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Latest Living Room Thoughts: Organic Modern Neutral Glam?

Whatever we’re calling this recent trend, I’m totally digging it…

Follow up to last week’s post about using light blue to freshen up white/black/chrome/gold (à la the latest issue of Lonny), I’ve landed on a new scheme for our living room. Best thing about it is, there are only a few new pieces — the husband and wallet are grateful! And while I may not be able to repaint our walls light blue, I can paint a large canvas to put over the couch. Only problem now is I’m not totally sure what to call this style I seem to be so inspired by…

The old:
Room & Board charcoal gray sleeper sectional sofa, white Barcelona chair,
Saarinen tulip side table, fluted glass column lamp, vintage NY subway sign

Recent buys:
Beni ourain rug, Nate Berkus for HSN Moroccan-style lantern,
Tom Ford and Kate Moss by Mario Testino books, vintage Gucci ashtray (Etsy)

The new:
Faux gazelle horns*, West Elm mongolian lamb pillows and frosted foil pillow,
Sonneman pharmacy brass floor lamp, D.I.Y. 48″ x 36″ painted canvas

Not shown:
Dark walnut floors, tan walls, mahogany c-table ( = the “organic” factor),
chrome x-base glass coffee table (for now)

So, what do I call this look, do you think? I should probably throw in Minimalist in there too. It’s never-ending isn’t it? Help!


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I Think I Have A Problem, and It’s Called E-T-S-Y

The first step is admittance, right?

But honestly, I think this is one addiction I don’t really want to get over.  Etsy is chock full of fab vintage finds, it’s easy to search, easy to pay, and every seller I’ve come across has been totally legit and couldn’t be nicer. What’s not to love?

So let’s take a little house tour of my recent purchases, and you tell me…do I have a problem? Or more importantly, does it need to be fixed?

You’ve probably seen the painting that inspired a new office scheme, by artist Erin Ashley

small shop KWID office scheme

Etsy purchase: abstract painting by Erin Ashley


I’ve only shared a few glimpses of this always-in-progress room, but here are a few fun pieces that I’ve picked up for it…

Etsy purchase: vintage carrera marble bookends

Etsy purchase: 1970s white carrera marble bookends

[ 1970s carrera marble bookends, $34 ]

Etsy purchase: 1970s Gucci ashtray

[ 1970s Gucci ashtray ]

Etsy purchase: vintage Hawaiian 6pc souvenir coaster set

[ vintage Hawaiian 6-piece coaster set, $6 ]

Love this shop, she has some neat little finds…

Etsy purchase: vintage YSL towel

[ vintage YSL towel, $6.50 ]

Also picked up these groovy napkins from the same shop (not to use of course, but just because they add so much to the room)…

Etsy purchase: 1980s napkins from Spain

Etsy purchase: 1980s napkins from Spain

[ set of six 1980s napkins from Spain, $18 ]

Etsy purchase: 1970s Italian ice bucket

drinks anyone?[ 1970s Italian ice bucket, $10 ]

Etsy purchase: David Hicks La Fiorentina pillow

Etsy purchase: David Hicks La Fiorentina pillows[ David Hicks La Fiorentina pillows, Plum Cushion ]

Most of the pillows on her window seat came from various Etsy shops…

Etsy purchase: smile pillow in yellow by Honey Pie Design

Etsy purchases: window seat pillows[ pink petite tiger print pillows, Blue Door Style ]
[ yellow zig zag & smile pillows, Honey Pie Design ]

Etsy purchase: flamingo watercolor paintings

[ flamingo watercolor paintings, Dimdi

Etsy purchase: Trina Turk pisces pillow, Willa Skye Home

Etsy purchase: Trina Turk pisces pillow

[ Trina Turk pisces pillow, Willa Skye Home ]

These toy blocks came in real handy for the event, and it was a nifty gift for the momma…

vintage wooden blocks on Etsy

Etsy purchase: vintage toy blocks

[ set of 33 vintage toy blocks, $20 ]

These I really don’t need, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want them…

vintage sonneman acrylic chrome lamp on Etsy

[ vintage Sonneman acrylic chrome lamp, $385 ]

mid century credenza console fabulousmess on Etsy

[ mid century credenza console, $595 ]
This whole shop is just all glam goodness…

Dorothy Thorpe silver rim fade highball glasses on Etsy

[ Dorothy Thorpe silver rim fade highball glasses, $50 ]

vintage painted rattan table mirrored table GreenZebre on Etsy

[ vintage painted rattan table with mirrored top, $195 ]

"Draw the Line" by Leigh Viner on Etsy

[ "Draw the Line" by Leigh Viner ]
Digging this artist lately….

vintage large burlwood brass mirror on Etsy

[ vintage large burlwood brass mirror, $285 ]

Milo Baughman barrel back chair on Etsy

[ Milo Baughman barrel back chair, $285 ]
If only the shipping wasn’t more than the chair…boo…

So what do you think? Are you with me on this one?  (And should we start a support group?)


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