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

Lace

A few months ago I flew out to LA to do a little housekeeping.  I may have mentioned that I lived there for a very brief moment and when I left, I left a lot of my belongings in a storage space.  After four years I barely remembered what was left behind but what I found was a pleasant surprise.  Having worked in the home textiles industry for a long time, I had acquired a lot of fabric.  Some were just little bits or cuttings and others were larger pieces I had been holding onto for the next grand project.  As I sorted through the boxes, I sifted through some beauties I had worked on.  One of them was a fairly large piece of linen with mid scale lace medallions embroidered on it.  The embroidery was a tonal ivory color on a matching linen ground.  All I have to say is, “Gorgeous”!  And so glad I went back for it.

The fabric was inspired by a lace trend going on in fashion at the time.  I used the fabric to make a curtain for my kitchen window.  It was the perfect fit as there was not enough fabric for more than one window and it was the perfect complement to my very simple kitchen.  It also does a nice job of maintaining privacy while letting in sunlight.

Take a look at how well lace looks in the home.

 

Close up of the embroidered lace motif on  natural linen fabric

Close up of the embroidered lace motif on natural linen fabric

Lace Curtain Angle

A little bit of lace goes a long way

A little bit of lace goes a long way

 

Welcome the Newest Addition

In my last post I showed you my white, rectangular dining table, two white chairs and newly painted navy bench.  It’s a pretty long table so even though I now have all those seats, I still can use more.  A newly married friend and her husband are in the process of revamping their apartment.  Since their styles are completely opposite, modern vs antique, I end up getting first dibs on many of the pieces they are getting rid of.  This time I got another chair.  A black antique folding chair with woven rattan back and seat.

I love the chair but the color isn’t quite right.  The black feels too heavy and just doesn’t work with the navy, blush and gold color palette I’m going for.  The plan is to strip the chair, I know, a big and not so fun job, and paint it navy just like the bench.  I was already able to recruit my mom to make a new cushion.  We used a pretty lace-like diamond pattern fabric in a very pale blush and matching pink velvet ribbon to make the ties.  This is what it looks like at the moment but will  keep you posted once the paint project is complete.

 

This is my new chair.....black antique folding chair with woven rattan back and seat.

This is my new chair…..black antique folding chair with woven rattan back and seat.

 

Chair detail

Chair detail

Here is the chair with its new cushion.  We may need to tuft it in a few spots...looking a little puffy as is but loving the blush lace-like fabric.

Here is the chair with its new cushion. We may need to tuft it in a few spots…looking a little puffy as is but loving the blush lace-like fabric.

 

 

 

 

How To Make A Bed

One of my big projects when I moved into my apartment was to make myself a bed.  When I moved in, I spent the first two nights sleeping in a sleeping bag.  Not comfortable.  As you can imagine, my first purchase was a mattress.  Since I had no boxspring (and didn’t really want one) and didn’t have a headboard (and didn’t really want one), I needed to figure out a way to get the look I wanted without all that stuff.  My new mattress was great, but having it sit on the floor was not so great.  I have always loved the idea of a bed that was set low I don’t like the heaviness of many woods and I don’t like the coldness of metal either.  I didn’t want anything that felt or looked too heavy.   What I wanted was something clean and simple.

When I began my research, I kept seeing beds and other pieces of furniture made from shipping pallets.  I loved the ideas and decided that was what I wanted.  But first I needed some pallets.  Luckily, my good friend Markus Winter an antiques dealer and owner of Lampedo, was able to hand deliver four very beautiful pallets to my apartment so that my DIY project could begin.

Below are some of the inspiration images I came across as well as a peek at how I made my bed.  What do you think?

Cool idea....pallet bed on wheels....catch a cool breeze on a spring day (Photo found on Pinterest blog.piajanebijkerk.com)

Cool idea….pallet bed on wheels….catch a cool breeze on a spring day (Photo found on Pinterest blog.piajanebijkerk.com)

Love how the pallet bed just blends into everything else in the room....look so cozy!  (Photo found on Pinterest blog.esther.com.au)

Love how the pallet bed just blends into everything else in the room….look so cozy! (Photo found on Pinterest blog.esther.com.au)

And this is the one that won me over....love it!!! (Photo found on Pinterest musesofdesign.tumblr.com)

And this is the one that won me over….love it!!! (Photo found on Pinterest musesofdesign.tumblr.com)

First step....getting 4 pallets into my apartment

First step….getting 4 pallets into my apartment

Next, a paint job

Next, a paint job

Here's a sneak peek...

Here’s a sneak peek…

Here is the finished product...not bad

Here is the finished product…not bad

Here is another angle of the bed

Here is another angle of the bed

And that's all....what do you think?

And that’s all….what do you think?