In the Mood: Le Look Marin


Growing up in Paris, you quickly become aware of fashion.  One of my earliest memories of fashion was when I was about eight years old and the big trend that Spring/Summer was le Look Marin, the sailor look. The design was first popularized Coco Chanel and featured blue and white striped shirts, over the years the look has been worn by countless celebrities seen here and here.  But did you know that it was originally part of the French sailor’s uniform?  And did you know that the original design featured 21 stripes, one for each of Napoleon’s victories.

I’ve taken inspiration from this look, because I like its breezy, yet sophisticated casualness.  Perfect for a family room.

1. Kivik sectional

2. Flat Weave Stripped Rug

3. Marin Media Console

4. Alseda Stool

5. Black Leaning Wall Mirror

6. Cavett Leather Chair

7. Metal cage pendant light

8. From left to right: Blue Patterned Pillow, Coral Throw Pillow CoverBlue Stripe pillow

The centerpiece of any family room is the sofa, in our case it’s going to be a sectional.  In our last family room I opted for a charcoal gray fabric.  A more forgiving color for the inevitable spills, but I always thought I would be better served by I sofa with a slip cover; one that can easily be tossed in the wash. After looking at many slipcovered sectionals, I’ve opted for the Kivik from Ikea.  It’s not only affordable, I also love that the slipcover is not skirted.  While white is not the obvious choice for a house with two young boys, white is the cheapest slipcover, therefore the cheapest to replace if  need be.  The other pieces in the room serve to balance out the white sectional with the warmth of the wood, or the pop of color with the blue.  I love the media console and the accent chair from Crate & Barrel in my mood board, but at about $1000+ for each, I need to look for more affordable solutions.  So, I’m on the hunt for vintage pieces that will serve the same purpose.

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