Wednesday, March 22, 2017


I LOVE a good settee, but I really find that I never use them in designs.  I'm not sure why.  I think they get forgotten about.  Usually I lean towards an accent table or console table where you can also use a settee.  This year, I am determined to use more settees in my designs, starting with this bold black and white buffalo check patterned settee.

Buffalo check is one of this years most popular patterns.  It's most popular in black and white, but also be found in gray and white and navy and white.  You will see it in pillows, throw blankets, furniture, tile flooring and even wallpaper.  It has become so popular I think because of its versatility.  It is a timeless, sophisticated print that can be traditional or modern, and go with just about any other pattern as well.   To showcase that versatility, I am showing 1 settee, 5 different ways for a client.  She has the option to keep the space traditional or a little more funky with some more modern elements.  The shiplap walls in her home are the perfect backdrop to this bold settee.  

This first look is the most traditional with floral prints with a black background to coordinate with the black in the settee.  A wood and marble accent table.  And a traditional task floor lamp in an antique gold. 

Look #2 is more fun and modern with the large cactus print with gold frame from World Market.  To keep things modern, I switched out the traditional floor lamp with a gold tripod lamp.  The side table is swapped out for this simple black one. 

Look #3 is more modern farmhouse.  Wood accents in the lattice wall decor and side table.  Yet still has a little modern edge with the gold floor lamp.  Everything in this 'look' can be found at Target, except the settee.  

The fourth look leans more transitional with some modern gold accents in the floor lamp and side table.  The traditional botanical artwork keeps it classic and timeless.  Botanicals are very popular this year as well!

For the fifth look, I switched out the artwork for a mirror.  A mirror is always a great choice to bring more light into a space.  This vignette has a good mix of modern and traditional.  

All of the looks above are easy to pull together yourself.  Every item shown above can be found at Target, World Market, and Hobby Lobby.  All of the artwork can be found on my Pinterest page WALL DECOR.  This settee shown above is from Ballard Designs.  It can be customized with any fabric and will also set you back about $1500.  
I came across this less expensive settee, similar look, at At Home for less than $300. 

I really think a settee is a good alternative to a console table or accent table and can work in a lot of different rooms.  They will run you about the same price as a table and it is such a different, unique look to a space.  Which look do you like best?  Do any of you own settees or have you been eyeing one for you home??

Most of the items shown in the Mood Boards above can be found at Target.

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Happy New Year 2017!

I don't know how time flies by so quickly sometimes.  How is it 2017 already?!?  Where did 2016 go?  How is it that Christmas is already here and gone?!?

And how is my baby 3 months already?!?

Little Harrison was born on September 23, 2016.

That's right, it has already been 3 months since I had this boy.  Life with a new baby has been amazing, crazy, tiring, challenging, everything I expected and more!  As you may have noticed, I have been very quiet around here, but I wanted to take some time out to really cherish every minute with him, because newborns grow way too fast!  I didn't want to miss a single thing.  It has been really nice to take a little step back from work, become re-inspired, and refresh the soul! 

Unfortunately, though, this 3 month "break" of baby snuggles all day in our jammies has ended.  January is "back to work" month and I am very excited for new clients, new projects, new opportunities for Jessica Stout Design, and looking forward to all that 2017 has to offer.  Stay tuned to see what Jessica Stout Design will be up to this year and what we are working on already this year.

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