Thursday, July 16, 2015

Modern Eclectic Mix: Part Two

On Tuesday, you might have read Part One of the Modern Eclectic Mix featuring this home's den. Now it's time for the big living room reveal! As with the den, this project was not a full installation. This client want me to create some cohesion between the pieces in not only her living room but also her den and dining room. All three rooms were painted the same color, which helped, but the overall color palette needed some tweaking and the room needed a little lightening and brightening. Here is the living room before I got started...

We kept the rug and most of the furniture but again moved out the end tables and swapped the entryway table for a table that had been a tv stand in the den. We swapped out all of the artwork except for the giant fish, which helped me build a foundation for the color palette. This couple also loves the ocean and surfing and their interest along with the pattern in the rug made me think of waves and movement. I tried to bring in that overall theme with the new pieces we purchased. Here are the concepts I presented.

Just about everything in these boards is now in the living room! The only thing we scratched was the wall sconces. We decided to see how the room shaped up without them first and then see if we needed them. I'm so glad we did because I don't think anyone misses them now that the room is complete. We also did buy that gorgeous velvet ottoman, which was truly stunning in person, but we sent it back because it just never really found its home in the room. Now for the big reveal!!!





As you can see, the color palette in this room is essentially an intensified version of the den's with more pattern mixing and playfulness. The dark teal blues, natural linens and grays really pull the two rooms together. We replaced the end tables (and record player!) with tall metal shelves, which provided more storage and display space. I used pieces my clients already owned to style the shelves and only had to buy one vase- the black and white geometric one- to complete the look! Changing out the mirror and entry table made a huuuuuuge difference! The lines of the mirror reiterated the pattern in the rug, pillows and artwork while placing the lamp near the mirror maximized the light in the room. I also brought in a new desk chair and mirror (over the fire place) with the some cool graphic touches to keep the room feeling fresh. To me, the room feels tailored with a little bit of funk and a lot of personality. If you've been reading this blog for a while, then you know I'm all about the mix so this project was one I loved!

I hope you enjoyed this two-part series! You can reach me at if you have any questions. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Modern Eclectic Mix: Part One

Today's reveal is the first of a two-part series because, in this house, there is just too much goodness for one post! This particular project was a zhushing exercise and not a full makeover. In this case, the client already had her main furniture pieces- sofa, chairs, rugs, etc.- but she needed assistance creating a cohesive look. And to further complicate the matter, huge archways allow the den, living room and dining room to be completely open to one another. While the spaces didn't need to be the exact same, they did need to coincide. So we'll get a tour of the den today and then check back here on Thursday to read about the living room/see how it all goes together! You might just catch a glimpse below if you look closely...

Here's where we started with the den. This gray linen sectional is awesome- so comfortable and the perfect scale for the room. All of the rooms are painted the same paint color, which was great. The custom curtains, the leather and brass ottoman and hide rug were the additional sources of inspiration. 

(please excuse the Photoshop paint blobs- apparently I saved the "before" picture like this!)

We discussed toning down the orange and green color palette as well as moving the black chinoiserie cabinet to the entryway. It was clearly not the right scale to house their television or to sit against that large wall. We also wanted to move out the barrel table as well as the existing end tables to make the room feel more open and lighter. And speaking of light, we needed more lamps! Here are the two concept boards I presented.

After our meeting, we went with everything in the first photo with the sectional and nothing in the second photo- ha! That's just the way things go sometimes but we ended up in a much better place, I think. We decided to buy a wider but lower tv stand with a more rustic appeal rather than shabby look, moved the chair out completely and scratched the art all together. The three of us, meaning me, my client and her husband, did not all agree on the art unfortunately but those vintage etchings were incredible. (I'm still contemplating buying one for myself...) Here's the reveal! 

Thanks for modeling, Kinsey!



We all absolutely love how this room turned out! It's so comfortable and livable but still very polished and interesting. It's a space to relax in, kick back and watch tv but it's also a room that provides great movement for entertaining and conversation. The best of both worlds!

For more Modern Eclectic Mix, check back in here on Thursday for the living room reveal! In the meantime, please email me if you have any questions at Thanks for reading!