Above image via Domino by Brittany Ambridge Remember when having a bean bag chair in your room automatically made your space the embodiment of cool? As soon as those Styrofoam-filled sacks hit department stores in the 1970s, they became synonymous with a laid back lifestyle. The flower power generation found themselves lovingly embraced by the chairs. Bean bags made an easy transition into the 80s thanks to the relaxed furniture silhouettes of the decade. By the 1990s and early 2000s, every kid wanted a brightly colored bag o’ beans. And then,
Jessica Chastain’s NYC Apartment via Architectural Digest If you’re already over Halloween, hay rides, and pumpkin-spice everything, then Pantone’s fall color report will be a breath of cool, fresh air. Forget the traditional burnt oranges, deep maroons, and chocolate browns you’re used to because the color gurus over at Pantone predict vibrant tones to star in interiors everywhere this fall. “Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades,” the company says. So what colors should be on
Image via CROWDYHOUSE. NANO Voltasol rolling flowerpot. Gone are the days of layered makeup, loads of hairspray, and over-the-top interiors – the natural look is in. When it comes to interior design, minimal, white spaces loaded with plants still dominate our Pinterest feeds. But we’re beginning to see warmth enter those spaces through earthy tones and new textures. Our current obsession? Terracotta. From tiles to pots to wall colors, going natural never looked hotter. TILES The terracotta of today tends to have a more natural, matte finish than the ever-popular border tiles
Image via El Ramla Hamra A living room without a coffee table is like a car without a steering wheel — it just doesn’t work. Where else do you eat dinner while marathon-watching the Bachelorette? Or display those sweet hardcover books you haven’t gotten around to reading? If sofas are the anchors of a living room, then coffee tables are the centerpieces. Not only do they fill awkward space, but they can add a surprising dose of creativity to a room when you opt for something a little different. From vintage chests to drumsets,
Photo via Digital Trends Have you ever fallen asleep without plugging your phone in? In the modern world, there are few horrors greater than waking up to an uncharged device. But as houses become smarter, we’re starting to say goodbye to technology-related woes like tangled cables, a lack of outlets, or misplaced chargers. Thanks to recent developments in wireless charging—also known as Qi—furniture is moving into the future. From kitchen countertops to bedside tables, these built-in charging hotspots are blurring the lines between tech and design in a beautiful way.
Photo via My Domaine, Designed by Melissa Miles Rufty. We’re all familiar with the phrase “less is more.” It’s definitely the creed of more than a few minimalist interior design Pinterest and Instagram feeds. But lately we find ourselves agreeing more with architect Robert Venturi, who said “Less is a bore.” When done well, maxed-out spaces have a certain cozy charm and allow for some serious personal expression. For those ready to embrace a vibrant, layered look, these maximalist interior design tips will help you discover why more is more (without becoming a hoarder). 1.
A needlepoint pillow sounds like something you might find in your grandmother’s living room. Most often they’re stitched with dated designs like a bouquet of English roses or a rooster and smell of mothballs and propriety. But lately, designers have started putting a contemporary spin on the age-old craft, adding quirky phrases and bold patterns. These are our new favorite ways to make a statement (literally!) with pillows. Plus, a video to fill you in on how to style it! For those times that you really just don’t have the time.
Photo via ArchiPanic / Aria We all know the 80s are back, from clothes to music to interiors. With it we’ve seen a resurgence of one of our favorite loud-and-proud design movements, Memphis Design. But where did the movement come from? What characterized it? And how does it translate today? We’ve got your primer below! A Brief History of Memphis Design: It was December of 1980 when Italian designer Ettore Sottsass gathered a group of his fellow creatives together for a meeting in Milan. A Bob Dylan song, “Stuck Inside
Photo: Coco Lapine Design. While we love bikes for all the obvious reasons–they’re functional, healthy, environmentally-friendly and fun–we also dig them because they look seriously cool as décor. Whether you’re a fan of road bikes or beach cruisers, there are endless ways to attractively display your wheels without adding clutter to your space. Read on for our favorite methods of showing off the coolest rides around. Space at a premium? Then go upwards with storage. Hanging bikes vertically near an entry way or in an enclosed balcony allow you to grab and
Excellent news, couch potatoes: Comfort is cool again. After years of midcentury-inspired furniture with delicate, tapered legs and tailored profiles, sofas with serious chunk are making a comeback. You know those couches that have a special, sunken-in spot formed exclusively for you and your behind? Or the ones that lovingly embrace you through breakups, sicknesses, and TV binges? Their backs are low, their cushions are deep, and they are made for curling up pretzel-style with a good book and a glass of wine. From L-shaped loungers that nearly double as beds to square