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what's so special about this room?

By 7/22/2013


to celebrate my favorite and my best decoratorfriend nick olsen's project gracing the cover of this month's world of interiors, let's dissect another of his fabulous rooms, featured in veranda. nick describes the room: "There can't be too much matching going on," he says. "Across the room, I put a tomato-red French chair next to an oxblood porcelain garden seat, and you might say, hmmm—that's a little off. Well, there has to be something a little off in a room or it will look over-decorated".

yes, he's a little off. isn't it just right?

1: those yellow lacquered walls? have you ever? i can tell you for sure- i haven't. probably won't ever get the opportunity to. yellow is probably my least favorite color, but here, with this sophisticated yet punchy palette, it sings!

2: that unexpected mix of pillows. from the global stripe, to kelly wearstler's retro geo print, with a smack of granny floral, it's the perfect combo that's full of flavor and charm

3: huge abstract paint and white painting. i wouldn't put it past nick to have done this himself. it's either that, or something way more expensive than i care to know. what's the difference? it adds a striking sharp contrast to the fussy furnishings below and creates just enough tension to keep things interesting

4: a velvet covered sectional. how decadent! how functional! it's perfect for this space. it keeps the whole scheme grounded in reality - people do live here and they need to sit somewhere comfy to enjoy these beautiful things surrounding them.

5: leopard print carpet, oh why not? just toss that in there as well. the small scale print keeps the room feeling busy and layered, but isn't too loud to throw things off. i love how it provides a little glam to the masculine lines of the big sofa.

6: this room is not only beautiful, but it's functional. the console behind the sofa works as a resting spot for drinks, a home for extra lighting, and adds a bit of texture to the palette. two chairs in a pretty pop of light blue flanking the console can be pulled around for extra guests

7: a place for everything, and everything in it's place. the big lacquered tray adds a bit of now to the more traditional furnishings. the white keeps thing bright and fresh and helps the palette from feeling too dulled down.

16 comments

  1. so funny how this room has leopard print carpet and yellow walls, and it doesn't look too loud. pulled off very nicely!

    XO, Stefanie
    Life on the Squares

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  2. The interior designer really pulled this off. It looks chaotic and doesn't match at all if you look at each pieces individually... But somehow, like magic, it all fits together into a nice artistic room! : )

    Thanks for sharing.

    - http://throughmytastes.blogspot.co.uk/

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  3. one of my all time favorites

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  5. I love this break down! Let's see some more of these. Xx

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  6. awww, thanks ladyboss. the chocolate brown mother ship also has a pull-out bed for guests!

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  7. Love the black shade on the wall sconce, and the smaller scale piece of art too! Love small art pieces tucked in places that may be considered random.

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  8. Nick Olsen is the Fred Astaire of decorating. I love the hell out of that guy.

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  10. Love the picture and so awesome with the numbers!

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  11. Yay for Nick. Love his budget yet high-falutin' ways.

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  12. that room is larger than life! love it! It is the kind of room where you would expect brilliant things to happen. I also love your comment about the provenance of the abstract painting.

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  13. Love the look of a bright color + a print! Such a fab look!!

    --Sayeh, The Office Stylist

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  14. The yellow walls are the first and foremost special element!! Yellow can do wonders in interiors. Love the furniture too, it's handsonmly decorated without seeming overbearing.
    http://futurereflectionsk.blogspot.com

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