This is the year of change in our house. There are so many things that we hope to accomplish in 2016, even though we plan to move in the next few years. I feel that it should never hold anyone back from turning their home into a dream space. We’ve finished the Master bath last year (see here), and in 2016, I’m looking at a whole house transformation. Thanks to the many brands I work with, we’ll be updating drapery, bedding, several powder rooms, a deck, and our dining & living areas, and so much more. And I’ll be chronicling it all on the blog in a new year-long series. While my focus has always been on a “luxury lifestyle,” I’m also a firm believer that a “luxe” look can be achieved through the use of textiles & finishes at any price point.
It’s become very apparent throughout my travels that people crave smaller spaces, gone are the expansive manses of years past. The days of living large are slowly making way to homes with smaller footprints (see here). People want to live better, not bigger. Personally, we made a conscious decision to forgo square footage, and I dare say if I had to change one thing about our home, it’s the layout. (Yes, I’m not a fan of open floor plans). You’ll be seeing the progress of our projects throughout the year, our goal is to maximize the style quotient at Casa B. As a designer I’ve always been a firm believer that it’s not about how much you spend but how you spend it.
This is the first of a new series “CURATED,” which is entirely devoted to creating a luxe feel in your home, at any price point.
One of my favorite ways of adding a “luxe feel” to a room is through texture. What tops my list? Sheepskin (either faux or real). I love to throw them on chairs or at the foot of a bed in cooler months (or year round in Northern climates). There is little that compares to the comfort sheepskin brings to a room (unless it’s a cozy fire). It’s luxurious while adding natural elegance.
Should you go faux or real..?
That is a burning question open for debate. There are certainly a wide array of faux fur products available on the market giving the appearance of the real thing. As with anything invest in the best quality that you can possibly afford. Look for faux furs that are plush and natural looking in color and appearance, and don’t compromise. There are some truly stellar examples that I have seen as a Trend Scout, and other than sheepskin I tend to lean more toward faux fur for throws and pillows. Natural sheepskin can last for years, in fact, one of my favorite vintage coats is long haired Mongolian circa 1960.
“You cannot fake chic, but you can be chic and fake fur” -Karl Lagerfeld
And since pictures speak a thousand words I’m featuring a few for inspiration. Here are “12 Sheepskin Chairs to Cozy Up In…”
Worthen Sheepskin Chair & Ottoman (source)
This Bergere chair would be perfect in a more traditional or eclectic interior…long hair Mongolian is one of my favorite types of wool.
Cynthia Rowley for Hooker/ Swanson Sheepskin Side Chair
This sweet little chair would look darling as a vanity chair, flanking a console or as an accent chair in living room.
By Lassen-Louise Dorph (source)
If you aren’t familiar with Interiors Expert-Louise Dorph-Petersen her blog is worth bookmarking. She is the Danish equivalent of Martha Stewart, with a twist. The chair is sold on her site, and I don’t think anyone is more of an authority on sheepskin than those who live in Scandanavia.
TOV Lena Sheepskin Arm Chair (source)
Perfect in an office, or as side chairs in a living room.
Enzo Polished Stainless Steel Chair (source)
This modern chair just speaks of loft living…or for those who favor cleaner lines.
Sophie White Sheepskin Lucite Chair (source)
This lucite chair is perfect for small space living, or as an accent chair in a quiet corner for a little bit textural punch.
Oak Lounge Chair with Sheepskin (source)
Does anyone else have an ongoing love affair with 1stDibs? This chair is virtually one of a kind and has a definite 70’s fashion vibe perfect for an eclectic & layered interior. It’s still on the luxury auction site, but not for long.
Decatur Chair in Sheepskin (source)
I absolutely fell in love with this stylish stunner which I first saw at High Point Market last year. I love its timeless appeal & obvious versatility.
Souffle Chair by Kelly Wearstler (source)
This vintage style lounge chair would bring a certain amount of “badassery” to a room with it’s iconic design. It comes in other colors, but I adore the black for it’s edgy big city vibe…
Bolatas Chair/ Campana Brothers (source)
The design duo of Humberto & Fernando Campana have a vibrant, energetic approach to design inspired by Brazilian street life. The Bolatas chair was inspired by a plush toy.
Hardoy Butterfly Chair (source)
The butterfly chair designed originally in 1939 by Jorge Ferrari-Hardoy is one of the most imitated chairs in modern furniture history, and this version get’s a new twist with the addition of sheepskin. I love the idea of simply using it for it’s intended purpose solely as a luxurious lounge chair, whether it’s in the bedroom or living room.
I hope you’ll enjoy our new year-long series, and if you have talent in the do-it-yourself arena just buy a chair that has great lines (or framing), and recover it with high-quality sheepskin, or throw one over a chair for a relaxed, deconstructed look.
It’s award season and I am honored to be a finalist for Best Overall Design Blog for the 3rd year in a row. There are many stellar blogs in the running and I’m so incredibly grateful for your support. This award recognizes excellence in the field of Design Blogging, and I hope you’ll cast a for The Ace of Space. You can follow the link here to vote in the Best Overall Design Blog Category. Many, MANY thanks in advance to all those who have supported me in doing what I love over the past 4 1/2 years, and to those who have already voted…
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Until next time,
BE INSPIRED. LIFE IN BEAUTY.