Houzz Products: One Mod Sofa, Two Cool Designer Looks
Choose your style slant: classic or glam. Designer Kyle Schuneman puts everything together for you with Houzz Products picks
Changing the fabric on a sofa can inspire a totally different design statement, says Kyle Schuneman, interior designer, television art director, prop stylist and author of The First Apartment Book: Cool Design for Small Spaces. As proof, he’s pulled together looks for two cool apartments designed around his Monroe apartment-size sofa and other finds from the Houzz Products section. “For the first I was inspired by a masculine, collegiate color palette that feels layered, classic and a bit coastal,” Schuneman says. The second has a “fun and feminine feel while still appearing a bit glam.” Which look is for you?
Apartment No. 1: Masculine and Classic
Schuneman’s first concept includes bold choices for a layered look — what he calls “kind of an updated masculine frat house.” Start with a sleek sofa in burnt orange, punch it up with a navy-striped rug and keep the lines going with a modern coffee table that serves as surface, storage and sculpture. Handmade in the U.S.
Be as rough and tumble as you like in your updated frat house with this durable hand-woven rug. It’s 100 percent wool and brings the fashion without the frippery.
As if the combo of walnut and chromed steel weren’t enough, this chair has an eye-catching design. Pull it up to the dining table below or haul it out to the living room when friends are over for the big game.
The steel in this handmade table for 6 speaks to strength, while solid walnut and maple show warmth and depth. Aren’t those just the character traits you’d like your dinner date to see?
Staggered layers of Edison bulbs and reclaimed ebony-stained plywood convey thoughtfulness of both the past and the ecominded present. Flush-mount hardware is included, but you can suspend it from the ceiling too.
Rock in comfort without even a hint of a farm porch with this midcentury-style chair with a plastic bucket seat, chrome base and solid beech rockers.
“Throwing in a quick hit of floral in this otherwise hard-edged room softens the space without losing its feel, because the color scheme stays the same,” says Schuneman.
Double dipping isn’t a faux pas with these milk vases; it’s a style statement made with paint. “Mixing textures from industrial elements to beautiful polished woods and smooth ceramics is what make a room come alive as the pieces start to have a conversation with one another,” Schuneman says.
You could spend days gathering wood pieces and gluing them onto your accent wall, or you could affix this textural-looking mural in one fell swoop. It covers just over 100 square feet, is washable and can be peeled off.
Classic Side Table, Walnut, 15"
A protective lacquer on this solid walnut side table means spills are no cause for stress. At 15 inches high, this stylish table can bring surface area, style and storage to a tight space. Made in Minnesota.
Apartment No. 2: Feminine and Fun
For the more feminine cool apartment, “I was inspired by the character Mindy on The Mindy Project, whose wardrobe and apartment are full of bold design, Jonathan Adler accents and personality galore,” Schuneman says.
“I love a space that really speaks to a unique perspective but still feels thought out and tailored,” says Schuneman. The retro colors and triangle pattern on this throw pillow have a lot of personality and a crisp look.
Hide your media equipment and Sex and the City DVDs in here while reserving the top for jewelry, vases and whatnot. The grain-matched solid white oak will go with just about anything, and the powder-coated-steel base comes in six colors. Includes two adjustable shelves and wire management portals. Made in the U.S.
A cutout design gives this chandelier a glam slant without detracting from the clean lines.
30" Round Molded White Fiberglass Table
With a diameter of 30 inches, this modern white table can be tucked into a breakfast nook or can round out a compact dining room perfectly.
Throw some zest into meals by pairing this lime-green chair with the table above. The flexible back makes it comfortable, while the color and shape make it gorgeous.
“Using a bold geometric rug like this really helps give pattern to an otherwise subdued room of solids,” says Schuneman. “I like to think of the floor as my fifth wall.” This one is indoor-outdoor and reversible, so along with the terrific pattern, you’ll get durability and ease of cleaning.
Lite Source LS-21716C Gaetana Table Lamp
Show off your curves with this effortlessly chic modern lamp. Yes, even the shade is chrome, for a major dose of bling.
2-Piece Pebble Air Plant Set
These air plants in sculptural white vases are very easy to keep happy. Just mist every so often with the included water bottle and you’re done.
Who even needs a single flower stem with a glass vase like this? Set it on your coffee table and call it art.
Shangri La Jiao Taupe Grasscloth Wallpaper, Bolt
“Texture is just as important as color when you’re layering in a room,” Schuneman says, “and a natural wall covering is a great way to start.” Each bolt of this textural, natural grass cloth covers about 72 square feet.
When you’re not checking out your hair in this beveled mirror, you can simply marvel at how elegant it makes your room look.
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