Tuesday’s Tips: keep living furniture interesting and avoid buying sets

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I know it’s more cost effective to buy a set of furniture as they tend to have better deals. However if you want to have a super interesting space, try to avoid sets. You can still have a cohesive look by keeping with the same design style or color scheme. You can also do a monochromatic palette and have slight variations of hues for the furniture. This living room above is fun even though the sofas are two completely different styles. They work because they bring out the burnt orange and ivory tones from the artwork and rug…

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These half donut shaped sofas and chairs are a good pairing even though they are different…

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The beige and camel sofas look wonderful together and really bring out the bronze and gold accents of the room. You have two different styles of seating with one armless and the other with armrests so they can appeal to all guests. You can always buy the same type of throw pillows to place on the different seating options as well to unify the look…

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If you stick with a neutral sofa that can transition over time with different color schemes, maybe select a bold hue for the chairs. I actually like when there are two matching chairs in replace of a loveseat. Using the same color as the accent chairs,  place a throw and pillows on the sofa to tie it all in…

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I love the look of the matching chairs…

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Consider using ottomans and benches for smaller scale conversation areas…

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My introduction to Arhaus…

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I meant to post about my first introduction to the Arhaus showroom a couple months ago but forgot. I was in Shaumburg, Illinois at the Woodfield Mall heading to another store when store windows captured my eye. Everything was so glamorous and dramatic. The lighting was moody and gave this deep glow everywhere. I felt like I was in furniture heaven.

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Then Jayson approached us. He was incredibly knowledgable about the products and even went as far as to rearrange some showroom pieces so I could get a better vision on what I had in mind.

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I think I even mentioned that the pieces were out of my price range and he could have easily left me alone to approach other customers, but he didn’t. Even when one rude lady interrupted us to ask him a question and even tried to take him toward the area she needed help in, he politely informed her that he would finish up with us first before helping her. I was stunned as I never get that quality of service. Unfortunately some salespeople assume what customers will spend money based on appearance and even race. I’m a designer and though I was looking for myself, I could have been shopping for a client. Often times my experience in a store determines where I spend my client’s money. In college, one of my instructors told us if we ever design or work in a showroom, to treat all people equally. You never know who is sitting on money! In his experience, the most casual dressers ended up being the ones to spend a lot. So I appreciated Jayson’s professionalism during that time.

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But the furniture….and the fabric….

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Everything there made me wish I was rich…

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You can browse digital online catalogues…
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Some of my favorite lighting by them…and a fab mirror!

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What I like about some of the pieces at Arhaus is the craftsmanship of the furniture. The distressing and carving in some of their furniture is all done by hand by Italian artisans to make each piece feel as if it has history.  They are having an annual storewide sale 20-40% off so you may want to check them out. No this isn’t a sponsored post, I just really like what they have to offer and can’t wait to make my first purchase.

 


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Beverly Hills Interior Designer Roxy Sowlaty

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Roxy Sowlaty is an interior designer who shares beautiful snippets of her home on instagram as well as modern designs on her website. She opened her own firm after getting her masters in interior design specializing in high end residential projects. Then she launched an online do-it-yourself interior design website and home goods product line. Here are my favs of her work.

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Hotel Indulgences: The Ganesvoort NY

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So I have been meaning to blog about The Gansevoort Hotel in New York ever since watching The Kardashians take NYC. I remember drooling over the ginormous houndstooth chairs and the mix of patterns, textures and the glamorous look of … Continue reading

Tiny Tot Thursday: restoration hardware baby and child

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The crown canopies make the rooms of Restoration Hardware‘s baby & child. Just the right amount of charm for baby royalties. The collection uses classic elements found in adult spaces like chandeliers and tufted upholstery and some industrial styled decor.

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Not only are tufted cribs visually beautiful but the extra upholstery is sort of like baby proofing as it would soften the blow if a child falls against it.

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I like the army styled teepee. Teepees are just so much fun. They literally bring out the kid in you.

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Some items are quite pricey because it’s a luxury indulgence but the pieces of furniture are beautiful enough to pass down generations or continue to grow with the child. Some items have a historical aged appearance that are timeless and truly a refreshing classic take on children room designs.


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Indulge Daily 1.8.13 comfy glam living room

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This living room is pretty. It looks like a nice place to take a moment for self before starting the day. A moment to perk up with a cup of coffee or tea. A moment to appreciate the light and sun that floods in between those romantic drapes. A moment of still and calm in a comfortable yet glamorous setting. That’s what this room looks like to me. One without a tv or any other entertainment distractions. A place to clear the mind and be still in one’s own thoughts. A place to meditate and pray for a day filled with fulfillment and producitivity. That’s what this room looks like to me.

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