east coast modern

I came to the realization that my current favorite interior design and lifestyle bloggers – Sarah Samuel Sherman, Sarah Yates Mora of A House in the Hills, Emily Henderson, Mandi Gubler of Vintage Revivals and a few more I know I’m missing..oh!  Amber of Amber Interiors, too – are all on the West Coast [or close to it!]  And so, of course, our little apartment has transformed with accessories and styling that a very west coast mentality would appreciate: kilim pillows, Moroccan poufs, mid-century furniture and even little cacti have made themselves home here.  I like it, but I’ve realized in the process I’ve let some of my East Coast loves go.

Our apartment will transform with the holidays, but after that, I think I’ll go back to my roots a little more.  I need some inspiration!  Here’s what’s catching my eye:

Image via Design Sponge

Image via Style Me Pretty Living

Art on wainscoting:

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A bright dining space with modern leather chairs and a pendant light fixture with a wallpapered ceiling:

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Mini kitchen in Massachusetts (via @remodelista) #schoolhouseelectric #lowellpendant / shop our feed - link in profile:

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Home Tour: An Airy Blue-and-White New Jersey Home

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Gramercy 6

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Image via Architectural Digest

The preppy look is back and better than ever

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Inside a Dutchess County Weekend Retreat • @SavvyHome

Inside a Dutchess County Weekend Retreat • @SavvyHome

Images via Savvy Home Blog

OK, so this is probably not as modern as I’d like.  But, that’s the thing about East Coast design–it’s a mix of modern, traditional and transitional.  I like the layered and friendly feeling it has.  My take-aways:

  • Embrace whites, greys and steely blues as the base colors
  • Mix modern pieces with more traditional ones to create a cozy atmosphere
  • Don’t be afraid to accent a neutral space with a yellow, red or Kelly green color
  • Stripes
  • Wainscoting is a gorgeous way to add texture to your walls, and if you do it without an overly- embellished molding profile it can look clean and modern
  • Dark metal accents pop against whites in a pleasing way
  • Swap out cacti for moss and boxwood

What are your thoughts?  Any other good East Coast tips?

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