While you may spend more time out in the spring sunshine this time of year, your home is the one place you always come back to. It should be reflective of you and feel welcoming to the people you love and entertain. A killer conversation piece doesn’t hurt either. Though furniture is often taken for granted, it’s the anchor of your space and a few special pieces can have transformative power. Our latest Home Lookbook, Spring, By Design features our lovely Director of Fine Art & Home Decor, Kim Brown’s top picks for the ultimate refresh to suit any taste.
How do you create cohesion in a room or home while featuring different styles? KB: Tonal colors and wood finishes help to keep things consistent without being too matchy-matchy. I am a bit more eclectic so I am not bothered by mixing patterns and prints — I actually like to do that. But the colors need to be in the same family; things can’t be too chaotic or too bright.
Do you like to build a room around one piece or let things you collect come together naturally? Do you do switch things out slowly over time or make dramatic changes? KB: I am a huge advocate of buying what you love, as everything has a story. So my collection is growing slowly. Furniture stays a good bit of time at my house but I change out the decor and accessories often to keep things relevant and fresh. Great furniture is an investment — best to keep it around for awhile.
Do you have any favorite pieces from the lookbook? KB: I love everything! But my favorite piece of all time is the Eames LCW Chair (I am lucky enough to own two!). The one we have featured is extra special as it’s from the Limited Edition of 100th Anniversary Chairs produced in rosewood veneer. Numbered 373 of 500. Simply gorgeous. Forever an icon. Always in style.
Any current obsessions when it comes to furniture and decor? KB: YES! Too many amazing items come through our doors! I feel like I want to buy something from our site every day. Current obsessions are an Hermès Avalon blanket (another forever icon but I never find them soon enough) and a Saarinen Executive Chair for my daughter’s room as her desk chair. I spied one with a custom fabric in mauve and it’s literally setting the tone for her “big girl room.”
What’s the easiest/quickest way to update your space this spring? KB: Fresh throw pillows and new art! Also velvet is such a great texture and adds new dimension, especially in cool colors like green or topaz. I’m loving jewel tones for brightness and depth.
What should you look for when investing in new pieces? KB: Condition, construction and authenticity!