It’s a new year… and a new home, personally speaking!
After eight wonderful years in Chicago’s Lakeview East, K and I decided to move across the city to a different neighborhood, Bucktown. So far, we’re enjoying the change — (plus, being located closer downtown has its perks.) With a bit more space to call home and a fresh take on things, we’re feeling ready to make this new abode feel more like ours.
So, what’s in mind for the new place? Truthfully, when it comes to decor lately… I’m craving more color, contrast, earthiness, warmth.
Looking at major design trends in recent years, we’ve had a solid run of bright whites and cool greys for the past several years. While I’m still fond of that look, I find myself really gravitating toward bronze and black, vintage finds, natural materials, velvets, antiqued brass, historical elements, and things that look like they’ve been used before. (You know what I mean?)
We have many beloved pieces that surely have a place in our new home, but we do have extra space to furnish this time around. We’re prioritizing room-by-room, focusing on major anchoring pieces — like a rug or sofa. A major consideration, for us, in the design process is: seating. Every room needs an inviting sofa, cozy armchair, catchall ottoman, cool vintage stool, or the like! Our first purchase for the new place was a traditional English roll arm sofa and two velvet armchairs.
In advent of the times and technology, there are countless resources and sites to find inspiration — no matter your taste. Of course, I turn to the usual suspects like Instagram and Pinterest. A few favorites to follow? I especially enjoy Horsch Interiors, Steven Gambrel, Timothy Whealon, Amy Vermillion, Renea Abbott, and Veranda Interiors.
These are some of the images and items I’ve bookmarked for inspiration…
Piedmont Lantern (Ballard Designs) | Velvet Sofa (Henredon) | Bronze Side Table (Amazon) | Table Lamp (Horsch Interiors) | Bryant Chandelier (Thomas O’Brien) | English Roll Arm Sofa (Bespoke by Luigi Gentile) | Boxes (CB2) | Curved Accent Chair (Aerin) | Circular Mirror (Crate & Barrel) | Brass Sconce (Visual Comfort) | Discs (Horsch Interiors) | Ottoman Stools (William Switzer) | la part du vent, by Georges Ferrato (Antiques de Provence) | Velvet Upholstered Chair (Pottery Barn) | Antiqued Gold Hardware (CB2) | Agate Coasters (Williams-Sonoma) | Olive Plant (McGee & Co.)
Has your design sense evolved with time? What sources and design styles do you love most?