Archive for the ‘Inspiration’ Category

16, Aug


Flipper Upper

Before they were HGTV stars, Joanna and Chip Gaines were home flippers. In a recent episode, they returned to their roots by buying their own fixer upper and renovating it to sell.


We love the simple updates they did to the master suite, which turned a challenging floor plan with a wall of windows into a bright and open space. The Gaines’ replaced the ceiling fan with something more contemporary, refinished the floors, gave the walls a fresh coat of paint and added a single open shelf added above the headboard. The result combines urban with midcentury modern … and we’ve got the look.


Shiplap Bed

Joanna sets the stage in the room with the modern bed that features a shiplap headboard. The Framework Bed from Magnolia Home offers the exact same look, in a slightly darker finish. The bed can be used with or without a skirt.


Flipper Upper Table

A pair of single midcentury modern nightstands complements the rustic feel of the bed, and makes the space feel lighter. The drawers add just enough storage, while the modern lamps add light for reading in bed. Our Mila End Tables would be a great pick. The wood finish matches the bed, and the sleek lines mimic the tables in our inspiration room.


Flipper Upper Chest

Instead of a traditional dresser, Joanna uses a beautiful urban-style, which has a flat wooden front. The style complements the headboard, and keeps things clean and simple. Our Brisbane Dresser would be a perfect choice, matching the finish of the bed.


Flipper Upper Rug

Finally, the room is finished with an oversized ecru rug in a low pile. Breaking up the wood in the room and warming up the floor, the rug also softens the room by adding another texture. Our Edge Ivory rug would be perfect, with its hand-woven tactile feel.


What do you think of Chip and Joanna’s “flipper upper”?


9, Aug


If you caught Fixer Upper last night, you no doubt fell in love with what Chip and Joanna Gaines called the Hot Sauce house. (If you didn’t see it, check out the photos here.) The classic Texan home had a big overhang and a wrap-around porch that kept out the sun and provided space for relaxing in rocking chairs. Owners Jenny and Ramil had moved from Northern California to Waco, Texas to be closer to family, and Jenny wanted to create a dream home with rustic Italian flair.


Fixer Upper Rustic Italian Dining Room

“Our clients really wanted a rustic Italian feel, so I wanted to really be purposeful on all the design that we implement. All of these elements, I think, make it feel just warm and inviting,” Joanna said.


We agree! We fell in love with the dining room, where the Gaines duo removed a wall to create an arched opening between the dining room and kitchen. New French doors, in natural wood finish, replace the old windows, bringing in lots of light to the special space.


If you can picture yourself gathering here with family to enjoy a glass of Chianti and homemade bruschetta, we’ve got the look.


Italian Rustic Table

The heavy wood table is the star of this room, with its ornate trestle base. We have the identical table, Farmhouse Keyed Trestle Table from Magnolia Home. Big and roomy, it’s perfect for family dinner as well as gathering for coffee or craft projects. Pair it with matching ladder-back chairs for a cohesive, rustic look. Or match Joanna’s design by using X-back side chairs, like our Huron Chairs in russet.


Italian Rustic Arch


The arched mirror brings a sense of drama into the dining room. Joanna refurbished an antique window frame, adding mirror to create a sense of spaciousness and light in the room. The Eased Arched Window Casing by Magnolia Hone would bring the same look to your room. Use as is, or remove the panel doors and insert a mirror to duplicate the Fixer Upper home.


Italian Rustic Chandelier

Joanna chose a wood and metal chandelier to continue the rustic feel of the dining room, and the exposed candles add a old-fashioned character. Our Edmonton Chandelier would be a great choice, complementing the rest of the wood in the space and bringing a metal texture to the room.


Italian Rustic Rug

To balance all of the wood in the room, Joanna used a large light rug, which complements the wall color. Our Ella Rose Bone Rug is a great choice, and it was designed in coordination with Magnolia Home. The intentionally faded design creates a transitional look, and the Persian style is timeless.


Complete your Fixer Upper look with tabletop accessories from Art Van. From dinnerware to candlesticks, we can give you everything you need to bring the Italian Rustic Magnolia Makeover home. Bellissimo!

26, Jul


Vince Vaughn

Actor Vince Vaughn has starred in dozens of comedies, but when it comes to his home, the design aesthetic is serious and sophisticated. He recently listed the 5,500-square-foot Southern California colonial he shares with his wife, Kyla Weber, and their two children for $5.299 million, and the home has soothing tone-on-tone décor throughout.

We love the living room, which is a study in white with dark wood trim. If you like Vince’s style, we’ve got the look:

Vince Vaughn Sofa

Start with our Stripes Sofa, with a simple square design that provides a grounded look. The basic piece can be updated with toss pillows, such as the striped pattern that comes with the piece. Or change it up by adding an accent color, such as the gray and gold pillows in the Vaughn home.

Modern Basics Cocktail Table

Next add the Modern Basics Cocktail Table. The clean lines add a contemporary feel to the room, and the metal and stone top add texture and interest.

Vince Vaughn Chair

Across from the sofa add a pair of Como Chairs. The dark wood trim introduces a striking element of contrast to the taupe leather upholstery. The glamorous design of the chairs complements the contemporary furnishings, bringing a fresh feel to the room.

Wall Art

Above their fireplace, the Vaughns have a work of art that introduces some color. We love the beautiful countryside setting of this piece, which would bring shades of purple and green to the room.

Hadley Ivory Rug

Finally, anchor your seating arrangement with the Hadley Ivory Rug. The eco-friendly rug is made of 100% wool, and its cut-pile construction adds a distinctive texture to this beautiful tone-on-tone room.

12, Jul

Lauren Conrad

TV personality and fashion designer Lauren Conrad is known for her sense of style.  Her casual, California-girl look is relaxed but chic, seemingly effortless but not overlooked. This feeling also comes through in the homes she has owned. Her Brentwood, California two-story traditional was redesigned by Bravo TV designer and house flipper Jeff Lewis. It features lots of sophisticated finishes, including an all-white interior and dark wood floors.

We love how the grey furnishings and finishes complement the contrasting walls and floors in the master suite. And if you like Conrad’s style, we’ve got the look.

Conrad Bed

Start with an upholstered bed in grey. Our Renaissance Queen Headboard features nailhead trim, like Conrad’s room. While the fabric is lighter, the padded rails add that same sophisticated and elegant look.

Conrad Table

Instead of a traditional nightstand, Conrad’s room features a black end table, with traditional lines and details. Our Gateleg Flip Table would be a good choice. The tabletop features ample room, and can be extended by utilizing the dropped sides. The drawer also offers storage, for a practical and pretty option.

Conrad Rug

A beautiful rug in Conrad’s room has a subtle small monochromatic pattern, adding just enough interest to the floor without overpowering the beautiful wood finish. Our Touch of Grey area rug offers the same effect. The geometric pattern feels modern, blending beautifully in the classic room.

Conrad Lamp Conrad Lamp Blue Conrad Orange Lamp

A ceramic gourd lamp adds a punch of citron color to Conrad’s room. We’ve got three options: camel, blue or orange. Choose your favorite then balance the color with one or two matching accents in the room.

Conrad Bedding

Finally, Conrad’s bedding adds that five-star hotel feel to the room. Our Savoy Comforter Set brings the same high-end look. In grey with white detail, it will be a set you’ll love for years to come.

10, Jul


When it comes to colors, we all have our favorites. Maybe rich buttery yellow makes you smile. Refreshing aqua blue might help you relax. And classic black lets you feel chic and sophisticated. Why not take it a step further and choose a single favorite shade and make it your signature color?


Signature Color Cobalt


Having a signature color simplifies decisions about your décor. For example, your special shade can become your go-to color for things like linens, dishes and flowers. Use a touch here and there with artwork or accent pieces. Anchor the room by choosing an area rug or larger piece of furniture, such as a sofa or sectional, in your color. Or make a grand statement by painting one all or the entire room in your shade.



Signature Color Orange


If you need help identifying your signature color, pay attention to the things that catch your eye. Are you drawn to a certain color flower in the garden? Look in your closet. Is there an outfit that always attracts compliments when you wear it? Or think about favorite memories from your childhood. Do you remember a special piece of clothing that always made you happy to wear it? Or maybe a certain shade evokes memories of a wonderful vacation?




Signature Color Gold


A signature color is like having a special friend — one that reminds you that there’s no place like home.

28, Jun

Natalie Portman Den

From Jackie Kennedy to Star Wars’ Padma Amidala, Natalie Portman has played her share of strong women. It’s no surprise that her modern home in Montecito, California is equally as striking. With stunning gardens and a view of the Pacific Ocean, this house is a wonderful retreat for the actress and her two children.

We love the spacious study, which features lots of light and a view of the incredible landscape. If you like Portman’s style, we’ve got the look.

Portman Sofa

Providing plenty of seating for Portman and her family is an oversized grey sofa that looks super comfortable. Our Chene Park Sofa from the Detroit Sofa Company is a great match. It features generously proportioned track arms and deep seating for a casual and cozy place to unwind. Its charcoal fabric is soft to the touch and the fun leaf pattern toss pillows add a touch of yellow and orange.

Portman Chair

Portman has two accent chairs that feature a wooden frame and relaxed cushions. While not a match, our Bardot Grey Lounge Chairs offer the same casual style. Its sensuous curves add a flair for the dramatic, while the supple grey upholstery coordinates perfectly with the grey sofa.

Portman Table

Adding a rustic touch to Portman’s room is a wooden cocktail table with metal base. Our Innsbruck Cocktail Table has the same lines and finish. Made from reclaimed wood, the table features a black metal frame for a mix of rustic and industrial elements.

Portman Rug

Finally, anchoring Portman’s room is an oversized traditional-style rug with a dramatic black background. Our India House Rug offers a similar look, with a striking dark background and rich colors in 100% wool.

What do you think of Porman’s style? Let us know in the comments below.

26, Jun

Fitting a sofa into a room can sometimes be difficult if you have a small space, open floor plan, awkward door or window placement, or built-in features like bookshelves or fireplaces. While a sofa and loveseat make up the traditional seating group, there is no design law that says it’s the only option. It’s possible to provide enough seating without using a sofa.

Four Chairs

Source: Pinterest

Consider using four armchairs, instead. Placed around a circular cocktail table or ottoman, the look feels clubby and chic. Or place two sets of chairs across from each other with a rectangular cocktail table between them. 

While a sofa and loveseat are meant to seat five, how often do three people sit on the sofa together? Four chairs will most likely provide just as much seating. Provide plenty of surface space by using two end tables placed opposite each other. This offers a place for lamps, or you could use floor lamps in the space without the end table.

Here are some chairs that would do well with this arrangement:

Elle FlippedElle III

When choosing your chairs, you have options, namely matching or not. Four matching chairs give the room a purposeful symmetrical look. Select a style to match your décor—this grouping works with any design taste.


Or you can change it up and use matching pairs. Stick with the same color family or use complementary shades. You can also stick with the same silhouette, which will give the room a uniform feel.

Elle III ArmlessGiselle

If you need more seating, create a grouping of two armless settees with two slipper chairs. This look is a little more formal, but it feels open and contemporary.

Do you dare to go sofa free?

14, Jun

Alex Rodriguez House

Source: Architectural Digest

Alex Rodriguez is known for his long career with the New York Yankees, but the third baseman is also a partner in a high-end home construction business. He recently built a gorgeous contemporary home in Coral Gables, Florida, which was featured in an issue of Architectural Digest. We love the striking living room, with its blackened-steel panels, modern art and plush furnishings.

If you like A Rod’s style, we’ve got the look.

A Rod Sofa

Setting the tone and providing plenty of seating are two custom-made sofas upholstered in cotton velvet from Brunschwig & Fils. Our Stripes Sofas would be a great (and much more affordable) option. The sleek lines are striking, while the blue upholstery is classic.

A Rod Chair

A Rod uses a pair of vintage Milo Baughman chairs covered in cashmere upholstery. We think our Singular Arm Chairs would be just as striking and much more practical. The shiny chrome frame complements the crisp white leatherette upholstery, making the chair easy to maintain.

A Rod Table

A Rod’s room includes a vintage white Gabriella Crespi cocktail table. Our Round White Coffee Table offers a similar look, and provides plenty of space to display accents or rest your beverage.

A Rod End Table 1  A Rod End Table 2  A Rod End Table 3

Our sleek inspiration room is warmed up by a beautiful angora carpet. Our Carter Shag Rug in grey will give your room a similar effect. Its plush texture softens the contemporary space, and brings an element of contrast.

A collection of acrylic side tables give A Rod’s room more surface space while keeping the room’s open feel. We have three options that would work. First, the Acrylic End Table offers a pedestal style and a round top, mimicking the cocktail table. The Deko Round End Table features a chrome base, which complements the accent chairs. And just for fun, we think the Spark Red Storage Accent Table would add a bold color-block feature to the space, serving as an artistic element.

A Rod Floor Lamp

Finally, A Rod’s room includes a vintage Pierre Cardin floor lamp, with a chrome base and white shade. Our sleek, minimalist Spectrum Chrome Floor Lamp is a great choice. The updated pharmacy design has a slender, adjustable arm that can be raised up and down to provide task lighting just where it’s needed.

What do you think of A Rod’s room? Did he knock it out of the ballpark or strike out?

13, Jun

A hot trend for Spring 2017 is anything floral. You don’t need a green thumb to bring the season indoors with furniture or accessories that feature gorgeous flowers. Here are three pieces that will instantly perk up your room, putting you beautifully on trend.

Floral Chest

The hand-painted Beverly Accent Chest looks like a priceless piece of art. Featuring delightful hummingbirds and flowers, it will add personality and storage to any room in your home.


Floral Chair

The sleek lines of the Bliss Accent Chair get a traditional twist with the botanical-inspired floral print. Use one in your living room or master suite, or grab a few to update your dining room table.

Floral Art

Give your patio or deck the feeling of an outdoor room by adding artwork to your exterior wall. The Floral Outdoor Wall Art features a giclee finish, protecting it from the elements and brightening up the landscape year round.

7, Jun

Updating your home for spring can be as simple as combining colors that make a fresh statement. The designers at HGTV have identified several fun combinations for spring. Which of these three is your favorite?


Orange Chair Pink Art

Burnt Orange + Hot Pink

“Hot pink can take a classic spring palette and instantly make it more modern. Add some fun to your home by mixing hot pink with burnt orange and ultra white.”


Teal Chair Dandeloin Table


Dandelion + Aqua

“Mix warm and cool tones with dandelion paired with aqua. Keep the bold colors balanced with a backdrop of dove gray.”


Emerald Green Chair Blush Rug

Emerald Green + Blush Pink

“Complementary colors are always a perfect combination, since each color sits directly opposite the other on the color wheel, resulting in the perfect contrast. Here, red and green are given a fresh twist for the season. Red is toned down to blush, and green has a touch of blue, making it appear more emerald.”