Saturday, January 7, 2012

Global Style+Rough Edges= LOVE!

Last weekend, R fashioned a beautiful, rustic table out of reclaimed decking redwood. He intended it for his room but it looked so good that I convinced him that it would look perfect in the living room. I have always wanted a table that I could have a rotating display on- a broad console table-like surface on which I could keep favorite prints and photographs, books, a candle or two. The scarred table and old brick also provided a striking contrast to the otherwise smooth edges of my (suburban) living room. This has become my decorating mantra: mix it up. The old with the new. The glossy and the rough. And use the rooms in your home to tell your story. I had so much fun styling this!
Rough Edges
I covered part of it with a vintage red, embroidered tapestry, placed my beloved ikat journal on it and then leaned our favorite pictures... 
Texture Love
I wanted it to have a global feel, so in addition to the tapestry from India, I added a papyrus painting from Egypt that had R and my names on it- a 1st wedding anniversary present from my Dad, photographs from our travels and some that I had bought on Etsy, a handmade Christmas ornament that escaped being put away, an old silver tray.. you know, the kind of precious things that every family treasures.


Love the Blues!

Standing tall!

The pictures are unified by their dark frames but I arranged them in a way that I find pleasing- randomly! The end result had that vintage charm that I love. It also brings a certain real world edge to my living room. The light was poor when I took this last picture but I included it anyway to give you an idea of how the entire space looks. What do you think?
Styling 101

All photographs are taken by me.

11 comments:

Amithigirl said...

Gorgeous! R is a woodworker, just like my hubby. Love how it goes so well in your living room, against the brick walls:) Love it!

Neha@ All things beautiful said...

Wow...I have no words!
It looks lovely, Priya. All those accessories that you used to style the table make it look all the more gorgeous.
I've been trying to convince my hubby to help me build a table for a long time.

notyet100 said...

Wow I luv the rustic look,:)

Miss Frangipani said...

That new table fits in so beautifully with your bookshelves (which are one of my favorite examples of a styled space in a 'real' home). Good work, and such a lovely start to the New Year!

Shanthi said...

What a cozy rustic place you have P! Just Looooooved it.

GB said...

Gorgeous Priya--love those prints against the brick wall. and that table is perfection!

Vidya @ Whats Ur Home Story said...

Love how the stain on the table pulls out the differnet shades of the brick. The pictures on the walls and in the built-ins all work together so well. Where do you buy your frames/mats from?

Neha@ All things beautiful said...

Priya, visting again just to look at the beautiful table. It looks awesome.
Mixing the rustic/rugged with some sophisticated is definitely my style too!

Once Upon A Tea Time said...

Thanks, everyone! @Vidya, all my frames are from Michaels.

Za faran said...

Its so beautiful! You have create quite a 'real world' rustic-urbane corner in your room.

Perfect Witch said...

Loved this. Very, very beautiful table and the display.

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