Jessica Helgerson Interior Design
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Brooklyn Brownstone contemporary-living-room

Brooklyn Brownstone

he family room, which opens up to a lovely little back garden, is comfortably furnished with a giant built-in sectional sofa upholstered in 18 vintage Peruvian blankets we collected over several months, and a custom fir coffee table of our design.

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July 31, 2013
nicki7479 wrote:
Where is the art on the wall from?
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love it!
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sherveh pirani!!!!!
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July 17, 2013
Marcy Thornton wrote:
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I would like to buy some fabric. How do I go about it?
    Bookmark   January 8, 2014 at 6:27PM
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For pillow covers of a similar style, but handwoven by the artisans, as they were originally created and where this color palette was inspired from, visit The textiles were originally made from "telar" or handwoven on back strap loom. Mexican artisans can source this one-of-the-kind fabric worldwide via this fairtrade portal. thanks
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October 2, 2013
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August 17, 2013
rhondie wrote:
Where can the cool art piece hanging in the stairwell be purchased?

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Pare it down with neutral colors. Even though this space uses dark gray and white, the contrast keeps it striking. This lower level room is partially open to the space above, so Lee used a nice diagonal line to break up the floors.
Jen Dalley |||||||||||||| added this to Explore the Art of Light and Dark in Design
Interiors are great places for chiaroscuro, too, thanks to the ability to harness and play off natural light entering the home. Strong side lighting from double-height windows contrasts with the charcoal-colored painted zones here.
Laura Gaskill added this to 10 Ways to Cozy Up the House for Fall
7. Use vintage textiles as upholstery. Although the sectional shown here was custom made, you can draw inspiration from this look to revamp your own sofa, chair or cushions with colorful vintage textiles, including rugs. If you're DIY savvy, you could attempt to re-cover cushions or upholstery yourself, make cozy pillow covers or simply wrap seat cushions in textiles for a temporary change.If you want to use vintage rugs on your furniture, have them professionally cleaned first. Or you can carefully clean vintage textiles yourself by gently agitating them by hand in a bathtub of lukewarm water with a mild soap. Rinse and air-dry them before using.
Judith Taylor Designs added this to 11 Tricks to Make a Ceiling Look Higher
10. Introduce a diagonal. Have you ever noticed how a staircase railing invites your eye to wander upward, giving lift to a room? A painted diagonal or a decor element that creates a diagonal line will offer the same effect.

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Diagonal lines- this is a fantastic example of diagonal line because the stair case handle is a soil if wall from the other room!
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The sofa!
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love the material on this couch and the book cases
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I would have carried the diagonal over onto the door or window frame. Haven't worked with diagonals for some time. Think it's time for a change ... i.e. living room.
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sectional sofa upholstered in 18 vintage Peruvian blankets collected over several months
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The Grey paint used here on the wall and ceiling defines the space.
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Colors are great.
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great colors
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couch upholstered with peruvian blankets. I live in Perú and have the blankets
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Love these colors in this space!
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