Monday, July 17, 2017

Starting Fresh | Living Room | Designing a Room How To

We recently got our floors refinished on the main level! Currently our living room has a 9x12 jute rug and that's it! So, I thought it would be the perfect time to talk about my design process when starting on a room.

I'll be using some of what I have, a little DIY, some new and a little vintage. I find that this builds layers which = character! Creating a thoughtfully collected feel versus a "room in a box" look. I think a lot of people can relate to this because most people don't want to buy everything new or everything vintage - it saves money and looks less generic and more personal!

Let's get started! One of the first things that I do when working on a space is come up with a general mood board with finishes, textures, color, pattern, and the overall feel that I'd to have in the space.

I've been loving a natural, relaxed feel recently - a range of organic blues, neutral statement textures, organic pattern and warmed up with cognac leather and warm and washed woods.

As we source furniture, accessories and textiles for our home (versus a rental) we're looking to invest in a few pieces of neutral furniture with classic lines that will last for many years. For the living room, selecting a sofa and side chairs - like the Allure sofa and the New American Accent Chair from Bassett is a good foundation because they have classic shapes that won't go out of style. Then, adding  toss pillows and smaller furniture pieces gives you personalization and the flexibility to change those up more often.

Lets talk about tables! I love shape and flexibility of the Peninsula coffee table - perfect for sliding ottomans or baskets underneath and Horizon side table is timeless and interesting! I could see these going in several rooms in my home.

In the first option, I've shown a classic sofa and chairs, streamline side table with a little interest and a waterfall coffee table. I'm pulling in our DIY leather ottomans, existing jute rug, Moroccan poufs, and draperies. Finally, I'm planning to incorporate new toss pillows and a vintage or vintage feel rug to layer over the jute.

Option 2 is similar but adds a darker wood tone in the coffee table and bench in lieu of the cognac leather. 

allure sofa // new american accent chair // horizon round side table // peninsula rectangular coffee table // bench // moroccan pouf // jute rug // blue rug // toss pillow 1,2,3

Option 3 is a mix of 1 and 2, bringing the cognac leather with the Corinna accent chair and the darker wood tones. 

allure sofa // corinna accent chair // horizon round side table // peninsula rectangular coffee table // bench // moroccan pouf // jute rug // blue rug // toss pillow 1,2,3,4

Making these mood boards is very helpful to me when designing a space (especially if I'm being indecisive!) It really helps me visualize - and I'm more confident when ordering furniture! I created these boards in Photoshop, but there are several programs available online, if you don't have access to Photoshop.  

I'm so excited to feature one of my favorite furniture brands - Bassett. I use Bassett for almost every client project - they have great base shapes and tons of fabrics to select from. I was excited that Bassett contacted me about sponsoring a post. As always, I only share companies and products that I love and have had a great experience with!


  1. These all look really good to me. Not sure I would want anyone to sit on that bench, especially with that price tag! Love the texture, though.
    Question: what options have you tried before going with Photoshop, for creating a mood board? I would love to play around with this, but Photoshop is a big investment for "play."

    1. Hi Lesley! I've always used Photoshop, so I can't recommend a good alternative, but if you search for Photoshop alternative, lots of options should come up!

  2. So pretty as always and I love all three options

  3. I'm wondering where you purchased the roller blinds for your windows - I really like the white. Thanks!

    1. They are from Overstock - if you search for whitewash bamboo shade, it should pop up :)


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