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The Lorimer Project Part III – Design Plan

We’re nearing the final stretch at the Lorimer Project! Click here to see parts I and II. The challenge was to turn a nondescript white shell of a condo into a place that would reflect my client’s style: colorful, creative, and bohemian.

She wanted a chic, unfussy, but collected look. We started by layering rich patterns and textures, then we combined rustic, age-worn, and hand-crafted items with polished, refined pieces. 

Boho Bohemian Eclectic Design Kilim

The design plan for the main room.

In the main room, we chose a white-washed wood paneled wallpaper which immediately added warmth and interest.  Our custom-designed kilim loveseat, with its bold colors and patterns, is balanced by a pair of laid-back leather and velvet armchairs. The Beni Ourain-inspired area rug is layered with a super soft faux sheepskin. Finally we interspersed metallic accents, like a vintage brass arc lamp and copper pendant lights, to give the room a touch of glamour.

To integrate the loveseat’s bright color palette into the dining area, we found a funky boucherouite rug with bands of pink, orange, blue, and green. We chose a marble-topped tulip table and a set of vintage industrial metal chairs to complete the dining area.

Boho Bohemian Eclectic Design Hanging Window Garden Succulents

5×4 hanging window garden.

The largest window in the main room faces an adjacent building. My client was unhappy with a completely unobstructed view into her apartment – but she wanted to preserve a more open look than window coverings would provide. I suggested a succulent window garden. We found brass planters from West Elm, measured out a 5×4 grid to cover her window, and filled the planters with succulents and moss. The result is a hanging screen that gives her some additional privacy and adds a lush, natural element to our design.

Bedroom Boho Bohemian Eclectic Design Black Walls

The design plan for the bedroom.

In the bedroom, we wanted to inject some glamour. We took our inspiration from the Hollywood Regency era, reflected in the flocked fan pattern wallpaper, brass accents, and vintage Rita Hayworth movie marquee poster. A rattan headboard from Serena & Lily and a kilim accent pillow give the room some natural textures.

The bedroom is small, so we needed a piece of furniture that could serve double duty as a nightstand and vanity. We ended up finding a vintage table from Brimfield Antique Market and giving it a mini makeover. We paired the table with a brass stool and vanity mirror.

Boho Bohemian Eclectic Design Geometric Wallpaper

And lastly, the art room. My client wanted bright, whimsical wallpaper to help inspire her art projects. We ended up designing our own colorful geometric pattern using Mur’s triangle decals. The decals are available in 11 different colors, so we played around with color combinations until we found a palette that worked just right. We also found a vintage industrial cabinet with metal baskets to store all of my client’s tools and supplies.

That’s a complete overview of our plans for the Lorimer Project. Be sure to check back soon to see the final reveal!

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Trendcasting: Geological Genius

Jared Sherman Epps JSE Blue Agate Wall Bathroom Design Decor Trend

A large agate mural is the focal point of this breathtaking bathroom from JSE Interior Design. 

The design world’s flirtation with geological decor has grown into a full-blown love affair. Rock forms, minerals, geodes, and– most commonly– agate have truly stolen our hearts. Why are we so drawn to these elements? Take agate as an example. 

Agate is simultaneously chaotic and systematic; it forms highly irregular organic shapes, within which are aligned perfect parallel bands of color. This balance of tumult and order is so pleasing to the eye, I can’t imagine the design community will abandon the trend any time soon. 

JSE Interior Design, helmed by owner Jared Sherman Epps, created the breathtaking bathroom shown above. They used a custom waterproof panel from Alex Turco on the back wall of the shower in lieu of standard tiles. The freeform organic shape and vivid blue of the agate mural perfectly complement the room’s sleek minimalism. The oversized scale of the mural demands your attention, while beautifully framing the room’s two windows. 

Apparatus Studio Zak + Fox Gabriel Hendifar Strata Study Wallpaper Fabric Agate Geological Decor Design Trend

Strata Study wallpaper from Apparatus and Zak + Fox. Photographer Michael Wells. 

The Strata Study fabric and wallpaper from Apparatus Studio and Zak + Fox was inspired by stratification, the layering of sedimentary rock and soil which naturally occurs over time. Gabriel Hendifar, co-founder of Apparatus, hand-painted the design for Strata Study. Perhaps because it draws upon the immemorial process of geological formation, this design feels timeless. It pairs with traditional and contemporary pieces alike, as evidenced by the gorgeous dining room above. 


Studio Bijoux Etage Rug Agate Amethyst Azure Geode Geological Mineral Crystal Decor Design Trend

Agate-inspired rugs from Studio Bijoux. Pictured in the Amethyst and Azure colorways.

Studio Bijoux designs these eye-catching Étage rugs, which mimic slices of Brazilian agate.The Étage’s irregular shape sets it apart, but it is close enough to a circle that it is easy to incorporate into a room. The rugs come in a variety of sizes, so you could use them for a multitude of purposes– from grounding a seating area or at the center of an entrance foyer.

Tonic Living Marbleized Quartz Pillow Fabric Agate Geode Mineral Crystal Geological Design Decor Trend

A pillow in Marbleized Quartz fabric from Tonic Living.

Tonic Living‘s Marbleized Quartz fabric also capitalizes on the geological trend. It plays with the undulating curves in marble and quartz stones. The pattern reminds me of the beautiful marbled pages that grace the endpapers of antique books. Tonic Living’s Marbleized Quartz fabric has hints of metallic to add to the glam factor. I love this fabric in pillow form (above), but it would also make for gorgeous curtains or upholstery.

Rock On Kimberly McDonald Circa Wallcovering Lace Agate Natural Geode Geological Mineral Crystal Design Decor Trend

Rock On wallpaper from Circa Wallcovering in Natural colorway.

Rock On, the wallpaper featured above, is the product of a collaboration between jewelry designer Kimberly McDonald and Circa Wallcovering’s Jamie Adler. The design was inspired by agate lace, but the pattern has been mirrored over and over again to create a kaleidoscopic effect. The paper is printed on silver mylar to add a bit of sparkle and shine.

A large agate mural is the focal point of this breathtaking bathroom from JSE Interior Design.  The design world's flirt...

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