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Get the Look: 60 Modern Grey Sofas

Monage: 54 Living rooms with Gray Sofas is by far the most popular post on this blog, with twice the number of page views as the second most popular, Montage: 57 Plywood Rooms. Although I’ve recently updated the links for its companion post—Get the Look: 22 Modern Grey Sofas—it’s been over two years since I originally created it, so another post on modern grey sofas is in order.

We have a modern grey sofa in the family room, and although it may not be as fashion forward as I’d like, it’s got clean lines, durable fabric, and big comfy cushions. It’s so long all four of us can watch television on it. We actually kind of built the room around it, insisting to our designer that the door to the study be extra narrow. (He wasn’t happy but obliged.)

Since everyone still seems to want to buy a grey sofa, here are 60 modern grey sofas you can shop for at 27 different stores (some StyleCarrot partners), from minimalist modern styles to more classic tufted chesterfield sofas, with a few gray sleeper sofas thrown in. Price points vary, with ten styles under $1000 and many falling in the mid-range.


1 Carmichael Loft Sofa by Gus*Modern, $1,999 at 2Modern.

2 Jacksonville Convertible Sofa II by Gold Sparrow, $360.99 at AllModern.

3 Sterling Sofa by BD Fine, $1,985 at Burke Decor

4 Boyd Sofa by Pinch, $5,110 at The Future Perfect. 

5 Avec Tweed Sofa, $1,399 at CB2.  

6 El Rey Sofa by Haute House, $4,399 at Horchow


7 Livingston Sofa, $1,299 at West Elm

8 Morgan Sofa by Bensen, $3,811 at Lekker. 

9 Folding Sleeper Loveseat, $479 at Urban Outfitters.

10 Bryson Sofa by Klausner, $928.37 at PureHome

11 Bram Grey Leather Sofa, $3,799 at Room & Board

12 Bradley Loveseat by International Design, $919.99 at Wayfair.

13 Capri Convertible Sofa by Lifestyle Solutions, $599.99 at Bluefly. 


14 Alicia Charcoal Velvet Sofa, $2,792 at Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams. 

15 City Gym Sofa  in Faribault Wool Blankets, $6,100 at Matter.  

16 Vera Sofa, $2,898 at Lillian August.

17 Madison Sofa by Moe’s Home Collection, $793.99 at Wayfair

18 Larkin Sofa, $2059 at Ballard Designs. 

19 Lampert Sofa, $3,895 at Jonathan Adler


20 Rue Apartment Sofa, $999 at CB2. 

21 Finn Sofa, $899 at West Elm

22 Spruce Street Sofa, $2,450 at Serena & Lily.  

23 Swept Sofa by BluDot, $1,899 at YLiving

24 Spencer Sofa, $2,234 at Ballard Designs. 

25 Ploum Sofa by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec at Ligne Roset.


26 Patrick European Velvet Button-Tufted Sofa, $1,839.99 at Overstock.

27 Sophia Sofa by Moss Studio, $3,198 at PureHome

28 Anderson Sofa, $769 at Urban Outfitters.

29 Hunter Lounge, $1,912 at Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams.

30 Kensington Sofa, $3,795 at Jonathan Adler

31 Arden Sofa, $2,800 at Jonathan Adler.


32 Chester Tufted Sofa, $1,199 at West Elm

33 South Beach Sofa, $1,877.99 at Overstock.

34 Foliage Sofa by Patricia Urquiola for Kartell, $3,850 at YLiving

35 Archive Sofa by Gus*Modern, $2,413.95 at Burke Decor

36 Velvet Settee Loveseat I by Skyline Furniture, $556.99 at Wayfair.

37 Belem Sofa by Didier Gomez at Ligne Roset.

38 Parlour Sofa, $1,699 at CB2


39 Grey Leather Tufted Chesterfield Renaissance Sofa, $3,359.99 at Wayfair.

40 Silvertone Sofa, $2,499 at Horchow

41 Limbo Sofa by Pianca $3,596 at YLiving

42 Halsten Sofa, $3,850 at Serena & Lily.   

43 Mikayla Granite Grey Stone Wash Linen Sofa,$1,288.79 at Overstock.

44 Carol Grey Velvet Sofa by BD Fine, $2,050 at Burke Decor


45 Ciudad Sofa, $1,199 at CB2.  

46 Nolee Folding Sofa Bed, $699.99 at World Market

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

48 Pennie Sofa by Bethan Gray, $899 at Crate & Barrel.

49 Wireframe Sofa by Sam Hecht for Herman Miller, $5,149 at YLiving.

50 Miramar Slipcovered Sofa, $3,750 at Serena & Lily


51 Chateau d’Ax Positano Leather Sofa, $4,200 at Bloomingdale’s. 

52 Bonnie Studio Sofa by BluDot, $1,399 at 2Modern

53 Brooklyn Grey Suede Nailhead Sofa, $2,099 at Pottery Barn

54 Pacific Heights Sofa by Zuo, $2,490 at Bluefly. 

55 Oslo Sofa by Muuto, $4,195 at YLiving.  

56 Playground Daybed by Eilersen, $2,499 at YLiving

57 Hanover Sofa, $3,550 at Serena & Lily


58 Nyle Sofa, $899.95 at Pier 1

59 Windsor Sofa by Irving Place, $3,995 at ABC Carpet & Home.

60 Harbord Sofa by Gus*Modern $1,999 at YLiving

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Get the Look: 25 Woven Baskets

I have a storage bin problem—I have so many that I need storage bins for my storage bins. Ridiculous. That said, I’m not really a woven basket person. I can appreciate the art, but I’m not really into them. I have noticed, however, in the last couple of years, that superior examples have been in the spotlight. (Obviously Pier 1’s inventory is forever strong.) With the emphasis on fair trade, back-to-basics, artisans, and the craft renaissance, they’ve been more prominent from a design angle. Interestingly, although they are artsy, they sometimes go hand-in-hand with the industrial aesthetic, as the raw and rustic intersect. Perhaps I should do a Montage, but in the meantime, here’s a shopping roundup of 25 woven baskets, from mass-produced to antiques to those created by African artisans and American artists.

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1 Ukhamba  Traditional Basket, $130 at Baskets from Africa.

2 Handwoven Mexican Palm Leaf Bowls, $110/three at Haus Interior.

3 Woven African Basket, $525 at Nathan Turner, 1st Dibs.

4 Newport Braided Round Baskets, $149/pair at Ballard Designs.

5 Basket by Lois Russel.

6 Aqua Herringbone Woven Basket, $55 at Connected Fair Trade.

7 Distinctive Designs Decorative Round Basket, $64 at Wayfair.

8 Makaua Large Basket, now $54.95 at Crate & Barrel.

9 Fruit Baskets-Large, $48 at Harkiss.

10 Cathedral Baskets, $45.00 — $48. at Harkiss.

11 Blue Date Leaf Baskets from Bangladesh, £20 at Traidcraft.

12 African Grass Grain Baskets, $2,450 at Treasure Keepers, 1st Dibs.

13 Senegalese Recycled Plastic Storage Basket, $98 at Serena & Lily.

14 Funnel Bowl, Zulu weavers, $190 at Baskets from Africa.

15 Red, Purple, Grey Hairy Vessel by Kari Lonning, $575.

16 “Islands in a Night Sea” Basket by Kari Lonning, $1,000.

17 Radiant Flower Basket from Uganda, $39 at Ten Thousand Villages.

18 Fair Trade Basket by Piet Hein Eek, $263 at The Future Perfect.

19 Sugar Bowl with Lid, $20—$35 at Harkiss.

20 Hand-Woven African Hamper, $175 at Connected Fair Trade.

21 Sunlit Fruit Basket, $48 at Harkiss.

22 Nate Berkus Oval Tub Basket, $20 at Target.

23 Round Belly Baskets, $98/set of 2 at Serena & Lily.

24 Roll Weave Storage Basket-Ottoman, $79.95 at Crate & Barrel.

25 Beaded Blue Vortex Diamond by Wayan Sukerni, $84.95 at Novica.

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Get the Look: 43 Blue Velvet Sofas

If you’re feeling inspired by yesterday’s montage of rooms with blue velvet sofas, here are some options of blue velvet sofas you can buy. Some are aqua velvet sofas and others are teal velvet sofas. Many are in modern silhouettes, though there are also some tufted velvet sofas and settees. I’m pretty sure they’re all velvet, but it’s possible that a few are actually microfiber; it was hard to discern. [NOTE: This post was updated with new styles and links on February 7, 2016.]

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Shop blue velvet sofas from StyleCarrot partners and others. 

1 Anna Navy Blue Velvet Sofa, $1,499 at One Kings Lane

2 Dandy Sofa, £1,292 at Maisons Du Monde.

3 Elton Settee in Performance Velvet, $799 at West Elm

4 Sherlock Blue Velvet Sofa, $1,999 at One Kings Lane

5 Edie Chaise, $729 at Urban Outfitters.

6 Bliss Down-Filled Sofa, starting at $1,149 at West Elm

7 Kravet Clapton Sofa, $3,816 at My Two Designers.

8 Annette Sofa by Plum & Bow, $798 at Urban Outfitters

9 Rue Blue Velvet Apartment Sofa, $999 at CB2.

10 Edwardian Sofa with Ticking, $14,500 at Branca.

11 ‘80s Blue Velvet Sofa by Goodman Charlton, $4,200 at 1st Dibs

12 Valerie Blue Velvet Settee by DB Fine, $1,600 at Burke Decor

13 Pierre Blue Velvet Sofa, $1,299 at Z Gallerie.

14 Turquoise Sofa 3031 by Joseph Frank, 55,00SEK at Svenskttenn.

15 Caribbean Blue Quincy Loveseat, $349.99 at World Market.  

16 Button Tufted Velvet Settee by Skyline, $400 at Target

17 Piazza Blue Velvet Modern Sofa, $1,399 at CB2

18 Butterfield Navy Velvet Sofa, $4,245 at Jonathan Adler

19 Daisy Sky Blue Velvet Sofa by Kristin Drohan, $4,199 at One Kings Lane. 

20 Kendall Velvet Sofa, $699.99 at World Market.

21 Curvy Blue Velvet Jazz Sofa, $699 at Funky Sofa.

22 Up Blue Velvet Loveseat by Artless, $2,754 at AllModern.

23 Dekalb Lagoon Blue Velvet Sofa, $1,249 at West Elm.  

24 Margot Blue Velvet Sofa by Gus Modern,  $2,199 at YLiving.

25 Studio Sofa with Rosewood Veneer by Thomas Hucker.

26 Francis Navy Blue Velvet Tufted Chaise, $509 at One Kings Lane.  

27 Butterfield Sofa, $4,245 at Jonathan Adler

28 Safavieh Sarah Tufted Settee, $560 at Target

29 Desi-Lu’s Camel Back Sofa, $699 at Funky Sofa.

30 Club 3-Seater Teal Sofa, $1,599 at CB2

31 Bella Turquoise Velvet Sofa by BD Fine, $2,800 at Burke Decor.  

32 Cullen Aqua Velvet Sofa, $2,699 at Crate & Barrel

33 Tufted Navy Velvet Sofa by Decenni Tobias, $2,700 at Amazon.

34 Bloor Blue Velvet Sofa by Gus Modern, $1,999 at Lumens.

35 Finn Ink Blue Velvet Loveseat, $999 at West Elm

36 Rochester Sofa, starting at $949 at West Elm

37 Topanga Teal Velvet Sofa, $3,950 at Jonathan Adler.

38 Montgomery Down-Filled Blue Velvet Sofa, $1,699 at West Elm

39 South Cone Marionne Blue Velvet Sofa, $1,189.99 at Hayneedle

40 Spencer Light Blue Velvet Sofa, $2,339 at Ballard Designs.

41 Larkin Blue Velvet Sofa, $2,239 at Ballard Designs

42 Divine Blue Velvet Sectional Sofa by Haute House, $9,299 at Horchow

43 Barrymore Tufted Chesterfield Sofa, $2,520 at Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams.

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Get the Look: 32 Upholstered Headboards

Silent night loves StyleCarrot. Looking for a high quality bed? Don’t forget to take a look at the beds and mattresses from Silent night.

Here are 32 beds to go along with yesterday’s collection of rooms with upholstered headboards. My favorites are the Serena & Lily silhouettes, though I also love the first DwellStudio and the Oly Ingrid in Raffia. The IKEA is quite ingenious; it’s actually not upholstered, but a fabric cover that slips over the metal frame. For a more modern look, the BluDot Nook looks cozy.




1 Deco Bed in Glazed Linen at Dwell Studio.

2 Tyler Bed at Thrive Furniture.

3 Fillmore Bed in Coral Jaipur at Serena & Lily.

4 De La Espada Bergere Bed at Hive.

5 DUKEN Bed in Idse at IKEA.

7 Zanotta Alfa Bed by Emaf Progetti at Unica Home.

8 Zentique Alaric Bed at Layla Grace.

9 Lillian August Devonshire Bed at Candelabra.

10 Wolcott Bed at Zinc Door.

11 Humphrey Bed in Brushed Canvas Mist at Williams Sonoma Home.

12 Templeton Bed in Supernova Teal at Jonathan Adler.

13 Dodu Bed in Aqua at BluDot.

14 Helaine Bed at Mitchell Gold Bob Williams.

15 Lehigh Upholstered Bed Asha Pewter at Ballard Designs.

16 Nook Bed in Guacamole at BluDot.

17 Oly Studio Ingrid Bed in Raffia at Zinc Door.

18 Swoop Bed in Flanders Silver at Dwell Studio.

19 Octavia Bed in White Canvas at Serena & Lily.

20 Woodhouse Bed in Venice Berry at Jonathan Adler.

21 Louisa Bed in Domino Green at Ballard Designs.

22 Oly Studio Margaret Bed in Raffia at Layla Grace.

23 Nixon Bed in Lucky Turquoise at Thrive Furniture.

24 Thompson Bed by Modloft at Yliving.

25 Gilded Linen Bed in Metallic Cotton at Anthropologie.

26 Pondicherry Bed in Turquoise Peridot at Serena & Lily.

27 Aurora Faux Leather Bed at BedSOS.

28 Frame Lo Bed by Niels Bendtsen at Addo Novo.

29 Nixon Leather Bed in Boulevard Aspen at Thrive Furniture.

30 Cisco Brothers Morgan Bed.

31 Vanguard Bed with Nailheads.

32 Plush Grey Bed at CB2.

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For more upholstered headboards browse the great selection of headboards at Wedo-Headboards.co.uk


Bedrooms I

Bedrooms II

Kids’ Bedrooms



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Scheming: Meredith and Daniel’s Master Bedroom

If you read my blog post about gray sofas earlier this month, then you know I have sashayed into the realm of decorator. To recap: A friend asked me to decorate her new four bedroom apartment in New York City. There’s no construction, kitchens or baths involved; it’s the paint and wallpaper, furniture, rugs, lighting, and accessories. There are a few pieces making the move that I’ll need to integrate, and the toddler’s room is pretty much set, leaving the master bedroom, nursery, guest bedroom/office, playroom, living room, and dining room.

The master bedroom seemed like the easiest place to start. Meredith is really drawn to this bedroom, particularly the jade color, designed by New York City designer Fawn Galli.

Designed by Fawn Galli

I’m a huge fan of Fawn’s work. In this room, I  love the dramatic green headboard and wallpaper with surreal  tree forms. However, the bedroom that really spoke to me for this project was the one I wrote about for TradHome, by San Francisco designer (of whom I am equally enamored), Palmer Weiss.

Designed by Palmer Weiss

Some of the differences between the two rooms reflect how my tastes and Meredith’s can differ. She tends to favor curvier, more feminine styles, while I really like more spare, hard-edged lines. Luckily, blue and green are both of our go-to colors.

She knew she wanted an upholstered headboard. After sifting through styles and swatches from Jonathan Adler, Dwell Studio, Serena & Lily, West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Ballard,  Williams-Sonoma, Oly, Cisco, Vanguard, and Lee Industries, we chose the Serena & Lily Pondicherry trimmed with nickel nailheads. We haven’t confirmed an exact fabric yet, but it will be white.

For wallpaper on the bed wall, we ordered samples from Walnut Wallpaper, Graham & Brown, Burke Decor,and indie designers’ sites. I didn’t find a jade green—most were sea foam or pale sky blue. She liked several, and we narrowed it to two choices: Grow House Grow! ‘Mme. Jeanne’ and the new Timorous Beasties ‘Butterflies,’ which we have yet to see IRL (in real life).

Master bedroom floor plan

Which decorating scheme do you prefer?  
Feel free to leave feedback. Remember, I’m new at this.

Scheme #1

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Scheme #2


Scheme #1
Grow House Grow! Mme. Jeanne, Grow House Grow!

Serena & Lily Pondicherry Bed with Nailheads, Serena & Lily.

Malibu Loft by Somerset Bay Concave Side Chest, Zinc Door.
Bungalow 5 Jacqui Side Table, Clayton Gray Home.
Jonathan Adler Preston Side Table, Jonathan Adler.

Suzanne Kasler Oria Flower rug,  Safavieh.
Jill Rosenwald ‘Fallon’ flat weave wool rug,  Hayneedle.
Surya Spectrum wool rug, RugStudio.
Suzanne Kasler Athene wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Martha Stewart Ikat Marsh wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Frontier Moroccan flat weave wool rug, Zinc Door.
Bowron vintage shearling rug, Burke Decor.

Arteriors Caviar Staggered Pendant, Candelabra.
Calais Glass Chandelier in Aquamarine,  Z Gallerie.

World’s Away Studly Lacquer Dresser, The Well Appointed House.
Jonathan Adler Channing 6-Drawer Dresser, Jonathan Adler.

Scheme #2
Timorous Beasties Butterflies,  Timorous Beasties.

Serena & Lily Pondicherry Bed with Nailheads, Serena & Lily.

Bungalow 5  Jacqui Side Table, Clayton Gray Home.
Malibu Loft by Somerset Bay Concave Side Chest, Zinc Door.

David Easton Paro Grid wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Shabati Paxi wool & acrylic rug, Zinc Door.
Surya Spectrum ivory rug, Hayneedle.
Thomas O’Brien Deco Garden wool & silk rug, Zinc Door.
Surya Thom Filicia Griffith Park wool & viscose rug, Buy.com.

(Existing) Five-Light Coral Branch Chandelier, Ballard Designs.
Arteriors Caviar Chandelier, The Well Appointed House.

Bennett Lowboy Dresser, Zinc Door.
Malibu Loft by Somerset Bay 12-Drawer Dresser, Zinc Door.
Vanguard Mirrored Chest, Horchow.


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