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Modern meets traditional, chaos ensues

Although I love a good Egg chair or Saarinen table, I will freely admit that my decor tastes lean toward the traditional. Brendan, however, is more into modern. If he could have a black and white room with graphic prints, midcentury furniture, and industrial lighting, he would be a happy camper. So now that we’ve moved into our second post-college apartment and are looking to actually decorate like semi-adults, what do we do?

I’ve been pulling inspiration photos that I think strike a good balance between modern and traditional furnishings and architecture… via via

The starting points in our bedroom are our IKEA Hyllis shelving units, an upholstered headboard in pale eggshell blue, and a desk built from IKEA sawhorse legs and a black top. We also have a pair of Parsons-style chairs upholstered in a wide black and white stripe, but I’m not sure I want to keep them.

The bookshelves are definitely a big presence in the room, literally and stylistically. The desk sits on the wall to the right of the shelves, which means there is a whole lotta modern happening on that side of the room.
IKEA shelf DIY | raisonné blogI’m struggling a bit with where to go from here. We’re on the hunt for a dresser to go between the bookshelves (in theory, because I can’t actually buy anything right now), and I don’t have a particular style in mind right now. I think anything midcentury might be too much, but I don’t want to go too far the other way. Maybe a Gustavian style to keep with the clean lines of the rest of the furniture?


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