At Home’s Family Homes issue is one of my favorites. Pretty sure it’s because I get to meet some awesome kids and play (I mean style) in their rooms. It’s always a good day when you come across fun, inspiring kids that are so proud of their rooms. So for this installation of “Creative and Color Curated,” IÂ channelled my inner child (which wasn’t very hard) and found some super cool pieces–from the chair, which by the way is only $65 and eco friendly, to the golidlocks mirror that any kid (or adult) is going to enjoy years to come. Whether you are 6 mos. or 60 years old…be sure to add a little whimsy. It’s sure to bring a giggle every now and then.
Welcome to our first installment of “At Home With,” where we bring you an iconic new item each and every month. Whether it’s a Parsons desk or a Tulip chair (and everything in between), we hope you learn something about our favorite pieces.
This month’s subject? The Bergere chair, which you can see up close and personal on the pages of our November issue. Designer Mona Thompson outfitted her comfortably elegant living room with one. Doesn’t it look inviting sitting by that fireplace? (Full story here)
(photo by Nancy Nolan)
Bergere chairs are basically enclosed arm chairs that got their fashionable start in France, when lounging and comfort became key. Most notably, Marie Antoinette was fond of them in her country home, Petit Trianon, shown below. (Design Sponge featured a great post about these early styles.)
(photo via Apartment Therapy)
The style eventually found its rightful place in the White House in Washington D.C. as well.
(photos via The White House Museum)
We love how incredibly versatile it is. From edgy hot pink and zebra print…
(photo via Decor Pad)
to traditional soft blue and white… (bonus points for doubling the comfort factor with two bergeres and ottomans to match)
(photo via Apartment Therapy)
…to sophisticated chic.
(photo via Elle Decor)
(photo via Elle Decor)
Or simply wrap it in some striking blue upholstery to add a pop of color in your all-white foyer. This style, based on both style and comfort, is sure to be a welcome sight when you arrive home each day.
(photo via House Beautiful)
Tell us: What do you think of the Bergere? Not your style, or just right?
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This fall, expect to see literal interpretations of 70s classics. Embrace the decade’s amplified trends with interior updates. These seven runway-inspired looks arrive tailored for daily functionality.
Sequins, go for it.
Take the plunge and go for embellished accents. It’s important to show restraint when working with sequins. Bejeweled throw pillows introduce the trend in moderation.
Colored corduroy returns.
Once praised for its schoolyard style, corduroy returns for a more mature audience. Dyed cords in pinks, purples and oranges add color without overpowering. When used for upholstery, look to corduroy for lasting durability.
Alice + Olivia
Graceful florals introduce charm.
Utilize floral prints with feminine appeal. Traditionally reserved for springtime apparel, floral prints are set to uplift conventional layouts. Choose warm neutrals or bold jewel tones for a charming finish.
Aviary themes fly above the conventional.Â
Show your admiration for nature’s winged creatures. Bird silhouettes and antiqued cages convey French Country styling. Look for upholstered pieces with understated prints.
Take the lead with metallic finishes.
Gold intends to reclaim its first-place status. Use natural wood and rich black accents to tame the bold metallics. It’s an opulent finish for conventional furniture and serving ware.
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Diane von Furstenberg
Faux fur trimmings complete the look.
It’s impossible to deny fur’s posh effect. Welcome fall’s cool front with luxe trim and accessories. Faux fur is both cost effective and animal approved.
Complementary colors work together.
Revive colonial traditions with patchwork designs. Contemporary color palettes update the classic pattern for modern preferences.
If you ask us, Cara Wilkerson is the local queen of furniture makeovers (check out her blog, Live the Home Life, for a taste of her fab projects and fun humor). And we were just delighted that Cara made over a set of chairs just for us! Come to find out, it’s really quite simple! Have a look, then get to work making over a couple of chairs of your own, just in time for Christmas dinner.
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When my friends at At Home in Arkansas asked me
to whip up a special Furniture Flip for their holiday guest blogger series, not only was I honored to have been asked but also super excited to haul out holiday decorations from the depths of my attic and get down to serious rehabbing business.
If you are anything like my crew of friends and family, you too tend to cram as many folks around a dining table as possible. Extra seating is never turned away from one of our holiday gatherings, so a couple of arm chairs was a no-brainer choice for this round of rehabbing. Letâs kick off this experiment with a few before shots of our guinea pigsâ¦
In this neck of the woods, I tend to stick to a lime green & cherry red color scheme for holiday decorations. Since these chairs were in need of just a smidge of reupholstery, no better way to keep this furniture flip in the spirit of the season than to choose a fabric along the same lines.
First up, removing the seat of the chair from the frame. Most dining chairs have just a few screws anchoring the seat to the frame, so with the twist of a screwdriver, the seat popped right off.
Next up, the always enjoyable task of plucking the old staples to release the fabric and batting. A pair of needle nose pliers can help knock out this job in no time.
A few layers of batting give your seat a fuller look and adds a little cushion. When measuring batting, leave a few inches of overhang for stapling. Gently tug the batting over the underside of the seat and use a staple gun to secure all the way around.
Measure and cut fabric just as the battingâleave a few inches overhang. Staple to secure the fabric around the entire perimeter of the seat.
Once the fabric is secure, just reattach the seat to the frame using the original screws. Thatâs it! A super simple way to add additional seating (and a little extra spice) to holiday entertaining.
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From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “Wouldnât it be wonderful to escape to Paris this weekend? Iâll take the beautiful blue bedroom on the top floor with the amazing view. What a peaceful room while in the heart of a city.” (“The Paris apartment of three top designers” from French Quarters)
From art director Mandy Keener: “The rugs, the chairs, the calenderâ¦simply stated and lovely.” (“Coming on November” from Scandinavian Deko)
From assistant art director Laura LaRue: “I love this room! Awesome wall color, check. Great furniture, check. Fabulous patterned rug, check, check. I’ll take it all!” (“Feeling a little moody” from Delight by Design)
From account executive Catherine Barron: “After attending Restore & After last week benefitingÂ Habitat for Humanity, I am back in the mood to restore or create something from items I have around the house.Â And I love this creative and simple idea for a weekend project! Just maybe I can fit it in my busy schedule this weekend! I’ll let y’all know if I do.” (“Make an upholstered toddler bench from an old shelf” from ohdeedoh)
From associate/online editor Paulette Pearson: “Ever since I saw Audrey Hepburn in “Roman Holiday” I’ve wanted a Vespa. And these teeny Vespa 400 micro cars just crack me up… in a good way! So cute. Would make paying for gas a lot less traumatic, that’s for sure!” (“They should really bring these back” from Wit & Delight)
From marketing coordinator Megan Lindsey: “Who says wreaths are just for Christmas? I am loving these easy DIY wreaths for fall. They are so simple to make and they are adorable! What a great way to spice up your front door for fall!” (“Decorative front door wreaths” from Favecrafts)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “Love these images, and the details definitely make a difference. With a simple space, the beauty is in the details. All the layers of white are so pretty too, and really make the accents of color pop.” (“Architectural Detail: The Cottage Railing” from Heirloom Philosophy)
From art director Mandy Keener: “The colors are super & perfect for a little âspring me upâ for your home.” (“Higgins Mobiles” from Design Crush)
From advertising coordinator Laura LaRue: “Love these cards by Little Red Fox. You gotta love a cute bow tie…on a handsome man or printed on a notecard. Those are my fav!” (“Creative Crush: Little Red Fox” from Crow and Canary)
From associate editor Paulette Pearson: “Wow, Shayla’s round-up of colorful headboards has given me a serious case of spring fever!” (“Step into Spring with a Bright Headboard” from Shayla Copas Interiors)
From account executive Kathy Condrey: “Really enjoyed these tips on L-shaped kitchens.” (“Ideas for L-Shaped Kitchens” from Parkinson Building Group)
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Art director Mandy Keener, who directed the photo shoot for our Fall Fashion Stylebook, is a fan of what she calls “oddities” and “hidden stylings.” For example, look closely at these shots and you’ll see that the model is holding a vintage Edgar Allan Poe book. Creative thinker that Mandy is, she also fell in love with the bronze horse clock and New Mexico map on the mantel. These “hidden stylings” are what inspired her beautiful post today.
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “Our “Before & After” issue for May just went to press, and Design*Sponge is one of my favorite blogs to check for their before and after features. This one is classic–you won’t believe the sofa and chair transformations. (“Before and after: Modern two-tone sofa and chair makeovers” from Design*Sponge)
From art director Mandy Keener: “This is a chair nerdâs dream! Adding to this to my wish list pronto!” (“Kartell Master’s Chair” from Design Milk)
From account executive Stevi Jackson: “Love this collection! These pillows would look wonderful right below a grouping of Mindy Lacefield art…” (“Tangible Art Thursday: Sunkan Art Home Goods” and “Paintings by Timssalley” from Ever So Lovely)
From marketing/special projects coordinator Lauren Strother: “What beautiful color combinations and technique. These gorgeous paintings get me in the mood for spring!” (“Michelle Armas” from Kelly Market)
From associate editor Paulette Pearson: “What better way to display your dresses than on gold hangers?” (“Fashion as Art” from Plush Palate)
Despite its rustic aura, the dining room in our Fall Fashion Stylebook set a beautiful stage for this formal Alice + Olivia look from B. Barnett in Little Rock. The elongated table lends an elegant feel that made the room a perfect space for this shot.
The table in this dining room (below) has the same effect. The long shape adds a bit of formality, but the rough wood texture keeps it from feeling too stuffy or precious.
These benches (below) are a more casual alternative to tall-back leather seating, and we love the stripped wood chest at the far end of the space.
A foyer should set the stage for the rest of your decor. In this home, nothing could be a better indicator of the fun, rustic rooms to follow than a worn red bench with Southwest-style patterned pillows (below). The wood wall hanging and stucco walls frame the Armenta jewelry from Roberson’s Fine Jewelry in Little Rock beautifully.
Here’s another entryway with a punch of color and pattern, on the pillows, seat cushion and the rug. The painted wood wall hanging has impact but doesn’t go overboard.
In this space, wood wraps the ceiling, walls and the staircase for a more dramatic effect, so that not much color is needed, except, perhaps, for a patterned rug.
Everyone needs a soft chair to cozy up in. The casual vibe of this turquoise and gold jewelry from Wilkerson Jewelers in Stuttgart (below) fits right in with this comfy print armchair.
The fashionista who owns this jewelry would no doubt also love a cowgirl-chic bedroom (below), with its gorgeous animal-hide upholstered chaise and warm red and brown tones.
And, of course, who could turn down a fireplace in the bedroom?
From account executive Stevi Jackson: “I love this bedroom- It’s the perfect mix of sophistication and fun!” (“Ashlee Raubach & Alison Royer” via House of Turquoise)
From marketing/special projects coordinator Lauren Strother: “I love these tulip prints, and on these dreary days we’ve been having they’re just the dose of happy I needed.” (“Tuesday Tulips-Limited Editions by Kerri Rosenthal” via Pretty Pink Tulips)
From associate editor Paulette Pearson: “Don’t know if I could live with this much color forever, but it sure makes an impact. The pink and gold especially go well together. Luxe and glamorous, and a bit unstudied.” (“Interior: Vibrant Berry Hues” via Haute Design)
From advertising coordinator Laura LaRue: “Wow, such a beautiful home. Love all the linen fabrics and exposed natural woods, but I think those high-back chairs around the table might be my favorite!” (“Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles” via Tracery Interiors)
From editor in chief Diane Carroll: “Great examples of my favorite color palette, which is extra fresh in spring but I love all year long. The Amy Butler wallpapers and rugs would work great in my home.” (“Blue and Green, Together for Spring” via Birch + Bird)
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