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Mod Metallic Furniture Favorites

Wednesday, September 9th, 2015

Don’t you love when all the fall catalogs arrive? I do, it’s so fun to see the all the collections revealed, what’s new and what’s trending. I study the cozy layered spaces, the best ones mixing wood tones and/or painted finishes with a variety of textures including beautiful fabrics, woven and organic materials. I also look for a touch of metal somewhere, cooler chromes and silvers or warm gold and copper. Metallic sheens add that extra layer of luxe, they pop out at me as I pour over my stack of fall catalogs, latte in hand. I’ve noticed a few visiting some shops recently too, here are some favorites!

First up this coffee table that I’m crushing on and considering for our family room, it’s the right size and brings a touch of glam. Slightly out of my budget but I absolutely love it!

Gold + Marble Coffee Table – West Elm

gold marble coffee table


Next up this curvy brass shelf. At first it reminded me of those shiny lacquered ones from the 80s but the shape is reinvented with a modern twist featuring more elegant lines and in brushed metallic gold. I haven’t seen this particular piece in person but at first glance I find it very chic for a living room or home office!

Enzo Shelf – Pier One

enzo shelf


I spied this last month at World Market and tried to think of a place to put it, this desk makes an instant home office anywhere. Elegant enough to tuck under a window in a bedroom or living room and of course perfectly placed in a home office.

Sawhorse Chrome + Lacquer Desk – World Market

chrome laquer desk


Here’s another golden shelf, taller and wider than the Enzo above, the curved detail on top and muted gold finish make it a timeless piece for display.

Buchanan Étagère – Birch Lane

gilded etagere


Rose gold and copper are just as alluring this season as they were last autumn. This pair of tables can be pulled up anywhere next to a chair or sofa or tucked in a corner, the skinny design makes them perfect for potted plants or as a place to set your beverage.

Marble + Rose Gold Side Tables – CB2

marble rose gold pedestal tables


Speaking of legs, I love the sassy brass ones on this mid century square chair available in over a dozen colors, gorgeous!

Linen Mina Chair – Anthropologie

linen mina


Faceted designs are still en vogue but their foundation in geometry makes them new classics – this side table is a statement piece next to any contemporary chair.

Lucida Side Table + Milo Chair – Crate & Barrel

lucida side table


I’m smitten with this smoky glass shelf side table, it’s an elegant design that works as a small nightstand or sofa accent table offering three layers of storage, beautiful!

Emeline Side Table – Ballard Designs

glass gold side table


Double the fun by pairing a gilded coffee table with a second accent table in a geometric pattern. Warm gold always looks amazing paired with cool tone grays.

Liam Coffee Table + Diana Accent Table – Home Decorators

gold accent table


This hexagon top end table with bamboo inspired detail would be striking anywhere, next to your reading chair or settee as a place to set your stack of reading material.

Kerri End Table – Wayfair

kerri gold table


A console table multitasks, squeezing into hallways, up against walls in dining and living rooms, and behind sofas too. This streamlined gold version is at home in any space from traditional to contemporary.

Lucielle Console – Walmart

gold and glass console


The airy design of this sleek side table with a marble top makes it universally appealing, situate it anywhere you need a place to prop a lamp, botanicals, or decorative favorites.

Gold Leaf Table – Wisteria

gold leaf side table


Gold, copper, brass, chrome…. all so good! Just another element to consider when layering accents in your home, you can never go wrong with a touch of metal, shiny or brushed, cool or warm.

5 Sofa Buying Considerations

Monday, August 24th, 2015

I’ve been through the process of purchasing a sofa many times in the past decade, for myself, for family, and with friends, it can be agonizing since it’s a major purchase, like buying a car or a mattress, a sofa is something you’ll live with for 5-10 years. The process is worthy of attention to detail so today I’ve assembled five sofa buying considerations and also sharing a few favorite sofa styles from furniture company Interior Define.

1) Scale. I learned a great designer trick many years ago, I even heard Nate Berkus repeat it when I designed a family room space and appeared on his show in 2011. The tip is to map out the perfect width and depth of your new sofa with painter’s tape on the floor. When you’re choosing a sofa, you must make sure it’s the proper size and scale. It doesn’t matter if you love a sofa you see online or in a showroom, if it doesn’t fit when you get it in your house, you’ll regret the purchase.

harper sofa interior define

When you lay down your tape, allow enough space for end tables or a coffee table or accent chairs, however you envision the layout so that people can move around freely and comfortably. A sofa that’s too large will overwhelm and crowd a space, a sofa that’s too small will feel puny and look disproportionate. The first sofa and loveseat I purchased when I was first married I bought on impulse because I liked them in the store. When I got them home they were waaaaay too big. It was a HUGE costly mistake. I couldn’t return them, I had to sell them and took a financial hit of several hundred dollars. I never made that mistake again! It’s so important to buy the proper size, think like Goldilocks, your sofa or sectional should not be too big, not too small, it should be juuuuust right.

2) Style If you’ve ever thumbed through the warehouse furniture store ads you know that there are still companies producing oversized puffy sofas in ugly fabrics. #pleasestop  A sofa should have a classic shape. It doesn’t matter if the arms are rolled, curved, or square, if their backs are tufted or not, those choices vary by taste and style. What’s important is the cleaner the lines the more stylish the sofa, you don’t want yours looking dated from the day it arrives in your home.

walters sofa

 3) Quality. Sofas like mattresses get daily use and must be good quality. The frame and cushions need to stand up to the plopping down of people, the jumping up of toddlers and pets, TV viewing, stolen naps, and other daily activities. Educate yourself on the construction, are the frames hardwood? Are the cushions designed to be resilient and durable?

4)  Material. Fabric is everything! Sofas are an investment and so you’ve got to love that fabric forever (or for at least 5-10 years). Neutrals are always a safe bet since everyone knows the power of the decorative pillow or be bold and select a sofa in your favorite color, will it be teal velvet? Seafoam chenille? Also ask yourself since you’ll be sitting on that sofa everyday what you want it to feel like. Nubby and textured? Soft and velvety? Fabric swatches are key! You’ve got to touch the fabric, feeeeel the fabric, hold it up around your room with squinty eyes and make sure it complements the space in different lights at different times of day.

interior define fabric swatches

5) Price. Sofa prices are all over the map, you can buy cheap mass produced sofas from many discount websites or you can go the fancy shmancy route and order a custom piece for thousands of dollars. The ideal is the medley of the two, high quality and customizable but at an affordable price.

rose sofa interior define

Interior Define scores high in all five considerations in the sofa purchasing process, plus they offer a 365 day return policy. Their sofas designs are customizable, choose the size, material, cushion fill, legs, etc. whatever floats your boat! Most sofas and chairs are available in over 40 fabric options, and swatches are free. Their prices are at an exceptional price point compared to similar sofas on the market since they bypass unnecessary middlemen to offer well-crafted quality pieces at affordable prices.

I’ve selected several favorite Interior Define pieces, I’d love to add any of these to a family, living, or basement space!

 interior define sofas

Today I’m hosting a giveaway sponsored by Interior Define, the winner will receive $1000 towards a chair or sofa purchase.

Eligibility to win the $1,000 online credit to Interior Define toward a sofa or chair:

1) Visit Interior Define

2) Join their email list

3) Pick your favorite Interior Define product and Pin its image on Pinterest

4) Comment back on this post with the link to your Pin of the piece you’d buy with the credit if you won!

This giveaway is open to US residents only, credit to be used toward chair or sofa, entrant must have registered via email. Giveaway ends 8/31/15, one winner chosen at random from comments. Credit must be used in a single purchase by 12/31/15. Any returns will be refunded store credit minus any applicable restocking fee. Giveaway also governed by this site’s giveaway policy and Official Rules of Entry.

Interior Define is offering any of you a $100 discount for any purchase over $1,000 with the code CG100 (expires on 9/8/15).

THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Winner #126 Courtney notified via email.

*This giveaway is sponsored by Interior Define, all experiences and opinions expressed are my own!

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