New Series: Design Blueprint

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Please welcome Cori Magee to the Nest Studio Blog. Cori is a good friend, graphic designer and fellow blogger (you can find her at her blog Pretty Haute Mess).  She will be doing a new series here at Nest Studio called Design Blueprint.  Take it away Cori:

Welcome to the first of many 'Design Blueprints' where I take a room worth coveting and break down all the design elements so you can get the look for your own home.

I love this living room by Suvi Sur le Vif. You can see the room's evolution on her blog. The space is modern eclectic, meets a bit of navajo, and there's a perfect balance of it all. The white walls, modern gallery wall and light floors beg for a bold black sofa. While the area rug and throw pillows provide softness and color to the modern space. Don't be afraid to mix patterns and colors. The key is to coordinate the right color tones and the right pattern scales. 

The simple ceiling light is perfect. Schoolhouse Electric has lots of cool fixtures like this, whether you're looking for a ceiling light, sconce, pendant, chandelier, etc.

BLUEPRINT:
Sofa / Ikea
Ceiling Light / Schoolhouse Electric
Throw Blanket / Room & Board
White Candle / Dwell Studio
Rose Candle / Pier 1
Coffee Table / Architonic
Blue Bowl / Heath Ceramics
Tan Bowl / Heath Ceramics
Tray / Hay Shop
Area Rug / Fab.
Pillows /
  a. Zinc Door
  b. CB2
  c. Toast
  d. Zinc Door
  e. Zinc Door

You can select any artwork you like, but keeping the frame colors basic black and white helps maintain the modern element. Also, notice that there's no super bright artwork to take the spotlight. Rather, all of the pieces work together, both in tone and vibe.

Society6 is a great place to source art. You can purchase the print, art printed on canvas, framed art or even the art on an iPhone case if you want. It's a fun place to shop and there's lots of great artists just trying to share their work.

Of course, a more organic way to put a great wall gallery together is to collect pieces over time. Maybe you found a great pice at a flea market and another at a fancy gallery. However you like to put artwork together, make sure they are true to you and are pieces you really love. If you love each piece, it will all come together somehow...

BLUEPRINT:
Mirror / CB2
Art /
  d. Britt Bass
  g. Ylva Skarp
 

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