Light blue painted floor to ceiling beadboard mirroring the planked ceiling adds cottage style warmth to this transitional bedroom. A quilted bedspread and throw blanket carries the airy blue motif throughout the space. Small surprises like bright pillows, a plush shag area rug and traditional upholstered settee creates an inviting sitting area beneath geometric windows.
This luxury bedroom suite features multiple options for sitting and reclining, from the elegant upholstered bed, to the modern modular sofa near the fireplace, to the outdoor settee that's sited to take optimal advantage of the view. A wood plank vaulted ceiling adds drama and also a warm rusticity to the Tennessee space.
I'm sentimental about family heirlooms and can't bring myself to get rid of long-treasured items, even when they are not exactly my taste. The ornate pink chair and settee in our bedroom were my great grandmother's and while they don't necessarily jibe with my other decor, their vivid color and quirkiness still make them perfect for a little sitting area.
Designer Jason Mitchell's second floor office features this "meeting" area dominated by a striking, sculptural marble-topped table with cast bronze base great for a desk or conference table and a curved settee and two Charles Rennie Mackintosh chairs. Adding to the chic, modern ambiance, is an abstract work by William Stoehr.
A lady’s lounge by Amy Morris for a Southeastern Designer Showhouse brings in rust and gold hues that keep the space feminine yet approachable. The gold leaf branch chandelier and bench in yellow gold in front of the settee adds an edgy visual appeal to the soft design. Other furniture in the room includes a dining arm chair with a green seat.
A modern white grand foyer designed by Melanie Turner Interiors for a Southeastern Designer Showhouse & Gardens in Atlanta features paneled walls and contemporary artwork, of faces, by Sally King Benedict. The staircase has a sisal stair runner. The entryway also has a settee, a twig cocktail table and a screen with fabric in a Cubist design.
The dining room’s traditional furnishings feel modern and contemporary with a mix of colorful pieces. An IKEA cabinet was painted in a rusty red and hardware was added to upgrade the piece. Pink dining chairs from World Market, a home decor staple in Los Angeles, have a vintage appeal with their fun fan detail. And a tufted settee in white stands out beautifully in the blue dining room.
This custom built-in settee resides in a space typically slated for bookcases. Since we had enough storage and this is an entertaining family: why not more seating? I also imagined this corner being the perfect spot to curl up with a good book, with a cozy fire going and a fave snack. I specified this piece be upholstered in white to blend in with the walls and also not compete with the sofa.
The family room boasts a collection of vintage furniture, finds and artwork curated to reflect and meet the needs of this young, modern family. The triptych above the sofa, a product of one of the Stansell’s art installations, manages to bridge all of the room’s colors successfully. The 1970s settee was recovered from a barn and brought back to life with the brightly colored teal upholstery. Whitney’s current most prized possession is the Candice Greathouse photograph above the fireplace.
The wall color in this dining room, Night Owl by Sherwin Williams, creates an ideal backdrop for more of Angela's original paintings. The triptych, painted on custom-made wood panels, sets the mood for the entire space. Each of the dining elements outside of the artwork are all classic design staples. The Verner Panton chairs and the upholstered settee not only makes for comfortable seating, but for an approachable dining experience in a typically formal space.
A major challenge for this design project was the couple's distinct design sensibilities — the husband is a fan of midcentury modern design, while the wife longed to add traditional touches of warmth and character to the space. Here, a vintage, midcentury Vistosi ceiling fixture and framed advertising poster speak to the husband's design style, while the blue velvet settee and roll-arm chaise add a traditional touch. Bold, bright fabrics on the upholstered pieces bring vigor to the neutral backdrop of the walls and rug.
From mud cloth to indigo and colorful wax prints, textiles featuring traditional African patterns, or inspired by them are finding a place in trendy, modern spaces all over the globe. Designers, artisans and creatives alike are finding that textiles obtained by way of the African continent, from countries such as Mali, Uganda, and Nigeria, offer strong graphic and geometric design along with vibrant, striking color stories. In spaces with a contemporary look, these designs are stylish and impactful while adding a global touch to the decor. Actor and designer, Gbenga Akinnagbe (The Wire, The Deuce) has taken notice of the power of African prints and created his own home furnishings line that incorporates them. ENITAN Vintage (http://www.enitanvintage.com/) offers storied pieces, where vintage and antique European seating is reimagined through Akinnagbe’s extensive collection of African textiles. “I wanted to preserve many of these pieces where I could, using influences from the Continent that also transcend space and time,” remarks Akinnagbe about pieces like this Victorian settee that’s upholstered in a fuchsia African Dutch Wax Print fabric.