I had planned on posting “Part 2” of Leah’s living/dining room makeover last week, but the need to get last Friday’s Birchbox up-style published before I got yet ANOTHER box in the mail took precedence…Thankfully, I am now up-to-date and ready to reveal my thoughts on Leah’s beautiful home – Thanks for your patience!
Now one thing Leah specifically wanted to keep was her wall color – and I don’t blame her. The rich bluish gray is one of my favorite things about the space. The other thing I love is that big beautiful slate fire place. It was a cinch to pull colors from all of the gorgeous variation in the stone, and it acts as the perfect focal point. What a gem.
As for the rest of the space and pulling it all together, here are my thoughts:
A few other things that Leah specifically asked for were oversized seating and lots of color and pattern. We were able to achieve both with an affordable sectional from IKEA, and a show stopping side chair from Target. The cool gray of the couch is neutral enough to evolve with Leah’s tastes, while the colorful accent chair brings in that wash of pattern that she so loves.
For the rug, I chose a natural fiber in a neutral tone because we all know that too much color can be…well…too much. The other neutrals I brought in were the drapes. I’m suggesting a soft cream color for these sheers to act as a warming factor, but not one that takes over the main focal points in the room – namely the wall color and fire place.
As for art, I’m in love with Leah’s already hung wall clock. The oversized beauty takes up a lot of visual space, which isn’t easy in such a large room, but also acts as a really cool conversation piece. Flanking the fire place, I envision a big mirror on one side with a collection of gathered prints in mismatched gold frames on the other. I’m thinking that Leah could salvage a bunch of these types of frames from local yard sales or thrift stores, and fill them with pieces like the ones I sourced from Etsy.
What do you guys think? Any other suggestions?
Thanks again for welcoming us into your home, Leah, and best of luck – Keep us up to date on your transformation!
P.S. If you missed “Part 1,” check it out here.