I love clean, uncluttered, contemporary spaces (if you don’t believe me, just check out my portfolio), but to me, in order for a space to be “home,” it has to be comfortable, as well. While great interior design will always be King, comfort and function are most certainly Queen.
So what am I getting at? That Thomas Tusser is so right! Home IS the best and that is exactly why I am writing this blog post highlighting cushions and poufs. Because nothing says rest and relaxation like cushions and poufs. Am I right?
www.etsy.com KNOTSstudio Large Beige Floor Cushions
Kick your tired feet up with these knotty floor cushions from KNOTSstudio on etsy. They are handmade in Israel and boast many uses. Floor cushion, foot stool, meditation pillow – basically they exist to make you comfortable. What’s not to love?
2. ku me ko Knotty Floor Cushion
www.kumeko.com KNOTTY FLOOR CUSHION
Inspired by old weaving and basket making techniques, this cushion is totally unique and its stuffed with foam (so its really comfortable). I love the gray tones it’s available in, as well (because we all know gray is the new beige).
3. Surya Pouf Cube Ottoman
www.allmodern.com Pouf Cube Ottoman by Surya
This pouf reminds me of stone. I love how it has a natural element sort of feel to it. It’s made from wool, as well, so its soft AND durable.
I think a fragrance is more of a signature than even what you wear – something you’ll remember more down the road than a shirt.
– Ryan Reynolds –
And if Ryan Reynolds says it, it must be true right? Scent plays a large part in our lives. It can remind us of times past, comfort us, spark our appetite, attract us to someone… while preferences may vary, no one can argue that scent is an incredibly powerful thing.
That’s why its so important to incorporate scent into the ambience of your home. Like a cherry to an ice cream sundae, scent is the perfect finishing detail to your bachelor pad. And we all know, the details matter!
Here are 5 Masculine Scents Worthy of Inhabiting Your Bachelor Pad:
“when we were designing the scent of the candle we envisioned walking into our barber shop and being hit with the clean smell of fresh towels.” the candles, which feature soy wax and are hand-poured in new york city, also have key notes of honey, smoke, leather and lavender, each chosen because of their special connection to the barber shop.
the notes are eclectic yet fit perfectly together; just like the candle’s namesake tompkins square park as well as the east village where the blind barber is located. the candles are midnight blue and are housed in “barbicide” jars, the iconic, stainless steel and molded glass jars used by barbers everywhere.”
Iconic and fresh. Does it get more contemporary and masculine than that?
3. White Wood Number Two by Baxter of California.
www.baxterofcalifornia.com FLAMMABLE – WHITE WOOD 2
“A modern interpretation of the legendary, aromatic classic, our vetiver candle synthesizes grassy notes for a cool, classic, earthy scent. Known for its tranquil and restorative energy, vetiver is a clean, fresh and comfortable scent. With fruit and citrus at the top, clove leaf at the middle, and cedarwood and vetiver at its dry down, our vetiver candle is classic. “
Legendary… Classic… Cool… Comfortable… Is this scent speaking your language yet? (It is mine.)
Scent is such an important detail within your home. Its an extension of you and your personal style. It can be warm and inviting, cool and fresh, or earthy and natural. There are endless options when it comes to candle, diffuser, and room spray scents – just be sure to pick one that is indicative of what you like. That way, home will truly delight all your senses.
Polyurethane is a material used to seal and protect painted and stained surfaces.
Its important to protect your painted and stained surfaces to preserve them and guard them against normal wear and tear.
Here is a video outlining why polyurethane is so important and how to apply it:
Most likely, you already have surfaces in your space that have been coated with polyurethane. It is very common in today’s interiors as it adds such a beautiful luster while also protecting our surfaces from every day use.
Let’s continue our series on colors that are trending in 2016. Clean white stands out amongst the rest as a color that has truly stood the test of time, while maintaining a contemporary edge.
Clean white is chameleon like in its ability to both blend in and totally stand out depending on the space. Layering clean white in slightly differing shades can create a gorgeous monotone room, while using clean white as a backdrop for bold colors also makes a big statement. Clean white is one of those unusual colors that knows how to pack a punch no matter where you find it.
Are you ready to dive in and find out how to make clean white work for you?
Here are a 5 ways you can incorporate clean white into your life & space:
1. Paint Your Walls
Clean white is a totally blank canvas. It feels bold and bright in a contemporary space, and it feels warm and inviting in a traditional space. It is probably the most versatile color on the planet. You can play it up or play it down – the possibilities are endless.
Here are a few shades of clean white I really like:
www.sherwin-williams.com Ceiling Bright White
www.sherwin-williams.com Pure White
www.sherwin-williams.com High Reflective White
2. Purchase a piece (or several pieces) of furniture in clean white.
Clean white furniture can be gorgeous and oh-so-versatile in your space. Linen, velvet, leather – pretty much every fabric looks fabulous in white.
Here are a few examples of clean white colored furniture:
www.potterybarn.com CHESTERFIELD UPHOLSTERED SOFA in Twill, White
www.potterybarn.com HARPER UPHOLSTERED TUFTED TALL BED & HEADBOARD in Twill, White
www.potterybarn.com PB COMFORT ROLL ARM SLIPCOVERED ARMCHAIR in Performance Canvas, Warm White
3. Incorporate a clean white rug.
A clean white rug is the epitome of high style. My only suggestion is before purchasing a white rug to make sure it has been treated with stain protector.
Here are a few examples of rugs that highlight clean white:
4. Buy some fun throw pillows and blankets in clean white.
Simplicity is a good thing and nothing says simplicity like clean white pillows and blankets.
Here are some fun, clean white pillows and throws:
www.westelm.com Mongolian Lamb Pillow Cover – Stone White
www.westelm.com Belgian Flax Linen Pillow Cover – White
5. Incorporate clean white accessories and artwork.
Accessories and artwork are another great way to include trending colors in your space. They add beautiful pops of color, but are much easier to switch out than the paint on your walls.
Here are several home decor accessories and pieces of artwork that include clean white:
www.zgallerie.com Mango Wood Slice
www.zgallerie.com Boot Umbrella Stand
www.zgallerie.com Gabrielle Table Lamp
www.zgallerie.com Smoldering Tracks 2
www.zgallerie.com Caballo Blanco
As you can gather, clean white can be used anywhere. It’s the perfect color for a fresh start AND the perfect color to add a finishing touch. Your walls, your furniture, your accessories and artwork – everything looks good in clean white!
What do you think? Do you like clean white? Have you used it or will you use it in your space? I would love to hear from you!
Let’s continue our series on colors that are trending in 2016. Today we will be going over milky blue and how to make it work in your space.
Traditionally, in the United States, milky blue was relegated to male infant nurseries. While it fits perfectly in this type of setting, milky blue is now breaking away from its previous parameters and bursting onto the walls and into accessories and decor across the country. Its becoming so popular in fact, that Pantone made it one of the two colors it chose for 2016: Rose Quartz and Serenity (here is the blog post I did about these colors). I don’t think its any accident that the shade of milky blue they chose is called “Serenity,” as it brings with it a sense of peace and calm. – Two feelings that any homeowner would welcome in as treasured guests.
I love that milky blue is busting out of the nursery and into other predominant spaces in our lives. I think of this color as being highly versatile and wherever it goes, it brings a little piece of peace with it. Seriously, what’s not to love about milky blue?
Here are a few ways you can incorporate milky blue into your life & space:
1. Paint Your Walls
Milky blue is fabulous for all kinds of spaces in your home. A home office, a bedroom, a living room, a dining room – you name it as milky blue is adaptable. I love it paired with other soft blue shades, whites, and lilacs.
If you want a very restful home, the ethereal nature of this color makes it a top contender.
Here are a few shades of milky blue I really like:
www.sherwin-williams.com Blissful Blue
www.sherwin-williams.com Wondrous Blue
2. Purchase a piece (or several pieces) of furniture in milky blue.
Milky blue furniture can be absolutely stunning in your space. I especially love it in a velvet fabric. Its restful, peaceful, and if you choose the right piece, oh-so-comfortable.
Here are a few examples of milky blue colored furniture:
www.bakerfurniture.com SOCIAL SCENE SOFA BARBARA BARRY in Blue Cotton
www.houzz.com Jeneve Headboard, Wedgwood Blue
www.houzz.com Bastille Cafe Stacking Chairs, Set of 2, Sky Blue
3. Incorporate a milky blue rug.
Milky blue is no longer reserved for the walls or furniture. Its making its way onto our floors, as well. This is a great thing as you will see below.
Here are a few examples of rugs that highlight milky blue:
www.surya.com Aberdine ABE-8014
www.surya.com Amadeo ADO-1003
www.surya.com Adeline ADE-6001
4. Buy some fun throw pillows and blankets in milky blue.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, throw pillows and blankets are a great way to incorporate trending colors into your space without breaking the bank. You can change them out as quickly as you bought them.
Here are some fun, milky blue pillows and throws:
www.houzz.com Pom-Pom Trim Linen Pillow Cover, Sky Blue
www.houzz.com Shades of Blue and Ivory Ikat Pillow, With Insert
www.etsy.com Throw Blanket – Serenity Blue Throw Blanket by AldariHome
www.westelm.com Cozy Texture Throw in Shimmer Blue
5. Incorporate milky blue accessories and artwork.
Accessories and artwork are another great way to include trending colors in your space. They add beautiful pops of color, but are faster to change out than your wall color.
Here are several home decor accessories and pieces of artwork that include milky blue:
www.houzz.com 18 x 18 Fallon Slate Blue Pouf
www.houzz.com Mirage Tray Collection, Blue Finish, Large
www.lampsplus.com Dusk Blue Double Gourd Table Lamp
www.etsy.com Nautical Posters in Serenity Blue by AdamsAleArtPrints
www.westelm.com Minted for west elm – Dreams
Milky blue is beautiful, soft, serene, and with a touch of the unexpected. It’s a nod to the traditional French countryside while simultaneously being of the moment. Its a color that truly transcends time.
What do you think? Do you like milky blue? Have you used it or will you use it in your space? I would love to hear from you!
A chaise is an upholstered sofa in the shape of a long chair.
The chaise is a classic piece of furniture. Various interpretations of the chaise have been used throughout homes internationally for centuries. It adds a subtle sophistication to any space, and additionally, it is the perfect piece for lounging with a great book.
Here are several examples of a chaise:
www.bakerfurniture.com PATRICIA CHAISE THOMAS PHEASANT No. 6131CS
www.bakerfurniture.com LOLA CHAISE LAURA KIRAR No. 6148CS
www.bakerfurniture.com ATRIUM CHAISE JACQUES GARCIA No. 6146CS
I love a beautiful chaise! What do you think? Do you like this piece? Do you have one, or would you like one in your home or office? I would love to hear from you!
Not only are floor mirrors functional, they are also focal points. And, as all of you stylish people already know, every room in your home needs at least one focal point. So why not make it an attractive mirror?
Then we can change the question from “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” to “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who has the greatest space of all?”
Here are 5 Floor mirrors that will up the ante in your bachelor pad:
1. The New York Standard by MCM House
mcmhouse.myshopify.com New York Standard Mirror
You can never go wrong with simplicity, and this mirror is about as simple and stunning as it gets. It allows the focus to be the reflection – which is a great thing whether you are trying on your outfit for the day, or simply wanting to show off your high style bachelor pad.
2. Metal Framed Floor Mirror in Rose Gold by West Elm
www.westelm.com Metal Framed Floor Mirror – Rose Gold
The shape of this mirror establishes it in a class of its own. I also love the rose gold detail. If you like an eclectic, not-too-done vibe in your home, this is the mirror for you.
3. Zuster Tycoon Mirror with Shelf
zuster.com.au Tycoon Mirror with Shelf
This is a bold mirror built for a tycoon. I love how stark it is and the shelf detail makes it extra functional with space to add a candle or your favorite accessories.
4. Viva Terra Vintage Fir Classic Floor Mirror
www.vivaterra.com Vintage Fir Classic Floor Mirror
This wood mirror is perfect for the outdoorsman. It allows a little of the outside to be brought in with the fir wood frame – great for a rustic style bachelor pad.
5. Modern Digs Norfolk Floor Mirror
www.moderndigsfurniture.com Norfolk Floor Mirror
This particular mirror is exquisitely contemporary. The thick, dark frame makes it feel a bit moody and mysterious. I think it would be perfect in a downtown loft.
There you have it. 5 fabulous mirrors that will up the ante in any bachelor pad.
What do you think? Do you like these styles? Would you purchase one?