The stylist in me loves a leaning blanket ladder! Where most pieces in a room are usually only 18-30″ high, here’s a tall piece that can add a bit of vertical interest to a space. I like one as a towel-rack in a bathroom or pool-house, a place to hang pretty scarves and textiles in a bedroom, or a spot for a cozy display of textured blankets in a living room.
The trick to styling a blanket ladder is that less is more. And unless you like looking like a doctor’s office, leave off the magazines!
HIGH // Jayson Home Teak Ladder //$450
MID // Pottery Barn Found Rustic Wood Ladder // $250
LOW // World Market Wood Ladder Decor // $50
A leaning blanket ladder can skew modern or rustic depending on the material used and the sleekness of its construction. It isn’t my style to jump on every design trend that comes along, but when a statement piece such as this can be found for $50 (or a DIY version can be thrown together for even less), I am happy to lean in!
HARK!! It’s a room, calling out for a fuzzy little perch.
How can you not smile when you see one of these sheepskin-covered stools? A shot of texture and a dash of whimsy that can be moved anywhere in a house where an extra seat is needed. These three can skew earthy or glamorous, depending on your design.
HIGH // Bianca Stool // Overstock // $660
MID // Mongolian Lamb Stool // West Elm // $399
LOW // Natural Flokati Stool // World Market // $80
I like to imagine a pair of these stools under a lucite console table for a textural contrast…or a single one sitting beside a free-standing bath-tub.
Portraits of Danish merchants sitting in Chinese Ming-style chairs inspired mid-century furniture designer Hans Wegner in his design of the iconic Wishbone chair. This is why faithfully crafted or inexpensively knocked off, this style works to give a room a combination of Scandinavian minimalism and exotic flair. The bentwood form is sculptural, and the rush-seat offers an interesting textural contrast.
HIGH // Wegner CH24 Wishbone Chair – 100th birthday special edition // $1,120
MID // CH24 Wishbone Chair // $599
LOW // Wegner Wishbone-style Chair // $159
A Wishbone could be a dining chair or an occasional chair, and although I’m showing you wood tones here, colorful versions abound. A set of Wishbone-style bar stools in a white painted finish is at the top of my wishlist this Christmas!
Whether a room is colorful or has a neutral palette, there may be a place for an acrylic glass piece. Lucite might work in a range of interior styles, but for me it can only be in a small dose, such as a console table or a single chair. Here are three such chairs we found this week – possibilities to pair with a writing table in a serene Master Bedroom retreat.
HIGH // Santorini Chair by Dragonette Ltd. // Elle Decor // $5400
MID // Louis Ghost Armchair // DWR // $450
LOW // Vapor Acrylic Chair // CB2 // $179
Since a Lucite chair is sleek and transparent, I like to pair it with something opposite. A fuzzy sheepskin throw…a rustic wood desk…that is my kind of Minimalism.
Rolled arms, tufting and nail-head trim are design details that generally don’t so much float my boat. But on a Chesterfield, it all works! It’s a sofa style that has a clubby charm, and probably for many, a nostalgic appeal. Use one of these big boys with some cushy pillows when you’re looking for a piece with real presence. They work for Traditional, of course, but they can also keep a Contemporary interior from looking too severe.
High arms make it best in a seating arrangement with another sofa or chairs opposite, rather than to its sides.
HIGH // Mansfield Leather Sofa // Ethan Allen // $4399
MID // Velvet Lyre Chesterfield // Anthropologie // $2498
LOW // Gordon Tufted Sofa // HDC // $1199
I spend a lot of time looking at furniture online, and Anthropologie is one of my favorite sites for eye-catching eclectic pieces. These are a few chairs that I’ve been showing my clients lately.
This dining chair at each end of a table as “Captain’s chairs” alongside simple black wood Windsor chairs. They would also be fun away from the table, filling out empty corners in a dining room.
This low-slung, comfy leather lounge chair, done in an unexpected color.
This sweet little occasional chair. Again, it looks good from the front and the back. It would be so great as a pair in front of a fireplace
An desk with an x-base is classic, yet unusual enough to feel special. The glossy white finish on these ones makes them feel a bit luxe – this is a table that can be more than a mere desk! I can imagine one looking great as a sleek dressing table. Or in a spacious Living Room, one of these could go against the back of a sofa in a floating arrangement.
HIGH // Channing Desk // Jonathan Adler // $1950
MID // Jett Desk // Z Gallerie // $600
LOW // Josephine Desk // World Market // $200
These are such versatile chairs, thanks to the intricate detail of bone inlay all over their wood or resin bases. It makes them look eye-catching from every angle. The first one of these examples is based on an English Regency chair, while the second and third are interpretations of Classical Greek klismos chairs. It is easy to picture them bringing some exoticism to a Traditional space, but I think the lightness of their forms and graphic impact of their patterns make them work beautifully in a more Modern interior as well.
HIGH // Bone Inlay Chair // Monica James // $4,420
MID // Femi Bone Inlay Chair // Horchow // $910
LOW // Bone Inlay Chair // Anthropologie // $600
I can see a few of these beauties around a simple dining table…or a pair of them opposite a sofa…or a single one in front of a leaning mirror and a plant. It could be so pretty at a dressing table. And doing this post, I’ve realized that the middle one wants to come and live in my bedroom as a desk chair!
A Tolix chair, also known as a Tabouret chair, is an inexpensive way to add some Industrial Chic to a dining space. In steel, copper or brass, I like them teamed with a rustic wood table for an organic contrast. In one of a multitude of fun powder-coated color finishes, the iconic chair looks great with a range of dining table finishes.HIGH // Marais A Chair // Design Within Reach // $275
MID // Redsmith Dining Chair // Anthropologie // $170
LOW // Café Side Chair // Retro Furnish // $65
In one of my favorite dining spaces I have designed, I gave my client’s grand and beautiful trestle dining table a modern edge with some armchair versions of a Tolix chair. You can take a look at it on my Pinterest.
Lord knows my love affair with mid-century style is an enduring one. But even if you’re not especially a fan, what’s not to like about a beautiful walnut wood finish teamed with black upholstery? In a soft leather or a woven blend, one or a pair of these chairs always works in an eclectic interior, and can add a dash of warmth and vintage flair to a starkly contemporary room. Picture yourself swilling a martini, as you lean back in the best one you can afford.
HIGH // Model 45 Chair // Design Within Reach // $10,530
MID // Cavett Leather Chair // Crate & Barrel // $1,300
LOW // Zahra Armchair // Dot & Bo // $700