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Ada’s Living Room Design Dilemma

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Ada’s email landed in my inbox last week and with it a design dilemma. She is looking for a new coffee table for her living room and also suggestions to spruce her space on a budget. Here are Ada’s questions:

"I need help choosing the right coffee table for my living room, the coffee table that I have is taller than the sofa and I think it doesn’t look good in the space. Should I go with a round table or maybe an ottoman? Also do you think adding some decorations in blue, teal, or green goes with the living room? Could you please help me, I’m on a budget and any suggestions are welcomed."

Ada’s living room already has some great pieces: the modern tufted sofa, the wingback chair, and leather accent chair form a great conversation area. The rug is the right size, and she has also brought in some yellow accents as well, it is warm and inviting but also very tan and neutral and could benefit from more color and pattern.

adas living room

Ada doesn’t necessarily needs a round coffee table since curved lines already exist in the wingback chair, leather chair, and side table. A coffee table in any shape will work whether rectangular, oval, or round, the issue is not so much the shape of the coffee table but the bulk of it. 

There are modern versions that possess clean lines and a slim profile and for under $350. Metallic finishes add glamour, wood brings warmth, any of these options are visually less heavy and would modernize the space.

modern coffee tables

latte lacquer / whitewashed mango / oval marble top / gold and glassoval wood top / white and chrome

 

The tufted sofa and wingback chair are more formal pieces so a coffee table is a good choice for this space however Ada could opt for a tailored upholstered ottoman to add softness or to introduce a new pattern.

ottoman options

chain link ottoman / navy ottoman / neutral ottoman / octagonal ottoman

 

She could bring in accent pillows in blues and greens or mix in any of these shapely lamps.

blue green lamps pillows

 

shibori pillow / gourd lamp / dwell pillow / posner pillow / blue ikat / white lamp / aqua lamp / blue green ikat / blue spots

 

More budget friendly suggestions for adding colorful detail to Ada’s living room:

1) Add colorful trim to store bought plain window panels, consider tassels, Greek key, a geometric fabric, or grosgrain ribbon. No sewing necessary with the use of fabric glue, hot glue, or fusible web bonding tape.

trimmed window panels

curtain trim ideas: love maegan / oakland avenue / recently 

       

2) Paint the side table so that it isn’t the same brown as the leather chair, perhaps an off white to coordinate with the wingback chair or a more vibrant color that plays off the accent pillows.

side table makeovers

white side table makeover / painted blue side table

 

3) Add a border to the rug with paint or fabric, add stripes with painter’s tape, or use a stencil for allover color.

stenciled rugs

striped painted rug / stenciled rug

 

4) Elevate the indoor plants with larger planters, or embellish the planter baskets with metallic or colorful paint.  

painted baskets

silver painted baskets / striped basket / ombre baskets

Have you recently spied any great coffee tables or decorative accents that Ada might add to her space? Feel free to share your suggestions!..

Bathroom Vanity + Mirror Medleys

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Now that the kitchen remodel is underway, I thought I’d turn my attention to the hall bathroom since we’re trying to finish up the reno by summer. It’s time to remove the plain builder mirror, light fixture, and old sink vanity (which is falling apart) and replace with a free standing vanity and mirror combo.

This is the upstairs hall bathroom which is used by kids and guests; it’s a windowless space so I’m going to keep it light and cheerful in here. That little shelf above the toilet will go, I envision a mirror and vanity on the left, on the right a new toilet with some colorful art above. 

hall bathroom before

 

I had my heart set on this green Keys vanity but after I measured I realized it’s too big for my space, I’ll have to find something no wider than 32", perhaps the smaller Savoy in gray or aqua, or another that I paint a fresh fun hue. My research turned up so many other attractive free standing vanities and stylish mirrors so I created a few combinations for powder rooms and small bathrooms to inspire.

Imagine them with a wall treatment behind like board and batten or a fab wallpaper, and as we all know, if you like the shape but not the color of the vanity, you can always paint it and swap out the hardware for a more personalized look.

 

bathroom vanity and mirror

driftwood mirror / green vanity / silver corona mirror / white marble top vanity

bathroom vanity and mirror combo

whitney black vanity / chippendale mirror / gray blue vanity / scalloped wood mirror

 

bathroom vanity and mirror

aqua savoy vanityvenetian mirror / mother of pearl mirror / cherry vanity

 

 

bathroom vanities and mirrors

reclaimed wood vanity / rattan mirror / hamilton vanity / faceted gold mirror

 

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