Floor Cushions and Low Seating

After living in Morocco for a year, I fell in love with the simplicity of some of the seating in living rooms.  Don’t get me wrong, Morocco is not really known for it’s simplicity in design.  I have seen a lot of heavy upholstery fabrics in living rooms where colors and patterns are mixed in some very colorful combinations.  There can certainly be a lot of design overwhelm–color, texture, patterns–but when you take a deeper look at things you can also find a lot of simple elements to create a truly beautiful and livable room.

One of the simple elements I came across often was the use of floor cushions.  Traditional sofas are around but low seating and floor cushions are also a big thing.  In a previous life, I was a big fan of low seating.  I loved having floor cushions gathered around a low coffee table and using it as a more casual dining area.  Now that I’m back in a place of my own, I’d like to get back to some of the low seating dinners.  A few weeks ago, my crafty mother did me a huge favor and made me a pair of floor cushions.  From my extensive fabric collection, I chose an embroidery with a medallion type design.  This navy embroidery motif is set against a natural cotton twill fabric.  Using a cotton twill fabric makes it sturdier for use on the floor.  To back the floor cushions, I dug up a beautiful indigo throw that I had from many years ago.  The throw had a big chunk cut out of a corner so I couldn’t really use it as a throw but I didn’t want to throw it away since it was a really beautiful fabric and color.  It has somewhat of a worn in look with a soft hand.  Again, it’s tough enough to end up on the floor without getting ruined.  We added a few ties to keep it all together though after we finished decided we could probably add a few more ties.

I have pulled a few of my favorite floor cushion and low seating inspirations to share with you.  Though I still have a ways to go, two floor cushions doesn’t really make a party, I think we’re off to a good start.

Here's a  nice black and white example where the floor cushions have just been stacked...a nice back up when you've run out of seating. (heltenkelthosmig.blogspot.de via Pinterest)

Here’s a nice black and white example where the floor cushions have just been stacked…a nice back up when you’ve run out of seating. (heltenkelthosmig.blogspot.de via Pinterest)

Another lovely example of floor cushions worked into a living room. (theyallhateus.com via Pinterest)

Another lovely example of floor cushions worked into a living room. (theyallhateus.com via Pinterest)

Here they have mixed sizes.  (decor8blog.com via Pinterest)

Here they have mixed sizes. (decor8blog.com via Pinterest)

This is a nice example of a whole seating area using just floor cushions and decorative pillows. (lolalina.com via Pinterest)

This is a nice example of a whole seating area using just floor cushions and decorative pillows. (lolalina.com via Pinterest)

A great example of low seating in a Moroccan home. (fuckmazing.tumblr.com via Pinterest)

A great example of low seating in a Moroccan home. (fuckmazing.tumblr.com via Pinterest)

Ok, I know this is on a beach, but how great is that? (browndresswithwhitedots.tumblr.com via Pinterest)

Ok, I know this is on a beach, but how great is that? (browndresswithwhitedots.tumblr.com via Pinterest)

Ta-da!

Ta-da!

Navy Floor Cushion in my Bedroom

Acrylic anyone?

Before I moved into my apartment, I inherited an acrylic occasional table that had been used as a display table at a boutique/spa where my sister had been working.  By inheriting, I mean that the boutique it had been living in was closing and the table was going to be dumped if no one took it.  The table was way too beautiful to just be thrown away and though I had no apartment at the time and no idea what I was going to do with the table, I knew it was too good to pass up.

Basically I had one day to decide I wanted the table and even less time to figure out how I was going to get the massive table home. Though the table was not what you might consider big, it weighed a ton! I was able to convince and hire the two movers to bring it to my sisters apartment where I was living at the time…a four floor walk up. What an experience that was….I honestly did not think the table was going to make it. But after much huffing and puffing and other unmentionables, it did. The table stayed under plastic wraps for over a year until I could give it a proper home.

Lucky for me I have good friends who seem to be just as crazy as I am when it comes to design and projects.  These friends always seem to help me out when I most need them.  Once again my friend Markus Winter, owner of Lampedo, came to save the day. Markus and I got to work and somehow managed to bring my super heavy occasional table down four flights of stairs and up to its new home in my second floor apartment. Here are some pics of how we did it and what I did with it…I think I made the right decision, don’t you?

We made it to my building....

We made it to my building….

The table...ready for the last leg of the adventure

The table…ready for the last leg of the adventure

Yikes!

Yikes!

Let's try it here...

Let’s try it here…

Hmmm?

Hmmm?

Let's try this wall instead

Let’s try this wall instead

I think this table just found a new home

I think this table just found a new home

Take it off!

Take it off!

How do I look?

How do I look?

The Grand Tour

There are so many projects I want to tell you about, questions I would like to ask, inspirations and colors I’d like to share but I think before I can do all of that, it might be a good idea to actually share my space with you.  Yes, I’ve talked about the hardwood floors in every room (except the bathroom), the white walls and white kitchen and bathroom cabinets, the number of curtainless windows I have (this is a good thing…the windows part), my corner bedroom and all the amazing sunlight I get pretty much all day long…I almost feel bad telling you about it, but nothing paints a picture better than the real thing.  So I think it’s time for the grand tour.  Are you ready?

The Kitchen

The kitchen, one of the first things you see when you walk into my apartment…not too bad for New York.

 

Living Room…to the left….look at that sunshine

Living Room…to the right…look at that floor

 

 

Sunny bathroom...what a fancy tub you have

Sunny bathroom…what a fancy tub you have

 

 

 

Bedroom windows...look at those blue skies

Bedroom windows…look at those blue skies

 

My room and my rug...from Marrakech with love

My room and my rug…from Marrakech with love

 

Last but not least...my bed

Last but not least…my bed

What do you think?