This charming scene sits at the entrance to the master bedroom suite. The designers layered the simple palette with unusual textures: white shiplap paneling, a citron twig mirror and a vintage-inspired settee.
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.
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.
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.