Who doesn’t love a good ottoman? I enjoy putting my feet up at the end of the day and an ottoman is a perfect place to do just that. What is wonderful is that not only are they meant for your feet, but also to sit on. I use them when designing for client’s who like to entertain. It’s a great way to add extra seating in a smaller environment. Ottomans are a furniture piece that anyone can have in their home, whether it be a traditional one with bamboo detailing or a modern lucite ottoman. They add texture and color and are a perfect accessory with a punch of personality. These are just a few of my favorites to use!
Caning is just another texture to add to the list of things that are trending. It is a material that has been around since Ancient Egypt, began it’s popularity with the masses in the 1800’s and hasn’t looked back. Caning is made from weaving rattan vine or peel to make everything from tables to lighting. It is surprising a sturdy material, but I still remember as a child trying to rip through the beautiful little hole pattern they make:) Furniture manufacturers are always coming up with modern colors and designs to keep this look fresh. These are some of my favorite pieces at the moment.
I had the pleasure of helping to redecorate a small living room and entertainment area. The client’s were an older couple with 2 dogs and wanted a quiet room to read and also entertain a small group of friends. They wanted a space to seat 4-6 people while leaving a nice flow to the room and not overcrowding it with furniture. The floor plan was very straight forward considering they already had these gorgeous slipper chairs and tufted sofa. We opened up the arrangement and made things symmetrical by flanking the lounge chairs and also pairing them with 2 matching credenzas.
Their favorite colors are blue and red and they had existing chinoiserie artwork that they wanted to include in the design. Their walls I wanted to make a very light greige color that would accentuate their new bold red accents. I also wanted everything to be stay very neutral so that their art work would be the focal point in the room. The gold accents helped to tie everything together. I wanted to incorporate their chinoiserie with subtle asian accents such as the bamboo mirror and curved leg on the credenzas. I absolutely LOVE how this room is going to turn out!
Cheers my friends and happy hump day! I want to talk about one of my favorite decorative pieces, the bar cart. Their presence in a room says “I like to entertain” and an attractive furniture choice for a dining room or entertainment area like a living room. From young to old, modern to traditional, this piece works for so many households and demographics. Closed cabinets can also store your drinks and are ideal for homes with little ones wanting to touch everything. An open cart really shows off what you have to offer and gives the owner a chance to accessorize. There are plenty of styles to choose from, but I’ve selected a few of my favorites below to share. Here is to a fabulous rest of your week. Bottoms up!