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Get the Look: 27 Black Home Furnishings

Since black is *the* color for decor, and I’ve done plenty of posts focusing on black decor, including black kitchen pendant lights and rooms with black walls for LampsPlus and black bedrooms for the Matouk Bedding blog, I thought it was time to do a roundup of black home furnishings and accessories. From black flatware to black seating, there are 27 choices, all with distinctive details or in interesting silhouettes. (Come to think of it, though, I may never have done a roundup of rooms with black walls here. . .  perhaps I owe you one!)



Black Home Furnishings Decor Accessories



1 Kelly Wearstler Tracery Mug, $49

2 Verner Panton Pantop Pendant, $350

3 Artek Baby Rocket Stool, $300

4 Geometric Wall Decal, $59

5 Mesh Bowl, $38

6 Black+Blum Loop Hall Wardrobe Stand, $495

7 Hand Jewelry Stand, $15

8 Jonathan Adler Menagerie Camel, $98

9 Rio Desk Lamp, $32

10 French Bulldog Figurine, $34

11 Mid-Century Desk, $599

12  One45 Wall Clock, $139

13 Animal Shot Glasses, $28

14 Ensign Woven Stacking Chair, $610

15 Kubus Candle Holder, $165

16 Sääpäiväkirja Mug, $20

17 Faceted Vase, $15

18 Cutlery Set, $100

19 Tucker Chair, $158

20 Petersen Leather Sofa, $2,499

21 Loop Candle Holder, $38

22 Pizza Peel, $34.95

23 Noir Ferret Hand-Rubbed Bed, $2,304

24 Revolver Acrylic Side Table, $6,900

25 Piper Brass & Wood Box, $180

26 Faux Sheepskin Rug, $114-$199

27 Diva Watering Can, $50

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Get the Look: 20 Modern Sleeper Sofas

I’ve done a number of sofa roundups of a variety of sofas from gray sofas to blue velvet sofas—but I have yet to pull together a collection of sleeper sofas for you. With summer guests on the horizon, I think it’s a good idea to examine some sofa bed options.

Choosing sofa beds can be tricky, since the sofas need to be deep enough to accommodate some type of mattress wide enough to pose as a bed. This means they can be bulky; hardly the contemporary look I favour. There are a number of options that go beyond the futon, but stay simple and sleek. Even the more comfortable upholstered sofa beds for sale these days have a streamlined silhouette.

I wrote a post on daybeds a while back, so I haven’t included any here save for one sectional piece that’s admittedly more of a daybed than traditional sleeper. On the Cape I have DWR’s Twilight in green which I love, but as for my old sleeper-sofa with the thin mattress and metal bar that pops out of the sofa – not so much.

Sleeper sofa design has improved, but still, if you’re shopping for a traditional sleeper, look for constructions that solve that issue. Mitchell Gold sofas tend to be great compromises for a plush upholstered sofa with a bed inside.

Modern Sleeper Sofas With Beds

Modern Sleeper Sofas With Beds

Modern Sleeper Sofas With Beds


1 Elliot Sofa Bed, $169-$199 at Target.

2 SOLSTA Sofa Bed, $149 at IKEA.

3 Bay Sleeper Sofa by Busk & Hertzog, $2,200 at DWR.

4 Elke Convertible Sofa, $1,299 at Room & Board.

5 Henry Sleeper, $1,099–$1,899 at West Elm.

6 Twilight Sleeper Sofa by Flemming Busk for Softline. $2,100 at DWR.

7 Gus*Modern James Sleeper Lounge, $1,850 at Lumens.

8 Mexico Futon Sofa Bed at Homebase.

9 Blu Dot Paramount Daybed, $1,799 at Lumens.

10 Sleepy Twin Sleeper Sofa, $1,595 at JC Penney.

11 Alex III Sleeper at Mitchell Gold Bob Williams.

12 Pattern Chevron Futon, $169 at Target.

13 Sliding Sleeper Sofa by Pietro Arosio, $3,500 at DWR.

14 LifeStyle Solutions Convertible Sleeper Sofa, $560.98 at All Modern.

15 KIVIK Sofa Bed with Footstool, $958 at IKEA.

16 Eden Convertible Sofa, $999 at Room & Board.

17 Blu Dot One Night Stand Sleeper Sofa, $1,799 at Lumens.

18 New Patti Foam Sofa Bed at Homebase.

19 Artek Sofa Bed 550, $5,935 at Hive.

20 Niels Bendtsen sleeper sofa with 2 cushions, $2,927 at Hive.

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Get the Look: White + Wood Furniture and Accessories





1 Nordic Candleholder by Design House Stockholm, $69 at Horne.
2 Steelwood Chair by Magis, $658 at Nova68.
3 Cerno Silva Desk Lamp, $427.91 at Lamps Plus.
4 Woody Dining Table by Lime Studio, $249 at CB2.
5 Oiva Serving Pot by Sami Ruotsalainen, $65 at Marimekko.
6 Nest Cabinet by MADE $2,350–$5,350 at 2Modern.
7 Coral 400 Pendant by David Trubridge, $290–$360 at 2Modern.
8 Alessi Ape Aperitivo Collection, $58-$220 at Module-R.
9 PS 2012 Bamboo Side Table by Henrik Preutz, $29.99 at IKEA.
10 Eames Lounge Chair with Ottoman, $5,729 at Yliving.
11 Oeuf Crib, $940 at Fawn & Forest.
12 Marvin Coat Rack by Gareth Neal, $195 at The Future Perfect.
13 RBP Oat Pillow with Leather Trim, $44.95 at CB2.
14 Bundle Corian Side Table, $479 at Horne.
15 Alba Credenza by Jannis Ellenberger, $599 at CB2.
16 PS 2012 Pine Mirror by Ehlén Johansson, $49.99 at IKEA.
17 Les Perles Candlestick by Y’a Pas Le Feu Au Lac, $75 at Woonwinkel.
18 Festa Chopping Board by Serafino Zani, £63.50 at Made In Design.
19 Alvar Aalto Tea Trolley 901 by Artek, $2,230 at Matter.
20 Scrapwood Bucketseat by Piet Hein Eek, $735 at The Future Perfect.
21 TORNA Floor Lamp by Ehlén Johansson, $99.99 at IKEA.
22 Petite Chair, $139 at CB2.
23 Thorsten Van Elten Pigeon Light, $140 at Greener Grass Design.
24 PIK Vase by Y’a Pas Le Feu Au Lac, $95 at Horne.
25 Ceramic Vase with Wood Top, $19.99–$39.99 at West Elm.
26 Source Chair by Trevyn+Julian McGowan, $159.99 at West Elm.
27 Woody Shelving System by Hay, $840 at Finnish Design Shop.
28 Segesta Wood Chair by Alias, £273 at Made In Design.
29 Compass Trestle Legs by Matthew Hilton for SCP, $750 at Horne.
30 Vase by Javier Gutiérrez+Laurent Serin, $49.80 at DWR.

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Montage: 30 White +  Wood Rooms
Montage: 57 Rooms with Plywood Walls, Ceilings, Floors

My companion post on LampsPlus: 
Design Trend: White and Wood


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Get the Look: 34 Linear Suspension Lights

In addition to wall-to-wall carpet, pink bathroom tile, and misplaced doorways, the Delray Beach condo doesn’t really have overhead lighting—except for one oddly placed linear suspension lighting fixture. If you can get your eyes to focus beyond the nautical fanfare, you’ll see the fixture above the former owner’s dining table. We are changing the layout, so that spot will function as an entry area, probably with a console table and/or bench. (The entry door is to the right of the table.) As I mentioned yesterday, the carpet and fake wood floor will be ripped out, and a plywood floor will run throughout. So, for the purposes of this post, the question is: What to do about replacing that light fixture?

I perused the usual suspects to figure out my options—Lumens, Ylighting, Lightology, Lamps Plus, etc., and found more ceiling lights, including an interesting option I didn’t see on the US ones (#6) on the British site Argos. (And I learned a new term in all this: linear suspension lighting.) I would love to know what kind of light you think would work best. Remember, it will be an entry space, not a dining area. Ideas please!




1 Pinto 1 Linear Suspension by Eglo, $372 at Lumens.

2 White Birch Plywood Lamp byArtek, $995 at Hive.

3 Logico Triple Linear Suspension by Artemide, $3,115 at Lumens.

4 Hola Suspension Light by LZF, $1043 at Ylighting.

5 Prisms 3 Light Suspension by ET2, $178 at Lightology.

6 Arteriors Home Caviar Staggered Pendant, $2,760 at All Modern.

7 LED Over Light, £120 at Argos.

8 Classique Slender Rectangle by Stonegate, $1,008 at Lightology.

9 Jamaica Suspension by Foscarini, $2,738 at Switch Modern.

10 Lyra 48 Linear Suspension, $1,040 at Lightology.

11 Larmes Linear Suspension by ET2, from $318 at Lumens.

12 Silhouette Linear Suspension by Besa Lighting, $1,000 at Lightology.

13 Noto Suspension Lamp by Artemide, $2,940 at Hive.

14 Titanium Linear Suspension Light by Access, $359 at Lightology.

15 Odyssey Linear Multi-Light by Access, $333 at Lumens.

16 Sioux Suspension Lamp by LZF, $1,732 at 2Modern.

17 Zen Linear by Fredrick Ramond, $1,399 at Ylighting.

18 Mouille Style Bent Arm, $6,800 at Urban Archaeology.

19 Sonneman Puri Four Light Pendant, $990 at All Modern.

20 Cellula Swarovski Crystal Chandelier, $2,730 at DWR.

21 Helix LED Linear Suspension by ET2, $1,328 at Lumens.

22 Flexxxibile Long Suspension, $2,009 at Lightology.

23 Long & Hard Suspension by Philippe Starck for Flos, $1,895 at Hive.

24 Long Light by Marcel Wanders for Moooi, $814 at Hive.

25 I-Club Small Suspension Light by LZF, $1,713.60 at Ylighting.

26 Troag Suspension Lamp by Luca Nichetto for Foscarini, $1,488 at Hive.

27 Cirrus Linear Suspension by Hinkley Lighting, $599 at Ylighting.

28  T-2205 Series Island Light by Estiluz, $1,008.80 at All Modern.

29 Tolomeo Double Suspension by Artemide, $720 at Hive.

30 Revel Linear Suspension by Tech Lighting, $1,200 at Lightology.

31 Artcraft On the Spot 3-Light, $342.91 at Lamps Plus.

32 Forecast Alexis Nickel 3-Light Rectangle, $665.91 at Lamps Plus.

33 Scandia Three Light Oval by Artcraft, $347.43 at All Modern.

34 Louvre Suspension Light by Established & Sons, $3,020 at Unica.



When choosing a light, be sure to note what kind of bulbs it requires, and if the wattage is bright enough to light your space. A guide to choosing the right GU10 LED or other similar guides light might provide helpful information.

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Get the Look: 72 Bar + Counter Stools

As I mentioned yesterday, we chose the bar stools for Meredith + Daniel’s  kitchen. Although we arrived at an obvious and eternally perfect classic (Bertoia!), I looked at a lot of examples of bar & counter stools. Lucky you, they’re detailed below.

First though, let’s have a lesson.

What’s the difference between a bar stool & counter stool?
If you’ve ever shopped for kitchen stools, you’ve noticed that they come in two heights. The standard height for a bar stool is 30″, while the average height for a counter stool is about 26″.

How to choose the right height bar & counter stool?
You’ll want 8″ to 12″ of leg room between the stool and the bottom of your counter/table.

Consider the overhang.
You might find that counters with a very deep overhang call for a slightly shorter stool.

How much space should you allot between stools?
For stools 16″-18″ wide, allow about 22″ of space between them. For stools 19″-22″ wide, allow about 24″ of breathing room. Leave even more space for swivel stools and stools with arms.


I didn’t even realize that the stools I use in Boston and Cape Cod are
Last Minute bar stools by Patricia Urquiola.


1 Vienna Barstool, $129 at Crate & Barrel.

2 Arteriors Wyndham Swivel Counter Stool, $480 at Bellacor.

3 Real Good Barstool by BluDot, $249 at Lumens.

4 BOSSE Bar Stool, $49.99 at IKEA.

5 Onda Counter Stool by Jesus Gasca for Stua, $410 at DWR.

6 Magis Steelwood by Ronan+Erwan Bouroullec, $499 at YLiving.

7 Tolix Marais Barstool by Xavier Pauchard, $335 at DWR.

8 Arteriors Home Rochefort Stool, $488 at Wayfair.

9 P.A. Bar Stool by Soren Rose Studio, $895 at Matter.

10 Ulrik Bar Stool by Alex Hellum, £205 at Heal’s.

11 Hal Stool by Jasper Morrison for Vitra, $515 at Lumens.

12 Modern Windsor Bar Stool, $149.99 at West Elm.

13 Little Tulip Stool by Pierre Paulin for Artifort, $1,535 at Hive.

14 Tractor Counter Stool by Craig Bassam, $1,275 at DWR.

15 Bay Counter Stool by Newport Furniture, $349 at Room & Board.

16 Restoration Warehouse Maxwell Stool, $348 at Candelabra.

17 Spoon Stool by Antonio Citterio for Kartell, $750 at Lumens.

18 Bertoia Counter Stool for Knoll, $1027 at DWR.

19 Felix Walnut Bentwood Barstools, $119 at Crate & Barrel.

20 Folio Leather Backless Counter stools, $269 at Crate & Barrel.

21 Industrial Stool, $179 at West Elm.

22 Upholstered Cherner Stool, $829 at All Modern.

23 OFFI Jim Barstool by Scott Laughton, $299 at AllModern.

24 Deer Bar Stool by Autobahn for De La Espada, $1,885 at The Future Perfect.

25 Era Counter Stool by Michael Thonet, $250 at DWR.

26 Flint Steel Counter Stool, $119 at CB2.

27 Emeco 1006 Navy Aluminum Counter Stool, $790 at DWR.

28 Little Apollo by Patrick Norguet for Artifort, $1,378 at Hive.

29 1961 Pierre Jeanneret Stools, set of 4 at Galerie Half.

30 Jamie Young Americana Stool, $325 at Wayfair.

31 Gigi Stool by Marco Mara for Knoll, $550 at Hive.

32 Collins Stools, $279 at Room & Board.

33 Bar Stool in Scrapwood by Piet Hein Eek, $766 at The Future Perfect.

34 Lucite Bar Stools, $3,675/pair, Sandra Oster, Decorator Tag Sale.

35 Model Six Stool by Jeff Covey, $420 at Amazon.

36 dCOR Design Gen Bar Stool, $239 at AllModern.

37 Phoenix Swoon Barstool, $149 at CB2.

38 Milo Baughman Chrome Bar Stools, $8,000/six at Orions Objects.

39 Gubi 3 Stool by Boris Berlin+Poul Christiansen $799 at Danish Design Store.

40 Staach Cain Kitchen Stool, $363 at 2Modern.

41 Kartell Charles Ghost Stool, $400/pair at Lumens.

42 Cosmo Bar Stool, £50 at Next.

43 Petite Barstools, $149 at CB2.

44 Ribbon Counter Stool, $179 at West Elm.

45 Arteriors Calvin Bar Stool, $2,112 at Wayfair.

46 Crescent Bar Chair, $117.30 at S&S Modern Furniture.

47 Kubu Hand-Woven Barstool, $149.95 at Pier1.

48 Dandelion Stool by DesignK, $345.75 at Bouf.

49 Knicker Counter Stool by Blu Dot, $299 at Lumens.

50 Facto Stools by Patrick Jouin for Fermob.

51 Deja-vu Stool by Naoto Fukasawa for Magis, $369 at Yliving.

52 Cygnus Barstool by Safavieh, $554.40 at Burke Decor.

53 Counter Stool 1C by RoomB, $660 by Yliving.

54 Stitch Chair by Cappellini, $881 at Dwell Store.

55 BCN Fixed Stools by Harry & Camilla for Kristalia, £252 at Milia Shop.

56 Kant Stool by Karim Rashid for Casamania, $265 at AllModern.

57 Graph Stool by Gus* Modern, $325 at Lumens.

58 Aalto High Chair K65 by Artek, 352€ at Scandinavia Design.

59 Reata Counter Stool, $198 at Anthropologie.

60 Hi Pad Stools by Jasper Morrison for Cappellini, $729.50 at AmbienteDirect.

61 Perch Barstool, $298 at Anthropologie.

62 Lancaster Barstool by Michael Young for Emeco, $745 at DWR.

63 Blu Dot Counterstool Counterstool, $249 at Lumens.

64 P Stool 2 by Lebello, $462 at Yliving.

65 One More Please Stool by Philippe Starck for Kartell, $450 at Lumens.

66 L’Eau Counter Stool by Calligaris, $248.65 at Yliving.

67 Church Stool by Gus*Modern, $210 at Lumens.

68 Last Minute Stool by Patricia Urquiola, $270/pair at Chairish.

69 Florence Swivel Stool, $89.99 at Target.

70 Air Counter Stool by Calligaris, $237.15 at Yliving.

71 Perch Counter Stool, $550 at Yliving.

72 One More Please Stool by Philippe Starck for Kartell, $450 at Lumens.

73 Bungalow 5 Oslo Gray Limed Oak Barstool, $500 at Burke Decor.

74 Magis Stool_One $838/set of 2 at Lumens.

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