This month's Architectural Digest features a Brooklyn townhouse that Olsen designed. What I love is that even though Olsen and Redd no longer work together, you can tell they still have a great relationship. In fact, this project was for a family who had used Redd in a previous home, and when he wasn't available for this project, he recommended Olsen. That calls for several heart emojis.
My hands down favorite room is the library (above). It's the coziest, clubbiest space and I could absolutely spend the rest of my life there. There is a whole lot of furniture happening, but each piece like it was born to be there. And, while certainly decorated, it has the perfectly "styled by not too styled" charm that makes you feel like your cool worldly uncle might have just thrown it together himself over the last thirty years.
And there is no better look than that.
Glorious, color perfection. It's bold to do two saturated hues in adjoining rooms, but Olsen makes it work. The patina on the walls makes it feel like the room has always been this way, while the curtains tie in with the adjoining library.
Now THAT my friends, is a gallery wall. There is something so old-school perfect about this. I love that it's a mix of color and black and white photographs (not easy to pull off) and it's just slightly imperfect (the edges aren't straight, there are some tiny gaps between photos).
The secret here is all in the frames. They're black and red, and probably all came from the same store. And I'm not saying they're definitely Ikea (Mr. Olsen can confirm or deny) but I'm saying they could be. Their RIBBA series of frames definitely comes in black and red (and looks a whole lot like this!).
This is one of my favorite tricks for hanging a sure-fire gallery wall. Buy all of the frames from the same store and hang them empty. Then, print your pictures to fit the frames.
Ta-da! Gallery wall magic.
Bet you wouldn't mind having your coffee out here each morning.
It's my personal belief that screens are the ugliest. If I could hide every TV and computer in a house I would. However, that's not real life and if you come to my house you'll see a big giant black screen in the living room (and a pile of laptops in the corner...charming!)
What I love here is that instead of hiding the computer (like many shelter mags do) it's front and center. And, thanks to Apple's beautiful design, it actually pops against the traditional wallpaper, desk, lamp and chair. Oh Olsen, you done good.