I love this workspace belonging to Sarah Sherman Samuel of Smitten Studio. There are so many textures, with the sheepskin throw on the sofa, the rattan floor pillow poufs, the indigo dyed frayed edge rug, the wicker baskets on wood shelves, and the collection of wood cutting boards. The industrial style brass chandelier from Schoolhouse Electric echoes the metal brackets of the shelving, and the unexpected contrast of the wood frame around the black & white landscape, which she took herself, pulls together all the natural elements in the space. The tall green plant and a russet kilim pillow provides the finishing touches.
I absolutely love the layering and mix of textures in the living room of interior stylist Pella Hedeby.
The Swedish blogger behind Stil Inspiration recently swapped out her white wood pallet coffee table on casters for this earthy vintage bench by Danish modern furniture designer, Borge Mogensen. The added texture and wood tone provides a rich contrast to all the white, and brings out the flecks in the rug.
I also love the stack of Aalto-style stools used as a coffee table; looks like she may have painted a couple of them. And of course, I always adore an oversize piece of art, especially if it’s a black and white photograph.
Finally, the large square acrylic box, Stuff Box by HAY, with the coffee table books. Even the subtle tones of the books, black, gray, blush, are well thought out. Boston-based stylist Kara Butterfield taught me the value of placing objects in clear vessels years ago, which I wrote about here.
I don’t celebrate Easter, which means I don’t dye eggs. That said, I’ve always loved a blue egg. I have a framed illustrated print from an old book of three eggs that used to hang in my study with the robin’s egg blue bead board ceiling when we lived in Chevy Chase. I also have a tiny triptych by Tabitha Vevers that includes an ivory egg on velvet.
The color and textural pattern of the eggs here, created by Jess of Magpie Paper Works, are gorgeous. She dyed the spotted grey-purple eggs in an overnight-bath of grape juice and vinegar. The vinegar reacts with the calcium shells to produce the mottled effect. To make the bluish-teal eggs, she boiled a cut-up head of red cabbage, added a few teaspoons of baking soda, cooled & strained the mix, and dunked the eggs overnight.