The Hollywood Regency design trend has been back with us for a minute, spearheaded by the likes of Jonathan Adler and Kelly Wearstler. It is a luxurious look that features high shine and glam details. While the original offshoot of Art Deco style worked around a palatte of blacks and creams, this recent revamp injects bright color. One landing spot for this color is on faux bamboo pieces, such as the Jonathan Adler etagere shown here.
Night and Day Sleep Sofa $588
I'm always on the lookout for inexpensive and stylish furniture sources. I had read on some design blogs about the furnishings sold by Urban Outfitters with more than a few reservations. I can't even go into the store without feeling old--probably because everyone who works there calls me M'am. Those of us looking for furniture for "the grown and sexy" would normally stick to (big) sister store Anthropologie. Imagine my surprise when I browsed online and found a really nice selection of sofas and tables--all at really reasonable prices.
In the past few days I've found several articles online about decorating with blankets. And you thought they were just for practical purposes like napping on the sofa? Today's NY Times had a "shopping with" feature about different ways to use blankets in rooms to create interest. Blankets, much like pillows, are a fast, relatively inexpensive way to change out the look of a room.
This is Eddie Ross's window for Elle Decor as part of the Bloomindale's Window Challenge. He used a pink cashmere shawl as a throw blanket to brighten up the neutral sofa. Apartment Therapy also had this and this posting about creative uses for decorating with blankets.
I received a question the other day from a reader who needs to purchase new bedroom furniture. Like most of us, she has a limited budget, but wanted to get something sturdy for her very large wardrobe. She's ready to upgrade from Ikea and really wants solid wood. One last caveat, she'd like to see the pieces in person before buying. Here's my advice:
Christine Schwalm is an Interior Designer and Visual Merchandiser based in Los Angeles. This space will keep you updated on what's going on with CSD along with some ideas to inspire you. Go here for more information about pricing and services and here to make an appointment.