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Our Dark Paint Top Picks

Mt. Platta Project: Cabinets in Westcott Navy by Benjamin Moore.

We are in a mood. A mood for dark paint! Though we are always game for all things light and bright, we can’t help but want to lean into the dark side. Deep, moody rooms have been making us feel all types of ways lately, and we are here for it! It feels soulful, ages with elegance, and can feel incredibly timeless. Dark paint is a great way to add drama to any space, yet it still pairs seamlessly with neutrals and bright whites. It can add depth and dimension while also providing a rich contrast against other design elements, like furnishings, fixtures, and textiles. We are total suckers for a dark hue paired with anything antiqued brass or reclaimed wood. Better yet, use a plaster or limewash finish, and we are talking about absolute textural heaven! 

So if you are obsessing over these moody vibes as much as we are, you are in luck! We went on a deep dive and compiled a list of some of the best dark paints in the game. Take a little peek at some inspiring designers who are really doing the dark paint game right, and shop our favorite colors below.

Looking for other shades of paint? Check out our post on some of South Harlow’s tried-and-true favorites! DESIGN TELL-ALL: OUR FAVORITE PAINT COLORS.

Interiors by Athena Calderone. Cabinetry in Railings by Farrow & Ball.
Interiors by Augusta Hoffman. Walls in Fade to Black in Roman Clay Finish by Portola Paints.
Interiors by Raili CA Design. Cabinetry in Ripe Olive by Sherwin Williams.
Interiors by Colossus MFG. Walls in Off-Black by Farrow & Ball.
Interiors by Studio Giancarlo Valle. Walls in Shelter in Limewash Finish by Portola Paints.


TOP ROW: 1. Fade to Black by Portola Paints , 2. Ripe Olive by Sherwin Williams , 3. Westcott Navy by Benjamin Moore | SECOND ROW: 4. Amherst Gray by Benjamin Moore , 5. Railings by Farrow & Ball , 6. Onyx by Benjamin Moore | THIRD ROW: 7. Off-Black by Farrow & Ball , 8. In the Navy by Portola Paints , 9. Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore | LAST ROW: 10. Down Pipe by Farrow & Ball , 11. Shelter by Portola Paints , 12. Greenblack by Sherwin Williams

Bring on the Light: Table Lamp Roundup

Photo from our La Jolla Project.

Looking for a good way to light up your life? Well, you’ve come to the right place. When contemplating ways to enhance the ambiance of a room, lighting is easily one of the key players. In particular, one of the best ways to layer in elements of warmth and create mood is through accent lighting.

Photo from our La Jolla Project.

If you are looking for a quick and easy way to incorporate a calming and comforting environment at home, a table lamp might just be your answer. Table lamps are, of course, functional, but they also add an artistic decor element to any space. Pairing soothing light with a sculptural design component is a double win in our book.

Photo from our Peters Stone Project.

Lucky for us, the options of lamps of all sorts these days come in quite an incredible range. Whether it be plaster, ceramic, rattan, or stone, the material and design style of your choice is out there, we promise! Go bold with statement shapes and scales, keep things classic with clean and timeless lines, or better yet, mix a few design styles for a beautifully dynamic home. So, whether it be in the entryway, living room, bedroom, or office space, check out our top picks in table lamps to add that extra layer artistic functionality to illuminate your home today. 

The Table Lamp Roundup

1. Boulder Table Lamp , 2. Mojave Ceramic Lamp , 3. Decker Table Lamp , 4. Sandstone Table Lamp , 5. Ansley Table Lamp , 6. Bella Skirt Lamp , 7. Capelli Table Lamp , 8. Minimalist Table Lamp , 9. Wood & Woven Lamp , 10. Hascombe Rattan Lamp Base , 11. Playa Table Lamp , 12. Frankfort Black Ash Lamp

The Hostess Gift Guide

Photo from our Coronado J Project.

Holiday parties are in full swing, and you better believe we will be sipping a few cocktails and eating a Christmas cookie or two (or seven)! Whether for work, family, or play, it’s safe to say that this jolly time of year quickly gets packed with festivities. Where there are festivities, there is always a hostess hustling behind the scenes to bring the party to life. When there is a party being brought to life, it’s always nice to show your appreciation towards the one who is working hard to make the magic happen.

Photo from our Genter Project.

So on that note, we are jumping on the gift guide train and rounded up some favorite hosting essentials that are so stylish and timeless, your host can use them year-round for all of their entertainment needs. Now, while you sip bubbles into the night and nibble on all of the tasty finger foods, you can know that you’ve done your part in trying to spoil your host as much as your host has spoiled you. Cheers and happy holidays!

The Hostess Gift Guide

1. Mango Wood Serving Board , 2. Coasters Set , 3. Ceramic Cake Stand , 4. Brass Bottle Opener , 5. Water Pitcher , 6. 2019 Scribe Pinot Noir , 7. Dark Grey Cocktail Napkins , 8. Taper Candlestick Holders , 9. Elderflower Tonic , 10. Brass Cork Stopper , 11. Champagne Saucers , 12. Brass Cocktail Shaker

The Return of Grasscloth Wallpaper

Image from our Windansea Project.

Does anyone else remember their parents having jute and raffia-covered walls back in the ’70s and ’80s? Oh yes, we know we sure do! Well, it’s 2021, and grasscloth wallpaper is back in action! Though it seems to be trending, this textural wallcovering piece stands the test of time. Its natural material and cozy, down-to-earth feel make it a true interior favorite during these travel-reduced times of being cooped up inside the home. Any reason to bring more of nature’s elements into the home is always a win in our book!

Image from our Peters Stone Project.

Grasscloth is a general term for any natural fibers that include jute, sisal, hemp, seagrass, and raffia. Not only do these fibers feel organic and laidback, but they are also sure to adapt to any interior style: polished and traditional, rustic and refined, bold and dramatic, you name it! These days, grasscloth extends far beyond your typical neutral-colored sisal, too. We have naturally dyed colors of all hues, block-printed patterns, and geometric shapes in all types of sizes. You can go as subtle and understated or as striking and impactful as you choose. Grasscloth wallpaper is a great alternative to paint when you are looking for something with more depth and dimension, and it’s a way to add layers of warm texture without being too distracting or overpowering.

Scroll below to take a little peek of a few grasscloth wallpaper looks that we are loving and some designers who are doing this look so right. Feeling inspired? We’ve gathered a list of a few wallpapers that are catching our eyes, from natural-toned to bold color to patterns small and large. Let us know what you think!

Interior Design by Katie Monkhouse Interiors.
Interior Design by Heidi Caillier Design.
Interior Design by Brooke Wagner Design.
Interior Design by Jean Stoffer Design.

Our Top Picks in Grasscloth Wallpaper:

1. Indigo Grasscloth , 2. LOXO Onyx Grasscloth , 3. Ritva Grasscloth , 4. Two-Tone Stripe Grasscloth , 5. Wan Grasscloth , 6. Tailor Grasscloth , 7. Amane Grasscloth , 8. Sying Grasscloth , 9. Juicy Jute – Baltic Blue , 10. Riley Grasscloth , 11. Bit of Blue Grasscloth , 12. Grasslands in Taupe


Photo from our Point Loma Project.

Things are moving and grooving over here at South Harlow! We have several projects nearing their finishing line and awaiting photography, and we are so eager to share them with you all. Amongst these projects are several bathrooms and kitchens of all characters and styles. So that got us thinking, what do these spaces have in common that is a necessity as well as serve as a form of stylistic accessory? Faucets of course!

My oh my, there sure are many faucets of all shapes and sizes out there in the ether, so where to begin? Each room carries its own needs in terms of preference and function. For a kitchen faucet, you are wanting something with a high arch, sprayer, and something that will fulfill all of those daily kitchen tasks. For the bathroom, depending on how big the space may be, we must consider vanity space and if you are wanting to go the wall mounted route or the deck mounted route. Maybe you are looking for something that will elevate your bathtub to feel more like a spa-like experience. There are plenty of factors to take into consideration, to say the least, but when it comes to selecting your faucet, that part can be fun!

Photo from our Fern Glen Project.

We know the options are endless these days therefore honing in on selecting your perfect piece can feel a bit challenging, but consider this part like accessorizing your outfit for the day. Depending on what you plan on doing in the space, you want the faucet to be as functional as it is attractive. You want the faucet to pair with the overall style of your home. If you have a set tone for your home, select a faucet that sticks with that same style. On that note, however, mixing finishes can be fun, too. We love that look of mixing metals between faucets, hardware, and lighting. Just try to keep the mix minimal and make sure the overall color palettes flow together.

Photo from our Point Loma Project.

We’ve checked our sources, and we’ve selected some favorite faucets of all types and styles for your viewing and purchasing pleasure. Whether you’re looking for something for your kitchen, bath, or perhaps even your laundry, we’ve got you covered. Take a little scroll below and maybe give your sink a little upgrade.


1. Rejuvenation Bathroom Faucet , 2. Kingston Brass Wall Mount Faucet , 3. Studio Ore Kitchen Faucet , 4. Waterworks Bathroom Faucet , 5. Brizo Kitchen Faucet , 6. Delta Wall Mount Faucet , 7. Devol Kitchen Faucet , 8. Perrin & Rowe Wall Mount Faucet , 9. Newport Brass Kitchen Faucet

Pillow Chats: Styling, Mixing, & Our Favorite Picks

Photo from our Hymettus Project.

Happy 2021! We’ve made it through the first month, and we can’t help but feel like we are on the upswing. We are keeping things light for this month’s post. Cozy, fluffy, comfortable… any guesses?! If you guessed, throw pillows, you’re in for a treat!

Today, we are sharing our tips for styling your throw pillows and some pointers on how to select pillow combos, too.


Photo from our La Jolla Project.

First things first, curate a color palette. You can pick colors of the same family and similar hues, or you can select colors that compliment each other and flow together cohesively. We like to start with a neutral base and then add in color from there to keep a nice balance.

Don’t be scared to mix different types of prints! Prints can be so fun, and believe us, you don’t want to miss out on a good time. Mix colors within the patterns that flatter each other and don’t compete. On the other hand, try not to go overboard with too much of the same print. For example, try not to use too many stripes. Mix those stripes with an organic floral pattern or something graphic to break up the print. Remember to play with different scaled prints, too. Using a big bold graphic? Try pairing it with a smaller, daintier pattern for a nice mix of weight and contrast. Lastly, when in doubt, mix those prints with a solid color. Bonus points if this solid has a nice textural element like braided wool or nubby linen.


Photo from our Skylark Project.

We often get questions from clients on how to make throw pillows look so effortless and in the right place. To be blunt, how do make pillows look pretty and not like a hunk of fluff? Well, let’s work our way from back to front. Biggest pillows in the back! We are talking those 24” x 24” or 22” x 22”. Once those are in place, start layering in those medium pillows next. Those 20” 20” or 18” x 18” – we are looking at you! Yep, you guessed it, smallest in the front. We love placing a pretty little lumbar in the front for a nice variation in shape and size.

HOT TIP: When placing the pillows on the couch, we always start by placing pillows in the corners. It’s the perfect little nook to add layers of texture. Also, work from the outside inwards. The first pillow in the corners, then add in the front pillows moving closer towards the center.

For a bed, we like a little 3, 2, 1 effect. The three biggest pillows in the back, the two medium-sized next, then a longer lumbar in the very front. This depends on the size of your bed of course, but it works like a charm almost every time.

Photo from our La Jolla Project.

Hope you all learned some fun tips on throw pillows. Next time you or a friend is in a pillow crisis, you know who to call. Scroll down below to check out a few of our favorite pillows from us here at South Harlow Home and beyond!


1. Pacific Square Pillow , 2. Elodie Stripe Lumbar Pillow , 3. Floral Square Pillow , 4. Chiang Mai Block Print Pillow , 5. Denim Blue Square Pillow , 6. Contigo Pillow , 7. Ullo Pillow , 8. Caravane Lumbar Pillow , 9. Pyramids Square Pillow