tips on furniture arranging: living room
April 23, 2014
Arranging furniture may seem simple on the surface. But when it comes down to the point where you've moved your sofa from one side of the room to the other 10+ times, you come to realize that planning ahead would save you the time, energy, and stress of filling empty space.
Here are some of our go-to guidelines depending on which type of room you're furnishing:
If it's a: Long room
Pair armchairs, facing each other, with the sofa to balance the weight and provide extra seating. Place side tables on both sides on the sofa, and create a "landing" area towards the entrance of the room for coats, shoes, keys, etc.
If it's a: Centered fireplace
Fireplaces, while cozy and charming, can cause an extra troubleshooting spot in the room. Place all seating (sofas and armchairs) in a "floating" position - meaning, not against the walls but rather, in front of the fireplace, facing at a 90 degree angle from it. Use a coffee table and rug
centered in the middle of the seating area and fill the perimeter of the walls with storage cabinets and additional seating.
If it's a: Small room
Focus on one key piece of furniture such as small sofa (like our Jethou Sofa) and "accessorize" liberally with plenty of pillows and a throw blanket. Use geometric textiles and clear, glass surfaces in the room to provide depth and
Give sofas breathing room.
Placing larger furniture, like your sofa, even a couple of inches off the wall, will actually make the room feel more spacious or airy.
Keep it bright.
Lighting is vital - spread different lighting sources out across the room evenly and keep it balanced by focusing on all corners of the room.
Mix and match
Don't worry too much about symmetry and think instead about balance. Balance can mean one large sofa balanced by two armchairs across a coffee table or an incorporation of varied textures and fabrics.
how to: spend spring in nyc
April 11, 2014
We know that everyone loves Paris in the Springtime but what about New York City? It just so happens to be one of our favorite places to be during our favorite time of the year!
Here's what we'll be up to in the next sunny months to come:
Take in the outdoor art and scenery
Central Park is a piece of art all on it's own but once the weather starts to turn, you'll see various forms of artwork emerge in this iconic spot to soak in the sun.
Once the winter has passed, many restaurants and cafes open up their outdoor seating. It can be an extra wait for one of these alfresco tables but it's well worth it to lounge and people-watch in the Spring warmth.
Check out the flea markets
In May, the Lower East Side will start bustling with markets that stretch as far as the eye can see. Enjoy an ice cream cone while you search for antique artwork, indie clothing, or the perfect piece of jewelry.
Play ball at Central Park
Head over to the baseball fields in Central Park where there's always bound to be something exciting happening. Our favorite time to check it out is when the Broadway league is playing; spot your favorite Broadway and Off-Broadway stars scoring home runs!
Explore the chilled out food scene
New York City is a mecca for all sorts of sweet, icy treats. Find everything from authentic Italian gelato, mint ice cream sandwiches, and homemade popsicles to Spanish gazpacho, iced cafe lattes, and picnic-perfect meats and cheeses. Hungry yet?
5 tips on trend: pastels
April 8, 2014
Pastels made a huge splash at Spring Fashion Week with pleasant shades of pinks, greens, and yellows making their way down the catwalk all week and straight into retail clothing stores. That being said, the pastel trend shouldn’t be limited to our closets. Here are some ways you can bring the
color trend into your home in a way that will stay fresh way past Easter Sunday.
1. Go vintage
We’re big fans of the 50’s inspired retro look. In small doses, vintage-y pieces like a mint fridge or light pink armchair brighten up the room with a splash of color that is still easy on the eyes.
2. Pair with muted neutrals
Don’t feel comfortable committing to a bright purple living room? We don’t really blame you. To keep things looking cool and collected, pair pastels with muted neutrals like gray, cream, or white.
3. Think geometrics
Choose throw pillows, rugs, or seat cushions that have strong geometric patterns to make the softness of the pastels stand out with simple juxtaposition, also breaking up the smooth consistency of sherbet pastels.
4. Use multiple shades
Incorporate multiple shades of a single pastel color to add dimension and depth to the room. Mix textures and shapes across shades as well to keep the space dynamic.
5. Compliment with wood accents
Pastel blends beautifully with natural materials like wood paneling, wood floors, or wood furniture. Go for lighter shades like white oak, bamboo, or even a cherry wood to compliment pink and peach pastel shades.