Living Room for Living

Living rooms are made for LIVING!  Many are either too formal to wrinkle or too comfy to accept guests.  You should be able to lounge but also have pride in your space.  That is a mantra everyone should follow and have fun doing so.

For Lady E’s new home comfort was key but also creating a place to invite guests was just as important.  We had some inherited furniture pieces from her old apartment that were in good condition and didn’t warrant blowing the budget to replace.

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Normally I am not crazy about sectionals but her existing one fit the space and provided ample seating.  We added pillows and a lively Safavieh rug that set the color palette for the rest of the space and contrasted with the neutral grey fabric and cocoa walls.

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The only issue was that the sectional shut off a portion of the room.  To alleviate wasting space, we placed her keyboard on the front wall, set a reading chair in the corner and squeezed a cool metal accent table and lamp behind the sofa.

The mustard yellow leather chair, from At Home, adds an element of surprise and creates an amazing color story under the African art prints we scored at Art.com  and the awesome elephant head that fit perfectly between the two.

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The abstract artwork from Havertys keeps things modern but the West Elm coffee table and accessories ensure that the space isn’t too modern or cold.

 

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An entertainment cabinet was found at the local HomeGoods and provides ample storage.  The weathered wood finish contrasts other woods but adds to the natural feel, while the openness doesn’t weigh down the room visually.  Plus the open concept forces you to stay neat and tidy.

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Lastly some African artifacts found on travels and at local antique stores fit perfectly into the niche over the fireplace.  The Henry Matisse print adds color and ups the eclectic nature of the space.

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New Rich Friends

I had to introduce you to my two new best friends and they are rich….very rich.  At High Point Furniture Market I was introduced to these high brow movers and shakers that go by the names of Fine Art Lamps and Dorya.  Upon walking into their showrooms I was overwhelmed by their well-heeled exemplification of fine living.

Fine Art Lamps creates some of the most unique lighting I have ever seen.  From sculptural lamps to architectural chandeliers, they do it all.  The company’s roots date back to the late nineteenth century and it has assembled the best engineers, designers and craftsmen that have honed the skills to bring the  most magical of ideas to fruition.

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Fine Art Lamps Allegretto Collection

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Fine Art Lamps Celestrial Collection

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Dorya started constructing furniture and millwork for big corporations in 1979.  The company entered the residential market in the late 1980s and has since carved its niche at the top with its big money style.  With palaces, embassies and presidential buildings in its repertoire, if you can afford these pieces then you have really made it in life.  The flowing patterns of the rich woods and sumptuous fabric inspire you to fight for that corner office.  Check it out and melt.

Dorya Contemporain Collection

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Dorya Heritage Collection

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It must be nice to be rich…very rich.  Now I understand why NeNe Leakes announces it every chance she gets!

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#WhatISaw this Weekend

It pays to get out the house because it always ends in learning something new.  This Labor Day weekend I was getting cabin fever so I decided to trek a short distance to visit Boyles Furniture & Rugs flagship store in Mocksville, NC for its big holiday weekend sale.

If you aren’t familiar with the company, it has been around for over 60 years as the go-to location for top-notch furniture brands such as Baker, Drexel and Henredon, at discounted prices.  The company experienced the quake of the recession, but has reemerged this year with a rejuvenated vision that is bound to attract shoppers and designers across the spectrum in search of timeless, well-made pieces.  Below are some pictures of my favorites from the trip.

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Metal Moroccan pouf side table

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Great metallic lamp that will fit anywhere

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Adjustable height table

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lovely Baker vignette

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Sturdy side table with detailed metal top

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Killer sideboard with shell inlaid doors

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Updated medieval

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If you visit Boyles you will be overcome with welcoming employees willing to assist and maybe even hand you a cool beverage while you peruse.  While there, I met one of the Boyles owners and his wife who together own a furniture brand called Snug Furniture.  They have some amazing globally inspired pieces for inside and outside the home.  Check Snug out below.

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Asian inspired rattan side table

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Remind you of something? The Beijing Olympic nest….brilliant

Cloud chair: AllModern

Decorative ball we thought would make an awesome hanging light fixture

Decorative ball we thought would make an awesome hanging light fixture

Slope chair and ottoman: Boyles