Archive for ‘Furniture’

December 3rd, 2013

Chaise: What a Way to Lounge

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Curated Style

Hello, hello! There has been a major turn in weather in these northern parts. We are in full in winter mode! So normally I would look for ways to hibernate, but this year I am embracing the cold, the ice, the frost and with it the stark beauty that cloaks the streets in sheer shades of white, like a wonderland.

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Desde My Ventana

And naturally this means we are spending more time indoors snuggled up with a book. I know I am. Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan is my current fiction choice. It is at once beautiful and sad, as it chronicles the lives of three Parisian sisters, ballet and murder in the late 1800’s. What’s not to love!

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Abode Love

The top chaise has an arm on each side, but it is backless. Many of the others have one arm. When you custom order a chaise you can often decide which side you would like the arm on. Or you can opt for a two-armed chaise like the one directly above. Another reason to custom order is choice of fabric. To me, a chaise should be adorned with a soft luxe fabric in a colour that appeals to you.

Details to consider include tufting, leg design, nailhead trim, and cushion style.

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Pinterest

Once you have found your chaise, where do you place it? The obvious choice is near a window or in a corner as a stand alone piece, but you can also add it to a seating arrangement. For instance, a chaise with a few accent chairs will fill up a condo sized room. Or if you have abundant space place the chaise opposite a sofa with a chair at each end.

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Houzz

Dress your chaise up as you would a sofa with pillows and a throw. While a sofa is happy with uniform rectangular pillows, and a feature pillow, the chaise can take on pillows of varying sizes and shapes. Keep it simple, and above all comfortable.

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Mabley Handler

And we close this post with a warning: your best intentions for reading the afternoon away may often turn into a long dreamy nap. And that friends, is quite alright!

October 23rd, 2013

DIY Coffee Table Ideas

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Julie Loves Home

 

I really, really, really do not mean to be so absent, neglectful, AWOL these last few months. What a bad little blogger I am. In my defense the sofa shop has been busy, which equals super exciting for me! Unless you have found something that quickens your heart, causes sharp inhalations and maybe a gasp or two, I would be hard pressed to tell you just how thrilling custom sofas are. There is fabric. Lots of fabric. Textures, patterns, colours. Combinations of these elements. And each and every one is different! So much fun. Even though I may not be here as much as I would like I am taking in all the beauty to put back in place here at DOJ. So hang in there, readers, friends. It will be worth it. I promise.

 

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Hello There Home

 

I have not had a coffee table in years and I will tell you why. When my little ones started waddling along it seemed best to get rid of the over-sized two-tiered coffee table that was bossing the room around to opt for cozier spaces with pillows and what not. Those days have passed and since I moved my sectional around a while back I have been looking for ideas. Of course I could just buy one, but where is the fun in that? The coffee table pictured at the top has a mirror for a table top and a painted coffee table base. Glam. Love it. The one directly above this text has cute legs.

 

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Saved by Love Creations

And while I do love the Isala coffee table from Ikea, perhaps I could modify it with a stencil or some nailhead trim, as seen above and below. And here is an interesting fact… I am currently reading Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell and he cites Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad as 67th on his list of the richest people in human history. I mean, we all love Ikea right? But, wow, that sort of surprised me.

 

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Little Green Notebook

 

I know for sure I want a round coffee table with a little DIY flare or slight modification, but nothing too crazy. I have no time or desire, if I want to be really honest, to build one from scratch. Which of these coffee table design would you try out? I am thinking mirror or stencil, but I do really love the nailhead. Hmmm…

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July 3rd, 2013

Turquoise Ottoman Options

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oBaz

As far as multi-functional furniture goes, the ottoman is a pretty little work horse. A place to rest your feet, or a drink, or some magazines. Extra seating for entertaining. And storage. The tufted turquoise ottoman pictured above is an exquisite centerpiece which brings a fantastic splash of colour.

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CA Custom Furniture

Cube shaped storage ottomans hide toys, hobbies, and whatever else you want to keep close at hand but out of sight. You could use one or group two or more together. Assign one to each of your kids for easy clean up.

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Horchow

Bench ottomans are a lovely type of ottoman you can use at the end of a bed, in a hallway, behind a sofa and many other little spots you require a spot to sit for a bit. And again in turquoise. Ottomans are available in a range of shapes and colours, but to customize your space many places will help you choose a custom fabric or leather.

June 10th, 2013

6 Ideas for a Patterned Sofa

Printed Sofa in Taupe

Holly Mathis Interiors

 

All over pattern? Yes. Dress it up with plain pillows? Yes. A neutral graphic layered with other neutrals? Yes, yes, yes! Ok, so maybe a printed sofa is a bit of a stretch for you. But I’m here to hold your hand and tell you yes, you can do it. And you can do it in so many wonderful, beautiful, pretty ways that I assure you, the initial appeal will not wear off. I recently ordered my own first piece of custom furniture, (SO EXCITING!!!), and let me tell you after helping other people embrace their vision it is so much fun to create something just a little on the wild side for moi. For me, it’s tame, really. A turquoise chair and a half. Not that crazy, and besides it will meld with the rest of my stuff, so stay tuned for photos when that baby gets here in 6-12 weeks!

 

Blue Floral Printed Sofa

Lonny

 

So back to the all over patterned sofa idea…florals, botanicals, geometric designs, each one of them holds their own level of beauty and interest. If you intend the sofa to be somewhat of a focal point then pick something that speaks to you in a loud yet memorable fashion. Let it be colourful. Find a print that you can’t stop thinking about and do it. If anyone needs help designing a custom sofa message me and I will show you some amazing fabrics. Until then look at how the patterned sofa works in the photos I have procured for you today. I won’t tell you which one is my favourite just yet.

 

Pink Floral Printed Sofa

Truelock Equals Truelove

 

Vintage styled fabric sofas can create an interesting little time warp in an otherwise modern looking room. Oh, and check out the rectangular pillows. I so love them!

 

 

Printed Sofa with Pattern on back

Pinterest

 

This one here is my favourite. Only the back is done in a pattern. Love this! Combined with an array of printed pillows this sofa is so fun!

 

Grey and Black Printed Sofa

6th Street Design School

 

Wow, right? Holy pattern Batman! I applaud the proud owner of this sofa for his or her tenacity and comittment to the print. I wonder if it was an instant, oh my god I have to have this fabric all over my sofa! Or a debatable thing that went on for weeks before the final committment was made. Hmm…

 

Blue Chevron Printed Sofa

 Pinterest

 

And there you have it! Some super cute ideas for a patterened sofa. You can see how the chevron print was carried elsewhere in the room pictured above to tie the scheme together, for me it is a bit much, but the idea of painting a ghost of a whisper of a smidge of the print somewhere else in the space is a good one.

 

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April 19th, 2013

Pink Sofa Love

Pink Two Cushion Sofa

Pink Wallpaper 

 

I keep seeing pink sofas everywhere and I love them!!! Inspired by Jules’ sofa on Cougar Town, I did a little searching of my own to see what I could find and oh my! So pretty. The thin arms and the extra wide double cushions in the sofa pictured above are perfect, not that girly either. Well, maybe a little girly. So my question is, can a pink sofa be used in a space without becoming super girly?

 

Pink Sofa with Single Cushion

The Decorista

 

The square tufted cushions on this sofa give it a masculine edge especially paired with the edgy black painting and other dark accents. You could really play this masculinity up I think, if you needed to justify a rather large and important sofa purchase if say, for instance, you bought one on impulse while shopping without your husband.

 

Pink Sofa with Curved Back

Pinterest 

 

I have developed a love for curved back sofas. The elegant shape is very appealing. Coupled with tufting. Sigh. Let’s talk about pink for just a second. It adds warmth and depth and a touch of feminity to a room and doesn’t necessarily overwhelm to the point that it need be tucked away into the princess’s chamber. Right? Come on guys are you with me?

 

Pink Scroll Arm Sofa

Bright Nest

 

Pink leather!!! Seriously. Wow. In tabacco shades of brown this sofa would be uber masculine, fit for a smoky den, but in this shade anything is possible!!

 

Pink Sofa with Contrast Piping

Pinterest 

 

Contrast piping in this room ties the accents together. Black and pink is so Chanel. Love it.You could also flip it and add pink piping to a neutral sofa.

 

Pink Tufted Sofa

Maison Luxe

Lighting gives this beauty a warm soft glow. While you may not commit to an entire sofa in pink I think an accent chair would be a perfect way to experiment with delicious shades of petal, watermelon, blush, salmon, fuchsia, grapefruit and rose.

 

Pink Sofa

The Glitter Guide 

Everything about this room is lovely. The black and white photos above the sofa are such a cute idea. You could also balance this shade of petal pink with geometric pillows in more masculine tones and textures. So I think the answer is yes. Yes, you can bring a PINK sofa into a room without rendering it girly. Really. Try it and send me a pic!

 

 

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January 30th, 2013

Upholstered Beds for a Boy or Girl

Kid's Upholstered Bed Gray and White

IHeart Organizing

 

Winter is upon us in full force. I find it hard to keep warm when this portion of the world is brittle and unforgiving! Winter, winter, cold, snow. On Tuesday we woke up to a cool -42 degrees Celsius. Yes, you read that correct. Winter in Edmonton at its finest. So what is a girl to do but think about the move (yes, the house is for sale) and new configurations for the future. The boys have been begging to share a room and I am entertaining the thought, but I am not convinced. I have been looking at different options for beds including upholstered ones. Upholstered beds for a boy or girl as seen here can be tailored to suit any room depending on the fabric you choose for upholstering and the colour scheme of the room.

 

Cottages and Gardens 

 

Upholstered beds are everywhere right now, which is great if you are looking for your own variation. Some ideas include purchasing one, modifying a simple store bought bed or creating an upholstered headboard which you can hang on the wall. All of the options result in a custom look which I absolutely love. My favourite look so far is the twin upholstered beds placed side by side. So cute!

 

Kid's Upholstered Beds in Navy

Pottery Barn 

 

I think there are three factors that make an upholstered bed irresistible. The fabric is first and foremost because it catches your eye right away. Especially if you use a bright colour or a bold pattern or a mix of the two.

 

Kid's Colourful Upholstered Bed

Houzz

 

Second, is the shape of the headboard. The classic rectangular look is appealing in a classic sort of way. But I love curved and scalloped edges. Even a rigid geometric pattern looks great.

 

Kid's Upholstered Bed Green

The Shabby Nest 

 

And third, is detail. Details like tufting, monograms, nail head trims and accessorizing. Using the upholstery fabric elsewhere in the room can tie things together in a neat little succinct way. However, if you use it everywhere you might achieve that ‘fabric was on sale’ look or the ‘a little too homemade’ look. There are fine lines. Tread softly.

 

Kid's Upholstered Bed in White

Serena and Lily 

 

Whether the boys end up sharing a room or maintaining their own rooms, upholstered beds are definitely an option. I love how you can modify them to suit a boy’s room or a girl’s room depending on the variables chosen. It is best to exercise all of the options while I figure out this next phase! What do you think? Shared room or private rooms?

 

Kid's Upholstered Twin Beds

Decorpad 

 

Thankfully this cold snap is ending tomorrow which will make life so much easier to live.  Cabin fever be gone! Click on the link beneath the first photo for a tutorial on how to make an upholstered bed if you are so inclined to dream one up!

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