I'm all in a tizzy because I'm having a brief moment when I can actually focus some of my attention on the ol' homefront rather than big client projects requiring all my time and energy. As usual, I have lots of ideas. It's an occupational hazard, I swear! So much exposure and immersion in the world of design means that my own ideas are constantly evolving and expanding to encompass new points of view. That's one thing I love about this profession...it's never static.
For a while now my living room has sported a very neutral (and in some ways a bit masculine) color palette and look. Charcoal sofas, shades of grey and ivory punctuated by warm cognac leather and wood tones, touches of black here and there. A tufted leather chair, lots of leather-bound books, and accessories like a marble chess set, antique globe, and vintage brass trophy cups led to a cozy library/den vibe in there.
MY WARM NEUTRAL PALETTE
It's still a pleasing design to me, and also very warm and inviting in the winter months (which is when I conceived the design, no coincidence there)...but as we got into summer this year I found myself wanting a to have a bit more color and texture and "breeziness" in the space. I've been feeling really drawn to a relaxed California/global bohemian vibe. Think paisley block and ethnic print fabrics, kilim rugs, sisal, jute, and woven textures.
This is kind of full circle for me, because what many people don't know is that at 20 years old a trip to India and the far east spawned a complete love affair with that part of the world, and since then I've traveled back many times, venturing to India, Morocco, Egypt and other exotic locales. I actually lived and explored in India for an entire year after college. Of course I was completely enamored with the textiles and exquisite handicrafts...a place where everything was still made entirely by hand. So by my early 20s I'd collected lots of block print tapestries and quilts, and lugged home incredible Moroccan pottery...which I eventually scattered amongst family and friends and held on to very little of it myself. For a while my design aesthetic shifted elsewhere, and it's now beginning to come back around to that slightly eastern, global vibe. Although this time it's more subtle...tempered by a restraint and refinement that wasn't there in my 20s. And that's what I mean about the evolution of design perspectives!
Here are some images that have inspired me along these lines lately.
RELAXED GLOBAL BOHEMIAN...MY INSPIRATION PHOTOS...
I'm also adding some woven baskets to hold blankets and throws, and for my fiddle leaf fig. I'm considering a large jute rug to layer beneath the antique kilim, but I'm not decided on that yet. The kilim is plenty big enough for the room (total Saturday morning ebay SCORE!) so it's not a matter of fudging the rug size up...it would only serve to add more texture to the space.
I can't wait to pull it all together and show you room pics!
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