How to incorporate vintage posters into your home

Artfully arranged vintage posters can give a room a fun and colorful talking point. While authentic advertising posters are often pricey, there are many are readily available as reprints at a fraction of the cost of the real thing. Below are a few of our favorite rooms that incorporate vintage posters and a few sources for buying your own

In order to avoid the college dorm look (at all costs!), frame the posters to elevate the look.
Casey Design/Planning Group Inc.
Color coordinating the poster with some of the other items in your home will make the space feel like it has a cohesive design direction.
abc design
Go oversized for a dramatic statement
Eleven Interiors
Arranging a few of the same size posters in a grid-like pattern makes them take on a more sophisticated look
Shirley Meisels

A Weekend Filled with Design Inspiration

Wow what an eventful weekend we just had! Full of design-filled experiences, we figured we'd share some of the highlights here:

Since the weather wasn't great during the day on Friday, we figured we'd hunker down and get some afternoon work done at the NoMad hotel. What a beautiful library room they have in the back - a perfect place to get a pot of tea and work for a few hours - you don't even need to be a hotel guest!
Nomad Hotel Library Room
After getting some much-needed work done, we headed out for a little leisurely shopping since the rain had stopped. We made a stop at RH Modern in Flatiron (they're new line is amazing!) and then hit up Club Monaco on 5th ave. Have to say that that store has some of the most beautiful design details throughout. From the entry all the way back to the dressing rooms, everything was simply stunning. 
RH Modern Store in Flatiron
Club Monaco Entry
Club Monaco Details
Friday evening we decided to get an early dinner at The Standard Grille. The outdoor patio area where you can get a drink beforehand was great. Walking in you don't even feel like you're in NYC anymore. We couldn't get a great picture of it, so here's one from their website to get an idea of what the place looked like. It felt like summer hadn't ended!
Finishing dinner on the early side, we were able to make it to a show at the Bowery Ballroom where we saw one of our favorite bands as of late, Joseph. The band is comprised of three sisters who can do some of the most beautiful harmonies. The opening band William Wild was amazing as well.
Saturday was the semi-annual NYJL house tour which showcased 6 stunning residences in Manhattan. 
Loved the brass detailing on this headboard

This colorful Chelsea apartment belongs to interior designer Scott Sanders
Great mirror at this bedroom vanity/desk area
Finished off Saturday with a late dinner in Soho with some great friends and spent the entire day Sunday in Brooklyn Heights and Dumbo roaming in and out of open houses. With all the design inspiration taken away from the house tour, it was easy to see the potential of some places that only needed a few design tweaks! 

Overall a great weekend that left us with so much design inspiration to think about all week. Already looking forward to the Spring NYJL house tour! 

get the look: a toronto living room by McGill Design Group

Living Room by Colleen McGill of McGill Design Group and Plum Furniture

1. Mirror / 2. Scarf Art / 3. Horn Sculpture / 4. Chair / 5. Sofa / 6. Rug / 7. Coffee Table

6 times matte black fixtures made a dramatic statement

We're loving the matte black fixture trend for kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Here are a few of our favorite examples of how the sleek and sophisticated look was achieved
Studio McGee
Aamodt / Plumb Architects
No Glitter No Glory
Tom Robertson Architects
Amber Interiors

coffee table essentials

Make your coffee table a chic focal point with a curated collection of decorative elements that tell a story and showcase your unique style. Below are a few ideas for you to create a layered look with a bit of personality.
1. Anchor with a tray to create a mini-vignette
Aerin, $365
ZGallerie, $49.95
2. Vary height for added interest - candles, boxes, and quirky objects are a great way to achieve this look
Diptyque, $62
Swing Design, $130
Jonathan Adler, $78
3. Use books as a base and as a way to showcase your interests
Amazon, $96.80
4. Bring the outdoors in with natural elements

Choosing the right artwork for your space

Art has the ability to pull a room together, but choosing the right piece can be intimidating. It is often considered as an afterthought, causing a missed opportunity for making it seamlessly mesh with the existing decor.

1. Make art your focal point
Let the color and texture of your artwork guide your color and decor choices for the rest of the room. Use it as a framework for planning your space if you are starting with a blank canvas (no pun intended!). If you are choosing the artwork as the last piece in the puzzle, find something that has similar or complementary colors to the palette you are working with. Aim to strike a balance between the color, tone and stylistic composition of the interior and your artwork. In essence, the art should look like it belongs in that environment.

2. Bigger is always better
Artwork that is too small will make it appear dwarfed by its surroundings. If you are going to choose artwork that is out of proportion, make a statement by making it bigger. A great way to make your existing artwork appear more substantial is by reframing it with a larger mat or a thicker frame. If you are hanging art above furniture, it should be at least 3/4 the width of what it hangs above. If you can't find something large enough, consider doing two pieces side by side or on top of each other to fill in the space.
3. Orientation
If your wall is tall and narrow, pick a piece of artwork that has that same orientation. If you have wide walls, a landscape orientation looks and feels more natural.
4. Content and style
Choose artwork that harmonizes with that same design aesthetic as your interior. Abstract or conceptual pieces function well in modern environments. For a traditional interior, classic pieces and things like landscapes work well. You may also want to consider the style of frame with this tip in mind. Skew simpler with clean lines for a modern space and more ornate with a traditional.
Change & Co
5. If you can, invest in original art
Owning original artwork that speaks to your tastes and is unique to your home is a great way to elevate your space. If you want something original but don't want to have to spend a ton of money, start with a place like Etsy where individuals sell their own art without gallery representation. Saatchi Art is another great resource since you can sort by price and take advantage of their free art advisory program.
Ian Smith Design

Mastering modern rustic

One of our struggles as of late has been determining the perfect balance between modern and rustic. How does one bridge the gap between organic architecture and modern design elements to create a cohesive space? Adding contemporary touches to a rustic foundation (or the other way around) seems tough, but here are a few ways to achieve the modern rustic look effortlessly.

1. Edit your elements
Simplify your space by having one main rustic element be your focal point. Enhance it with secondary details that are more crisp and tailored to create the perfect balance. Contrasting organic silhouettes with clean-lined, contemporary details can elevate the space for a more refined take on the rustic look.
Calla McNamara Interiors
2. Tell a story
From the moment you enter the front door, your house should be telling a story all the way through. No one room should steer too modern or too rustic if you want your space to feel unified.
Brooke Wagner Design
3. Infuse industrial elements
Industrial touches (think Restoration Hardware) can be both modern and rustic, making it perfect for a space that's trying to integrate the two looks. Antiqued mirrors, tall casement windows, and iron details (like the chandelier below) are complementary to both styles, making them seem less contrasting.
Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles
4. Let it shine
For a fresh take on the rustic look, paint a wall or ceiling with a high gloss white paint. As light bounces off of it, everything will appear more light and airy creating a lively interior. Polished chrome is another way to infuse modern edge.
Victoria Hagan
5. Clean Lines
Contrasting organic silhouettes and textures with contemporary furniture that has clean lines can help elevate a space beyond traditional farmhouse style. Below, the Parsons table combined with the sleek wooden frame and natural wood lamp creates a style that's at once laid-back and polished.

Inspired by fall fashion

NYFW has come and gone, and we now have a definitive guide to everything we can expect in the way of fall fashion this season. Velvet, dusty pink, and modern Victorian style were just a few of the trends that dominated the runways.

Inspired by this, we decided to see how these trends could translate to interior design. Below are a few of our favorite rooms and products that follow in those footsteps!

1. Velvet
Velvet was all over the runways this season, and below, it dominates as a defining feature of a corner seating area by Ella Scott Design.

2. Dusty Pink
This color has been going strong ever since Pantone released its colors of the year (Rose Quartz being one of them) at the beginning of 2016. It continued to make its way down the runways this fall and has maintained popularity as a top color to incorporate in home decor as well.
Ivy Lane Living

3. Modern Victorian
Runways this year were dominated by a distinctly Victorian sensibility - romantic details with an edgy twist created dramatic outfit inspiration. While the key elements for clothing tend towards high necklines, lace, and vintage-like florals, the key to creating a beautiful Modern Victorian interior is with mixing vintage, ornate pieces with modern accents.
Source: Andrew Flesher

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