Why are Modular Sectionals Exceptionally Cool?

Does your living room need a changeup? Is buying a new sectional top on the list? Or, do you have a client that’s about to change the great room’s main seat? Deciding on a sectional can be tricky. While the overall project design and space plan play a major roll in the decision, it’s important to note not only the style, but also the function – how  is the sectional going to be used, will it stay in one place, float, or have separate parts that float and/or connect? It can be puzzling!


Rocco modular sectional


Darby non-modular sectional


Gobi modular sectional


Evok modular sectional

Sectionals are furniture pieces that are literally “sections” of furniture puzzle pieces. Each piece or unit is designed to be joined together with or without connecting mechanisms. The most important question to ask is: will the sectional need to be separated with parts that stand alone and move around the room for soirees and parties, or is the sectional to stay connected at all times and used as one unit? Our sectionals come in all shapes and sizes, but the modular arrangements are exceptionally cool. Here’s why…

First, it’s important to understand the difference between a non-modular sectional and a modular sectional. A non-modular sectional, such as our Darby, is a design that has a high back and in proportion a lower arm and need connecting mechanisms to stay together. When the pieces are put together, they are upholstered in such a way as to meet and marry together to look as one (the parts that meet have less padding so that they connect better). These are not intended to stand alone. Non-modular sectionals are beautiful pieces with many parts (that you cannot see as separate parts), such as our Darby sectional below.

The Darby two-piece sectional, a left arm love and a right bumper chaise joined by connectors, high back, low arm. Pieces cannot float or be separated without showing connectors.

The Darby two piece sectional, a left arm mid-sofa with return and a right arm sofa joined by connectors, high back, low arm. Pieces cannot float or be separated without showing connectors.

A modular sectional, on the other hand, is really cool because they are comprised of modules or independent parts that can be combined in infinite ways. Take our Gobi, Rocco, Folio or Evok collections. Notice how (below) modules or pieces can be combined in several different arrangements, like a puzzle. One reason is because back height and arm height are the same. This allows for complete creative control whilst designing or updating your living space, no matter how often that might be. No matter what way you put the pieces together, the pieces will always fit! Cool, right?!

Example A: Gobi modular sectional piece shown as stand alone right side bumper chaise (could connect to a left arm sofa, see Example B)

Example B: Gobi modular sectional shown as a right side bumper chaise and a left arm sofa (each piece could stand alone, see Example A)

Wait for it… Image 1 – with glass coffee table – Rocco left arm mid-sofa and right side bumper sofa (each piece could be separated by an ottoman or float in the room on their own) Image 2 – 3 piece Folio sectional right side bumper sofa, ottoman, armless chair (each piece could be separated and float in the room on their own)


Example C: Evok 6 piece sectional (2 ottomans, 2 corners, 2 armless chairs)

Example D: Evok 6 piece sectional (2 ottomans, 2 corners, 2 armless chairs)

Example E: Evok 6 piece sectional (2 ottomans, 2 corners, 2 armless chairs)

Example F: Evok 5 piece tete-a-tete sectional (3 ottomans, 2 corners)

Modular sectionals are exceptionally cool because they are big puzzles that give us flexibility. Flexibility means more creative control, more open living space and more places to sit! More living space + more seating space sounds like a perfect pair!

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How the Pros Paint a Room

I don’t know about you, but Khai and I (Tina Nicole here :)) have needed to paint a room in our home by the ocean for the last two years. The task is so daunting that we keep delaying and delaying. As designers and artists ourselves, we refuse to hire a painter. We have a beautiful soft grey in mind for the walls to offset stunning Czech glass sculptures in sea-inspired colors: moss, peat, azure, natural and white.

As I was browsing online, I came across these handy tips at ArchitecturalDigest.com on how the pros paint a room. I loved it so much, I decided to share the article here! This article lists tips from the stars of the renovation series, Grand Design, seen on Ellen DeGeneres’ Ellen Digital Network. Stars John Colaneri and Anthony  Carrino break the process down step by step…

This article was written by:  at ArchitecturalDigest.com.

At fashion designer Stefano Pilati’s Paris duplex, a collection of African masks is displayed in the living area, where the walls are covered in a vibrant teal.
Photo: Björn Wallander

You’ve finally landed on the perfect paint color for your new living room (or bedroom or kitchen). Time to call the painter? Maybe not. If you’re in the mood for a weekend project, it’s totally possible to tackle the job yourself. New Jersey–based contractors—and cousins—John Colaneri and Anthony Carrino, the stars of renovation series Grand Design on Ellen DeGeneres’s Ellen Digital Network, could likely paint a room in their sleep at this point. Here, they take us through the process step by step—and it’s surprisingly simple.


You don’t want to damage your favorite sofa or that heirloom your grandmother gave you, so empty the room of all the furniture. If you don’t have enough space, push everything to the center of the room. Cover the pieces with a drop cloth or lightweight plastic sheeting and do the same with the floor. “Don’t skip the drop cloth, paint will splatter, we promise,” say Colaneri and Carrino.


Grab a roll of painter’s tape—the cousins recommend FrogTape—and firmly apply it to the edges of the room’s corners, base and crown moldings, and door and window casings. “Getting a good seal so paint doesn’t get under the tape is everything, plus it will pull away clean after everything is dry,” they say. Planning a bold focal wall? Paint the adjoining light-color walls first. “Don’t worry if you get paint on what will be your accent wall—the dark paint will cover up whatever lighter paint found its way there. After the lighter wall dries, tape off that edge so the dark color doesn’t bleed onto your new paint.” If you dare (or have an artist’s steady hand), you can skip taping entirely.


Gather your primer and paint colors along with a high-quality set of brushes and rollers (the cousins like the brand Purdy). Have a brush extension pole and a step ladder handy for hard-to-reach corners. Next, “shake your paint cans vigorously to ensure all of the pigment is mixed throughout, then pour paint into your paint trays.”


If you’re covering up dark walls with a brighter hue, plan on three coats: your primer, plus two coats of the new color to ensure nothing shows through. Tackle one wall at a time. Take a brush and “cut in”—paint along the molding and the corners from top to bottom—while your friend uses a roller to cover the main expanse of the wall, staying away from those more precise spots. When applying paint with the roller, use long strokes in a W pattern for ample coverage (and to avoid those pesky roller marks). Once the wall is dry to the touch, it’s ready for a second coat. “Keeping the room warm and a fan blowing definitely helps speed up this process,” say the cousins. “If it’s a damp day, it will take much longer for the paint to dry.”

We hope you enjoyed this article. It gives us an incentive and a road map to tackle our own painting project. I’ll post the photos once we get it done, lol…

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Inspirations Maison et Objet 2017

S-o-o-o-o-o jazzed, we just returned from Maison et Objet (M&O), Paris. M&O is a professional trade fair for the design community focusing on evolving consumer trends, inspiring experiences, and major brand introductions. M&O presents three overarching sections: MAISON is dedicated to interior decoration. OBJET is concept and retail. The third is INFLUENCES which encompasses luxury, design and architecture.

Every year Maison et Objet creates an area of inspiration that centers around a single theme. This year, the theme is SILENCE. Like a remedy to the interminable racket of words and images, silence has a calming effect on the hyperactive, garrulous and loud times we live in. Home is a place where calm is restored and a growing desire for serenity can be expressed. Sensitive, discrete and elegant objects re-establish inner tranquillity. Please do not disturb this sensual, poetic, harmonious and luxurious minimalism. Shh…



Thin tops and thin top table systems paired with an upholstered top component was seen everywhere. Also noticeable was thin bases or legs or necks to complete this minimalist look. Leading this trend were French brands Cinna and Lignet Roset.


Call it amber, burnt orange, or sienna – these warm jewel tones pair beautifully with 2017 popular hue soft pink, deep blues and Pantone color or the year greenery.



These images speak for themselves… just spectacular! Lighting as sculpture on the wall, or lighting dropping from the sky like rain above the clouds, or stars in the sky, you can use lighting concepts now more than ever to command ambience.


Gold was everywhere from table tops to plinth bases to outside arms, what a wowzer!


Just for fun and fun to liven up any room.

Interior design in 2017 will bring the need for rich jewel tones, i.e., Amber mentioned above, and darker more intense hues in the home, expressing introspection and brooding. This all at the same time, a need to escape the world around us and make the interior fun. This is done with interesting shapes and metallics and warm toned woods as seen in our scouting the trends we saw at the fair. We hope you found this blog informative and useful.

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