Styling my (grey) sofas

April 25, 2016


1. Black & White painting (our collection)  2. Room & Board slip covered sofa  3. CB2 shag rug  4. CB2 b&w prim pillow  5. Living Spaces Estate Black pillow  6. Living Spaces Black Diamond knit pillow  7. CB2 xbase pillow  8. Living Spaces Maisie b&w stripe pillow  9. Living Spaces Reiter Hide pillow  10. West Elm Mongolian Lamb pillow  11. West Elm Dusan Dusan pillow  12. West Elm Embroidered Ribbon pillow cover

When you have a friend who is both a talented artist and an interior designer, you should probably listen when she offers free advice. Tricia Strickfaden‘s paintings are in demand in galleries across the country and her own home is stunning. We were at the Long Beach Antique Market together about a year ago when she found some cool black and white fabric for my throw pillows. I resisted, not wanting to use the big black and white painting in my living room as a jumping-off point for the decor. Well, guess what?

One indecisive year later, when none of my pillow choices have worked, I’m trying Tricia’s idea. My two sofas have grey slip covers that actually look a bit purplish when any other greys or blues are close by. Black and white pillows will keep them looking grey, and will work beautifully with my big abstract painting. I haven’t committed to any of these patterns yet, but I think I’ll go with a mixture of geometric and more free-flowing prints.

I’m not too worried about keeping this part of the house so neutral. There’s plenty of color elsewhere in the same room: a quartet of yellow chairs and four other pictures featuring yellows, blues, pinks and greens.

Sometimes I think I mistake my stubbornness for independence and creativity. Thanks, Tricia!


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