like we’re close enough that I can tell you these things—I wondered what the heck I was thinking when I pitched the idea of a piece about using airport chairs at home. Really? And just where the heck would I find examples of using airport chairs at home? Seriously. But, as you’ll see, I was quickly reminded of my inspiration that led to the suggestion. Why, y’all? Design icons created some of these, and that’s why they not only continue to be used in airports today but why they also can make great pieces for use at home.
The rose gold trend is everywhere at the moment and it’s no wonder; metallics are always a great way to add a little shine and interest to your home. The pink undertones of rose gold bring a dose of warmth to any room. It can also act as a neutral, allowing you to mix and match with whatever colors are already present. Because it’s so chic, rose gold can go with everything from traditional to modern aesthetics, and the great thing is that a little goes a long way.
It’s an occupational hazard for anyone who is really passionate about interior design: we see way too many tragic fads – and just plain bad ideas – being shown off in our favorite blogs and magazines. One of my personal pet peeves is the use of floor lamps that are designed to look like gigantic versions of desk or table lamps. I mean, I like playing around with the scale used in a room’s elements as much as the next designer, but the gigantic desk lamps have never been something I’ve thought worked. (No offense to anyone reading this who may have one; the taste level of our readers is superb, so I’m sure if you have a floor lamp like I’m describing you’ve also found a way to successfully work it into your décor!) I think most of the designers who use that type of fixture do it to inject a bit of fun or whimsy into the space, so I wanted to share a few of my favorite fun floor lamps, in hopes that these might catch on too.
Once upon a time the rustic style applied to only rustic interiors—interiors set in rural areas. Nowadays, the style can be applied to a variety of interiors from industrial to minimal to modern. My favorite way to add a dash of rustic is with a bold barn door. The barn door gives a hint of the country, while providing an element of the unexpected and practical. Some barn doors are real, actually from a barn, while others are made to look like a barn, and others are a makeshift barn feel. Any way you put it, I’m a fan of the sliding door feel and the ability the door has to enlarge a space with its floor-to-ceiling scale. Here are some of my favorite barn door applications in the home.
The dining room of Zoe Murphy is simple, comprised of just a few key pieces, and yet it has tremendous impact. The iconic Eames dowel chairs are instantly recognizable and lend a certain design cache, and they look fresh paired with a modern table and oversized green pendant lamp. White walls recede into the background, letting the furniture shine, and the palette is restrained with just the green for a real shot of color. To achieve a similar look in your own home, try incorporating the items below!
For the first time in my adult life I have a TV in the house. We bought it so that I can use it to exercise, because heavens know I wasn’t being as productive in the great outdoors. Part of the reason I’ve been hesitant to get one is because, although flat screens are much more nimble than the old clunkers, I still find them super awkward and so, so black. In my dreams, it’s in a part of the house that is not so front and center, but we don’t have that luxury in our current apartment. Alternatively, it’s in a cupboard that can be raised and lowered like an elevator. But sadly, that’s not in the cards still. So, here are some inoffensive ways to display your flat screen TV.
There are some tried and true conventions of (mostly American) residential design and building that I sometimes wonder about. One of those is the real need for two sinks in a master bathroom—but I’m not at all certain I’m ready to take on all of the comments should I start that conversation. So I’ll go with taking a swipe at another tradition: the built-in sink. Does every bathroom really need a vanity in which to house the sink? I think not, and these examples show why.
I was strolling through my local big box home improvement store the other day looking for a replacement battery for my home security system (you know I’m not a DIYer), and couldn’t help but notice the amazing selection of tool chests on display. I immediately began to imagine using some of them in interior design projects because, well, that’s just how my mind works. So, of course, when I got home I decided to do a quick online search to see how others have used these industrial wonders in their décor; I thought I’d share some of what I’ve found.
Have you noticed the raging pineapple print trend? It’s everywhere! It’s been going strong for about a year and doesn’t show signs of slowing down anytime soon. But that’s just fine with me. Pineapples add a nice dosage of quirk and fun to any room and they say, “I’m not super serious.” I think everyone could use a nice helping of non-edible pineapple in their home. Here are some of my favorite ways to do it in the home.
Looking for a way to make your home décor more interesting? Painted ceilings are a fun and budget-friendly way to create personality in any space. I wanted to bring some color into my powder bathroom but didn’t want to paint over the white walls, so I opted to painted the ceiling in a mint green. The outcome was beautiful.