Wednesday, January 7, 2015

my birthday ROOM

It feels so good to design for my blog again~

I know it's been a while since my last collection, but life got a bit busy between moving across the country and the holidays....But enough with excuses, let's get to it!

I hope you had a chance to see my last post about my colorstrology Pantone color for my birthday Toasted Nut 13-1627. (If not you should click HERE to get caught up). This room collection is inspired by the eye shadow kit by stila at Sephora.

I was inspired by the presentation layout that David Bromstad uses on his HGTV show Color Splash: Miami.  Above you see the room in it's almost bare state.  I've started with coffee bean stained wood floors and a light mocha wall color.

Toasted Nut is the inspiration for my parlor, so I started with this handsome leather sofa in a warm reddish brown.  And doesn't it look nice and comfy to sink into?  Then I wanted to bring in a piece with a round shape, and found this contemporary swivel chair in a medium grey to bring in another neutral, and let the sofa be the focal point.  The final piece of furniture is this raw edge coffee table.  It adds an industrial feel with it's steel U-shape legs.  

Let's layer in some softness with pillows and a rug.  I added two great textural pillows to the sofa to repeat the color of the swivel chair.  I selected a light colored two-tone rug, and repeated that cream color in the beautiful felt pillow on the chair.  I'm in love with this pillow....Make sure you notice all of the pillows are neutral, but are all a different texture: felt flowers, lamb's hair, to a chunky bubble knit.  These textures add visual interest in place of graphic patterns.

Lastly I added the accent pieces that really bring personality to this design.  I started with the artwork, and originally had a modern painting in mind.  But, as you see, I went a completely different direction when I found these beautifully carved plaques.  The rococo motifs bring a classical aesthetic to this design.  I wanted to bring in some reflective surfaces to this cozy design, and found this amazing palladian mirror.  In fact, it's so large that it reminds me of a window bouncing light around the room.  Of course we need some ambient light, and this pair of glamour, deco-inspired floor lamps balance this asymmetrical design, and are the perfect metallic touch- every room needs a touch of bling!

I love how this parlor came together, and it was a total surprise.  I really wasn't sure which way this Toasted Nut palette was going to take me in, but the principles of design led me through the process. The leather sofa is the feature, and the rest of this eclectic design is all about texture, and repetition of color.  A leather sofa paired with a cotton chair, a semi- shag rug in two-tones, a variety of textured pillows, metallic floor lamps to steel legs on the coffee table.  This play of textures and neutral colors make for a very sophisticated room that still feels livable.

Would you take a moment to welcome your guests in this 'missmatch' Toasted Nut Parlor?  

(PS....I also think this design would be perfect in a hair salon waiting room with it's feminine touch)


Leather sofa: West Elm
Swivel chair: West Elm
Coffee Table: Ethan Allen
Rug: Pottery Barn
Flower pillow: Target
Lamb pillow: West Elm
Bubble pillow: West Elm
Wall Art: Restoration Hardware
Mirror: Restoration Hardware
Floor lamp: Ethan Allen


  1. Yesssss! So great to see your inspiration come to life (I'm a visual kinda girl so this is helpful). The scale, textures and colors work so well together to create a sophisticated yet cozy space... I wanna jump right in and read a book while sipping a cup of green tea. Très chic.

    1. Why, thank you!! I'm so glad you can picture yourself enjoying this space~


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