Geek or Chic?

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jun 03, 2009 | 9 Comments | Category: Decor Accessories, Trends

My husband sent me an email this morning telling me he really liked Jill’s post on “Industrial Chic.”  At first, I’ll admit I was a little surprised that this look appealed to him.  Upon further reflection it actually made sense.  I mean, he is such a science geek and the industrial look can at times, remind me of a science lab.  How perfect for him!  I decided to dedicate this post to what I am calling, “Science Lab Chic.” 

Jayson does this look VERY well…

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Mecox Gardens also has some great pieces!

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 What an awesome classroom desk this would be!

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Of course you need great metal cabinets to house all of your “curiosities.”

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Every “classroom” needs a globe!  I love this one from Paris Hotel Boutique. 

French Blue & Company has sooo many fun weird finds in their Curiosity Cabinet:

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Of course, an industrial pendant is a MUST:

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This Bronze Pendant is from Pieces. 

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Erika, of Urban Grace Interiors found this chart at Round Top. 

I found some great school house finds at Clutter in Round Top this year…

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So what do you think of this look, geek or chic?





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Geometrics

Posted By Lauren-Houston | Jul 28, 2008 | 10 Comments | Category: Color, Decorating, Design Inspiration, Trends

I have always been drawn to geometric fabrics and wall-coverings, especially in seemingly traditional spaces.  I call this a “graphic punch.”  Repetition, symmetry, contrast or a very specific color scheme are the elements that make a graphic room successful.

Kelly Wearstler is in my opinion the modern day master of said “graphic punch.”

{above pictures via Elements of Style}


However, before Kelly, David Hicks and Alan Campbell were creating textiles that are still readily used (and knocked off) today…

Suzanne Kasler uses the very popular, (and graphic) greek key motif on a bench at the foot of her four poster bed.

Jonathan Adler looooves him some geometric prints (his Bargello pillows are fun and bright).

I love how the black/white greek key fabric makes this otherwise serene room, “pop.”

Ruthie Sommers used a green/white geometric print on two chairs in this cheerful Living Room.  If you are willing to commit to such a print on something other than a pillow, small-scale chairs are perfect for experimentation.

I used Kravet’s “Diamante” in this bathroom.

Geometric wall-coverings are not for the faint of heart, but I love them!  This Beacon Hill apartment meshes traditional furniture with a bold but neutral geometric wallpaper.

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