DESIGN | The Neutral Sofa

To keep the existing sofa or use up most of our budget to buy a new one?  THAT was the question.  When you have a pretty nice (and I must say comfortable) sofa that's in decent shape, but the color and style are not your first choice, if you're anything like me, you want to quickly abandon it and buy something that's more your taste.  And what better time to do so then when moving into a new apartment, right??  In my head, the answer is yes, but in reality sofas can be so darn expensive. With only 4 months to go before moving, these are the things that have kept me up at night.

But after much thought, we've decided to take the sofa along with us to try it out before completely deserting it and draining our budget.  So today I'm exploring different ways to incorporate a neutral colored fabric sofa into the living room and these finds have gotten me surprisingly excited.

 

In one of my first ever posts, I shared my inspiration for the new apartment, which had lots of whites, woods, textures and the idea of a dark navy wall, It just so happens that my research for ways to incorporate a neutral sofa has led me back to that idea and these photos confirmed that with the right amount of natural sunlight, the dark blue walls are a gorgeous contrast withouth being too bold. This seriously may need to happen.

How stunning are these colorful rugs?! I love the idea of bringing a bright or bold color down to the floor, allowing for the sofa to act as a blank canvas to house patterned pillows and throws, lightly blending into the background, barely noticeable.  

Another trend and option is to incorporate black and white patterns and pieces to create a more monochromatic feel.  Here you can play around with colorful artwork, or introduce copper tones or other metals and woods to liven things up. I like the simplicity of this look - and there would most definitely need to be some greenery! 

Being that I"m usually not the best decision maker, and I love all of these ideas, I threw together my current vision which just so happens to incorporate a little piece of all of them. Because we are keeping the sofa, that means we have room to make a few new purchases, starting with a rug and some lighting.

Do you guys have a favorite?  Do you have a piece of furniture you've given up hope on but want to refresh? I'd love to hear and happy to help - let me know in the comments! 

Image sources: Kate Marker Interiors / Live Breath Decor / Domaine / Homedit / Pinterest /PlanetWi / SA Decor 

DESIGN | PROJECT 201 Marin

Starting a blog is scary stuff!  But to my grateful surprise since launching Sunday's Arrow, I've had an overwhelmingly positive and supportive response from family, friends, acquaintances and even strangers. People have been reaching out to collaborate, for interior design advice and to ask for help reinvigorating their own spaces.  

I have a few exciting projects in the works that I can't wait to share with you, starting with this masculine living room that I will be helping to refresh just in time for Summer!

This apartment, set in an urban modern luxury building built in the year 2000, has excellent framework with floor-to-ceiling windows bringing in lots of afternoon sunlight, beautiful hardwood floors and an open floor plan.  My 'client' who I'll refer to as B, has lived in this apartment for almost 8 years and besides for the addition of a few pieces of artwork - he hasn't changed a thing! The exact words B used when he approached me for help was that his space needed a 'modern refresh.' 

Well, B, your wish is my command.

The first thing that popped into my mind while thinking about this space was color!  There is a brown and beige theme happening throughout the entire apartment creating this semi-dark tonality that even the vibrant sunlight doesn't off-set. In my opinion your home should be a reflection of you, your personality and the things you love and I'm pretty sure my client has just simply outgrown his space.

We had to have that awkward conversation about what would stay and what absolutely needs to go (you guys, people become attached to the weirdest things) and there will definitely be some compromising.  We both agree the large, bulky, nicked up coffee table is the first to go. This thing is a beast and takes up half of the room! (okay I'm being a little dramatic, but no, really, it has to go.)  The sofa and rug are questionable for now (along with that out-of-place hydrangea plant) and we both agree that the leather chair, bookcase and console will stay.  

Home design is very personal, as it should be, I mean you're the one who has to live with it everyday. I really want this room to represent B, his globe-trotting lifestyle and infectious personality.  This room needs to be bright and bold yet not ostentatious, infused with natural textures but not too rustic, modern yet not too serious and most definitely warm and super inviting. 

So here's what I'm thinkin'.

I'm hoping to counterbalance the beiges and browns with soft gray walls. I want to minimize the coffee table and use this piece as a way to infuse something industrial and design driven into the room. Those striped pillows that seem to have come with the sofa have got to go (Sorry B!) and they will be replaced with patterned pillows and textiles that are worldly yet contemporary (just like the prints below by my long time fav textiles designer Zak + Fox).  Black and white travel photos and artwork will replace the mirror situated above the sofa and more greenery will be making an appearance to round out the room.  

 

                                                               Benjamin Moore Gray Owl ||  Zak + Fox Textiles ||  West Elm Throws  || CB2 Chevron Coffee Table 

Inspiration boards are a great start, but as we all know, things don't always go exactly as you originally plan, especially when it comes to design - but to me that's what makes it most exciting.  You never know what direction a coat of paint or a new coffee table will take you, and you just have to embrace it. I'm super pumped about this project and working so closely with B, and I'll be documenting and sharing the progress of this 'refresh' with you all and asking for advice along the way.

Stay tuned! 

FRIDAY FINDS | Borrowed From the Cool Kids

After recently visiting a Pottery Barn Kids store (for a gift!) I was surprised by the styling and sophistication of the products and found myself eyeing up a few things, especially the rugs, for my own place!  There was so much color, whimsicality and an aura of fun that it got me thinking, who says kids stores are just for kids?!

I get bored easily, which is probably why I am always looking for new stores, Etsy shops and websites to shop on.  Now I will definitely be adding kid stores to that list, for a touch of playfulness.  I've rounded up a few of my favorite items from three of the top kids stores out there to share with you today.  I'm REALLY thinking that the mint The Land of Nod shelving unit would look fantastic filled with all of my travel mementos and picture frames, what do you think?

Have a great weekend everyone, I'm off to play with friends and channel my inner cool kid.