When we see an especially inspiring space, we like to break down exactly why we love it, then figure out what elements we can incorporate in our own home. That’s exactly what we did with the rooms (and patio) below, all of which caught our eye on Instagram.
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Why we love it: The curvaceous custom valences over the daybed and the windows, along with the Space Age chandelier, bring mod sizzle to the traditional toile wallpaper and Chippendale-influenced desk, chair, and chest.
Idea to steal: Suspend a daybed or a chair from the ceiling. The absence of legs will visually free up the space (and make vacuuming less onerous). Plus, it’s fun! (If you want to start with a swing chair, consider these options.)
Why we love it: It evokes tropical breeziness without being literal or succumbing to clichés. There’s rattan, yes, but also beaded armchairs from Africa and pendants designed like Moravian stars, which originated in Germany. (Find similar pendants here.)
Idea to steal: When mixing pieces of varying styles, materials, patterns, and provenances, keep to a tight palette to maintain a sense of serenity and order.
The space: A California dining room by Intimate Living Interiors.
Why we love it: It marries earthy textures and sleek silhouettes to sophisticated effect. Nubby woven upholstery, for instance, brings organic warmth to the skinny iron legs and contemporary curves of the Paulina Dining Chairs. Likewise, the arched shape of the rattan door inserts and the black wash add Curator flair to the sideboard (find a similar one here). They also echo the shape of the window and the pendant.
Idea to steal: Let there be light—and more light. In addition to the pendant over the table, this dining room has a pair of table lamps and a pair of sconces, so that the homeowners can create any ambience, from sultry to festive. Find a similar pendant here.
The space: The den area of an open-plan new build in Falls Church, VA, by Liz Mearns of Imagine Design.
Why we love it: “It’s a good thing these leather chairs swivel—this house has way too many fabulous views to only look in one direction,” Liz says. Thanks to the large windows and the wood-paneled ceiling, the room feels like an extension of the outdoor space, rather than a separate entity. The muted palette reinforces the illusion, as does the visible wood grain of the Modern Ming Cocktail Table in Worn Black and the hair-on hide exterior upholstery of the Hughes Swivel Chairs in Camel Leather.
The space: The patio of Carmeon Hamilton’s Memphis home.
Why we love it: The Laken Outdoor Sectional fits perfectly, maximizing the space while still leaving room on all sides for foot traffic. Counterintuitive though it may seem, floating the sofa rather than pushing it against the wall makes the patio feel roomier.