Aside from the kitchen, Chris planned to spend the least amount of money on his second bedroom, which would be used as an office. Taking the advice of a designer friend, he had the room painted in a blue-grey tone from Sherwin-Williams called Krypton and had custom draperies in a modern print made from a clearance bin fabric at $11.99 per yard. Since his laptop is pretty much the only thing he needs to work from home, the room was simply furnished with a vintage desk picked up from an antique market for $600 and paired with a black woven grass chair from IKEA that was $59. To soften the area underfoot, he installed FLOR tiles in a striped pattern, alternating each tile for a parquet look.
Stunning floral area rugs anchor this living room but do not overwhelm. Instead, combined with a grand fireplace, built-in shelving, a baby grand piano and vintage antiques, heirlooms and Victorian accents, the space comes alive with elegance and sophistication
In this formal dining room, designer Vanessa DeLeon achieves an appealing balance between feminine and masculine with a pair of romantic Kravet banquettes in black crushed velvet on the ends, accompanied by eight sturdy leather and antique gold barrel dining chairs. A stunning blue velvet rug adds a splash of color while pulling the look together.
It’s not hard to imagine Sherlock Holmes sitting, deep in thought, in this cozy living room, with its red walls and wallpaper-lined built-ins, traditional fireplace, antique Oriental rug, and oh-so-comfortable vintage leather armchair.
A mix of patterns and bright colors on the comforter and rug decorate this bed from above and below. The bright turquoise bed frame showcases a beautiful color against the surrounding vivid hues with the added appeal of a distressed finish. A rusted antique panel displays a floral outline for added detail.
Eclectic and funky little girls room with a blush pink base. The soft color palette is anchored with the charcoal accents and dots of bright pink. A window seat with comfy toss pillows in fun textures creates a cozy reading nook. A lofted wood daybed lined with pink velvet cushions is perfect for lounging and sleeping. An antique mirror over sits over the wooden dresser, on which sits vases of brightly colored fresh flowers. A play tent in charcoal gray with white dots atop a small white faux fur rug provides a special place to hide away or share secrets with friends. An area rug in blush pink with a charcoal gray and white pattern picks up the colors from elsewhere in the room and complements the wooden furniture.
This entertainment room is an intimate space that could still hold a lot of people without feeling crowded. The designer went with modular furniture that could be moved around, and covered the floor with an antique Heriz rug.
Even when reusing existing items, such as this cocktail table and antique rug, you can decorate the table in a way that modernizes the look. As this table shows, look for a pair of heavy leaded glass candleholders, which designers Lance Jackson and David Ecton with Parker Kennedy Living say you can find affordably priced at local vintage stores or on websites such as Etsy.com. Then add in a piece of cut glass (this one is high-end turquoise, but you can find others on a lower end) to contrast with the glass candlestick holders. The books were already in their homeowner's collection.
This eclectic living room has a little bit of everything, from the blue velvet tufted sofa, midcentury modern coffee tables and pink side chair, graphic coral and white print area rug, gold drapes, to the antique classical art work and mirrored wall treatment.
In the bedroom, the black and white palette of the living room is flipped on its head with moody black walls. The color is Wrought Iron, from the AphroChic Brooklyn In Color paint collection. Bright pops of color from a decorative gallery wall of baskets and an antique Persian rug break up the dark colors in the room.
The windows in this Midcentury Modern bedroom added beautiful view, but weren't very cozy, so designers added new, traverse, raw silk drapery to provide privacy as well as protection from the morning sun. To give the space personality and add texture and depth, new bedding and furniture was added to the space, and funky accents, such as the antique Tabriz rug and the modern art statue, tie the space together.
Add lots of textures to your outdoor space not only with plants and flowers, but by mixing woven furniture with wood, soft stitched quilts with hardwearing outdoor rugs. The play of textures adds lots of visual interest.