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SPACES | SPRUNG FOR A NEW SOFA

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Seattle Livingroom Design Board

Seattle Livingroom Design Board

In a recent conversation with my mother, we discussed the future of our apartment in New York and the topic of what's staying and what's going was the main focus. For the time being our plans are to keep the apartment in New York, at least for the remainder of 2016 for both myself and my parents to use as a pied-à-terre. I still have contracts in New York, and am continuing to accept more. Sometimes it's hard to say no to work, especially when it's fun! What all of this means though, is we will still have to keep some furniture in New York. Luckily, my parents has more furniture than they can fit in their home, so we will be able to bring pieces down from there for the apartment.

That is a whole other topic up for discussion... What pieces will we use to decorate the place with and quite frankly, I'm so curious about how it will look when my very traditional and eclectic mother gets her hands on it. The use will be changing slightly, so I'm looking forward to giving the space a real dining room moment, instead of our monstrous desk.

My current sleeper sofa | Photograph by: Claire Esparros for Homepolish © 2016

My current sleeper sofa | Photograph by: Claire Esparros for Homepolish © 2016

Back to this topic... We did decide that the sofa bed would be most useful if it remained in New York. That in turn gave me the excuse to buy a new sofa for my Seattle cottage. Days before this conversation, Anthropologie came out with their new furniture for 2016. The sofa I found and fell in love with was the Leonnelle Sofa. It's a softened version of a tuxedo style and the length is absolutely perfect for the cottage. It's still classic in silhouette but just different enough from our existing sofa that I won't have to worry about them competing if I were to ever pair them together in the same room someday - perchance I have a large enough home. It's not a sleeper, which is fine because we have a guest room in the house, but it is long enough for if someone needed to sleep on it for the evening.

Leonelle Sofa in Creme | Anthropologie

Leonelle Sofa in Creme | Anthropologie

Leonelle Sofa in Light Grey | Anthropologie

Leonelle Sofa in Light Grey | Anthropologie

Leonelle in Creme | Anthropologie

Leonelle in Creme | Anthropologie

Leonelle in Light Grey | Anthropologie

Leonelle in Light Grey | Anthropologie

I bounced back and forth between the creme color (which to me looks more like a light camel) and the light grey. In the end I went with my more conservative gut feeling and bought the light gray. I feel although both are neutrals, gray is slightly more modern and I think it will coordinate in more rooms than the camel. Also, I'm not entirely sure, based on only being able to see it online what the color actually looks like in creme. One thing Anthro could do (if you're reading....) is provide swatches to designers or at least the entire collection to stores for potential clients to view. I will admit, buying anything that big (in size and price tag) makes me a little squeamish, I'm especially a little nervous about buying a sofa and not having seen it in person first. 

It's not due to arrive at the house until early April, which is fine since I'm not going to even be there until mid to late April. It'll have be my welcome home gift for when I arrive! 

FASHION | Travel To The South of France + Spain

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SHIRT | EARRINGS | JACKET | HEELS | HAT | BATHING SUIT | SKIRT

I've finally settled our itinerary for our upcoming trip to France and Spain this May. It's going to be a bit of a splurge, but something well deserved for the both of us. The next step is planning our activities each day. I'm set on horseback riding in the Camargue region while we're in Arles, and the theme of the trip will be based around modernist painters, ones in particular; Cezanne, Van Gogh, Chagall, Renoir, Picasso and Dali, with visits to house museums and such. Another big part of our trip will be Cannes (which is also the main reason why we're going). My husband's student thesis film was submitted to Cannes and accepted! It is not likely that we will be rubbing noses with the stars, but we will have passes to the festival and I believe access to the shows. We are still finalizing those details. Another great concern for me, being a lady, is what will I pack and what will I wear for all of these marvelous activities?! Horseback riding is dirty stinky activity (although the smell is pleasing to me) and Cannes will probably include some put-together date night ensembles. I can't help myself but pull some inspiration from my favorite classic films like Breathless and To Catch A Thief. One thing's for sure, there will be lots of horizontal stripes - and I'm preparing for that by hitting the gym hard for the next few months! 

Above is a short list of a few things I'll be adding to my staples of tees, tank tops, denim, and sandals. I'm not much of a sneakers gal, but I have to find a good pair that will be cute and not too bulky. Luckily, it's en vogue to wear sneakers for almost any occasion. 

A New Favorite: Crane & Canopy

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I recently discovered this new bedding company called Crane & Canopy. They specialize in high-quality, luxury fabrics, innovative bedding and contemporary designs at attainable prices. Which is just up my alley. In addition to sumptuous duvets and pretty prints their line of embroidered designs is absolutely stunning. My favorite designs by far are the classic crisp sheet sets with the colorfully embroidered scalloped edges, available in an a range of colors the coral and mint are my favorites.  Inspired by the mint embroidered sheet set, I pulled together a room that would surely welcome Spring.  I may have to make a few changes to my bedroom in order to make room for one of these sets in my home.  Please enjoy! Crane & Canopy

1. Watercolor Peony Wallpaper / 2. Sunburst Mirror / 3. Anthropologie Curtains / 4. Swing Arm Wall Lamp / 5. John Derian Tray / 6. Creed Cocktail de Pivoines Candle / 7. Nate Berkus For Target Urchin / 8. Ethan Allen Chest / 9. Rug  / 10. Headboard / 11. Crane & Canopy Embroidered Scalloped Sheet Set

 

On another level, Crane & Canopy is committed to making a positive impact on the community. Recently they held an event with the non-profit group Safe Horizon in NYC.  They toasted to “A Safe Night’s Sleep” Initiative where from February 26, 2013 through May 30, 2013, Crane & Canopy will donate a complete bedding set (duvet cover, shams and comforter) for every bedding set (duvet cover and shams) purchased to Safe Horizon’s shelter residents as they leave the shelter to begin a future free from violence as part of the organizations.  The evening was spent sharing the amazing work Safe Horizon does all throughout New York City and sharing the impact their partnership will make in the lives of domestic violence victims. For more information on Safe or Horizon and Crane & Canopy's partnership, please follow these links:  Safe Night's Sleep & the Press Release for the event.

 

Are you planning to make any bedding changes for Spring? My best, Lauren

Pretty Little Things: For Valentine's Day

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Whether you're looking for something to suggest to your lover or something to pick up for yourself, there are host of pretty little gifts that would be simple yet special for Valentine's Day. Here are a few of my favorites. Valentines Day

1. Tea Lovers To-Go Cup  2. Metal Boyfriend Signet Ring  3. Unicorn Ring Holder  4. Carousel Clock  5. Love In White Perfume  6. Diptyque Roses Scented Candle  7. Eggpress Heart Shaped Egg Mold  8. Crystal Bottle Stopper  9. Gold Chariots of Fire Wings  10. 3-D Toile Apron