Modern Yet Feminine Living Room Design

So recently I got the chance to design a contemporary/modern style living room based around Modani Modern Furniture pieces. I was interested in part because the furniture we’ve collected at the Blue Sky House is largely modern style with sleek, simple lines that will (hopefully) stand the test of time.

Mr. Blue has a distinct taste for more masculine, modern style furniture (read straight lines and sharp corners). My style sense drifts toward more feminine lines, and I find some contemporary styled rooms to be cold and impersonal. Needless to say, we occasionally butt heads on the subject. Over time though, I’ve realized that it’s much easier to stick with the simple structure of modern pieces and soften corners and the overall look of a room with texture and accessories.

Here’s the design I pulled together.

Modani Design

That gorgeous sofa, chairs, vase and rug are all from Modani Modern Furniture. If you want to check them out, they have a number of locations in the US and Canada (some of which you can take a virtual tour of a la Google Maps) to get a better idea of their style. Floor pillows are Cost Plus and floral mirror is Pier 1.

Overall, I went with a very neutral pallet. But I like the way the silver of the chair legs is reflected in the vase and mirror as well as the tone of the pillows and rug. You could easily add splashes of color in the textiles or even wall paint. I think this room would really offset a dark colored wall like this or this.

Let me know what you think!


Cozy Fall Fashion Favorites

Cozy Fall Fashion Favorites

It’s getting chilly out here in the Pacific Northwest. The wind is bringing down all the leaves and I’m breaking out the flannel.

I love flannel, don’t you? I know it’s a little cliche to say that when I’m from Seattle, but still. It’s warm, it’s soft, it adds a little color to my otherwise very neutral wardrobe. What’s not to like? Here’s what else I’m digging this month.

1. Dainty, layered necklaces (source)
They’re so cute and clever, I can’t resist. What’s more is that they provide hours of entertainment for my little guy (just hitting 8 months next week, egads!). I’m also loving that yellow gold is making a comeback, because that’s what I wear for the most part.

2. Essie’s Smokin’ Hot Purple/Gray Nail Polish (source)
Can’t wait to try out this neutral purple color. I’ve been going steady with my bottle of Honk If You Love OPI for years, but we’re in agreement that I should lighten up a little.

3. Flannel Button Downs (source)
I’ve been wearing this Old Navy shirt pretty much every chance I’ve gotten since bringing it home. My husband was teasing me that he’s never seen me do the laundry so fast because I can’t wait to wear it again (to which I said hardy har har).

4. Beige Suede Booties (source)
Lovely, lovely suede with just enough heel that I don’t end up killing myself walking down the driveway carrying the infant car seat. Plus, how nifty is that slightly cowboy-esque design? Yes, very.

5. Camel Leather Biker Jacket (source)
I used to have a jacket almost exactly like this, only way cheaper (I think I got it from H&M more than 5 years ago). I wore it to death (quite literally), and I’ve been looking for a new one ever since. So far all I can find is this (eek) $500 one from Nordstrom, so personally I’ll keep looking. But hey if you like it and you have the cash to burn – go for it.

What are your fall fashion staples? Know where I can find a leather jacket on the cheap these days? I’m dying to know!