Monthly Archives: August 2014

Cover Story: Modern Bedding that Packs a Design Punch

Since we don’t entertain in our bedrooms, many homeowners don’t put as much effort into decorating them. However, we firmly believe the home should be your own oasis for your enjoyment as well as your guests, which is why we go to great lengths to design EVOKE homes around your lifestyle. Modern bedding is the first step to a well-designed master bedroom, serving as a palette or anchor for the room’s color scheme. Here are some stand-out examples:

Cream, Crisp, Clean

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EVOKE Luxe Master Bedroom

Crisp white bedding is light, airy and cultivates a sense of spaciousness within a modern minimal design theme. It also serves as an excellent backdrop for small splashes of color. In this EVOKE Luxe bedroom, the cream bedding ties in with the neutral color scheme in the room and reflects all the natural light in the room. Colorful throw pillows in stained-glass tones add a pop of color.


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Organic Chevron Duvet Cover from West Elm

The simple zigs and zags of modern chevron are as attractive as ever. The horseradish color tone contrasted with crisp white on the bedding above really packs a design punch. For fall, we love color tones like goldenrod, oxblood, mango, poppy and rust that call to mind autumn leaves.


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Nadia Comforter Set from Intelligent Design

As we’ve discussed in a previous blog post, herringbone is on trend in modern design. Gray paired with sunny yellow instantly brightens up a room, providing an exciting alternative to plain white.

Moroccan Tile Print

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Hallmart Collectibles Westgate Comforter Set

Nothing exudes a sense of exotic opulence like Moroccan tile print bedding. This peach tone is ideal for fall, and the rich color and print easily makes your bed the focal point of your room.


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Oliver Gal Love Force Field Duvet Cover Collection from

For those who wish to completely eschew more traditional options, we recommend abstract prints. At first glance, the bedding above features simple blue stripes. However, a paint splash of gold pleasantly disrupts those structured lines and tasteful fading adds character to the bedding. Consider this a more chaotic take on nautical.

What type of modern bedding do you like best? Let us know in the comments below!


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Indigo Dreams: Decorating with Deep Blue

Blue is one of the most versatile colors you can incorporate in a home design theme, and as summer edges closer to fall, our favorite shade of this hue right now is indigo. This saturated blue tone evokes a feeling of relaxed luxury and ushers a sense of serenity into your home. Here are some great indigo pieces to inspire your modern home design as well as some tips for decorating with indigo:

Indigo Contrasted with White

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Crate & Barrel Skye Coffee Table and Kazia Pillow

We love the bold look of indigo accents against a crisp white or cream backdrop. Here we see patterned indigo throw pillows resting against a tufted, midcentury modern sofa for an updated take on what is typically a nautical color duo. An indigo coffee table adds its own jewel-tone pop while a stylized side table pulls white back in again. We recommend introducing a third color to this classic blue-white pairing — a neutral tone like gray or even a pastel to keep the color scheme from becoming overly masculine.

Indigo Art

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Whirlpool Canvas Giclee Print by Joss & Main

Canvas art can be the perfect means of anchoring indigo in a space. We love how this piece includes splashes of violet, indigo’s partner color in the color wheel. Teal, light blue and the slightest hint of olive make cameo appearances, but indigo is the color that engages the eye most in this piece.

Large Indigo Furnishings

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Murphy Sofa in Indigo from Room & Board

The aesthetic of many modern homeowners doesn’t typically allow for bold primary colors in large furnishings. But when you take basic blue and deepen it into a jewel tone like indigo or royal blue, you have a notable exception. Unlike yellow and red, blue has a tendency to make a statement while also blending in seamlessly with neutral colors. The midcentury modern sofa above exemplifies a deep-toned piece that would easily be a focal point without looking juvenile or clownish.

Indigo Ikat

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Diamond Ikat Indigo Rug

The ikat trend has gained momentum in the last few years, but the patterns are often too bohemian for modern home owners seeking simplicity in home design. The rug above provides both an eclectic touch and the simplicity many modern homeowners look for. When searching for ikat pieces in indigo hues, look for a flat weave rug rather than a hand-tufted rug for a sleek, modern look.

Finishing Touches

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Indigo Swirl Art Glass Table Lamp by Pacific Coast Lighting

If you are using indigo more as an accent color than the main color in your home design, look for accessory pieces in which indigo is the secondary color. The lamp above features a dewdrop-shaped base that exudes modernity with swirls of indigo for visual interest.

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Heavenly Herringbone: A Modern Take on a Timeless Pattern

Herringbone is an enduring pattern in home design that is versatile enough to work in varied décor schemes. It blends in seamlessly with everything from midcentury modern to art deco to classic. Even though Vogue refers to herringbone as “the more chaotic version of chevron,” we’ve been impressed time and time again with the ability of herringbone to blend in with neutrals and not draw undue attention to itself. We’re sharing a few examples of herringbone used effectively in the modern home:

Mirrored Herringbone

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Herringbone Mirror Coffee Table by West Elm

Since we most often see herringbone patterns in eye-catching wall stencils and multi-hued wood, we were pleasantly surprised to find herringbone in a mirrored coffee table and matching side tables. We think the mirrors do a great job reflecting the other colors and textures of this room and the herringbone adds subtle geometric flair to a modern, neutral space. This piece could easily fit it to any number of other color schemes.

Mixed-Stain Furniture

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Parquetry Buffet by West Elm

While the varied coloration of this herringbone console makes it a stand-out piece, it still fits solidly within a neutral color scheme, serving a practical purpose with plentiful storage space. We think it’s an ideal entryway piece and the perfect setting for an eclectic vignette. The piece would also work well within a modern art deco theme.

Handmade Dishes

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Ceramic Herringbone Patterned Canape/Dessert Plate by ebenotti on Etsy

Etsy provides an endless treasure trove of handmade home goods. These ceramic plates with hand-painted herringbone patterns that don’t quite stay within the lines exude character and charm. Each are made to order so no two sets will be exactly alike. Selections like this are perfect for homeowners who want pieces no one else has.


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Herringbone Hair on Hide Ottoman by Craig Olsen Design

In previous blog posts, we’ve touched on the popularity of poufs, particularly within modern Moroccan home design. However, you can depart from traditional Moroccan poufs and go with a different take, such as herringbone. This hair-on-hide pouf sewn into a herringbone print can be used as an ottoman or as an alternative seating option in a living space. The color variation of ivory, light gray and mocha in the leather creates visual interest while remaining neutral and unassuming.

Herringbone Throws

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Herringbone Pashima and Silk Throw by Mela Artisans

If you are hesitant to incorporate larger herringbone pieces in your home, consider adding small splashes of herringbone here and there through throws and pashminas, small rugs, picture frames, or even bed sheets. The throws above add just the right touch of herringbone to break up an otherwise solid décor scheme.

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