Tuesday, September 6, 2011

A Modern Bachelor Pad with Vintage Character

Think bachelor pad and the first thing that comes to mind is a complete mishmash of furniture pieces, usually a black leather sofa, a futon and a lot of hand me downs. For today's virtual room, we will be designing a modern living room/dining room combo in a bachelor pad. We'll imagine that this bachelor is a professional, who entertains quite a bit in an upscale high rise condo in the city. He likes modern and edgey with a touch of vintage character.

Let's get right into our wall color. We'll be using a dark smokey gray from Sherwin Williams called "Versatile Gray" SW6072.

Next we'll add our sofa. This beautiful contemporary sofa is from Kravet. We will warm up the room by re-upholstering the sofa in this sand colored mohair fabric from Kravet, and pillows in this graphic print.

Next we'll add two matching occasional chairs to the main seating area. These chairs are small enough that they won't take up too much space in a small condo. We'll reupholster both chairs in the same graphic fabric as the bolster pillows in the sofa.

Next we'll add a cocktail ottoman to the center of the main seating area. Cocktail ottomans are a great alternative to a cocktail table. They provide a soft spot to prop your feet up, and great for additional seating when entertaining friends and family. We'll re-upholster the ottoman in this ribbed mohair fabric from Kravet


Next we'll add the occasional tables in the room. We'll add two of these simple side tables from Arteriors on either side of the sofa.

Next we'll add an area rug to define the seating area. This area rug from Safavieh adds a bit of whimsey and makes the room less serious. It has all the colors of the room and ties everything together perfectly.

We will have a secondary seating area by the fireplace with this mid-century modern, industrial inspired chaise from Restoration Hardware.

We'll add another side table next to the chaise. On the other side of the fireplace we'll add a modern bookcase. We will have a flat screen TV mounted above the firebox.

Even a bachelor pad needs window treatments. We'll add very tailored panels in this raw silk fabric from Kast fabric.

Now we'll introduce our lighting, art and accessories to the living room portion of our condo.

Now we'll get right into the dining room portion of our condo. We want to keep the wall color the same for continuity since the rooms are open to each other. Of course we will also continue the same modern, vintage theme. We'll start with this industrial meets rustic dining room table from Noir Furniture.

Next we'll bring in six to eight dining room chairs. These clean, geometric chairs from Restoration Hardware is inspired by the angularity and simplicity of 1940s Parisian design.The italian leather will age and patina very well over time.

Next we'll add our area rug. We'll dress it up a bit with this beautiful wool area rug from Restoration Hardware.

We'll add a side board from Studio A to act as a server at dinner parties.

We'll also add some tailored window panels to our dining area. Done in this geometric print from Kast Fabric.

next we'll add a chandelier above our dining room table. This beautiful drum shade chandelier is from Charles Edwards, London.

 We can't ignore the breakfast bar that is just beyond the dining room so we'll add some bar stools and pendant lighting. We'll then add our accessories for the dining room.

So there you have it; a modern bachelor pad with some vintage character. Coupling cool grays with the warmth of tans and light gold makes our bachelor pad more liveable and inviting. Hope you are inspired to create the home of your dreams.

My Top three Fun Finds of the week:

This beautiful square chandelier from Charles Edwards, London

These art pieces from Noir Trading are pretty cool.

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