Sofa Imitates Style (Or Vice Versa?)

Monday, February 04, 2008

Defining your style is a tricky thing. Are you still hung up on Baroque or going gaga on Scandanavian chic? I peruse so many design and fashion mags that my style has become a giant mass of pictures and notes. (Kind of like the Blob... it just keeps growing and may soon attack the greater Houston area!) However, it is essential to pare down. Streamline. Spring clean. It's one thing to have eclectic taste that balances. It's quite another to have a hodge podge of random pieces that have no relation to one another.

So where's a modern person like you to get inspiration for such a large undertaking? Well, I'm taking a bit of inspiration from "Dress My Nest" (Wednesdays at 11pm on Style Network). Pick your favorite outfit out of your closet. Try it on, admire yourself in the mirror, do a little twirl! Now, ask yourself what you like about it. Is it tailored and sophisicated and makes you look like a million bucks? Flowy and romantic? Bold and avant garde? Take those key words and keep them in mind while furniture shopping. Bring along a polaroid of your outfit with your key words Sharpie-d around it. Trust me, it helps to have a visual reminder of what you want when faced with temptation.

Here are a few examples to go by:
Look #1

Black and white is the perfect neutral. It goes with everything (and I do mean everything!). Nailhead and tufted leather dress up and otherwise simple sofa silhouette. A tight back and clean, minimal lines offer structure and polish. Dress by Proenza Schouler, Jacob Sofa by Oly Studio.

Look #2

For a truly original style, you can't get any better than the Matinee Sofa. Not only is it modern and subtley decorated, it is the ultimate in versatility. Take off the back bolster and you have an instant daybed. Perfect for your hippie chic wardrobe and home. Dress by Kate & Kass, Matinee Sofa by American Leather.
Look #3

The Chester sofa embodies poise and class. The tufted is luxurious and emphasizes curve. Perfect for a library or living room (you won't want the kids climbing on this one!), this sofa will be your chic retreat from the insanity of daily life. Skirt and top by Badgley Mischka, Chester Sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

Look #4

Not everybody wants a sofa that shouts. The Gabriel Sofa is streamlined and modern and every detail is whisper quiet from the grid-tufted back to the comfy down cushions. What is lacks in immediate wow-factor, it makes up for in timelessness. Dress by Karta, Gabriel Sofa by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
Look #5


For a funky, quirky space, try the Zoe. It's shape is completely exaggerated. Go with a neutral for a quieter look or go all out with a bright, bright color. Either way, it will be voluminous and curvy and completely you. Dress by Vera Wang, Sofa by au.

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