Brittany Hakimfar’s refined blend of violet-veined marble, wine-colored velvet and deep purple paint

Business of home far studio flat lay
Business of home far studio flat lay

What I Love | Jun 10, 2024

By Caroline Biggs

In the BOH series What I Love, we’re asking designers to build us a mood board of what’s inspiring them right now.

Brittany Hakimfar
Brittany Hakimfar - Photo Credit Brian Wetzel

Brittany Hakimfar likes to let the materials do the talking in her interiors. The founder of Philadelphia’s Far Studio allows tactile textures and organic motifs to take center stage in her earthy yet elegant designs. “The inherent sophistication of natural materials will always shine through in an arrangement,” she tells Business of Home.

True to form, the designer drew inspiration from richly veined marbles—particularly lavender-hued Calacatta Viola and bold black-and-white Nero Marquina—when fashioning her current flat lay. “The color tones within each stone helped guide the selection of fabrics and finishes,” she says.

Hakimfar describes the final scheme as “cohesive and visually captivating,” punctuated by eye-catching all-natural pieces—including honey-hued zellige tile and samples for dark brass counter stools—that celebrate the raw beauty of nature. “The palette exudes a sense of organic refinement, while still supplying a touch of glamour,” says the designer.

Here, she breaks down the details, from sculptural ceramic bud vases to emerald green mohair upholstery.

A flat lay by Brittany Hakimfar
A flat lay by Brittany Hakimfar - Photo Credit Courtesy of Far Studio

1. VINTAGE BLACK BEADS

“We love to use sourced pieces that infuse an eclectic vibe into a project.”

2. BRINJAL PAINT BY FARROW & BALL

“I chose this paint because its rich, deep purple hue functions as a great statement color in a space. We have also used it in a lacquered finish for cabinetry and it creates a really special mood.”

3. VINTAGE CERAMIC DISH

“We love to use one-of-a-kind ceramic pieces and found objects to add a unique quality to any space.”

4. NATURAL OAK FINISH SAMPLE BY FAITHFUL ROOTS

“Faithful Roots is our go-to for custom wood furniture. Their finishes and craftsmanship are top-of-the-line, and we love that you are able to mix marble with any of their pieces.”

5. BRILLIANCE FINISH SAMPLE IN LUXE GOLD BY BRIZO

“This is the perfect finish for a subtle brass that is not too shiny and has no yellow undertones. It works well with lots of different wood tones and marbles.”

6. BRASS FINISH SAMPLE IN DARK PATINA BY THOMAS HAYES STUDIO

“When sourcing custom stools, there is no one better than Thomas Hayes. The availability of metal finishes allows our stools to blend seamlessly with our interiors.”

7. NEVADA FABRIC IN EMERALD BY VERELLEN

“We love Verellen for their thoughtful, well-made furniture pieces, and this emerald mohair is the perfect color and texture to complement any space.”

8. COVET FABRIC IN BORDEAUX BY DONGHIA AT KRAVET

“We just used this fabric on two armchairs in a living room, and it was the perfect tone to pull in the Calacatta Viola veins of the marble fireplace. The velvet is also incredibly luxe and soft.”

9. LINYATI FABRIC IN LION BY JIUN HO

“This is such a special color of velvet, which we have recently used in a project as pillows on a custom banquet. It added both interest and shine to the space.”

10. ZELLIGE TILE IN HONEY BY RIAD TILE

“We love the beautiful mustard tones in this honey zellige tile.”

11. ZELLIGE TILE IN FOREST GREEN BY RIAD TILE

“We love the natural, hand-made quality of zellige tile, [especially in] this unique color.”

12. CALACATTA VIOLA HONED MARBLE BY STONE TECH FABRICATION

“I am drawn to [Stone Tech’s] Calacatta Viola marble for its ability to infuse drama into a space with its swirling veining, while maintaining a grounded feel through its natural materiality.”

13. CHESTER PLAID MARBLE MOSAIC IN BRITANNIA LIGHT, SNOW WHITE AND BLACK HONED BY MARBLE SYSTEMS

“This is going into a bathroom on one of our ground-up construction projects, and we cannot wait to see how this mix of pattern and neutral colors adds to the space.”

14. VINTAGE BUD VASE

“We love a bud vase to place on a side table with greenery—they’re the perfect accent for adding a little bit of color.”

15. NERO MARQUINA MARBLE BY STONE TECH FABRICATION

“This stone is the perfect mix of drama while still feeling subtle. We are currently doing a full wall of it at a client’s bar, and love how the veins look book-matched.”

16. NATURAL LIMESTONE IN PARIS GREY BY FRANÇOIS & CO.

“François & Co. makes the most beautiful limestone. We cannot wait to use this in an upcoming project to add texture and a timeless feel to the kitchen.”

17. VINYL PLASTERED WALLCOVERING IN FRESCA BY PHILLIP JEFFRIES

“Plaster is one of our favorite textures, and this wallcovering is the perfect way to add a textured plaster look to a space at a better price point.”

18. THISBY RUG IN IVORY BY SACCO CARPET

“This rug from Sacco Carpet is so luxurious, [offering] the perfect amount of texture in a neutral color tone. Used in a primary bedroom, it really grounds the space and makes for a calming environment.”

19. VINTAGE ZEN STONE

“Simple, sculptural and tactile, these cane-wrapped rocks are a great styling element, and we use them in almost all of our projects.”

20. EMORY FABRIC IN TOAST BY STOUT TEXTILES

“We love Stout Textiles for all of our window treatments, and find that they have the perfect blend of sheer texture and neutral colors for our projects.”

21. VINYL ABACA WALLCOVERING IN FERN BY PHILLIP JEFFRIES

“We love the texture and color of this wallcovering, and recently used it in the dining room in an Aspen project, [where it] created the perfect layer to the room.”

22. VENETIAN PLASTER WALLCOVERING IN ESPRESSO BROWN BY PHILLIP JEFFRIES

Phillip Jeffries’s line of Venetian plaster wallcoverings is the closest we’ve found to the real thing, and adds a moody vibe to any space.”

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