A Few Little Updates In the Living and Family Rooms

coffee table
Coffee table got a little spring refresh.

I’ve been getting a lot of little projects knocked out around the house and it feels great! And it seems like a lot of them involve painting in some form or another.

After painting the butler’s pantry I took a paintbrush to the coffee table in the living room. You may remember I painted it a dark gold/bronze a while back. That worked fine in the family room but ever since I moved the table into the living room, I felt like it needed to be a little lighter. And I already had the gold metallic Ralph Lauren paint left over from Project Hallway which was the perfect color. Here’s how it looks now……

gold coffee table

The other thing to update you about in the living room is that I made a decision on the the upholstery for the new sofa and ordered it last month. In the end, I chickened out and chose – can you guess? – white. I know. But I just couldn’t commit to any of the colors and know that white will always work no matter what else I change in the room.

So here’s the space all cleared out, ready for the sofa…..

The bookshelves also got a little refresh.

Moving on to the family room, I busted out some paint in there too. Remember these tables from the guest room? I’m using some different tables there so I brought these into the family room and painted them white…..

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You can’t ever go wrong with white…..

And the mantel in the room is getting new sconces in the form of these…..

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I have been looking EVERYWHERE for some really simple brass sconces because I have a new ceiling light coming for the room. (More on that in a different post.)  I still love the Circa library sconces in there right now but they won’t work with the ceiling light. They will, however, work in the guest bath so that’s where they’re going. (That room also needs a separate post.) Anyway, simple fixtures are harder to find than you’d think so I was so happy when I finally found these. It’s a new one called Calhoun from Currey & Co. I love them.

There are some more projects being cranked out so there will be another roundup soon. Enjoy your weekend!

Orange Cabinet Update and a (Sort of) DIY Lighting for the Kitchen Office

As you may have seen on Facebook or Instagram (@FromTheRightBank), the wet bar/butler’s pantry makeover  is coming right along. The wallpaper has come off and the orange paint has gone on…..

orange cabinets

I LOVE IT – especially how the orange looks with the brass hardware…..

orange and brass

Once I figure out what I want to do with the walls, I’ll post the entire space.

In the meantime, on to the light. I titled this post Sort Of DIY because if you’re familiar with my DIY track record, you know I don’t really DIY…. (If you receive my posts via email, you received a draft version of this post last year due to a technical glitch. That’s how long this little project has been in the works!)

So about a year ago, I had a vision of orange striped pendant lights with scalloped edges for Project Hallway. It was one of those ideas I got stuck in my head for who knows what reason that I just couldn’t shake. But as I was searching for such a light, I started having second thoughts about having so many stripes in the hallway (there would be four lights in total) but I was still in love with the idea of a striped pendant.

And then PB Kids (of all places!) came up with this little number…..


It wasn’t striped but it was exactly the shape and design I had had in mind. And I knew that the lack of stripes could be easily remedied with some paint. By now, I had definitely decided against this look for the hallway but I thought it would look great in the small kitchen office. You may remember I had been using the Tord Boontje light there but I wanted to replace the yellow with some orange. (I know. I need to cool it with the orange after this.)

So I just taped off stripes, primed it with some Kilz…..

pendant makeover

and then rolled on the same orange paint from the butler’s pantry…..

pendant makeover

And that was it. See? This barely qualifies as DIY.

orange and white striped pendant

It’s a tricky space to photograph so here’s a not so great picture of the light in situ…..

orange striped pendant

I’m very pleased with the fun little splash of color in the space.

And with that, I am done painting everything orange. (Orange you glad I’m going to put the orange paint away now?) ;)


New York Journal

snowy park,  nyc

Hi there right bankers, how have you been? I made two trips to New York the past month for some business and fun so I’m back with a ton of inspiration to share with you….

snowy view of new york city
Greeted by blizzards on both trips.

On both trips we stayed at the Standard (High Line) and had a great stay both times. Great views, nice design and good service….

the standard hotel, high line
In love with these lights. (I apparently had lighting on the brain as you will see.)

the standard hotel, high line

the standard hotel, high line
More lighting I love.

There was a lot of other great design inspiration like at the Apartment by the Line, a loft apartment where everything (furniture, clothing, household items, art, etc.) is for sale…

the apartment by the line

and at my old favorites, ABC…..

abc carpet and home

abc carpet and home
Another light that caught my eye.

and Bergdorf’s…..

bergdorf goodman
And another.

and a certain stye icon’s house that was still decked out in the prettiest blue for the holidays (as of my February trip)….

west village townhouse

Can you guess? (Her initials are SJP….)

And there was so much art to absorb….. My timing was lucky because on the first trip, I made it to the Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibit right before it closed and on the second trip, I got to see a preview of the new Björk exhibit before it opened to the public.

I’ve mentioned before that Matisse is my favorite artist but I never appreciated his cut-outs as much as his paintings until I saw this exhibit. I’ve also always been intrigued by Björk because she interprets the world through such a unique lens. Seeing her huge body of work over the years was fascinating. I was also pretty excited to see the costume designed by Alexander McQueen (another true original) that she wore in the Who Is It video, which happens to be my favorite. The dress made of bells is a work of art itself.

bjork at moma

I also went to the theater a few times and the highlights were Beautiful, The Carol King Musical (Jessie Mueller is phenomenal!) and Constellations with Jake Gyllenhaal and Ruth Wilson…..

constellations on broadway

It’s not the best play I’ve ever seen but the performances were great. (I think she’s incredible in the Affair. Do you watch?)

And I went to a screening of The Left Handed Woman, as part of the Wim Wenders Exhibition at MoMA. The 1978 film is set in a Paris suburb and naturally, I couldn’t take my eyes off of the setting, especially the interiors. (I’m a total Wim Wenders groupie so I freaked out a little when the two of them introduced the film.)

the left handed woman

For me, aside from traveling, there is nothing more exhilarating than huge doses of the arts. It sparks so many new ideas it almost overwhelms me and I have to take some downtime to process it all. (Do any of you operate this way too?)

snowy new york

As I was running around to all of these events through snow, sleet and rain, I was so thankful I packed my Ilse Jacobsen boots! After these last two trips, I can attest they are totally waterproof and really warm.

ilse jacobsen boots
In an effort to stay warm, I consumed a lot of coffee and other hot beverages. My favorite spots included Café Gitane…..

cafe gitane

Ralph’s Coffee…..

ralph's coffee

La Colombe…..

la colombe

and the Living Room at the Standard for the sheer convenience of it being just downstairs. Plus they make a pretty good peanut butter hot chocolate…..

the standard hotel

and out of the window, you can watch people twirl around on the cutest ice rink you ever did see…..

the standard hotel
Note the lighting here too!

Between the Living Room and the Top of the Standard, I could have just hibernated in the hotel….

the standard hotel

But there was more to do, see and of course, eat. A couple of recent favorites for quick and casual eats were at Chelsea Market: Num Pang for Cambodian/Asian sandwiches and Mokbar for Korean ramen…..

chelsea market

Lastly, there were business meetings but those make for boring photos so here’s a photo of the dessert at Kajitsu at the end of one of those meetings. Matcha pudding on the left and hoji-cha pudding on the right…..


Delicious Japanese vegetarian food, beautifully presented in a totally zen setting. I’ll definitely be going back!

fifth avenue, nyc

I’ll stop here but you can expect more from New York throughout the year as I’ll be spending more time there. As you can imagine, I’m happy as a clam about that!

Have a good first week of daylight savings!


New Glossy Plans for the “Marbleized” Wet Bar

It’s been a good run for what I called my boldest project to date AKA the wet bar…..

wet bar

This was a really fun one and it got a lot of love in the form of blog posts, pins and similar projects inspired by it. So thank you all for that!

Some time last year, I ended up turning this into a coffee/beverage station because it wasn’t really getting used as a wet bar. I store all the glasses, cups and mugs in the top cabinets and teas, coffee capsules, etc. in the drawers and it’s been such a better use of the space.

I think that may be one of the reasons I started thinking about painting the cabinets a bright lacquer or high gloss. The faux marble thing was fun for a wet bar but for some reason in its current use, I can’t seem to get the idea of glossy cabinetry out of my head.

So….. this has started…..


And the color I have in mind is…..


…..orange, of course!

Would you believe this was the only photo I could find of glossy orange cabinets? I guess that’s a good thing since I like to be original(!) But seriously, if you’ve seen any, please let me know as I’d love to see some other examples!

So I looked at a lot of orange paints, narrowed it down to three….

Benjamin Moore Orange Burst
Benjamin Moore Festive Orange
Valspar Island Orange

….. and ultimately decided on the Valspar Island Orange because it was the one that was the closest to the true orange I wanted.

The wallpaper is coming off of the walls too and I haven’t made up my mind about what I’ll do there yet. I have a few ideas including a different wallpaper, a mural or paint….. so we’ll see…..

This may sound like a (or another) crazy idea and that’s probably why I’m so excited about it. I’ll update you as things progress.

P.S. To Cindy who asked about how this wallpaper held up, it’s been great. It still looks perfect – which probably makes this latest plan sound even crazier!

(Photos: 1,2.FTRB 3.Houzz)

A New Sofa For the Living Room

Good morning, friends, happy February and happy Groundhog Day!

First things first, thank you so much for your comments and emails in response to my last post. It’s not always the easiest thing to share online so I really appreciate hearing from you and for your support.

The living room currently.

As I mentioned in that post, as a part of my big overhaul this year, I am finally doing all the things to get the house exactly how I want. No more compromises. And I’m starting with the living room. Overall, I’ve been pretty happy with it and in fact, even a few months ago, I would have said it was the most finished of all the rooms in the house. It’s been one of my favorite spots in the house to relax, browse design books and entertain guests.

How the living room looked most of last year.

But the one thing it really needs is a more substantial sofa that is big enough to balance out the other pieces in the room. I’ve known this for a long time but I wouldn’t allow myself to get one because I thought I should make do with what I had. I would tell myself that it was good enough.

Well, no more. I’m giving myself permission to get that sofa that is just right for the space and it just so happens that the one I have talked about for over five years (five years!) fits the bill perfectly: the English Roll Arm…..

I first blogged about how this is the perfect sofa here and then again here. After all these years, it’s still my favorite style and since it’s exactly what the living room needs, it’s a no-brainer.

These are some more examples I’ve found since those early posts…..

I’m loving all of these bright colors and patterns like this…..

Remember this one from one of my all-time favorite houses?

But I’m pretty sure I’m going to stick with blue…..


I’m also considering lavender but will probably chicken out…..

I have decided on the model though. This one from Lee Industries…..


I’ve sent away for fabric samples so I’ll keep you posted on what I decide! So excited!

(Photos: 1-3.FROM THE RIGHT BANK 4.Graham & Green 5.House & Home 6.Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles 7.Elle Decor Espana 8.Domino 9.Source? 10.Rachel Ashwell)

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