Omgeeee y’all. It is the end of the summer and I am still not even sure how we got here. Isn’t 2019 flying by in a blink? Even though the summer temps are showing no signs of slowing, the kids are back at school and I feel like some semblance of life organization is slowly returning to my life.
Between camp drop-offs, jetting off for family vacation, staying up way too late and eating way too many ice cream cones, I’ve been stationed in the (air-conditioned!) BANDD office, sourcing away for client projects. Let me tell you, there is no better way to beat the heat than by scouring the design world for those perfect pieces that will bring a house to the next level. Here are a few of my favorite items that I sourced in August (from the comfort of the great indoors):
So my husband took my kids off on a European excursion earlier this summer while I hung back to get some work done. And during their time away, I got a wild hair and decided to redesign my dining room. Yeah, that’s what we do as designers in our own homes…just wake up and change everything one day.
I was really hoping to make the room feel cozier and more welcoming, so I immediately jumped on the idea of a large oval dining table. The oval shape allows you to squeeze in the max number of chairs for those extra raucous dinner parties, but is soft and keeps that casual feel. This sweet wood table is coming my way in a few short months.
Probably piggy-backing off of my love of functional, yet beautiful design, I have been all about the comeback of cantilevered chairs recently. I’m sure they ever really went away but you are going to start seeing a bit more of them in 2020.
This design is so classic because it is so comfortable. It’s almost like sitting in a gorgeous rocking chair that can also be a dining chair. I can envision many hours around the (oval) table in these relaxing chairs with many board games and bottles of wine.
Are you looking for a way to mix a little old with new? To bring in some antique feel to an otherwise new space? One simple way add that character to a space is with a vintage floor runner. There are so many beautiful options out there, that aside from bringing that depth to your space, you can also work in some fun colors that may have scared you off otherwise. Think soft pinks or bright greens. They are muted enough to not be aggressive but rich enough to bring some real pizazz. And if you’re looking to fall down an antique runner rabbit hole, then search for some on Etsy. It’s a real treasure trove of beauty on there!
Listen to these five little words – brass. Is. here. To. stay.
That’s right. Don’t tell me brass is coming back. It’s here. It’s been here and it ain’t going anywhere. It is a classic that somehow lost its way for a little bit but has finally set itself on the straight and narrow and I am so here for it.
We’re working on a few kitchen and bath remodels at the moment and I’ll tell ya, one easy way to take your home up a notch is to add satin brass hardware and fixtures where all that stainless steel is probably currently residing. Simple, fast and totally not a budget buster.
You heard it here recently that we are majorly crushing on the resurgence of cane and rattan furniture. It’s such a lovely way to add texture to an otherwise endless sea of upholstery and wood. The thing about this trend though, is you have to be really careful in its application. Too much of a good thing can make the space feel overworked. Also, the simpler the piece, the better. I love this chair we recently speced because the overall design is modern and clean with a nod to the past in the caned back.
Oh I can’t wait to see what fun stuff September will bring!