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Scheming: My Spring Inspired Living Room

Find Spring Inspired Home Furnishings At Wayfair

When Wayfair asked me to create a post touting spring style, the sun was streaming through the bay windows in the living room, and I had just received the new May issue of HGTV Magazine which happens to feature our Boston condo. My favorite photograph is the one of our living room. It looks so bright, cheerful, and well, spring-like. So yes, this post is about my spring inspired living room.

Our walls have always been a spring-y shade of green. We first used this color in our dining room in Chevy Chase, and the first thing we did when we moved to Boston was paint our living room a similar shade. We’ve been here 13 years and I haven’t tired of it. And given that my office is in here, I spend a lot of time in it. That it is spring inspired space is important to me. It lifts my mood, especially during the long, gray Boston winters.

StyleCarrot's Art Filled Living Room In HGTV MagazinePhoto by Annie Schlechter  |  Styling by Elizabeth Demos

The plush, sculptural rug by Angela Adams grounds the space (we are blessed with high ceilings) and renders a lush, garden feel. The sofa is ivory, as is the woodwork; the  pillows, books, accessories, and artwork add the color. Yes, I realize the palette is somewhat limited. Flowers and planters add an occasional jolt. I don’t really subscribe to the idea that the room needs a spot of a complementary red. It’s more of a busy monochromatic effect.

Rather than start from scratch creating a spring inspired space for this post, I decided to be (I hope not too obnoxiously) self-referential and create a scheme that echoes the look and feel of my living room. And now that I have a professionally styled and photographed image, life is grand.

Finding similar pieces on Wayfair to create this spring inspired space was simple, given its array of decor and styles. My son confirms that I did a really good job, especially with the rug. Here is my scheme that recreates our spring inspired living room using items sourced on Wayfair. (Links below or in Spring Inspired Style Idea Book on Wayfair.)

G E T  the  L O O K 

StyleCarrot's Living Room As Seen In HGTV Recreated With Wayfair Products

S H O P P I N G 

1 Parvez Taj Canvas Landscape Print

2 DwellStudio Indigo Arches Artwork

3 Gustav Klimt Female Nude Print

4 Jonathan Adler Brass Table Lamp

5 Cast Iron Modern Bird Candlestick

6 Brass Candlesticks

7 Cactus in Cement Planter

8 Blu Dot Strut Table

9 Jonathan Adler Tufted Sofa

10 Aqua Bloom Water Blends Rug

11 Pineapple Throw Pillow

12 Round Coffee Table

13 Faux Cactus Plant

14 Copper Geo Tray

15 Angela Adams Soy Candle

16 Iittala Nappula Candlestick

17 Jonathan Adler Upholstered Bench

18 Modern Sideboard

19 Copper Shaker

20 Martini Glasses

21 Serving Tray

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Get the Look: 56 Upholstered Benches

Although our master bath is the least pleasant room in our condo, we’ve ignored it for whole time we’ve lived here. Bathroom renovations, as you know, are expensive. Instead, a few years ago we opted to reconfigure our main living space, turning the open playroom into a family room with large glass French doors to block sound, creating a proper entry and huge coat closet, adding a banquette for dining, and relocating my desk to the other side for privacy and peace.

Well, now we are finally taking on the master bathroom. We don’t have proper plans yet, but the idea is to absorb some of our long, unused hallway and decrease the actual bedroom size in order to make a large bathroom with a large bathtub. Plus a decent closet for me. (My husband has the walk-in and my stuff is scattered here and there. )

Probably we will have to lose the white cotton duck sofa that currently sits at the foot of our bed. We don’t really use it much, mostly it was so our son could sneak in at night and sleep there without disturbing us by climbing into the bed. But given that he’s 14 and 5’11” that’s no longer an issue. Probably we will replace it with an upholstered bench.

Here are 56 upholstered bench styles perfect for the bedroom or entryway. Yes, I got carried away, but this should ensure that both you and I find the upholstered bench we need.

Modern Upholstered Benches For The Bedroom

1 Jonathan Alder Double X-Bench  

2 Florence Knoll Two-Seater Bench

3 Blu Dot Bank Bench 

4 Jonathan Adler Mongolian Lamb Bench 

5 Jennifer Taylor Upholstered Bench

Indo Indigo Storage Bench

7 Arteriors Rayburn Black Suede & Stainless Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Bedroom

8 Noguchi Free Form Ottoman

9 Silvestre Metal Entryway Bench  

10 Double Bench

11 Jonathan Alder Chippendale Bench 

12 Moller Model 63A Bench

13 Buffalo Check Double X Bench

14 West Elm Upholstered Storage Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Living Room

15 Jonathan Alder Mongolian Lamb Bench 

16 Blue Ikat Upholstered Napier Bench

17 Jonathan Alder Mongolian Lamb Bench

18 Jonathan Alder Mongolian Lamb Bench

19 Royal Blue Tufted Splendor Storage Bench

20 Canopy Stripe Double X Bench with Nailheads

21 Lucia Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Living Room

22 Hot Pink Velvet Edlyn Bench

23 Folio Bonded Leather Bench 

24 Mid-Century Blue Linen Upholstered Bench

25 Cisco Brothers Tufted Bench

26 Cisco Brothers Grill Bench

27 Calypsa Upholstered Hairpin Bench

28 Dauphin Bobo Bench

29 DwellStudio Harper Waterfall Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Bedroom

30 Mitchell Gold Mosaic Leather Bench

31 Duxbury Bench  

32 Reynolds Cheetah Bench with Pewter Nailheads

33 Jonathan Adler Jacques Bench 

34 Safavieh Champagne Velvet Bench

35 Mitchell Gold Cowhide Bench

36 Cisco Brothers Kilim Upholstered Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Bedroom

37 Nala Upholstered Bench In Turquoise Print

38 Coalesse Millbrae Green Upholstered Bench

39 Tufted Linen and Metal Bench

40 Cavett Leather Bench

41 Safavieh Hampton Pillowtop Bench 

42 Serena & Lily Bruno Bench 

43 Tropical Palm Print Storage Bench

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Entry

44 Antonia Tufted Mid-Century Bench  

45 Jasmine Storage Bench

46 Miami White Faux Leather Bench

47 Cavett Walnut Bench With Woven Upholstery

48 Ashley Goldberg Abstract Print Bench

49 Safavieh Levi Hot Pink Upholstered Bench  

50 Redford House Bench With Shelf

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Modern Upholstered Benches For The Entry

51 Chloe Kilim Bench  

52 Graphite Velvet Taylor Bench with Bolsters

53 Mustard Tweed Mid-Century Modern Bench 

54 Rowan Upholstered Bench  

55 Corrado Bench 

56 Vioski Metro Bench 

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Scheming: Neon Bedroom Decor

A friend, fixated on a khaki linen pillow with neon trim that she saw a while back, has been searching for neon accents to decorate a bedroom in a summer house. (No, neon decor isn’t dead.)

She enlisted me on a hunt for said pillows. In my guilt of being unable to produce (they’re no longer made), I assembled an alternative scheme. Here is an array of neon accents for the bedroom from StyleCarrot partners and others that are bright, fresh, and cheery.

Neon Accents For The Bedroom Decorating A Summer House

S H O P P I N G 

1 Neon Heart Print by Mareike Boomer Graphics, starting at $20.

2 Safavieh Love Knots Pillows, $71.99/pair.

3 Safavieh Boho Chic Neon Tangerine Pillows, $93.94/pair.

4 Marrakech Geo Neon Basket, $68.

5 Textured Duvet Cover, $169.95.

6 Gold Metallic Dot Sheet Set, starting at $79.

7 Fluoro Fringe Throw, $75.

8 Vasteron Outdoor Bench, $24.99.

9 Heart by Ieva Baklane, starting at $68.

10 Neon Geometric Area Rug, starting at $87.60.

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Just In: Lumens Modern Lighting Sale Going On Now

I seem always to be researching lighting for one situation or another. (Currently I’m choosing lights to brighten up and modernize our Florida condo.) Luckily  sites like Lumens make choosing modern lighting easy, from basic fixtures to on-trend statement lighting. This StyleCarrot affiliate has asked me to create a post on its modern lighting sale, going on now. (This post is sponsored, but I am a devoted Lumens customer.)

The Lumens lighting sale offers 40+ modern lighting brands at up to 40% off.  I’ve combed every lighting category in the sale for my favorite picks for modern chandeliers, modern pendant lights, modern sconces, flush mount fixtures, table lamps, floor lamps, and more, from brands and designers including Artemide, Tom Dixon, Muuto, Sonneman, Flos, and others.

Some of them I have been coveting for years, others I am lucky enough to own. I helped a friend choose #1 for the playroom in her Manhattan apartment and it looks fantastic —clean, curvy lines with some shine. I really wanted to install #3 in our house on the Cape, but had to go with something less expensive; I still love it though. I’m a sucker for anything resembling gray flannel or concrete so #4 is a fun fave (plus I got to visit the Muuto offices on a press trip to Copenhagen).

Speaking of Danish Design, the matte black sconce (#13) by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen is a longtime classic. And I’d definitely label #7, Tom Dixon’s copper pendant, a newfound classic lighting option. And one more… I included #8—spare brass sconces with a white glass globe— by contemporary lighting design master Michael Anastassiades in a design mockup for my family room makeover (see “related posts” at the bottom). This could be the perfect opportunity to purchase a pair.

Here are my 15  favorite modern lighting styles from the Lumens lighting sale.
Modern Lighting Ideas On Sale At Lumens

Modern Lighting Ideas On Sale At Lumens

 

S H O P P I N G 

1 Model 2097/50 Chandelier by Gino Sarfatti for Flos

Solo Pendant with Disc by Intueri Light

Logico Mini Triple Linear Suspension Light by Artemide

Under The Bell Pendant by Muuto

5 Molecular 15-Light Chandelier by ELK

Orb 5-Light Pendant by Sonneman

Copper Pendant by Tom Dixon

IC Wall/Ceiling Light by Michael Anastassiades for Flos

9 Puck Slim LED Flushmount by Sonneman

10 Fiori Flushmount by ET2 Lighting

11 Tolomeo Mega Floor Lamp by Michele De Lucchi for Artemide

12 Elise Floor Lamp by Pablo Designs

13 AJ Wall Sconce by Arne Jacobsen for Louis Poulsen

14 Muffin Table Lamp by Brokis

15 Lina Diamond Wall Sconce by Rosie Li Studio

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Scheming: Family Room Makeover

Earlier this month Paintzen (the Uber of home painting) sent over a totally adorable husband and wife team to paint our family room in Boston. Ever since our renovations a few years ago, the walls back there have been this taupe-y shade that I really didn’t like. When a press release for Paintzen popped into my overstuffed inbox I took notice.

Paintzen is a digital paint company that handles all aspects of a paint project,  big or small. The simple site walks you through the process and provides a quote. If you decide to move forward they handle everything, from getting the paint (all Benjamin Moore, and they’ll even do a color consultation), to scheduling and managing the job. The money goes through them too.  The painters show up, do their thing, no fuss, no muss. I was thrilled with the entire experience.

Now that the family room is grey, Benjamin Moore Steel Wool to be exact, I feel like I can motivate on sprucing up the other elements. The enormous grey velvet sofa will remain (all four of us fit to watch TV), but we desperately need a new rug, ottomans, a chair, and perhaps additional lighting. We have plenty of art, and worked on a new gallery wall arrangement last weekend (photo below).

So when Wayfair offered me the opportunity to participate in its #NewYearNewRoom campaign, obviously I opted in. The directive was to choose 20 pieces from Wayfair and its other brands, which include AllModern and DwellStudio, that would breathe new life into an old space. I’m so inspired by this scheme I worked up that I think I will use my $100 gift card to start on a refresh right away.

F A M I L Y  R O O M 
MA K E O V E R  S C H E ME 

Family Room Makeover Ideas Grey Living Room With Gold Accents

Sconces / Clock / Portrait / Photo 1 / Photo 2 / Diptych

 Sofa / Pillow / Pillows / Drawing / Glass / End Table

Rug / Chair / Ottoman / Coffee Table

Vase / Tray / Candlesticks / Floor Pillow

I N   P R O G R E S S 

Grey Family Room Makeover Ideas Gallery Wall

Here’s the family-size grey velvet sofa, a glimpse of the new grey walls, compliments of Paintzen, and a few of the artworks we considered hanging.

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