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Making it Yours 11A: French Modernist Armchair

Time for a new edition of Making it Yours!

Making it Yours 11: French Modernist Armchair #makingitlovely

Our homes tend to come together over time, with special pieces of furniture finding new uses from room to room. What may start out in your bedroom might later move to the family room, only to wind back in your bedroom paired with other furniture and accessories a decade later. Good furniture should work with you and your changing taste, and with that in mind, I created the Making it Yours (MiY) series.

For this edition, I was inspired by this French Modernist Armchair. At first, I was more interested in the dresser it’s paired with (spotted while flipping through the Wisteria catalog), but as I kept coming back to the image, I realized that I was actually drawn to the chair too. It’s not a style that I typically go for, but it is beautiful. It’s also versatile, making it the perfect candidate to design a series of looks around.

First, we have the chair in a living room with a bright green sofa and loud floral curtains. The chair’s rounded lines are balanced by strong lines elsewhere, and there’s a fun play of patterns with stripes, florals, and polka dots (my favorite mix!) represented.

Making it Yours 11A: French Modernist Armchair #makingitlovely

  1. Paint: Cabbage White, Farrow & Ball

  2. Nelson Crisscross Saucer Pendant Lamp, Design Within Reach

  3. Wonderland Pearl Floral Fabric,

  4. Bronze Candlesticks, Eva Zeisel

  5. Painting by Jon Bucklin, Above the Surface, Serena & Lily

  6. Photography by Bert Teunissen, Azaruja #1, 20×200

  7. Stockholm Sofa in Sandbacka Green, IKEA

  8. Linden Lake Blue Pillow, Crate & Barrel

  9. Favorite Throw in Grasshopper Green, West Elm

  10. Luminous Dots Pillow, Anthropologie

  11. Lafayette Lamp with Navy Stripes, Schoolhouse Electric

  12. Harry Allen Gold Pig Bank, Furbish

  13. Plus Side Table, CB2

  14. French Modernist Armchair, Wisteria

  15. Link Cabinet, Jonathan Adler

  16. Havbro Off-White Rug, IKEA

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It’s a lot of fun to put these rooms together for fictional spaces and people, but I would take this whole look right now. Soon we’ll see the chair in two other designs, intended to follow up on this look (so you’ll see some of the same pieces used in different ways, just as we all do in our own homes). I hope you enjoy following along!

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  • Heidi
    March 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm

    The color of that couch is perfect for today! Even more beautiful is the combination of straight and rounded lines you partnered above. Lovely pairings all around.

  • Emmie {Blue 11 Interiors}
    March 17, 2014 at 2:21 pm

    I love everything about this look! Can’t wait to see how else you use it!

  • Suzanne
    March 17, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    This is my favorite blog series here! So glad to see another round. Is the couch a subtle St. Patrick’s Day nod? ;)

  • Erin
    March 17, 2014 at 2:40 pm

    I love this!

  • Sarah @ 702 Park Project
    March 17, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    That emerald sofa is killing it! Obsessed!

  • Tatyana
    March 17, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I love the green velvet on the sofa. I keep thinking I should get the sofa for my new place. But I saw it at IKEA and it doesn’t look really comfortable for lounging and watching movies or taking naps. I wish they made covers in this velvet for other IKEA sofas (maybe like the one you got for your TV room). Oh well… one cannot have it all. :)
    I love this series, by the way.

  • emily
    March 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    really love the bright colors mixed with the black and natural accents. gorgeous! and, i really love the chair too. at first glance it feels really “Beach” and casual, but I can totally imagine it working in so many homes. can’t wait to see all the ideas you come up with.

  • Kristina
    March 18, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    Oh, good — Making It Yours is my favorite, favorite series. I know they must be more work than most other posts, and it love them. I can’t wait to see the rest!

    Congratulations on the pregnancy.

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  • Alana
    March 21, 2014 at 9:45 am

    I love that green sofa. Lately that’s my dream sofa color.

    AND OMG! A BABY?? YAHOO!!!!!! I’m so excited for you!

  • Alana
    March 21, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Hmm. Now wondering about making a slipcover for our current sofa in that color green. You’ve made them before, right? How hard do you think it would be?

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  • Julie Blanner
    April 12, 2014 at 1:34 pm

    The combination of colors you used is beautiful! I’m also in love with that adorable pig you used. I may steal the idea of incorporating stripes, floral, and polkadots together! You pulled it off so well.