Bring It Home
Always smart: understated furniture and muted colors—with a few pops
Simply Modern (Clockwise from left) Jacques Garcia Trocadero cherry bedside chest in Blanc, $4,095, and Barbara Barry leather-upholstered bed, from $6,172, at Baker; Pierce lamp with marble base and silk shade, $149, at Crate & Barrel; X-bench in platinum velvet, $595, at Jonathan Adler.
Crystal Gazing A little well-placed bling goes a long way. Marylin sconce (also available in floor and suspension versions), $806, at Lightology.
Swoop In Curvy pieces keep modern spaces from feeling too boxy. Wegner Shell chair in walnut and leather, $2,830, at Room & Board; Frits Henningsen mahogany love seat with silk upholstery, $10,000, at Andrew Hollingsworth.
Neutral Territory Too many look-at-me colors can make a space—and the people in it—jumpy. Grays, creams, and browns are easy to live with and you’re not likely to tire of them. Plus, a neutral palette allows works of art involving bold colors to take center stage.
Photograph: (love seat) David Rosenthall