Tuesday, March 12, 2013

{Analyze This} Living Room

When you see a striking image, do you pause and analyze what it is you like, or do you just smile and admire its beauty? In the fast-paced world we live in, I think too often we don't stop and smell the roses, so to speak.

To remedy that, I have decided to start a new blog series called "Analyze This." I'll dig out an image that makes me drool, and I'll analyze what it is about that space that makes it special.


This Manhattan living room of designer Laura Day was featured in Lonny Magazine's April/May 2010 issue. Some of you may remember Laura from the old TLC show Trading Spaces, back before there were TV networks focused exclusively on decor and DIY.

Let's analyze this room. What do you notice first?

For me, it's the mirrored credenza with the chevron pattern. It draws me in all the way from far end of the space. Next I notice the large, splashy art on the wall, which is the only real color in the room (other than the red/pink image on the TV). The glass chandelier brings my eye up to the ceiling, where I notice a coffered effect that works around some of the bump-outs in the room.

The lighting is nicely balanced around the room. Each of the three pieces I see are tied in with the color gold, but one is hanging from the ceiling, one is a sconce on the wall, and one is a floor lamp. The pair of coffee tables are tied into the lighting by color.

Neutrals abound in this room, but the various textures keep things interesting. The fluffy sheepskin poufs offer lots of texture, but they also bring in some whimsy, compared to the tailored matching linen sofas.

The wooden side table with three legs plays a couple different parts in the design, other than a table surface. It adds not only a natural wood element, but specifically a rustic element, which helps the room ward off a stuffy feeling. Plus it's just a little silly, and I like that.

I can't neglect to mention the varying sheens in the room. You have the shiny surfaces of the lighting, coffee tables, and credenza. Then you have the matte surfaces of the sofas and rug.

I'm guessing that most of the pieces in the room are new, but I can't say for sure. The black Bergere chair, which ties in to the black chevron pattern on the credenza, is likely vintage or antique.

I can't pin this room down as far as a certain style or era, which is intriguing. It's a little glam, a little rustic, a little mod, and a little tailored. Just the way I like it!

What elements stand out to you?



  1. The first thing I noticed in that room is those fabulous brass coffee tables. No surprise there then!! Then, the fabulous light the room gets - it looks light and airy despite the large pieces. It's no doubt a gorgeous room - love the eclectic mix as well! xxx

    1. Of course you noticed the brass first. I would expect nothing less.

  2. This is a great idea! I noticed the chandelier first!

    Jenna @ http://rainonatinroof.com

    1. Thanks, Jenna! I have mainly recessed lighting at my house (didn't know any better when we built the house six years ago), so I covet chandeliers!

  3. The first think I noticed was the varying shades of neutral. I like it, looks clean, yet comfortable and cozy. Also noticed the lack of kid crap-which I envy!

    1. My son is 16 so I haven't had to deal with toys in my main living spaces for years. Of course, if you're in the middle of it in your own home, I can understand that you'd notice that!


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