get the look: elegant bohemian bedroom

The likes have spoken: our most popular mood board of 2016 (and one of our most popular posts of the year!!) is this little classic bohemian number riiiight here.

the habitat collective mood board

We love the layered textures and the mix of styles in this look - from the raffia chests to the leather stools and brass lamps, there's plenty of eye candy to obsess over. Waking up here on a weekend morning? YES PLEASE! Check out the graphic below to shop this look AND learn how to get the look for less. Shop the entire look on our pinterest board!

get the look - the habitat collective

Ooooh Ottoman Round Up!

People sometimes forget about this coffee table alternative when they're putting together their living spaces, which is a REAL SHAME for the following reasons:

1. Ottomans can be really multi-functional; you can use them in exactly the same way as you would a coffee table with the simple addition of a large tray for holding drinks/books/vases etc. PLUS they offer a comfy place for you to put your feet up, provide additional seating when necessary, and even extra storage in some cases! Winner winner, chicken dinner. 

2. If you have kids (or in Sara's case- the world's clumsiest Great Dane), they're probably less likely to decapitate themselves crashing into an ottoman rather than a glass coffee table.

3. Want to inject a pop of texture/pattern/color into your living space but don't want to invest in a green, velvet sofa? Be non-committal and do it with an ottoman instead!  

Here's a round-up of our top 20, which are all available right now:

 

Before you go rushing out to replace your coffee table with an ottoman, here are some helpful tips to bear in mind:

- Make sure the dimensions of the ottoman work with the dimensions of your sofa, you don't want to be relaxing on your sofa with your legs elevated above your head (ok, slight exaggeration but you know what we mean).

- If you have kids and/or pets consider leather rather than fabric upholstery- this will be easier to keep clean. If you're adamant on using fabric and are still concerned about maintenance, opt for something with a removable, machine washable cover (like no. 3 from our list above!).  

- If you do want to utilise the surface with a large tray, make sure you choose an ottoman with a relatively flat top!

- We recommend going for an ottoman which subtly contrasts with your sofa in some way; either with color, pattern or texture.  This will add some sophisticated personality, rather than keeping things too matchy-matchy.

- If you fall in love with a particular fabric and want to nail the dimensions of your ottoman so that it fits perfectly with your sofa, there is always the option to have one custom-made! May we present to you, The Queen of all Ottomans, from Project Bright & Breezy:

 

This ottoman was a beast (a very beautiful beast); perfect for the enormous sectional we'd specified. These photos totally don't do it justice but we had it upholstered in the most gorgeous patterned Batik Linen from Walter G. To maximise functionality we designed an ottoman tray with Grove & Anchor and, OH MAN, we're pretty sure that this might just be the perfect OTT-O-MAN situation! Let us know what you think and which are you faves from our top 20 round-up!

Sara + Laura xx 

2017 Trend Report

1. Greenery. Let's start with the obvious and quickly mention Pantone's new Color of the Year- we're saying farewell to Rose Quartz and Serenity and welcoming in Greenery, "a refreshing and revitalising shade, Greenery is symbolic of new beginnings". Amen to that.... But we think it's also safe to say that we won't be going crazy with this yellow-green shade. We do, however, think it can be cleverly worked in; see below for evidence! 

HOORAY for another excuse to use more plants.... and limey hues aside, we think that green, in general, is going to be big this year. 

2. Jewel tones. Greenery won't be the only show-stealer in 2017. Jewel tones are IN, we're talking deep, rich, saturated colors from amethyst purple to sapphire blue. 

3. Art Deco. We couldn't be in a more perfect place for this one; we're lucky enough to have some of the most beautiful art deco architecture right on our doorstep, here in Miami! Elements we're thinking might make a come-back include soft shapes, rich velvet, reflective surfaces, fringe and tassels and, contrary to what some people are saying, we think marbles and metals are here to stay.... for the time being anyway! 

4. Texture. We're reluctant to call this a trend BUT we're going to be seeing more and more of it, in every form, this year. We're talking fabrics, wall papers, light fixtures, furniture, EVERYTHING. We're personally big fans of natural texture!

5. Black steel frame doors and windows. We're predicting more of this (and we really hope we're right!):

6. Matte details. If you're not a fan of the new opulence trends maybe this one's for you. Matte finishes can add sophistication and help highlight the form of an object, with no distractions from shiny reflective surfaces and we think they're sticking around for 2017! 

7. Monochrome kitchens. Monochromatic color-blocking = timeless style. Feast your eyes on these: 

2016 Year In Review

Happy New Year form The Habitat Collective! Is it just us, or did this year absolutely fly by? We could have sworn it was January just a minute ago! This year has been nothing short of ahhh-mazing for this little business of ours, and we can’t wait to see what 2017 brings! So, before (or while) we pop open the bubbly and celebrate, we’re getting a little nostalgic about everything that’s happened this year. 2016, we love you!

 

MIAMI CREATIVES COLLABORATION

We kicked off the year with a super fun collab led by Adriana from The Creatives Loft. We spent a morning wth some of the coolest, most talented ladies in Miami creating and styling a wedding set for a photoshoot. Can we just say…that table was BEAUT and the florals by Primrose Florals? To die for. See all the photos and get to know the fab vendors here.

 

PROJECT UNDERCOVER BALCONY

We had so much fun with our client from #projectundercoverbalcony. We designed this little oasis in the sky on the DL and then spent a (very hot) afternoon getting down and dirty potting a mini-jungle for her and her boyfriend AND very adorable Cavalier to enjoy. Mission accomplished.

 

undercover balcony - the habitat collective

PROJECT PRETTY IN PINK

We always love a good small-space challenge and #projectprettyinpink did not disappoint! This little apartment nestled in Coral Gables was tiny, but had amazing natural light and an easy-to-work-with neutral base. Plus, the sweetest client that made our jobs easy as pie. Win - win - WIN!

project pretty in pink - the habitat collective
project pretty in pink - the habitat collective

WEST ELM PARTNERSHIP

We can't say enough good things about our local West Elm store in Midtown. Over the past year we've partnered with them to style and shoot vignettes for social media (access to some of the most gorgeous furniture and accessories = every designer's dream!!) and were even featured on the company's main Instagram feed a few times! Fun Fact: BOTH habco dogs were featured in West Elm marketing campaigns this year!

INSTAGRAM HITS 1K and then 5K!!

Ya’ll know how much we looove the little world of Instagram. So many pretty feeds to follow, so little time!! Anyway, we were totally floored when we hit 1K after only a few months of ‘grammin - and then 5K a few months after that. We're so thankful for all the insta love and support - seriously you guys are the best!

 

APARTMENT THERAPY FEATURE

Hab Co’s first feature! We were SO excited to have #projectstaybrassy's transformation featured for the world to see - HELLO crazy before and afters!!

apartment therapy feature
project stay brassy - north miami kitchen - the habitat collective

MODERN LOCAL FEATURE

We're so lucky to have met some awesome creatives in Miami! We met Katie of The Modern Local through Instagram, and a few months later she asked us to be a part of her blog's "Five Questions With..." feature which highlights members of the community in Miami. Check out the feature here.

 

INSTAGRAM COLLABORATIONS

This year we partnered with not one, but TWO talented photographers to do fun Instagram Giveaways of their gorgeous prints! We styled vignettes to photograph for Lauren Marttila Photography and Emily Roggenburk Photography  and (very sadly) shipped the prints out to their brand new homes!

 

PROJECT BRIGHT AND BREEZY

So much to say about #projectbrightandbreezy, so little time. First of all, they were the most amazing clients to work with. Like, super chilled out, trust your designer, awesome taste having clients. The kind of clients that come around once in a blue moon that you just want to hang on to forever and keep redesigning their house and only their house because they're so great. PLUS the house had great bones to work with - the tallest ceilings and tons of natural light were a dream come true!

breakfast nook - the habitat collective
project bright and breezy - the habitat collective

Small Space Living: #projectprettyinpink

Nothing excites us more than designing small, unconventional spaces here at the HabCo (the more unconventional the better- anyone have a boat or a caravan, or maybe even a lighthouse that we could help with?!).  Anyway, so we were pretty happy when we were hired to help with the layout of a living space in a lovely apartment nestled in Coral Gables, measuring no larger than 140 square feet, earlier this year. 

Requirements for this little space included a comfortable seating area for watching TV and movies, a small dining area, a bar area and a gallery wall. The main challenge we faced (other than the size!) was that we only had 6’8” of usable wall space to work with (due to the kitchen, built-in storage and a wall of floor to ceiling windows).  Here’s a quick floor plan to better explain:

When it comes to small space living, we have a whole array of tricks hidden up our sleeves, so we thought we'd share some that applied particularly well in this space: 

1. De-clutter – if you’re moving into a small space, sacrifices have got to be made – if you don’t use it, get rid of it! What’s the opposite term of a hoarder? Hmm not sure (minimalist?!)… luckily for us our client was one of them!

2. Scale and proportion - nothing is going to make a room feel smaller than it already is, more than a HUGE piece of furniture, which takes up three quarters of the space! If you have low ceilings, for example, low profile furniture will help to open up the space. Thankfully our client was as cool as a cucumber and was completely open to switching out her three-seat sofa for a cozy loveseat, which better fit the space. 


3. Keep things light and bright - we're not only talking about colors here (you know we love white), we're talking about actual LIGHT, if you're living in a tiny space natural light is going to go a long way with tricking the eye into thinking it's larger than it actually is. So, draw back those curtains and make the most of the windows that you have- opt for simple, clean, minimal window treatments and let that sunlight shiiiiine through! We didn't have to worry too much in this instance because we had a 6ft wall of floor to ceiling windows with simple white blinds and a great neutral color palette to work with *smug face* - phew! 

4. Mirrors! - this follows on nicely from light! Mirrors reflect light and will help open up any space (we're not advocating mirrored walls though, just FYI). But seriously, if you can squeeze a pretty mirror in somewhere, go for it - we used a tall rectangular mirror to cover up an ugly electrical panel in this living space (two birds). 

5. Multi-functional furniture - so, you've de-cluttered and got rid of some of your stuff - the pieces that you choose to keep should be working extra hard in your space! Without a doubt, the most multi-functional piece of furniture in this space was the sofa table/dining table/bar table/work from home table! We popped a couple of stools underneath it so not only does this table define the kitchen and lounge areas, it also serves as a place to eat dinner, work from home AND sit and have cocktails. Unfortunately there wasn't space for a bar cart so we opted for this little cocktail station instead (see pic above!). 

Here's the final layout we came up with:

Carolyn FP 2 for blog.jpg

Anything's possible with some good planning! 

Let us know what your best small space living tips are in the comments below!

xx Sara + Laura