Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Classic Sofas with a Global Vibe


With so much interest in handcrafted global style elements in interior design right now, classic sofas may have roots in any culture around the world and may be neither traditional nor simple sofas. By incorporating furniture and accessions from diverse cultures, you can create your own unique handcrafted style.

The Marrakech Leather Settee is a great example of a classic Moroccan sofa that would work beautifully with furnishings, textiles and decorative accessories to bring a global vibe into your living space. This leather sofa, made in Morocco of carved cedar and handcrafted metal, would definitely be a stunning focal point in any room.

Marrakech Leather Settee

Monday, January 03, 2011

Casual Sofas Show Art Deco Style


Great good looks aren't always about fussy designs. Sometimes less is more, as in stylish simple sofas and many of today's casual sofas. One such design is the Angelo HOME Crawford Sofa from Angelo Surmelis. The new mango art deco fabric and papaya pillows complement the beautiful lines of the sofa. With slightly flared arms and dark wood feet, the Crawford would be a wonderful addition to a home office or library.

The company says the fabric is polyester, the construction is hardwood, the seat has pocket coils and the back has extra thick cushioning, so this sofa should keep its good looks for a long time.

Angelo HOME Crawford Sofa from Angelo Surmelis.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Leather Sofas are Sleepers Too

Is it time to get overnight guests off the inflatable mattress and onto a comfortable bed? Are you also looking for a new sofa? You can take care of both with one of the leather sofas in StylePath's classic sofas collection.

The Coja Durham Leather Sleeper Sofa is beautiful and offers a queen sized pullout bed. Made of top grain leather, this sofa is super comfortable with a feather down blend stuffing in the seat cushions and back. Great details include carved wood legs, top stitching and cool metal studs outlining the front surface of the sofa's curvy arms.

Coja Durham Leather Sleeper Sofa

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Little Black Sofas

The simplicity and subtle impact of a black sofa is not unlike that of a woman in the perfect LBD (little black dress); forever classic and always alluring. For example, simple sofas dressed in unexpected fabrics, such as black velvet, make a subtle statement of class and confidence. Simple sofa styles lend themselves well to most any décor, whether you have traditional taste or modern.

Brookhaven Dylan Velvet Sofa

The Brookhaven Dylan Velvet Sofa in luxurious black velvet on a solid wood frame with chrome trim and legs is the perfect example of the LBS (little black sofa). Simple lines in a transitional style make it a perfect fit for many interiors, whether you plan to do an all white and black living room or would like a neutral palette so you can add in bold color with pillows or an area rug. 

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Popular Sofa Style Guide

We’ve been featuring quite a few sofas on the blog lately and we thought it would be beneficial for our readers to create a post specific to sofa styles. While this is just a start, we’ll have to follow up with additional sofa style posts to cover them all.

When you go to buy a sofa do you go for a particular style or do you go by what hits your fancy? Some DYI home decorators stay true to a particular period or style, while others like to mix it up and lean toward the eclectic. No matter which group you are in, it always helps to know a bit about the design and style history of a piece and can be fun to learn.

Next time you’re out shopping with the girls, you can say, “Oh look at that lovely Cabriole sofa or check out the clean lines of that Lawson piece.” It’s easy to impress others with knowledge they may not have. So with that in mind, here's a StylePath visual guide to popular sofa styles, a few modern sofas and few classic sofas, to get you started.

Jayson Home & Garden Rockefeller Sofa
The arms are the same height as the sofa back and can be straight or slightly flaired. Pictured here: Jayson Rockefeller Sofa

Jayson Home & Garden Angelica Sofa
Round, soft and often found set atop casters, the club sofa fits well in country or English styles. Picture here: Jayson Angelica Sofa


Van Gogh Designs Rose Sofa Bed

Very traditional and highly formal the Camelback was first made popular in the 18th century by Thomas Chippendale.
Pictured here: Van Gogh Designs Rose Sofa Bed


Wisteria Linen European Furniture


Can’t leave Louis XV’s Cabriole out of the line up. Formal and stately with its curvy body and delicately carved legs, this sofa would look terrific in a French style interior or even shabby chic. Pictured here: Wisteria Linen European Settee

Room & Board Andre 89" Two-Cushion Sofa in View Pewter
Mid-Century Modern
This is the look we featured earlier in our "Mad Men" post. Straight and all about its angled look, the mid-century modern sofa often features chrome legs. Picture here: Room & Board Andre Sofa

Baxton Studios Coco Living Room Group

Leaning toward the modern side, the Lawson is all about its boxy look, but at times, it is seen with rolled arms softening its streamlined appearance at bit. Pictured here: Baxton Studios Coco Sofa

Gus* Modern Carter Sectional Sofa

Highly modular, the sectional comes in a wide variety of components and configurations and even style; from a formal look with rolled arms and curved back to a modern straight-lined style. Pictured here: Gus Modern Carter Sectional Sofa

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Mid Century Modern "Mad Men" Style

Betty Draper on set looking demure and elegant. You see it everywhere, from House Beautiful to Mid Century Modernist, so I thought StylePath should take part in lauding the interior design of the hit series "Mad Men". It really is undeniably chic and impeccably done and surely not “textbook mid-century modern America” as Dan Bishop, Production Designer of the "Mad Men" set explains.  

Sleek chrome, vinyl and teak wood are at the forefront of this ‘60s style with a mix of 50s and 40s thrown in to make it authentic. Danish modern takes front stage in Don Draper's office with an all teak desk. The sofas in other areas of the office are boxy very reminiscent of Herman Miller’s Goetz Sofa.

If you like the "Mad Men" look, StylePath has all the resources you need to create your uber-chic mid-century pad. Take a look at these designs from Eames, Herman Miller and Saal.

Goetz Sofa by Herman Miller

Herman Miller Goetz Sofa

Eames Soft Pad Group Lounge Chair  Herman Miller


Herman Miller Eames Soft Pad Group Lounge Chair

Saal Modern Chair - American Walnut

Saal Modern Chair in American Walnut is a fine example of Danish modern design.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Classic Leather Living Room Furniture

There’s nothing quite like a lovingly-worn vintage Chesterfield sofa, with its deep creases and softly patinaed patches, but every Chesterfield has to start somewhere. If you are on the hunt for “just so” leather living room furniture then look no further than the reproduction of the true classic Chesterfield leather sofa by Timothy Oulton.

With its deep tufting, perky rolled arms and no less than 1,500 hand-hammered brass studs and count them, 85 buttons, this leather sofa is begging to go home with you. Just imagine sinking back into its deep set cushions, already supple and distressed, to give it that lived in look and feel you would spend years of lounging on it to accomplish.

This Chesterfield will give your other livingroom furniture the classy companion it’s been pining for. Your search is over— this is the “just so” sofa you’ve been looking for all along. 

Restoration Hardware Kensington Leather Sofa

Restoration Hardware Kensington Leather Chesterfield Loveseat

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Home Decor Blog Neighbors and Friends

I got a bit antsy to get out and about on the web--sometimes you get tired of your own voice and need some company--so I decided to check out what my fellow home decor bloggers are up to. Wow, this is fun....take a look at what’s happening around our virtual world today and tell me it doesn’t make you smile. No matter where I go or what I see, I am always amazed at the creativity people have inside flowing out and molding itself into some kind of wonderful matter, whether it’s a chair, leather sofa, a fabric pattern or a simple lamp shade. We humans are fascinating creatures. Enjoy what I found on my trip around the neighborhood.


This is one of my favorite places to visit…and look what I found the most perfect pendant shade in a b-e-a-u-tiful blue!



The Decorating Diva
Our StylePath twitter buddy, The Decorating Diva, put together this terrific rustic glamour décor and there is the white leather sofa I’ve been wanting. Thank you, Carmen, for sharing!

The Decorating Diva's Rustic Glamour


The Material Girls

I guess I wasn't present that day in 2009 when The Material Girls posted this terrific nostalgic movie interiors post. At least I’m catching up today…



Living With White

I couldn’t get out without stopping by our good blog friends, Vish and Asia, over at Living with White. Ooooh, they’ve got the pristine and fabulously molded Eames plastic white armchair. Those Eames boys, Charles and Ray, really knew how to design a great place to sit. 

Living with White And The Eames Brothers



Jubella has a little feature on photographer Rachel Whiting interior photography. This a glorious room, can’t you just imagine waking up to it!

Rachel White Photography on Jubella

Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Pink Seven Sofa and Betsey Johnson

Not all ladies love pink, especially in our decor. I was on the fence about it until I saw these great shots of the absolutely splendid pink apartment Betsey Johnson designed (is there anything this woman can’t do?) A little pink goes a long way, but a lot of pink goes on for miles! I got curious to see what pink pieces we have on StylePath, so here is a living room sofa that's bold and pink, it would surely get the nod from Ms. Johnson herself.

                          Betsey Johnson in her apartment. (Credit)

Ms Johnson's Dining Room. I just love the yellow and metal dining room chairs. (Credit)

                               Pink Seven Sofa

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Color Lovers Go Neutral

Here's a bit of design advice for all you color lovers out there. If you have a thing for color (the brighter the better, you say?) then choose your bigger upholstered pieces (sofas, lounge chairs, settees and living room chairs) in neutrals of beige, taupe, ivory, white, gray and black. Pairing big neutral pieces with favorite or trending colors has become a popular practice as we look to design in more budget conscience ways.

With a neutral canvas in place, you can go wild with a colorful palette you love for accessories, art, accent pieces and walls. If you like things to be fresh and exciting, a neutral base allows you to change things up according to seasonal trends or on a whim. You’ll never get bored with your décor again.

Design Tip: Nothing is bland about neutral tones when you know how to use them to their best advantage. If you tend to like cooler colors such as blue, green and violet then go with a white that has a cool bluish undertone. If you like warmer colors like red, orange and yellow then choose a white with a warmer yellow undertone.

Here's a neutral sofa furniture line-up you can't go wrong with...

White Leather Sofa

This white Italian leather sofa is artistically tufted with matching buttons.

Willis Grey Velvet Couch

Fabric upholstered sofa in gray with black walnut wood finish and antique brass casters.

Seyhan OZdemir & Sefer Caglar Sofa

Designer sofa from Seyhan Ozdemir & Sefer Caglar for De La Espada.

Black leather couch

Corbu black leather sofa with full leather Italian upholstery.

Jasper Contemporary Sofa

The Jasper Contemporary Sofa with a sharp angles in a modern design.

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