Yay, here we go… week two of our makeover challenge. For those of you who need a recap, I will be transforming a living and dining room into a gentleman’s bachelor pad. Last week I shared before photos, inspiration and a little mood board. This week we are diving head first into the design plan. (You may want to grab that coffee now… this is a long juicy post!)
Topics covered in this post- the furniture plan, paint colors, sofa selection, and living room rugs.
An early, essential step in a design is to develop the furniture plan. The dining room was sort of a no-brainer, but the living room had a few challenges.
#1 The front door opens directly into the space, so the living area needs to double as an entry.
#2 The fireplace is a natural focal point, but we also need seating with a good view to the television.
We decided to float the sofa in the middle of the room with a console table behind it. This essentially divides the space into two areas – seating area and entry area. The sofa table will be a great drop zone and can also double as a desk. We will be layering rugs to help define the areas. We will use a large 10×14 neutral rug as a base for the whole room and then layer on a smaller colorful rug to define the seating area.
The wall space on either side of the fireplace is pretty narrow, so we decided to sit the television right on the mantel. Since there are built-in shelves to the left of the fireplace, we are going to add an open bookshelf to the right side to balance out the wall a bit. This is not only a great spot for books and decor, but it will also house the television components.
In the dining room we are centering a table and anchoring it with an 8×10 rug. The small wall will be a great place for a bar cart. We will need to find or build some sort of wide piece of furniture to serve as a buffet and storage along the long bare wall.
With the furniture plan established, we tackled paint colors. We decided to let the art and textiles be our colorful elements and went with an off-white (Benjamin Moore “Swiss Coffee”) on the walls and trim. I was concerned about painting the paneled fireplace wall white as I felt it would be too country cottage for my Mid-Century Eclectic scheme. Obviously the blue paneling couldn’t stay…
So I was thrilled when my client was game to paint this wall BLACK! This was just the perfect amount of edginess needed. Now this wall is truly a focal point.
You can see the television is already in place on the mantel. I love how it almost disappears!
Remember all that yucky blue trim I showed you last week?
Well it was all painted white. Much better.
With our furniture plan settled, paint freshly updated and move-in date looming, we needed to jump on finding a sofa. Sofas typically have a long lead time, so we prioritized selecting this piece first. After sitting on sofas all over Philadelphia, we found our favorite: Vanguard’s Whitaker sofa.
This piece is a great complement to my client’s Eames lounge chair. He liked that the design had a Knoll vibe and that its arms and back were all the same height for a seamless look. I liked the wood frame and handsome back. (It will be floating in the room after all!)
(The sample sofa in Luxe Home’s showroom.)
For upholstery, we selected “Triumph” in Beige. I love this neutral weave- it has a nice texture and is a Crypton fabric, so its very durable. Two active boys live in this house so we needed something that could handle some abuse.
Our last early task was selecting rugs for the living room. Since the walls and sofa are neutral, I wanted a vibrant colorful rug to anchor the sitting area. First I hopped on Overstock and found my client an inexpensive, large sisal to act as our base rug. I love the texture- it adds great depth to the space and its actually pretty soft. (You can find the rug HERE)
With the neutral rug in place, I took my client to a super secret vintage rug warehouse to select the perfect tribal rug for his seating area. I was drawn to Hamadans with bright reds and pinks. We wanted something that complemented his Jim Dine bust lithograph, but it didn’t need to match perfectly. We took three home to test them out in his actual space.
mmm mmm good. Which one would you choose?
And that is progress for week 2!
NEXT WEEK: We go vintage shopping and score. Plus, we commission a few custom pieces. It’s starting to look good up in this joint!
Be sure to check out what my crazy blog compatriots are up to this week…