Archive for ‘Furniture’

February 5th, 2014

Green Sofa Glory

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Sunny Days and Starry Nights

This time of year I begin craving colour, especially green because we haven’t seen it in months. Grey skies, partially melted snow and panels of clear ice leave me wanting luscious shades of emeralds, mosses, pea pods and forests. So let’s look at some sofas!

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Dust Jacket

A bright green sofa is a fabulous way to punctuate a palette of neutrals. Yet in each of the photos you see here, no matter the shade or hue, it works. I’m sort of obsessed with turning colour into the neutral, if that makes sense. If it doesn’t you might need more colour in your life!

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Pepper Design Blog

Each of these glorious green sofas represents a slightly different shade of green. Before you dive in, consider what other colours you will be working with, not just today but tomorrow too, because if you pick the right sofa, you will have it for many many years.

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The Cottage Market

What works best with green, you ask? Great question! My favourite neutrals to mix with green include: white, black, navy and brown. For a sophisticated look you can also work secondary colours into the palette. But where do you start? With feeling. Figure out what you love and decide what you want bring in.

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Style by Emily Henderson

So my next question is, who here is bold enough to go for glory in the form of a green sofa?? Now send me pictures!

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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