Regulars to the site will know that we’re all for statement couches. But there’s something to be said for a more transitional piece that can lend itself to varied styles as your taste changes. To test our theory, we picked out a dream subject—Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams’ Reese Sofa—which straddles modern and traditional territory with its square arms and cushions and tailored upholstery, balanced by classic piping detail, natural linen and wood legs. Then we built three distinct looks around it, and themed them after films—because it’s fun.
Take things in a rock and roll direction befitting a stylish masculine retreat (okay fine man cave) and accent with modern history pieces: a midcentury-inspired lamp, a ’90s-feeling side table, and an iconic punk rock poster, but of course.
|Arquatto Cocktail Table, $498, Lillian August||Slope Leather Armchair, $1,474, West Elm||Cowhide Rug, $485, Saddlemans|
|Soane Black Side Table, $385, Amara||London Calling Poster, $7, Movie Poster Etc.||Chrome Ball Table Lamp, $195, High Street Market|
|Eskayel Chair, $2495, ABC Home||Savine Graphite Cushion, $59, Amara||
Roberto Cavalli Kilim Cushion, $123, Amara
Conjure the good life in Santa Barbara by adding earthy elements and a range of design traditions in a neutral palette. A petrified wood stump table brings in warmth and texture, and an exotic oriental rug adds an international detail that keeps things interesting.
|Fireplace Screen, $1,900, Commune||Area Rug, from $1499, ABC Carpet||Throw, $525, Garde|
|Comet Basket Chair, $375, Weego Home||Emerson Coffee Table, $499, West Elm||Canyon Chair, $1,850, Serena & Lily|
|Stone Stump, $895, HD Buttercup||Paisley Pillow, $175, Hollywood At Home||Aged Victorian Planters, from $18, Botanik|
Who says you can’t blend European salon with an updated take on chinoisserie? Certainly not us. Accent with throw pillows emblazoned with a French royal court motif, introduce an asian-themed garden stool, and drive home the intellectual bent with a task floor lamp.
|Bruno Floor Lamp, $159, Blueprint||Portrait Pillow Cover, $50, Zara Home||
Anastasia Mirror, $398, Anthropologie
|Garden Stool, $185, Furbish||Zentique Coffee Table, $688, Candelabra||Family Pillow Cover, $50, Zara Home|
|Salon Chair, $699, HD Buttercup||Red Overdyed Rug, $2,645, Wayfair||Canterbury Chair, $995, Lillian August|