I’m at Target frequently out of household necessity, so naturally, I scout the furniture and accessories each time. Over the past 5 years or so, it has gotten better and better. This season, they are particularly nailing it with the floor lamp offerings. I’m seeing the kinds of modern classic styles I have been pinning for years, at a crazy low price point.
An entry can be merely a pass-through space, or a room that says “Welcome“, and sets a warm and interesting tone for the rest of a home. I favor the latter! If the architecture allows, I like an entry space to have an inviting coziness to it.
This was a condo I decorated last year. Below is a picture of the space from my initial consultation with the client. When I saw the skylight, and she started showing me the art she had collected in her years of travel, I knew this room was going to be a fun project. My client had a vision of a wall with a gold-leaf -type finish somewhere in her home, and I thought this room was a great place to do that. Everyone sees the hallway! But nobody spends time there, so you can afford to be bold.A wood console table with Ming feet worked well with my client’s eclectic art, and a perforated metal pendant light fixture that cast beautiful shadows around the ceiling and walls brought the magic. A leaning mirror visually enlarged the space, and along with the tall vase of branches, it turned the carved tribal chair into part of an interesting vignette.
A little while ago, I showed you a brass drum table at three price-points. I don’t see people’s hunger for brass accents abating anytime soon, so here are three more fun little tables in said finish that I have run across in recent weeks. Each is an eye-catching shape that kicks this trend up a notch. HIGH // Jonathan Adler Brass Teardrop Table // Wayfair // $995
Bar-carts are definitely a thing right now. I attribute this to the rise of mixology, and the fact that there is something about ceremoniously rolling out a tray of booze that says Prohibition-era fun has arrived. From fancy to industrial to basic, these are all going to look even better after a couple of cocktails. HIGH //Cheval Bart Cart// Jonathan Adler // $2,000
If you swoon over pattern as I do, a Powder Room is the perfect place to indulge that fetish in the form of a beautiful wallpaper. You get bang for your buck when you invest in a Powder Room, since everyone who is a guest in your home may see it at some point – and in a quiet moment, where they may take in the lovely design! Since it’s a place where people are going to get in and get out quickly, you might as well do something bold.
My client and I had been working on her condo with lots of white walls, neutral furniture, and gold accents, along with touches of red. She wanted drama for the Powder Room, and asked me to show her wallpapers that had gold in them. I was so impressed that she was game for my favorite find, “Migration” in Oslo, from Walnut Wallpaper. It’s beautiful, but a little risky in that it could skew kitschy! We went for it anyway.
This pendant light by Ladies and Gentleman Studio was the icing on the cake. We used the small one, in a brass finish.
So this is what the Powder Room looked like before: clean and serviceable, but forgettable. (And forgive me for the lid up on the loo – that is gauche, even for a “Before” picture!)
And here is what the Powder Room looks like now: an experience! The room is fun and lively, like my client herself, and we were thrilled with the way it turned out.
For Living Rooms, Family Rooms and Bedrooms, I am always on the lookout for small tables to fill out my furniture arrangements. Sometimes I even use a grouping as a coffee table. A sculptural drum table shape is timeless, and brass makes it of-the-moment. There is a friendly price-point here for everyone.