Hi all! This is a project that I'm excited to share, because it's so far outside my normal design wheelhouse. For the most part, I typically work with (and design for) women and families (which I love!), but this also means that many of my designs lean towards more feminine color palettes + details... This project was a really fun change of pace because it was designed entirely for a dude, as a modern bachelor pad.
My clients mother contacted me after coming across my blog, and I was hired to help with her son, Nick's, new condo. He had recently bought into a fairly modern/industrial building, and wanted to start fresh with his furniture, since he still had odds and ends from his college days. As far as style, he wanted the space to look finished & cohesive, and wanted it to feel masculine, modern, and a little rustic/organic. Obviously, he didn't want to spend a fortune, but he was willing to pay a little more for some quality pieces, too.
As far as the overall look, Nick was drawn to spaces with lots of black and white, and lots of natural textures (wood and leather mostly). As far as color palette, he wanted to keep it fairly neutral/minimal, but incorporate some blues, grays, browns, and green accents. This is what I came up with for the main living space:
The white walls, Beni style rug, and white table lamp will keep things light + bright, and the leather couch and wood furniture adds some natural elements + textures to the space as well. The iron coffee table introduces black to the color palette, and ties in with the iron accents of the armchairs and side table. The blue Hmong textile pillows and large scale ocean art add blue to the space, while a large fiddle leaf fig will bring in natural texture and greenery, which is always an important element!
For the connecting entryway and dining nook, I carried over some of these elements, in order to keep the surrounding spaces cohesive:
Sources: Blue & Green Vases / Hanging Mirror / Potted Yucca / Entryway Console Table / Baskets / Mobile Chandelier / Wood Blinds / White Curtains / Round Dining Table / White Dining Chairs / Black Rug / Art at Dining Nook (clockwise from top left): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 / Art at Entryway (clockwise from top left): 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Since the entryway, kitchen, dining area, and living room are all open to each other, I wanted to make sure the spaces would flow well together. To make this happen, I incorporated more wood tones with the entry console table, dining table, and wood blinds, and I included plenty of black accents with the dining nook chandelier, rug, and gallery wall frames. Small doses of blue and green were added through the art and accessories.
Backing up a bit, though, and to give an idea of where we started, these were some of the inspiration spaces that we used as a jumping off point:
Nick liked the mix of black and white, wood accents, and modern furniture. *Image source
We thought this was a great gallery wall, with an interesting mix of graphic art and black frames. *Image Source
The Eames style white chairs were a favorite element here (and made an appearance in Nick's dining nook), and he liked the overall modern/ natural/ eclectic vibe. *Image Source
Again, loved the black, white, and blue accents, leather Eames chair, large scale art, and the black mobile chandeliers (which also made their way into Nick's dining nook!) *Image Source
Overall, such a fun project, and I'm thrilled that Nick is as happy with the results as I am! Can't wait to see this one come together.
And lastly, Happy Monday! I know my postings have been infrequent, and I plan on changing that! I have lots of projects to share, a few DIY's in the works, and new recipes to post! Hooray!