Musical Corners: A Playlist for a Rainy Day

Musical Corners: A Playlist for a Rainy Day

Grace Shu
Jan 20, 2010

It's raining like mad here in Los Angeles (with a tornado watch to boot) which could contribute to our blue mood. If you're in the same boat, c'mon over and pour yourself some Jameson and listen to a few tunes as we spend some time looking at some cozy corners to curl up in.

Unlike a garish Lakers uniform, this meeting of deep aubergine and sunshine yellow looks so inviting and unpretentious (cough). The contrasting colors create some energy, some tension that is softened by the velvet textures and complementary colors of the throw pillows and brilliant rainbow pouf. For this simply lovely, cozy room, here is the profound Mr. Bill Withers. And if you are a fan of his, I suggest you Netflix this amazing documentary called Still Bill where Withers drops some knowledge: "My real life was when I was just a working guy. It's all right to head out for Wonderful; but on your way to Wonderful, you're gonna have to pass through All Right. And when you get to All Right, take a good look around and get used to it--because that may be as far as you go."

Take the phone off the hook, draw down the shade and wallow in this curvy, airy chaise lounge as we listen to '60s era Dusty Springfield croon this little ditty:

For a more casual approach to displaying photos, break all the rules: This display of frames dangles to almost the floor (we don't recommend this if you have children and/or dogs, cats, etc.), giving this room a very...Royal Tennebaums...sort of feeling. We chose a tune that evokes a similar feeling of familiarity (and if you own a VW, we hope you do play this song in your car while driving on the freeway at night):

A rustic cottage retreat with an abundance of mismatched throw blankets and pillows sounds like heaven about now. This room is decidedly feminine, probably due to the abundance of floral detailing and dainty touches; but it's not overbearing thanks to the clean, modern lines of the fireplace and beams.

Let's take a moment and cleanse our palate with something a bit more masculine: Spend an afternoon listening to records in an Eames lounge chair? Sign. Me. Up. From one classic to another, here is one of the greatest songs--rainy day or not--to ever play from your speakers and/or headphones:

Going through a break up right now? Take a cue from Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) and write an album about your ex while living in a cabin in the woods. Will it help if said cabin looked like this? We vote yes.

This nook is all drama: dark striped walls, a bright lime green tufted chaise, glossy black doors...it was a difficult room to match with musically because we wanted the perfect song. And once we found this track by two quirky Scottish brothers, we loved how it seemed to give the room a new angle:

Well, we couldn't end this post without including Etta James! It's as obvious as this beautiful room that runs the spectrum of lilac and deep violets and matching it with cream:

Had enough of this heartbreak? All right, all right--for next month's playlist, we're taking requests: What rooms do you want to see, and what albums have you been listening to? Share your rainy day go-to's and what's been playing on your speakers in the comments! (And you can listen to our other playlists here).

(Images: Living Etc)

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