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Brooklyn based lifestyle blog by Lauren L Caron

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SPACES | SPRUNG FOR A NEW SOFA

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Seattle Livingroom Design Board

Seattle Livingroom Design Board

In a recent conversation with my mother, we discussed the future of our apartment in New York and the topic of what's staying and what's going was the main focus. For the time being our plans are to keep the apartment in New York, at least for the remainder of 2016 for both myself and my parents to use as a pied-à-terre. I still have contracts in New York, and am continuing to accept more. Sometimes it's hard to say no to work, especially when it's fun! What all of this means though, is we will still have to keep some furniture in New York. Luckily, my parents has more furniture than they can fit in their home, so we will be able to bring pieces down from there for the apartment.

That is a whole other topic up for discussion... What pieces will we use to decorate the place with and quite frankly, I'm so curious about how it will look when my very traditional and eclectic mother gets her hands on it. The use will be changing slightly, so I'm looking forward to giving the space a real dining room moment, instead of our monstrous desk.

My current sleeper sofa | Photograph by: Claire Esparros for Homepolish © 2016

My current sleeper sofa | Photograph by: Claire Esparros for Homepolish © 2016

Back to this topic... We did decide that the sofa bed would be most useful if it remained in New York. That in turn gave me the excuse to buy a new sofa for my Seattle cottage. Days before this conversation, Anthropologie came out with their new furniture for 2016. The sofa I found and fell in love with was the Leonnelle Sofa. It's a softened version of a tuxedo style and the length is absolutely perfect for the cottage. It's still classic in silhouette but just different enough from our existing sofa that I won't have to worry about them competing if I were to ever pair them together in the same room someday - perchance I have a large enough home. It's not a sleeper, which is fine because we have a guest room in the house, but it is long enough for if someone needed to sleep on it for the evening.

Leonelle Sofa in Creme | Anthropologie

Leonelle Sofa in Creme | Anthropologie

Leonelle Sofa in Light Grey | Anthropologie

Leonelle Sofa in Light Grey | Anthropologie

Leonelle in Creme | Anthropologie

Leonelle in Creme | Anthropologie

Leonelle in Light Grey | Anthropologie

Leonelle in Light Grey | Anthropologie

I bounced back and forth between the creme color (which to me looks more like a light camel) and the light grey. In the end I went with my more conservative gut feeling and bought the light gray. I feel although both are neutrals, gray is slightly more modern and I think it will coordinate in more rooms than the camel. Also, I'm not entirely sure, based on only being able to see it online what the color actually looks like in creme. One thing Anthro could do (if you're reading....) is provide swatches to designers or at least the entire collection to stores for potential clients to view. I will admit, buying anything that big (in size and price tag) makes me a little squeamish, I'm especially a little nervous about buying a sofa and not having seen it in person first. 

It's not due to arrive at the house until early April, which is fine since I'm not going to even be there until mid to late April. It'll have be my welcome home gift for when I arrive! 

Wedding: Decor Updates

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The progress on the wedding is moving right along. We've had our ups and downs but for the most part I think we're making good headway. My mother and I have both purchased fabrics. I bought fabrics for the pennants that I am going to make making. My mother, for the furniture that she's having upholstered. My fabrics are a mix of grays, yellows and lavenders. Some ticking stripes, others are solid. My mother found some chic striped fabrics as well as a beautiful lavender linen from Ballard Designs by Suzanne Kasler. Online the swatch looks quite saturated but in person it's actually a very subtle grayish lavender.

Wedding-Furniture

Clockwise from top: Settee - www.parishotelboutique.com, Louix XV Chair - Dior Couture Showroom in Paris, Slipcovered Settee - Dior Couture Showroom in Paris, Striped Fabrics, Pillows - Joss & Main.

 

The plans are to have seating areas set throughout the wedding and the stripes are inspired by the furniture I saw at the Dior Couture showroom in Paris a few years back. For one seating arrangement, there will be a French Settee covered in the lavender linen (very similar to pictured below) and two Louis XVI style chairs covered in the gray stripes. we have a set of ice cream chairs and table. The cushions will get the black and white stripes. Accent pillows will be thrown about in the brighter yellow colors.

Lastly, the linens for the dining tables will be a mix of the white cottons tablecloths with the muted yellow ticking fabrics used as either a topper or placemats. I'm starting to get excited!

 

Thanks for reading. My best, Lauren

"I'm one to look back in order to move forward"- Thomas O'Brien

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photograph by: Lauren Gries

Last week I wanted to write a witty post about how as we celebrated our independence, we should also be remember how much of England we owe our lives to American in interior design, music, fashion etc. Well I didn't get around to it soon enough to do the post so I just decided to forget about it. However, tonight as I was reading through the new Thomas O'Brien book American Modern, his introduction basically explains my thoughts perfectly.

"Although I'm often referred to as a modern designer, my job is, I think, more about editing what has come before and making it into something new. I've always felt you can't move ahead unless you know where you're coming from, in order to really decide what you want to take with you and what to leave behind. In American design, that entails a particular debt to English and Continental influence, filtered through colonial assimilation, rural enormity, and the intensity of the city. Remixing those ingredients - making that mix your own - what I like to practice. I do believe there is something in that process which is quite American in spirit, ultimately modern in implementation."

O'Brien goes further to say

"Practicality, industry, boldness, scale. Simplicity and sincerity. Innovation. These are the ingredients of American modern style."

Betsy Burnham's dresser seen on Decor Demon

Maybe it doesn't fully explain what my post would have been about, but it describes the ideas I would have liked to evoke. I have grown up in America and fully appreciate what this country has to offer and has given me in my life. However, I feel that there are too many people in America who forget about where and how this country came about. If it weren't for England, we wouldn't have America. There would definitely be a country here now, but it just wouldn't be the same. In any case, whether it be an understanding of our country or just anything that we enjoy in life, I think it really important to have an understanding of where and why that came from. I would see it so much in college where people would want to make something that referenced a certain style of design, or just 'liked' something, but never actually took time to research what that style was and why it even existed. I have to say, that would drive me crazy!

"Design can be many things to many people, but to me, it has always been about tradition in modern life. I am guided by traditions, both inherited and studied, which I will bend to the moment I'm living in. I'm one to look back in order to move forward." - Thomas O'Brien

On a lighter note, I'm really impressed by O'Brien's new book. Although I'm only a few pages into the text (there is more than the usual design books), I have flipped through the photos and have already chosen a few favorites. Above are images pulled from aero studios and Laura Resen, the photographer.

Chairs

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I frickin love chairs. I love all styles and sizes and colors and yada yada yada. When we were in Paris we went to Le Museé des Arts Decoratifs and there was a wall of chairs. I died. A little.

More eye candy. . . from Dior's Couture showroom

Flea market finds in Paris

Chairs posted on Apartment Therapy from the post: Old-World STyle: Prints, Patterns & Accessories

and this one from the post: Chair with Bold Prints and Bold Colors

This one from my mom's house

these which I'd love to get tattooed on my side . . . yes, I said that.

Lastly, I came across this post on the New York Social Diary about Kayel De Angelis. Who's family for generations has owned a high-end custom curtain and furniture firm in New York.  "Over the years, the firm has earned a loyal following of respected decorators including the likes of Albert Hadley, Mark Hampton and Peter Marin."- NYSD

Can you imagine having free range of all this furniture. I would love to just visit someday. It's actually beautiful being able to look at all those pieces covered in white fabric, left to be appreciated for their lines and structure.  The last image is a pair of finished fauteuils for Albert Hadley. Yum!  Photographs by Jeffery Hirsh

My Style in One Picture

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Wow! What a challenge! the blog From the Right Bank has asked their readers to post ONE IMAGE of a room that would sum up their style.  I did a lot of soul-searching and archive searching trying figure this out.  In a few words I would say that my style is: Traditional Comfort, with a touch of Glamour.  I came up with a list of certain qualities that must be present to represent my style.  Those are:

Book shelves full of books:  Books are beautiful.  Books are influential. Books are educational. Books are entertainment.  And I believe one's library will tell you a lot about that person.  Their books reflect their interests, their taste, and in some cases their IQ level.

Picture walls:  I love walls filled with pictures.  I love art and looking at it.  I also love the patterns and dimensions picture walls can create in a space.

Color:  I love a balance between punches of color and neutrals.  Bright colors bring vibrancy to life, while neutrals settle one's mind, creating stability.

Light:  Light is so important to me in a space.  I am most happy in my apartment when the sun is shining in and space is enveloped in light.

Pattern:  Patterns create mood,  interest and movement in a space.  I also like how you can pick up any patterned object or textile and know exactly when in history it was designed.

History:  In everything I love, I seem to find that there is a sense of history involved.  Because I believe that every design decision should be intentional and relevant, having a understanding of historical influences is very important to my sense of style.  I always want to figure out why I love something and where it comes from first before I use it in my designs.

Other aspects of my style include french chairs, hardwood floors (french zigzag parquet floors are my favorite), mirrors and lastly, hints of chinoiserie influences.

The image that I found was pulled from an issue of Domino Magazine (Sep 2008).  The living room of Tori Mellott's (the decoration editor who now is the contributing editor for Lonny Mag) apartment is the best representation of my style.  Her entire apartment suites my taste and of course the room I chose as my one image can't have everything I love, because it would be far too much for this small space; but if you look at the rest of the place now available on brides.com, you can see how most of my qualities are exhibited in her apartment.  I also chose this apartment as my style representation, because for this time in my life, it is the most realistic.  My style has to reflect my life, I live in a 450 sq. ft space in New York City.  Everything I chose to put in my place, needs to be practical and fit in with my lifestyle.

photographs by Anne Schlecter

Here are some other rooms that I love, but just couldn't make the cut:

Images pulled from Lonnymag, House Beautiful, Elle Decor, and Living Etc.