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Following on yesterday’s Montage: Bedroom Sconces post, I’ve spent the snowy evening pulling together 30 modern and industrial bedroom sconces for you. They vary in style, but they’re each appealing in their own way, and would look beautiful on either side of a bed. If you’re into the Serge Mouille style and long articulating sconces, look back to last year’s Get the Look: 22 Scones That Stretch.
S H O P P I N G
9. Devoe Sconce
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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!)
S H O P P I N G
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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I kinda want to redecorate my living room. (Husband, if you’re by some off chance reading this, don’t freak out.) But, I’m not going to. I love my pale green walls, and blue accessories, but, I don’t know, I’m just kind of over the patterned rug and bold statements in general. I’m feeling more like cozy neutrals, and installing a gas fireplace. But, like I said, probably I won’t. At least now at this point. I mean, when would I even find the time? I have enough time, however, to do some window shopping for taupey, gray rugs. We actually do need to replace the rug in the family room (again), and that’s the existing color scheme. (I would, however, like to tweak the paint color.) I really love some of these rugs, especially the ones with the muted, blown-out patterns. And that jellyfish is kind of awesome.
S H O P P I N G
11 Lash Rug
12 Macrame Rug
13 Anemone Rug
17 Safi Rug
22 Texturas Rug
23 Hedy Rug
24 Sasha Rug
26 Lavali Rug
27 Tangier Rug
30 Harbor Rug
31 Waverly Rug
32 Fonda Rug
33 Agave Rug
38 Giraffe Rug
For outdoor inspiration, in case you are contemplating making a purchase after seeing yesterday’s post, Get the Look: 18 Modern Patio Chairs, here are 20 outdoor spaces with a range of patio furniture. Most of the patios and decks have a modern sensibility, but some are charmingly rustic.
Estrella Salietti Decoración - Photo by Adriana Bufi
Home of artist Torlarp Larpjaroensook
Photo by Owen Raggett
Architex - Photo by Simon Devitt
Summer’s only half over. There’s still time to get your patio, deck, or balcony in order with a colorful, modern, outdoor chair or two.
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1 Vegetal Chair by Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec
2 PS 2012 Easy Chair by Wiebke Braasch
3 Edge Stacking Chair by Novague
4 Hot Mesh Chair by Blu Dot
5 Acapulco Chair by Innit Designs
6 ROXÖ Armchair by Ola Wihlborg
7 Transparent Acrylic Dining Chair by Anime
9 Hee Lounge Chair by Hay & Hee Welling
10 Chair One by Konstantin Grcic for Magis
11 Broom Stacking Chair by Emeco
12 Luxembourg Arm Chair by Fermob
13 Emin Dining Chair by Loll Designs
15 Ring Outdoor Mini Chair by La Fuma
17 Farmhouse Chair by Bend Seating
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Boston-based interior designers Brad Dufton and Kendra Amin-Dufton, the husband and wife duo behind Color Theory (of Apartment Therapy Small Small Cool fame), recently finished a top-to-bottom project on a house in Winchester, which I wrote about for the Boston Globe Magazine. The story, “Against the Gray,” details the process of and relationship between the designers and clients on their journey in creating a color-filled home. Note that Color Theory did it entirely from retail sources, so if you’re interested, re-creating the look is within easy reach.
Photo by Michael J. Lee
Funnily enough, although the clients wanted color, Brad went with gray paint throughout the house. It makes a great backdrop for the saturated furnishings. Above, in the formal living room, he used a relatively dark shade, Benjamin Moore “Rock Gray.” Brad says, “Formal spaces benefit from darker colors; it decompresses your energy, makes you want to stay longer for conversation.” This is one of three rooms in the house that he tags as moody.
Indian rug from Mohr & McPherson in Boston; ”Fillmore” sofa from Thrive; barley twist chairs from Zimman’s near Boston, upholstered in “Prospect” ikat by Thom Filicia for Kravet; starburst mirror from Zimman’s; coffee table from Horchow.
The family room, above and below, is huge. The walls are a lighter gray, Benjamin Moore “Wales Gray.” (By the way, Brad started out as a professional painter; he swears by and only uses Benjamin Moore, preferring its Regal Select line with a matte finish.) They used a three-dimensional, dried black lava stone tile for the fireplace surround. He calls the handmade, Brazilian chevron cowhide rug, from PureRugs, a “god-like” material, saying, “Everything and anything washes out of it.” Chairs from Circle Furniture; trio of acrylic tables from Wayfair.
A 14-foot-long Flexform sofa from Showroom in Boston dominates the main portion of the family room. Thomas H. Little Upholstery in Southboro, MA crafted the round ottomans and throw pillows. As for the juju hat installation, the client, who is from Congo, had the orange one. Brad and Kendra asked her to bring back “as many as she could carry” went she went to Africa to visit her mom. They admit they had no idea what they’d do with them all, but in a fit of inspiration, they clustered them on the wall
Photo by Michael J. Lee
The sunroom boasts an amazing collection of indoor/outdoor pieces by Paolo Lenti from Montage in Boston. The sofa is actually three individual chairs that can be moved around (or dragged out to the deck). They originally purchased the ensemble for the basement playroom, but in an Aha! moment, Kendra realized they’d be perfect for the sunroom. The indoor/outdoor rug was a steal for $150 at RugsUSA, a welcome addition after the splurge on furniture. Continuing the high/low mix, there’s also a “Martini” side table from West Elm and a trio of cage pendants from CB2.
In the stairwell, nine brass and stainless steel pendants with rope cords and Thomas Edison filament bulbs by Lunabella, purchased at Zimman’s. We hear the electrician was none too pleased to have to hang them all.
Photo by Michael J. Lee
The master bedroom is done in a glamorous scheme of black and magenta, with Benjamin Moore “Rock Gray” on the walls. The bed, which the clients first saw in an apartment they rented in Paris, is B&B Italia by Max Aalto, purchased from Montage in Boston. It’s black-stained wood, with a gray tweed upholstered headboard and platform. The ottoman is West Elm and the ikat rug from Wayfair. The Horchow fainting chaise came in gray velvet, but Brad and Kendra had it reupholstered in a magenta fabric by Iman for Kravet that they’d had their eyes on for years.
Photo by Michael J. Lee
The client was hot for a vanity. Brad and Kendra couldn’t find one they loved, so they pieced together its components using the Jonathan Adler “Channing” console, an inexpensive acrylic chair, curvy “Cattaneo” mirror from Horchow, and chrome sconces with black shades from Lamps Plus. I love the Senegalese storage basket from Serena & Lily, presumably used as a hamper.
The master bath is done with a 3D tile on the floor, inspired by Manhattan bathrooms of the 1920s, and staggered oversize marble tiles on the wall. The egg-shaped tub was a splurge, and caused a bit of a ruckus with the plumber, but they finally got it right.
Photo by Michael J. Lee
The client, pictured here, is expecting a baby. Luckily, they were able to use all the pieces from her now two-year-old’s nursery from their prior home to create a new gender-neutral nursery. The walls are a grayish blue, Benjamin Moore “Sterling.” The chartreuse lacquer dresser is the “Latitude” from CB2, the sleeper sofa from Room & Board, and the crib is Stokke. The stuffed animals are from Africa and the animal photographs purchased online from The Animal Print Shop, finished in frames by Room & Board. The chevron rug was created from FLOR carpet tiles. The cuckoo clocks over the crib were Brad & Kendra’s (you may recognize them from their living room), purchased a while back for 99 cents each at Urban Outfitters.
Finally, the daughter’s bedroom is done with a hippie chic, boho bibe, in a slight departure from the rest of the house. Brad says, “I want her to feel like she is carried to a far away land when she steps in.”
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Did yesterday’s post Montage: 30 Pretty Pastel Interiors convince you to go soft? Some of those rooms weren’t sickeningly sorbet, there was a richness to them, I thought. Still, I understand if you have qualms. You could easily add a touch of pastel home furnishings here and there however. A sky blue chaise, peachy table linens, a mint fridge. Kidding on the mint fridge part; unless you’re going for a retro diner look. I wonder how many people have purchased that Smeg mint refrigerator from West Elm? I’m more inclined to go for a World’s Away turquoise bar cart myself. And I’m definitely eyeing the woven hamper. At least splurge on a fouta and some bamboo cutlery for a pastel picnic. Ok my pretties, here are your pastel picks for the day!
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1 Wave Chaise by Adrian Pearsall, $5,500 at Modern Drama, 1st Dibs.
2 Globe Paper Lantern, $29 at Urban Oufitters.
3 Fouta Beach Towel in Tangerine, $48 at Serena & Lily.
4 Ellen Levine Dodd “Blue Heron & Dancing Deer,” $675 at Serena & Lily.
5 Feast In the House of Simon Chair by Fiftytwothousand, $498 at Aha Life.
6 Handwoven Hamper, $119.99 at Dot & Bo.
7 Hillary Thomas I Am A Rock Lamp Finial, $65 at Layla Grayce.
8 Kaki Side Table by Kenyon Yeh.
9 Serena & Lily Signature Low VOC Paint in Sunshine, $45 at Serena & Lily.
11 Pastel Vintage Kilim, $800 at Furbish Studio.
12 Smeg Refrigerator in Mint, $1,999 at West Elm.
13 Overdyed Teri Chair, $198 at Anthropologie.
14 John Robshaw table linens, $100 & $45/set of 4 at Neiman Marcus.
15 Striped Taper Candles, $24 at Leifshop.
16 Cactus Verde Boho Candle, $33.50 at Illume Candles.
17 Bamboo Wood Cutlery by Core Bamboo, $36 at Aha Life.
18 Ashley Goldberg “The Castle” Oil Painting, $480 at Serena & Lily.
19 Linen Beach Towels by Frescobol Carioca, $160 at Aha Life.
20 Jonathan Adler Mrs. Godfrey Chair, $1,695.00 at Layla Grace.
21 Chevron Cocktail Napkins, $24/set of 4 at Furbish Studio.
22 Urbancase Alvo Stool, $375 at 2Modern.
23 Serena & Lily Signature Low VOC Paint in Juice, $45 at Serena & Lily.
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Dress the part!
Tons of great pastels at Shopbop.
I’ve been acquainted with Boston interior designer Stephanie Sabbe for a while, but just recently got the chance to formally collaborate with her. (I did run into her outside my apartment one day—we recognized each other from our blogs!) I wrote “Made To Measure” about one of her projects, a 1,000-square-foot South End condo, in the newest issue of Boston Home magazine. Doesn’t she look great? Can you believe she was really, really pregnant in this photo? Stephanie had her baby last week. Congrats!
Doctors Christine Liang and Andrew Bond, who purchased a1,000-square-foot South End condo in the summer of 2011 after considering a larger house in Jamaica Plain, knew that in order to make their urban choice work, they’d need to be efficient. That they’d also be frugal was a given. Interior designer Stephanie Sabbe, who spent seven years designing commercial office space, immediately understood the couple’s mindset. Sabbe points out, “Corporations pay rent by the square-foot, so efficient space planning is key. Similarly, city apartments are too expensive for people to not be utilizing every square foot to its maximum potential.” Working with a few pieces they already owned, including the living room sofa, Sabbe balanced thrifty buys and cost-saving, crafty solutions with custom designs and a few well-placed splurges to create a space with an effective floor plan and a look that’s anything but big box.
The main challenge was to create a formal dining area without overwhelming the space. After “a lot of studying with masking tape on the floor,” says Sabbe, they realized they’d need a dining table that was narrower than standard ones, but not as skinny (or high) as a console. Striking out on the retail front, Sabbe convinced the clients to spend a little more for a custom piece. Sabbe commissioned Jim Sears to weld a metal base and Cambridge-based Harvard Glass to cut a 30-inch wide by six-foot long glass top.
The couple requested a reclaimed barn wood table, but Sabbe convinced them that glass was the smarter choice, being less of a “visual space eater.” Bond says, “She was firm about the table, and totally right. We love its airiness.” Sabbe assembled an eclectic mix of seating options around the piece that all but disappear when not in use. A pair of chairs from IKEA stand at either end, while two ottomans, also from IKEA, and a handmade bench by Providence-based Darn Good Barn Wood, spotted at the SoWa Open Market, tuck under the long ends of the table. The low profiles keep the line of vision towards the city view free and clear.
In the kitchen, Sabbe recommended just a few enhancements. She used magnetic blackboard paint on the side wall so things could be tacked up there rather than the fridge, which faces the main space. They added a pair of Vintage Farmhouse Caged Pendants by Junkyard Lighting, doing the work themselves. Also, a new industrial style faucet scored on Overstock.com. At the kitchen counter are machinist stools, which swivel down from bar to table height, and allow two more people to squeeze in when needed. The copper wall clock is from Pier 1.
Sabbe created semi-custom hybrid slipcovers for the IKEA armchairs in the dining area by attaching the long skirt from the company’s HENRIKSDAL slipcovers to its NILS seat covers. Excess fabric became lumbar pillows for each chair. The ottomans are SOLSTA PÄLLBO footstools (only $15!), with leg extensions added on, and slipcovered with IKEA curtain panels.
You’ll recognize the West Elm chevron rug, a steal on sale that Sabbe snapped up knowing the homeowners would be psyched, along with some throw pillows. They already owned the sofa, which works just fine. They added the trio of ceiling lights from Barn Light Electric, which cast pretty shadows on the ceiling. The concrete style Elements coffee table is from CB2 and the table lamp is from local design shop Lekker.
Bond spent a month priming and painting a vintage Dansk credenza in their garage parking spot. “The BMW owners on either side of me were definitely nervous when they saw the chartreuse paint,” he jokes. The couple, who are huge Craigslist fans, found the piece on the site for just forty bucks. The floor lamp is from IKEA, the black leather armchair they already owned, the artwork around the TV is mainly from the SoWa Open Market, and the used books are from the Brattle Book Shop in Cambridge.
Sabbe is the first to admit that she used a number of mass-market retail pieces here, but her expertise lies in her ability to pair them with other budget-friendly finds to create a space that hums with personality. “We wanted a collected look,” she explains, “so it was important to set the tone right away, in the foyer.” Luckily, the grass cloth wall covering was already there, costing the clients nothing but supplying plenty of hearty texture. In need of a super skinny table to fit the narrow space, the homeowners tapped Darn Good Barn Wood for a reclaimed wood table. Above, Sabbe hung another piece of Americana, an eagle-topped convex mirror in order to break up the linearity of the hallway. A framed painting, a sketch from an antique shop, and the “I Love This Town” print from Etsy complete the tableau.
The couple purchased a new bed, a floor model from Crate & Barrel in Cambridge, but—and Sabbe agreed—saw no need to throw out a perfectly good, if not dull, plain white duvet. Sabbe asked a seamstress jazz it up with a solid chartreuse border, and also had her make matching drapes. Custom coordinating Schumacher pillows add extra polish. The sconces, which the homeowners installed themselves, are by Visual Comfort.
The black and white photos above the bed, which make a punchy, graphic statement and pick up on the gray tones in the striped West Elm bedding, are photos that Liang and Bond took on their travels. Sabbe used Photoshop to make them look like Polaroids, then spent $30 at Kinkos to have them printed and laminated. She used wooden trouser hangers to hang them on the wall. Crafty girl!
Photos 1, 2, 5, 6, 7 by Bob O’Connor
Does someone in your house often misplace the remotes? Think about getting extra replacement remote controls to have hand, just in case. Store them nearby in the credenza or bookshelf, with the DVD player and such.
I put Montage: 54 Living Rooms with Gray Sofas together last summer, but never provided a shopping guide. I created the roundup when I started to work on my friend Meredith’s NYC condo. We did it all remotely, and I haven’t even seen it yet, but she recently sent me a photograph. You can glimpse the edge of the gray Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams Nicholas sofa. (The chairs are Jonathan Adler, the rug Angela Adams, and the mirrored console, she purchased years ago from Horchow.) I included the furniture scheme for the room, which I also never posted. In addition, of course, there are 22 choice sofas upholstered in gray, from leather to velvet.
Snapshot of the completed (though un-styled) living room. Love the city view!
And now for your sofas . . .
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1 Alicia’s Sofa, $2,475 at Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams.
2 Brackish Sofa, $3,500 through Coco + Kelly at Dering Hall.
3 Cleveland Leather Sofa, $3,999 at Thrive.
4 Veranda Sofa by Vico Magistretti for Cassina, $4,500 at Compasso, 1st Dibs.
5 Aidan Sofa, $2,199 at Crate & Barrel.
6 Sutton Sofette, now $509—$764 at West Elm.
7 Simone Sofa, $3,255 at Dwell Studio.
8 Karlstad Sofa, $599 at IKEA.
9 Curved Back Sofa, $2,950 through Lawson-Fenning at Dering Hall.
10 Frank Gehry Sofa, $1,300 at Hive.
11 Siena Sofa Bed, now £959.20 at Interior Addict.
12 Lampert Sofa $3,195 at Jonathan Adler.
13 Twilight Sleeper Sofa by Flemming Busk for Softline, $2,100 at DWR.
14 Club Grey 3-Seater Sofa, $1,499 at CB2.
15 Oscar Two Seat Sofa by Matthew Hilton for SCP, $4,650 at Woonwinkle.
16 Panoramic Sofa by Barberosgerby for Established&Sons, $15,550 at Matter.
17 Neue Sofa by Baker Furniture.
18 Luma Sofa by Modern Outdoor, $4,999 at 2Modern.
19 Raun Retreat, £12,057 at Decorate Shop.
20 Cini Boeri Lounge Sofa by Knoll, $5,935 at Yliving.
21 Wide Arm Sofa by Niels Bendtsen for Bensen, $3,482 at Unica.
22 Spencer Sofa by Gus Modern, $1,999 at Room68.
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