Ouch, My Foot! Incorporating Name-Dropping Designer Furniture

Ouch, My Foot! Incorporating Name-Dropping Designer Furniture

Grace Shu
Aug 26, 2008

If there's one complaint we hear a lot, it's that AT focuses too much on mid-century modern furniture. There's no denying that quite a few of us are big fans, but too much of a good thing can become...pretentious and boring. We speak from experience: when we started decorating our living room, the end result was, bluntly put, a museum of vintage mid-century modern chairs...

It wasn't until a well-meaning friend stopped by and said tactfully, "I think you need to add a little bit of...personality...to this room. Right now, it just looks like you've put each of these pieces on a pedestal and worshipping them from afar." Best advice and help we ever received: he pitched in that weekend with rearranging, removing, and accessorizing our entire home. (You can view the "before" look here, sort of.)

The second "end result" is much better (but it's still a work in progress--we'll post some updated photos soon): instead of doing the whole room in one style or one era, we've separated our mid-century modern chair trifecta throughout our home. It forces us to mix all of what we love--those chairs, our boring (but VERY comfy) sofa, tables we've inherited, artwork from close friends, handmade blankets--which ultimately makes our home cohesive and happy.

P.S. The above photo is the other side of the living room featured in last week's Color Combo: Jewel Tones + Soft Grey.

[ Photo from Living Etc. ]

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