Mod Metallic Furniture Favorites

By Kate Riley September 9, 2015

Don’t you love when all the fall catalogs arrive? I do, it’s so fun to see the all the collections revealed, what’s new and what’s trending. I study the cozy layered spaces, the best ones mixing wood tones and/or painted finishes with a variety of textures including beautiful fabrics, woven and organic materials. I also look for a touch of metal somewhere, cooler chromes and silvers or warm gold and copper. Metallic sheens add that extra layer of luxe, they pop out at me as I pour over my stack of fall catalogs, latte in hand. I’ve noticed a few visiting some shops recently too, here are some favorites!

First up this coffee table that I’m crushing on and considering for our family room, it’s the right size and brings a touch of glam. Slightly out of my budget but I absolutely love it!

Gold + Marble Coffee Table – West Elm

gold marble coffee table


Next up this curvy brass shelf. At first it reminded me of those shiny lacquered ones from the 80s but the shape is reinvented with a modern twist featuring more elegant lines and in brushed metallic gold. I haven’t seen this particular piece in person but at first glance I find it very chic for a living room or home office!

Enzo Shelf – Pier One

enzo shelf


I spied this last month at World Market and tried to think of a place to put it, this desk makes an instant home office anywhere. Elegant enough to tuck under a window in a bedroom or living room and of course perfectly placed in a home office.

Sawhorse Chrome + Lacquer Desk – World Market

chrome laquer desk


Here’s another golden shelf, taller and wider than the Enzo above, the curved detail on top and muted gold finish make it a timeless piece for display.

Buchanan Étagère – Birch Lane

gilded etagere


Rose gold and copper are just as alluring this season as they were last autumn. This pair of tables can be pulled up anywhere next to a chair or sofa or tucked in a corner, the skinny design makes them perfect for potted plants or as a place to set your beverage.

Marble + Rose Gold Side Tables – CB2

marble rose gold pedestal tables


Speaking of legs, I love the sassy brass ones on this mid century square chair available in over a dozen colors, gorgeous!

Linen Mina Chair – Anthropologie

linen mina


Faceted designs are still en vogue but their foundation in geometry makes them new classics – this side table is a statement piece next to any contemporary chair.

Lucida Side Table + Milo Chair – Crate & Barrel

lucida side table


I’m smitten with this smoky glass shelf side table, it’s an elegant design that works as a small nightstand or sofa accent table offering three layers of storage, beautiful!

Emeline Side Table – Ballard Designs

glass gold side table


Double the fun by pairing a gilded coffee table with a second accent table in a geometric pattern. Warm gold always looks amazing paired with cool tone grays.

Liam Coffee Table + Diana Accent Table – Home Decorators

gold accent table


This hexagon top end table with bamboo inspired detail would be striking anywhere, next to your reading chair or settee as a place to set your stack of reading material.

Kerri End Table – Wayfair

kerri gold table


A console table multitasks, squeezing into hallways, up against walls in dining and living rooms, and behind sofas too. This streamlined gold version is at home in any space from traditional to contemporary.

Lucielle Console – Walmart

gold and glass console


The airy design of this sleek side table with a marble top makes it universally appealing, situate it anywhere you need a place to prop a lamp, botanicals, or decorative favorites.

Gold Leaf Table – Wisteria

gold leaf side table


Gold, copper, brass, chrome…. all so good! Just another element to consider when layering accents in your home, you can never go wrong with a touch of metal, shiny or brushed, cool or warm.

Pattern of the Month: Dotty

By Kate Riley September 8, 2015

September is my most favorite month of the year since we still enjoy the warmth of summer but fall is just around the corner. It’s harvest season here so the region is busy testing the sugars and bringing in the grapes when they’re ready. I’ve been taking walks in the evening just to enjoy a bit more time outdoors before it cools down.

I had ambitions of pulling together a collection of fall fabrics inspired by the season but realistic demands prevented it. In lieu of a collection I’ve switched things up and decided to release one per month for the rest of the year. September’s pattern is a medley of imperfect dots arranged in a geometric repeat, appropriately named Dotty and now available in 13 colors in my Spoonflower shop.

krd dotty samples

The palette for fall is warmer, so I introduced several earth tone colors like Olive, Slate, and Wine, but you’ll also find Leaf, Teal, Berry, Mustard, and Indigo among the colors available.

dotty kitchen towels and grapes


The pattern makes lovely curtains, pillows, and table linens too.

krd curtain


krd tablecloth


krd pillow


krd dotty pattern napkins

To design my own fabric patterns, I taught myself Photoshop and Illustrator several years ago. If you’re a beginner and interested in designing your own fabrics, I think the best two books out there to help you get started are Mastering the Art of Fabric Printing and Design by Laurie Wisbrun and the just released Spoonflower Handbook.

color chart fabric design books

I also recommend purchasing the Spoonflower Color Map in a full yard, it gives you the RGB hexidecimal codes for several hundred colors which is a great starting point for digital fabric printing.

As always the patterns are available as fabric, wall paper, and gift wrap too, view all my designs on my portfolio site.  Cheers!