Not too long ago, I added a blue velvet sofa to my wish list. And while it’s very much still on there, another sofa may just have topped it for first place: a brown leather sofa.
If you couldn’t already tell from the decor in my apartment, I am a big fan of neutrals with some pops of blue, and it just so happens that those are the exact colors that look stunning against a brown leather sofa. Add some pops of green through lush plants, and you’re golden!
How would you style a brown leather sofa? Let me know in the comments!
Photos from: Pinterest.
Alright, organizers. At this point, you’ve seen the following pieces designed 3 ways: nightstand, coffee table, dining table, chair, and bed quilt. I have so much fun making these posts so I decided to move along to the next edition: the sofa. Keep on reading to see how I styled 1 sofa 3 different ways—and be sure to let me know which you like best in the comments!
Sofa 1: This set-up represents how you’ll see my couch on any given day. I love that it’s bold with the two patterned pillows, yet also muted thanks to the cream ones placed in front. When I see this set-up, I also immediately see comfort: Between the several pillows and the throw blanket, I feel like I could just curl up there and take a nap.
Sofa 2: The star of this arrangement is the blanket from Oaxaca that my boyfriend and I picked up on our recent trip to Mexico City. I couldn’t love that blanket more and really like how it looks next to the two cream pillows that you saw above. Altogether, the textural elements and neutral colors make this sofa option feel sophisticated-meets-serene.
Sofa 3: I guess this is being a competition between the international treasures I’ve picked up on our travels—this one being the pillow from Thailand. While both of these lumbar pillows are usually placed atop our bed, I decided to give them a try on our sofa. The pops of gray and black in the painted pillow pick up on the gray in the sofa, while the cream shades of the other pillows add light to the dark hues.
So…which is your favorite? I can’t wait to hear!
It’s no secret that I love straw accessories, both for the home and the wardrobe. So it should also come as no surprise that I have a lot of them lying around my apartment.
Recently, I’ve been thinking about taking all of my straw accessories and curating them into a beautiful entryway statement, just as these photos show. I love how each of these entryways instantly conjure the feeling of adventure—like you could just grab a hat and hit the beach at a moment’s notice.
What do you think? Is a straw entryway on your #WishList, too?
Photos from: Pinterest.
First off, how stunning is this book? I could not be more obsessed with the watercolor-esque look and the color palette.
Well now that you, too, are looking something like the heart eye emoji, you’re likely wondering what this book is. This lovely book is called Home and it’s by Emma Blomfield, an interior designer based in Australia. When Emma’s team reached out to me offering to send the book my way, I was so flattered and had no idea how much I would end up l-o-v-i-n-g it. It has easily become my new favorite book!
If you need some design inspiration in your life, I’d highly recommend picking up Home. It contains decorating tips for each and every corner of your home, and includes styles to suit all tastes. Trust me when I say you need this book in your life, and your coffee table does too.
This edition of Apartment Refresh contains one pretty big update that I can’t wait to show all of you. It’s one of those changes that you can’t believe you never made earlier—keep reading to find out what it is!
Ahh, I can’t get enough of our new straw pendant! It was on my wish list for as long as I can remember and I finally made this one mine a couple months ago. I love how it brightens up our dining room, even when the light is turned off. All that’s left now is to install a dimmer.
Also in the dining room, we removed the photograph we had behind our table to make the space feel even airier and lighter. While it seemed empty for the first few days, we’ve since come around to the negative space and actually like it much better this way.
I’m a huge Gray Malin fan, and am now the proud owner of his coffee table book, Beaches—just in time for summer.
I wrote about this bohemian addition in my last post, but am including it here as well because we’ve found a new home for it between the chairs in our living room. Since it holds two blankets, it’s super practical to keep it here for those chillier nights.
Can’t wait to hear your thoughts about these updates in the comments!
As I’m sure you’re well aware by now, travel and interior design are two of my biggest passions—well, those and organizing, of course! Every year, my boyfriend and I aim to visit brand new places, and to buy trinkets from each place to forever remember them by.
Through all of our travels, I’ve collected quite a few treasures. From pottery and art to clothing and jewelry, so many pieces in my home were purchased while traveling. And while I love just about all of them, the below pieces are the ones that I know I’ll cherish for the rest of my life.
How stunning is this blanket from Oaxaca, Mexico? As soon as we saw this blanket in Onora Casa in Mexico City, I knew it had to come home with us. The soft color palette and intricate woven design caught my eye and I love thinking about where it could end up in our future home. From being folded along the edge of the bed to be draped over a sofa, this blanket will look perfect anywhere it’s placed.Also in Mexico City, we found this gorgeous hand-painted vase in El Mercado de la Ciudadela. Because I want this vase on display at all times and not just when it’s filled with flowers, I’ve found the perfect home for it atop cookbooks in our kitchen.Who could possibly say no to another stunning vase? That’s what I thought when I saw this gem in Koh Lanta, Thailand. We’ve been collecting blue and white sponge-wear pottery for a few years now (as you can see on our bookshelf here), so when we saw those same colors in this piece of Thai pottery, we instantly fell in love. As if it weren’t perfect enough on its own, I cannot get over how amazing it looks sitting right on top of Rebecca Atwood’s book. Last but certainly not least: the patterned pillow of my dreams, also from Thailand. Funnily enough, the fabric of this pillow was not complete when we bought it—the woman making it still needed to dye and color treat it. But we loved it just the way it was and decided to buy it right on the spot from her worktable. Even though we didn’t know exactly how we wanted to use the fabric (maybe a table runner or a wall textile), we knew we would find just the place as soon as we got home, and we were right.
P.S. Check out my blog posts on Mexico City and Thailand to find out even more about our trips.
From blue velvet sofa to pink velour upholstery, my wish list just keeps expanding. Right now, I am absolutely l-o-v-i-n-g the look of dusty pale pink upholstery, especially when paired with darker tones like rich wood floors.
But in case you’re like me and probably can’t commit to an entire sofa cloaked in this fabric, a throw pillow would look just as good!
Photos from: Pinterest