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Jan 14

one piece, two looks.

I’m always intrigued on how different designers approach a space and how they decide which direction to go in. Generally, I begin with one main statement piece and design the rest of the space accordingly. Usually, the moment I see that piece I have an immediate idea in my mind on what should happen with it. That being said, there are so many directions that you could pursue with that one item, and it’s often interesting to think of alternative solutions.

I thought that it would be fun to introduce a new feature on lark + linen called one piece, two looks. Every once in a while I will present to you a single item and design two drastically different looks around that piece.

 This week, I’ve settled on my victim: the ever so popular, ever so beautiful, ever so wildly wonderful Paul Smith Rug. With its bold pattern and saturated hues, I resolved that there were two main directions that I could go in:

My automatic response is to embrace the playfulness of the piece and match it with other fun, bold items, all the while keeping the space feeling somewhat sophisticated with the use of a beautifully designed lamp and Eames chair. I’ve also began to ground the space with the use of fun, adjustable black side tables and black accents.

Alternatively, I could let the rug do the talking, and design a beautiful space filled with class and sophistication by using clean lines and neutral elements that complement the rug. The solution that I came up with is prim and pretty, perfect for a single female who wears heels and entertains often (that’s what I picture, so let’s just go with it!)

So take a look!

paul smith rug found via the rug company
the rest of the furniture found via: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13

I’d love to know, which do you prefer? And as an aside, if there are any items you’d like me to incorporate into this series, please feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I would be happy to design two spaces based on a piece of your chosing.

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