It’s out with the old and in with the new, and January is the perfect time to find the ‘new’ to refresh those rooms that have been begging for attention all year long. I’m longing to finally finish my bedroom, or give my dad’s bathroom a makeover, or rearrange the dining room at my mom’s house… I’m not sure which projects I’ll realistically be able to tackle this month, but all I know is that it’s definitely the time to be shopping for furniture as the discounts can be substantial as brands clear out their inventory for new collections. Any big items on your home wish list?
I was delighted to find the portfolio of Ben Pentreath a while back, an English architecture and interior design firm which has worked on a number of historical projects and brings quite a classical foundation to all of their work. For interiors, Ben is known for a traditional yet playful style that draws inspiration from the 1960’s and 70’s, but all infused with a “fresh modern sensibility.” In this flat in London, departures from the traditional furnishing through energizing color and pattern brought a modern buzz to the interiors and created an inviting escape for its owners. While background colors were kept “simple, airy, and neutral,” pattern and texture were added through smaller accent such as cushions, and lamps. I love the patterned lampshades used throughout the home, which provide whimsical markers in each space.
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Although the holiday season may be over with the start of the new year, I’ve got a couple weeks before I have to go back to school, and I’ve been enjoying the extra time in town with my family. One of my favorite holiday traditions (especially to ring in the New Year) is having game night with my family, so when World Market invited me to share a game night on the blog, I was definitely up for the task! My family has a soft spot for the retro-style games, so their Sorry board game with the original artwork from 1939 caught my eye first. Along with an easy selection of canapés, sparkling rosehip grape juice, and entertaining essentials, we made a chic spread for enjoying a fun night in.
Target has launched their latest home decor collection, and it’s a sleek collaboration with modern design publication Dwell Magazine. For Dwell, it’s the next step in their evolution from simply a magazine to a lifestyle brand playing a larger role in their reader’s homes, and for Target, it’s another stunning example of their ability to democratize and create more accessibility to great design. The collection offers minimal designs with carefully curated materials and a Scandinavian influence that puts the collection in step with the style and price-range of IKEA’s higher-end pieces. “With Modern by Dwell Magazine, we’re excited to introduce modern design to more people than ever” say Chris Deam and Nick Dine, Co-Creative Directors of Product Design, Dwell. The collection will only be carried in select stores, but is available online. Shop my favorite pieces from the launch below.
When Homepolish designer Louisa Roeder found her Brooklyn townhome, it reminded her of the London townhome she grew up in as a child. The 1870’s Brooklyn brownstone has incredible historic details, with ornate molding and trim work in each room. The designer infused her high-and-low look into the new home, with a mix of modern, vintage, and heirloom furnishings. While each room has a spark of personality, they all feel polished and cohesive, with a clean, contemporary balance to the historic architecture. I love the black and white contrast in the kitchen above, with modern-industrial light fixtures that extend down from the tall ceiling. See the rest of this gracious townhouse after the jump.