I’m deviating a bit from my usual ‘once a week’ post routine to show you some interesting furniture styles and designs that I’ve always been drawn to, and when the good folks at Charish asked if I would be interested in featuring some of their designs, after looking at their site I jumped at the chance. Their tag line is ‘where design lovers buy and sell’, so I think that tells you what they’re all about in a nutshell. Their web site is completely addicting and full of unique, original designs with something for everyone. The designs cover the spectrum…from classic to modern, contemporary to vintage, and everything in between. So get comfortable, click on over and see for yourself.
(*note* I am not receiving any compensation for this post)
What’s the right way to go about designing a room? Some will say pick out your sofa first, others the rug, and yet others say a seemingly insignificant object can be the inspiration. (Such was the case for us years ago when we came across a beautiful, one of a kind piece of sculpture and designed our entire family room around it, and it worked out well in the end.)
For now, let’s start with the sofa for this mid-century, modern living room. With clean lines, tufted backing and a neutral grey color, this small sectional is a perfect jumping off point.
Next up is the rug. There were so many interesting designs to choose from, but I like how this rug makes a statement without adding bright colors into the design.
Paired with a comfortable, neutral, but interesting upholstered chair (note the elephant on the back) and you have a serene space at home in almost any dwelling, whether it’s a rustic, industrial loft or modern beach side retreat.
If you’re looking to liven things up a bit, this chair will deliver. One of the things I loved most about Charish is the uniqueness of their offerings. There are no reproductions and most everything is preowned, but in excellent condition.
Add some glass tables along with modern, vintage lighting, fun pillows and bold artwork, and you have an original, interesting space you’ll never tire of.
Could modern, mid-century design be any different than Bohemian?? Not likely, but I love them both nonetheless. When I was a teen a good friend had a home decorated in this style, and not surprisingly it was always the house everyone wanted to hang out in. It’s nothing if not comfortable, and above all, it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
Characterized by its use of various patterns and colors, it’s not for the faint of heart or timid. Done poorly, it can easily look disjointed and busy, but do it right and you’ll be richly rewarded with a space that reflects your personality and makes others feel welcome and comfortable.
Once again, I started with a sofa as my inspiration. Isn’t this perfect?
Bohemian style definitely is an eclectic look, and while that allows for cross over from various styles, it can also be confusing, especially when you start adding various patterns to the mix. The trick is not to overthink your design choices, which is not so easy for someone like myself who likes symmetry and limited patterns in my decorating, but I went with my gut and think most of these pieces play well together.
This armoire, which is made from repurposed shutters, would help ground the space and give some color and design relief to the overall design.
Next up are two patterned chairs whose colors coordinate nicely with both the rug and sofa. Now that our main pieces are set, let’s move on to some accessories.
There were tons of side tables to choose from (more below), but these were my personal favs, and for sure I’m loving the beautiful chandeliers and fun pillows.
Like Bohemian, but is it a bit too much for you? I hear ya’. How about taking it down a notch?
Start with one of these fun and funky sofa designs in a beautiful brown velvet.
Add a classic or Moroccan inspired rug…
and some colorful but classic chairs…
or maybe a graphic, colorful settee and some fun side tables…
and let’s not forget the all important lighting and some accessories!
Even though I was asked to design one room, I was having so much fun I had to do two!
I’m thinking if I know my readers as well as I think I do, you prefer the Bohemian style, right? What’s your favorite piece in this post?