Mix It Like A Pro
"Whether I'm starting from scratch on a new space or tinkering with an existing one, I find that the best way to make a project less daunting is to draw from my own experiences. For whatever reason, my education has informed my design sensibility. These influences find form in shapes, colors and prints. More traditional motifs like French Blue Check and scalloping refer to my time at an all-girls grammar school with a traditional tunicked uniform, while Royal Linen and a Slipper Chair might pay homage preppy moments at boarding school, and then the splashier colors and museum-quality pieces like the Mid-Century Bench harken back to my time at art school. It'd be too predictable if each fabric were always paired with its matching silhouette, so I like thinking about the process as akin to remixing a song. For instance, a serious ottoman might find levity with a candy-colored cabana stripe, or a gallery bench gets an edge when upholstered in an equestrian green velvet."
Edith Young is a photographer, designer and writer based in New York. She runs a print shop of palettes culled from art history and works as the photographer and photo editor at Man Repeller.
This nonchalant but tailored pouf is perfect as an extra perch or place to put your feet up.
The Cocktail Ottoman is foot stool and coffee table combined. It exudes coziness while remaining every bit sophisticated.
Topped with curved arches, the Scalloped Screen, with its architectural form, can act as a decorative element in a space or as a way to section off any room.
This elegant arm chair is reminiscent of mid-century cocktail furnishings when entertaining was everyday.
The slipper chair made its debut in the early 1700s and has since become a favorite amongst decorators for its versatility, shape, and size. Note: slipper chairs look great as a pair.
Clean and minimal, the Mid-Century Bench is a piece that plays well with others.