July 17, 2012
Living rooms are like the statement piece of any household— in which case, we must go big and bold or go home (no pun intended). Unlike the utility-based bathroom, kitchen, and even bedroom, living rooms are purely social spaces. The more the room itself can lend to conversation, the better. Seeing as to how this room will also be doubling as a casual workspace for me, it is even more important that the room is bursting with inspiration.
I’m very inspired by the juxtaposition of traditional forms with vibrant, saturated hues and exotic prints. The aesthetic could be described as a bit French-Colonial. The idea came from the green-blue stained glass window over my more classical looking built-in hutch in the living room. I knew that I had to work with the stained glass somehow so I plan to work straight off of that color palette. As the first step in that direction, just last week I put in an order for a velvet loveseat in “blue lagoon” from West Elm. From there on inspiration has been drawn less from existing pictures of living rooms and more from other elements of pop culture, like the pops of yellow in Wes Anderson films and this past March’s Free People catalog shoot in Vietnam.
1. String Lights from Target 2. Throw by Missoni Home 3. Moroccan Pouf Ottoman from One King’s Lane 4. Henry Loveseat from West Elm 5. Trollsta Side Table from IKEA 6. Pillows by Calypso St. Barth for Target 7. Grape Bunch Bottle from Etsy 8. Rock Candy Lamp from Swank Lighting 9. Dylan Credenzafrom Thrive Furniture.