If I have a spare moment, you can most likely find me leafing through magazines or design books in search of inspiration or furthering my professional education. Often I can get through things pretty quickly but every once in a while I find a picture that stops me in my tracks. Sometimes, I stop because there are key elements I'm drawn to, sometimes it's because there is nothing appealing and I stop to improve it in my head. Rarely though, do I find pictures that inspire me in total...not so with the shot above. I was immediately hooked.
What do I love about his room, you ask? Here we go:
This week I had a customer order two of these beautiful high-backed Griffin Chairs from CR Laine Furniture. While the nearly 48 inch height gives them an incredible presence in any room, my client was brave enough to shift the stripe from the usual vertical orientation to a more fashion-forward horizontal presentation. This kind of detail is what really separates the men from the boys, so to speak.
I tell people over and over again that having interesting, personalized pieces are worth waiting for. It's only 8 weeks after all. To know that the chair was made especially for you, gives you a greater sense of ownership and it makes your interior distinctive. Don't be afraid to express yourself...you'll be glad you did.
A few years ago, at home, I switched to a neutral palette for my upholstered pieces. What fun it's been to throw colorful pillows like these on my sofas and chairs. Get tired of one color scheme, find a new pillow and create a brand new look. Don't underestimate the power of a 20" square piece of material. It can be transforming!
It's been a wild and wonderful opening weekend for us at Home at Last. To tell you I'm not tired, would be a total lie, but I am buoyed by the good energy you've all sent this way. If worse comes to worse, you may find me cuddling up on this little beauty! Redin Park Bed by Bassett. Ramala, Varkala, and Montego Stripe bedding by Pine Cone Hill
I'm Dan Brungardt and have been the proprietor and designer at Home at Last for the past 15 years. I'm constantly inspired by the things I see around me and now I get to share them with you!