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How To Build A Stylish Room Around The Neutral Classics (A Gray Sofa, Walnut Dining Table, And More) + Another Chance To Win A $2,000 Article Gift Card

2023 marks the seventh year of me working in this industry so I think it’s fair to say that I’ve seen my share of furniture companies wonderfully evolve while still maintaining their style and ethos…and others, sadly not. Article is one that I am consistently impressed by and even more so recently. Y’all if you haven’t been on their site lately might I suggest you take a scroll. Every product still looks like a classic, is made with high-quality materials, oozes comfort, and is fairly priced… and to my complete delight, they are playing with even more fun shapes and pretty materials. There are so many pieces that are just cool (but not in an overly trendy way). So when Article reached out about doing a sponsored post together for their Memorial Day sale, I was pumped. Not only because we get to give a lucky reader a $2000 Article gift card again (YES, I KNOW!!) but we get to show you how you can build a truly beautiful and eclectic room that will stand the test of time, with just their products. Article has been an EHD go-to for yeeears because it’s a brand we love and can always count on. I mean did you see the basement makeover Emily just did?? Plus, the customer service is ridiculously good and the delivery times are fast.

So to make this post both fun and helpful we thought we’d show you how to build a room around a classic “anchor piece” or “staring piece”. All of the anchor pieces are on sale (exciting!). Should you want to purchase any of them, you’ll know how to build a stylish room around each one. Oh and to enter for the $2000 gift card, all you have to do is check out their site and leave a comment here with the piece that you’d love to bring home. Let’s start with the living room!

photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: styling to sell: the playroom/family room and the 4 lessons i learned along the way…

Sofa | Green Pillow | Grid Lumbar Pillow | Wood Coffee Table | Gray Pouf | Rug | Sheepskin | Floor Lamp | Sconce | Side Table with Leather Shelf | Accent Chair | Striped Lumbar Pillow | Black Side Table | Media Console

Ah, the heart of the home (well aside from the kitchen of course:)). I wanted to start with the famous Sven Sofa. We are big ole fans of this modern MCM-style sofa. Sara has literally owned three (seen here, here, and here), Emily had one in her LA house, and one of my best friends has had her eyes set on the leather one for years, although I think the sectional version would look great in her space:) But enough about us and more about this sofa. It’s got personality without taking over the whole room – meaning it’s super versatile. This is great since it gives you so much room to play with lots of different styles and colors. I decided to keep things pretty neutral in color and focus more on shapes and light patterns. As I am looking at it now I realized I worked in triangles. By that I mean that most of the elements are spaced out, making it all look balanced (at least to me, ha). For example, all of the upholstered pieces are different tones of gray yet none of them look drab. The sofa has clean, structured lines, the pouf is lightly patterned and round, and the accent chair has a beautiful and interesting wood frame. There is also a good balance of round and squared-off shapes as well as a variety of wood tones.

So while technically “neutral,” I still wanted the room to have visual depth. An easy way to do that was to choose a dark rug and this one is SO pretty. The color is rich but the pattern and fringe make it feel a little playful and fun. After the rug was selected I went with that incredible black side table, that beautiful floor lamp, and pillows that had dark tones. I also feel that the leather shelf on the other side table brings some extra depth to that side. Speaking of that side table, how good is it? Secret: It’s actually a nightstand. Shhh, no one will ever know! And that media console???? Article is killing it! And yes my love of nesting coffee tables knows no limit:)

design by arlyn hernandez | photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: arlyn’s moody dining room reveal

Dining Table | Dining Chair | Brass Pendant | Rug | Accent Chair | Side Table | Sideboard | Mirror | Table Lamp

Moving onto the dining room. I chose this dining table as the anchor piece because not only is it super versatile style-wise but it’s also extendable! It’s nice to have a furniture piece that can be upgraded to have multiple seating options. Now, while I love the MCM look, I didn’t want to lean into it too much hence the contemporary dining chairs. They have a 2023 feel which is a nice style contrast to the table, and the dark tones of the chairs and table work really well together. And who doesn’t love a comfy upholstered chair?! Another bonus is that the dark blue colorway hides accidental food mishaps, win-win!

Moving to the floor, I wanted to add a little pattern. I think this rug is SO good. The pattern is subtle but cool, and the rug has a low pile so it’s great for a dining room where food and drinks are consumed (and sometimes spill). Pattern is important to any room (no matter how small) but so is texture! That’s where this beautiful sideboard comes in to save the day. The chunkiness perfectly balances out all the legs of the dining table and chairs. In addition, the rattan adds such beautiful visual interest and depth (and actual storage). It also helps the overall design from leaning too dark.

Speaking of that, you know this room needed a little luxury: Enter the brass pendant and gold table lamp. They add just enough sparkle without the space feeling too glam. The final element in this sideboard vignette is the wall mirror. The shape is so great and the wood tone speaks to the dining table. Mirrors almost always make a room feel bigger too which is an added bonus. 

Now, not every dining room has room for a seating area, but I figured this room could be whatever I wanted and stuck one in! The warmth of those swivel leather chairs really makes the space pop in the best way and the side table’s black top pulls in the dining chairs and sideboard. What’s not to love??

Bed | Nightstand | Sconce | Pouf | Rug | Pendant | Floor Mirror | Dresser | Table Lamp | Accent Chair | Side Table

Every time I start to write about a new room design in this post I think, “Oooo I really like this one!” That’s mostly a compliment to Article and their furniture:)

So starting out with our anchor piece: The Bed. Simple, classic, and the wood grain is so pretty. It’s really interesting how deeply I’ve fallen in love with dark walnut. The richness just makes my heart feel full so this bed and dresser were no-brainers. Also that dresser is so beautiful. Wow wow!

In order to maintain that rich depth, I went with those pretty black nightstands. Look at all that storage! And since I went with black nightstands, I wanted to choose decor that had that same richness. For lighting, I chose sconces with a black accent (and don’t take up any nightstand real estate) and a black table lamp that would likely go across the room. I also added a tall beautiful black floor mirror and a black side table for the reading/lounge chair. For a liiittle color, I went with yet another beautiful rug with a subtle but impactful pattern as well as those incredible rust velvet poufs! Then lastly for texture and lightness, I chose that very cool rattan pendant and awesome ivory bouclé chair. Overall this is a rich but calm space that I would happily sleep in:) Would you??

design and styled by emily bowser | photo by sara ligorria-tramp | from: emily bowser’s back unit yard reveal, 2022 musings, new year resolutions, and other meanderings…

Sectional | Black and White Pillow | Light Clay Pillow | Umbrella | Pink and White Rug | Rattan Ottoman | Rattan Lantern Set | Bar Cart | Modular Corner Seat | Side Table | Soft Pouf | Tall Planter | Medium Planter | Floor Rattan Lantern

Our final Article look is, of course, an outdoor one. I personally have this table and LOVE it so much. But if you want a real example of what outdoor Article furniture can do check out Emily Bowser’s back house’s back patio. It’s such a special space! And the exact outdoor sectional she used is on sale people!! This is not a drill! Naturally, it had to be my anchor piece. Plus when you compare Bowser’s design and mine above it only proves how versatile this piece is.

Article had lots of pattern and texture options which made me extremely happy. Look at all the rattan lanterns, the double ottoman, the pillows, the umbrella, the rugs! They all make for a very happy design don’t you think? But given that the sectional’s cushions are a dark charcoal, I wanted to make sure that dark tone was evenly sprinkled throughout the space. That of course creates balance but also grounds the design. I must stop and give a special shoutout to the clay-colored modular corner seat. It’s such pretty color while still being relatively neutral and brings the whole space to a new level. If I had that chair I would live in it. No question. Especially if it’s as comfortable as the other outdoor Article chairs I’ve sat in.

So who’s excited about the $2k gift card now??? Article really is a near one-stop shop for modern, quality furniture that’s also nice on the wallet (with most products getting to you FAST). We really appreciate Article sponsoring this post, not only so I could flex my design skills (jk jk) but also to give one of our readers a truly awesome opportunity to make their home more beautiful. As a reminder, to enter for the $2000 gift card, just check out their site and leave a comment here with the piece that you’d love to bring home. But also their Memorial Day Sale is gooood so don’t miss your chance for a great deal if you’re in the market. And if you need an extra bit of motivation, EHD readers are also being offered an extra deal of $50 off their first purchase of $200 or more until May 29. Click here to have the discount apply automatically at checkout.

Love you, mean it.

Opening Image Credits: Photo by Sara Ligorria-Tramp | From: A Quick Update: The Changes I’ve Made to My LA Living Room

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1 year ago

Love the post and all the Article pieces. I one a wonderful sleeper sofa if theirs and I have my eye on the Sora Beach Sand sectional !

Colleen S.K.
1 year ago

I’d love a pair of Turoy chairs in Wicklow Gray for our small TV room in front of the window! My Bernese/golden retriever doggie loves curling up on the old pink World Market chairs I have there now, but she won’t like chairs that move, so here’s hoping swivel chairs keep her on the black leather sectional we bought for her in the first place 😁. Thanks for the contest!

KD
1 year ago

Ohhhh! We have an Article wishlist going and it includes both of the blue rugs shown above, the rust pouf and we’re trying to determine which sofa will be most pup-friendly for our living room. My spies tell me, too, that the Timber chair is incredibly comfy and nap-inducing. : )

SM
1 year ago

I really want 2 of the Kirkby chairs, but I’m leather!

Jean
1 year ago

I’d love to get the Nera bed!

Kat
1 year ago

Yesss I love Article! Once again, I would LOVE a Sven or Timber sectional to replace the misguided Wayfair sectional we bought last fall – Wayfair can have some okay pieces but this was definitely a “you get what you pay for” situation and the upholstery, which started deteriorating from the moment we unboxed it, is doing really poorly six months on. A quality sofa would be a DREAM! And I don’t just like the mcm style because it’s trendy – our house was build in 1962 and has incredible midcentury architecture with floor-to-vaulted-ceiling windows (and even a built-in planter in the living room haha), so a Sven or Timber sofa would fit right in.

Meg
1 year ago

After struggling with some deeply uncomfy dining chairs for the last few years, I’ve been eyeing Article’s Chanel dining chairs as a replacement. The dining room is about to become my primary workspace, so I’m VERY eager to upgrade that situation!

dawn
1 year ago

After buying a home after several years of renting (looking at you financial crisis 2008) Article has become our go-to when we need something. A table to enjoy dinners in our backyard; Article had exactly what we wanted. A lamp that is both attractive, doesn’t cost an arm and a leg, and doesn’t take up too much space? Again, Article. I’m looking at the Andaman Chair to replace the one we currently have that is on its last legs. Thanks for the great suggestions!

Karlie
1 year ago

I would love to take home that rust colored pouf!

Meredith
1 year ago

Thanks for this great collection of rooms! I’d love to take home the Burrard sofa in Forest Green. Hoping to add some relaxing color to my living room!

Jessie James
1 year ago

The Everse Melange Brown Lounge Chair is so pretty. Thanks for the fun giveaway.

Karen
1 year ago

Conan round dining table!

Carolyn
1 year ago

The Sven grass green king sized bed! But then I’d also like the Lenia walnut two drawer night stands. Perhaps a rug? The Rama table lamps? Love Article!!

Becca
1 year ago

Anton Limestone 74” sofa without question. Living in a 100+ year old home with smaller rooms it’s hard to find smaller sofas that deliver on style and quality.

Liz
1 year ago

So much fun! I would pick the Murrel Sectional Outdoor set for my folks’ backyard – they’ve never invested in something high quality or comfortable for their outdoor space and this would revolutionize their relaxation.

Hiroko
1 year ago

Love the turoy accent chair! Would be great in my living room!

wally
1 year ago

I would love to get the sven sofa in grass green! (really wish article would offer it in their rust velvet as well though!) Would also love the calve lounge chair for my balcony!

Liz
1 year ago

Sven sofa! I just love the texture and coziness factor!

Kelly
1 year ago

I’d love to have that Lubek sectional!

Emily
1 year ago

I’ve been looking for new nightstands and the Lenia 2 drawer nightstands in walnut would be perfect for my bedroom!

Julia
1 year ago

I would love to get four Sede dining chairs to replace my four mismatched chairs that I currently have!

Cynthia S
1 year ago

I luv the outdoor sectional 🙂 Perfect for my outdoor area!

Lydia
1 year ago

The Burrard forest green green corner sofa. Love the color and could use the extra space on the sofa!

Kim
1 year ago

Sven bed for me!

Millie
1 year ago

The Seno oak sideboard! I have the perfect spot for it!

Kim
1 year ago
Reply to  Millie

I would chose the Vireo dresser for my bedroom. Love the drawer pulls!

Reanna
1 year ago

Definitely would go for the Syras Toscana Tan Leather and Steel Dining Chairs! Love when you style entire rooms for us, Jess!

Trish
1 year ago

I have been eyeing the Vireo dresser for some time! It would fit as a storage unit in my narrow dinning room perfectly!!!!

Shannon Criscola
1 year ago

I’d get the Lubek grey sectional for sure, it’s gorgeous

Elise
1 year ago

I agree the lubek grey sectional would be wonderful to have

Theresa McCormick
1 year ago

I am in love with the Narro black side table!

Pat
1 year ago

I love the chocolate Sven!

Jess
1 year ago

The Lubek Slate Gray Sectional! Now give me that GC 😉

Adee
1 year ago

I’d love to get a Soma sleeper sofa!

Sarah
1 year ago

Love the Calova lounge chair! And everything else!!

1 year ago

Seno walnut dining table!!!

Ginger
1 year ago

You all make everything they have look so lovely! I would try the Capra sofa… my cats would love napping on that 🙂

Colin
1 year ago

I’ve been eyeing several Article pieces for years, but I think that what I would spend a $2,000 gift on is the Sven Charme tan leather chaise lounge. Here’s hoping!

Laura
1 year ago

We’re looking to get all new living room furniture. The Sven sofa in Pacific Blue is my dream sofa!

Ashley Soderlund
1 year ago
Reply to  Laura

The Sven sofa is so pretty! Love it!

ADL
1 year ago

I love Article!! They carry stylish items and are priced fairly. And that Sven sofa is amazing!!!!!!!!! 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼

Courtney
1 year ago

I am loving the Article pieces for the bedroom- especially the Lenia double dresser!

Christy
1 year ago

I love the Seno dining table!

Kim
1 year ago

Article has so much good stuff it’s hard to even choose one thing! But we’re doing some serious work on the yard and the lubek sectional would be a great addition.

Jeff Oldham
1 year ago

I’m going to need that Beta sectional!

Jaclyn York
1 year ago

The Sede walnut counter height stools and the Nosh walnut dining chairs would be some of my first purchases. Everything from the website looks lovely, and I could easily find something for every room in my house.

Marisa
1 year ago

Definitely some outdoor furniture!

jaa
1 year ago

Have been following Article through your posts.
Eyes on the Turoy swivel chairs.
Thank you.

Ashley
1 year ago

I’d love the Sven sectional sofa to replace my apartment-sized sofa now that I’ve got a house-sized living room!

Kaitlyn
1 year ago

Love my Article pieces, and while I scope out their website every couple of weeks, the Matrix Yarrow chair in gold (love the velvet) has been sitting in my cart for weeks wondering if/when I will check out!

Mary
1 year ago

Capra sectional! Fun post!

Carrie
1 year ago

LOVE the Lefora media console in oak. Would love to style it with books and plants in our living room! We have a few Article pieces and we love every one. Excellent quality and can withstand three young kids and two dogs 🙂

Heather
1 year ago

Bowser’s outdoor space is my absolute favorite, but what I really need is a big comfy sectional for our basement. Our IKEA Ektorp has been good to us, but I would LOVE the cypress green corduroy sofa so much. With four kids and two dogs we need something big and comfy for our only space with a television. I envision many move nights sitting on that sofa. Thanks Article and EHD team!

Noelle Der-McLeod
1 year ago
Reply to  Heather

I’d love the Lubek sectional!!!

Kiley Gilchrist
1 year ago
Reply to  Heather

I’d love the Ellie reclining chair for my living room. Perfection!

Kiley Gilchrist
1 year ago

Hi, this was supposed to say Ellow. Autocorrect strikes again!