A Style Star’s Guide

The Idea enters the brain from the outside. It rearranges the furniture to make it more to its liking. It finds other Ideas already in residence and picks fights or forms alliances. The alliances build new structures, to defend themselves against intruders. I love building spaces: architecture, furniture, all of it, probably more than fashion. The development procedure is more tactile. It’s about space and form and it’s something you can share with other people.

 

Sean – Dark sky

Don’t forget to pay some mind to the size of your potential armchair when looking around.

You’ll need to consider the size of your room, how big the sofa and any other furnishings such as coffee tables and TV stands are, and where you’re going to place your armchair. You don’t want your living room to look cramped and busy after all.

Longevity

If everything goes to plan and you manage to avoid any armchair-life threatening spillages, your chair should, ideally, last a lifetime. Hurley-Perera recommends thoroughly inspecting the armchair before you make a purchase: “For all kinds of upholstery, you should always reference what the frame is made of. We tend to use beech as it’s a particularly strong and hardwearing wood.”

She adds: “Everyone has such individual tastes, it’s important to choose the right armchair for you and your space – but it is safe to say a classic shape always stands the test of time.”

Think carefully about how you think your armchair will be used in the many years it’ll be dominating a corner of your living room. Large families or those with small children running around should opt for durable fabrics such as leather to avoid any stains or damage to the exterior.

The same goes for pets. Hurley-Perera says: “Think about whether the comfort level will change with wear and tear, so don’t get anything high maintenance if you have small children, or anything too textured if you have house pets – their claws will love you for it, but you won’t so much.”

Comfort

Above all, you want an armchair that is going to be comfortable.

Hurley-Perera says: “Optimum comfort is a hard one to call, as there are lots of factors to consider. An example being I have a beautifully soft wool at home, that keeps you cool in the summer and warm in the winter, however, that’s not everyone’s taste.

“There’s no point buying a fabric based on a particular trend, you have to feel comfortable on it.”

New Concept Of 2017

Now you’ve got the sofa of your dreams sitting pretty in your living room, it’s time to think about the other furnishings that can turn a house into a home, namely, an armchair.

Though typically not as pricey as your average sofa, an armchair still operates as an investment piece for your home, so you’ll want to put some thought into what exactly you’re looking for before taking the plunge and purchase. Size, style, and fabric used are all extremely important factors to consider when shopping around, but knowing what to look for can get a little overwhelming.

Choosing an armchair that reflects your style and personality is key, but it’s also important to consider the overall decor of your home when shopping around. Vanessa Hurley-Perera, chief product officer at Sofa.com, says: “I always look at the size and shape of the room first and what colour palette I’m using and work from there. For example, I live in a post-war house so I have focused on mid-century style pieces to complement the environment, but then upholstered in a more modern fabric for a beautiful twist.”

You also have to think about what you’ll be doing on and with your armchair. Do you want something to curl up on with a blanket, a good book, and a glass of wine, or are you looking for a statement piece to complete your living room?

Laura Barnard, product manager at Arlo & Jacob adds that armchairs can be a great way of bringing in color, pattern, texture, and detail into your living space: “When choosing such an armchair the right fabric can help to create that modern look. Choose fabrics such as wool instead of leathers and opt for vivid colors or fun patterns.”

Don’t forget to consider the style of any existing furniture you might have. If you haven’t purchased your armchair as part of a set, don’t forget to consider the style of any existing furniture you might have. While the ‘mix and match’ style can look great, you’ll want to make sure it looks deliberate and not like you’ve sourced your furniture from the side of the road. Hurley-Perera says the key to a successful ‘mix and match’ design is to “find echoing details in the fabric or the design so that they fit comfortably with each other.”

White and Bright

I’m very inspired by interiors with gray walls (or muted blue and green walls) lately, but with spring around the corner, I got very excited about this all white home as well. I like how it is combined with accents of black and brown and how the green plants and flowers take all the attention. The dark painting in the living room above the sofa is a real eye-catcher as well, surrounded by all these white walls and floors.

3 Ways to Style Your Pillows on a King Size Bed

I’ve never had a king size bed until I moved in with my heartmate in New Orleans. And what a life changer it’s been. My heartmate told me he upgraded from a full because he wasn’t getting a good night’s rest. He was also going through a bad breakup and has two 50 pound pups snuggling with him at night. I think if you have a partner and pets (who are allowed on the bed), it definitely warrants a king. Honestly, it’s not that much bigger than a kween.

If you think about it, we all spend 6–8 hours in bed every day. For me, it’s closer to 10 hours. What? I’m a freelance napper! Don’t haaate. Lol. That means your bedroom is definitely a place you need to invest in, like a solid bed and more importantly, amazing bedding. Today we’re gonna discuss some luxurious linens from Parachute who we’ve partnered with. We’ll also show you how to style your pillows on a king size bed.

I always bought my sheets, pillows, and duvets from department or big-box stores. It was always an overwhelming experience. Don’t even get me started with the trivial thread counts. The great thing about Parachute is they only offer three premium types of materials (percale, sateen, and linen) so it’s very straight-forward. They also offer pillows, duvets and blankets so y’all can hook your bedroom up in one go! All of Parachute’s bedding are all natural. No synthetics and no chemicals like formaldehyde (which are terrible for you, btw)

I picked the Percale Venice Set which is really soft, Egyptian cotton. I also got the sateen for my euro shams and you know what? I think I like the sateen even more. It’s so silky and sumptuous and that subtle shine is really nice. I love the indigo essential quilt. After going so green and jungalow in our bedroom, I really needed something darker to ground the space. Honestly, their bedding have been sleep-changing!

Let’s talk pillows now. After styling a handful of bedrooms, I’ve realized that many people don’t buy the correct size for their bed or even the right type for the way they sleep. Good news is, Parachute has the best pillows I’ve ever owned. I got the alternative down (firm) because I’m a back sleeper. Alright, let’s get to pillow styling!

 

MINIMAL

2 King Pillows  +  1 Lumbar Pillow

Let’s start with the minimal look. This is so easy to throw together. It’s basic without being baaasic. You know what I mean? Just place two king size pillows down. Add some interest by tossing a lumbar pillow in front, like this one from Parachute (in collaboration with The Citizenry). Lumbar pillows are the best! They seriously complete the whole look. And don’t forget to layer a fun, patternful blanket at the end of the bed. I like to cover a third of it.

MAXIMAL

3 Euro Pillows  +  3 Standard Pillows  +  2  King Pillows  +  Accent Pillows

This look is for those who want a little EXTRA. Does one really need this many pillows? The answer is, duh! This has 3 Euro in the back, 3 standard size in the middle and 2 king pillows in the front. You can alternate the standard pillows with the king pillows, too. The heartmate and I occasionally work in bed so all the pillows are perfect for back support. It also makes the bed feel even bigger. This is our current situation and I love it. But what do you do with all these pillows when it’s bedtime, you ask? That’s where a bench at the foot of the bed comes in handy. You see, pillows need a bed to sleep on, too! All about that extra livin’!

MESSIMAL

2 King Pillows  +  1 Euro Pillow  +  1 Standard  +  2 Accents  +  1 Lumbar

When maximal meets messy, you get messimal. Okrrr! This is where you can loosely throw in a variety of pillows in different sizes. You still want at least two king size pillows though. Then layer a few of your favorite throws and quilts. Embrace the wrinkles and everything. Again, lumbar pillow saves the day!

     

 

So tell me, which is your favorite style?