Pretty Palette

I was cleaning out some closets (while baby was napping) and I found all these scraps, randomly hanging out together.

You know how I feel about purple (it can be good, bad and very very ugly!) but I want to see this happen somewhere.

Here’s how I see it: Walls, chalky white. Now this is major: Couch, burgundy velvet. Yes. This is the key to the room, I think. Drapes, gray wool, as seen on left. Leather, I dont know- a chair maybe. KW Bengal Bazaar fabric, accent piece or pillow. Agate and tassel are representative of accessories. Black little rectangle on the bottom is black resin, and I see it as a huge, sculptural coffee table in the middle of the room to keep the room from being too frou frou.



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  1. make that gray leather into a Moroccan pouf and I am sold!

  2. Sarah vL says:

    LOVE it. Absolutely gorgeous combo and vision. Yes!

  3. Yummy! Those are the right shades of purple for a first class look!
    Warm purple as opposed to that bright goofy grape purple!

  4. nice, nice, baby…

  5. I love purple and this.


    Rebecca June

  6. but perfect shades of purple to keep it from falling in the WTH category! Love this storyboard!
    xo. Sc.

  7. Lauren says:

    I can’t believe I’m saying this but I’m loving the idea of the burgundy velvet couch (normally I can’t stand velvet!).

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      I know. Now that I thought of it, Im dying to upholster my couch in burgundy velvet…. UGH. Hmmmm Maybe I will.

      I think I need another house.

      • Danielle says:

        how about come to mine. it needs help!!

        • Nicole Cohen says:

          Haha! Seriously? Email me, although Im just going to hoist this room upon you!

  8. Sounds like a very gorgeous room !! Love the bengal bazaar fabric !


  9. Raquel says:

    LOVE!! new reader, loovee your blog!

  10. I have never been a fan purple but this is really working for me. The burgundy velvet is so lush! xo

  11. I wish my brain worked like yours!

  12. Beautiful color palette! I’m usually not one for purple in interiors, but you have me sold here!

  13. you had me at burgundy velvet couch. done.

  14. Lisa says:

    Hi Nicole,
    This is such a beautiful color palette and its funny how it came together so easily for you!
    Where do you suggest going for fabrics (besides M&J for trim of course)?
    How do you know what to mix and match in terms of texture and pattern?
    So confused… xo – Lisa

    • Nicole Cohen says:

      Hey Lisa,

      I have a few places that are go tos for fabrics for me. 1 is baranzelli on third ave & 56 in manhattan, its a silk surplus store and 2 is B&J fabrics in the garment district. I love the garment district for fabric because its IMMEDIATE, no waiting and ordering, and its often cheaper. I also have design favorite brands like Lee Jofa and Schumacher.

      With texture- i try to make sure every room(well depending on the room) has some combination of these things: velvet, leather, wood, stone, and hide… I look to combine ethnic with glam, shiny with matte etc…

      Maybe Ill write a whole post about it soon!

  15. Me and burgundy don’t normally get along but this board is heaven- the idea of a velvet couch in said colour, mixed with hits of lavender and pink is pure bliss- LOVE this board!!!


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