I'm back with another edition of Design Showcase! This week, I'm sharing Abby's living room, which she shares with her husband. She has a clear vision on what she wants in the space, which includes her existing blue & white chinoiserie lamps and couches. More from Abby...
I'd love to get your input on our family room. We recently had the carpet pulled up and hardwood floors put down. The floors are curing, so the furniture can't go back in yet. We live in a historic district in Jacksonville, FL and the rest of our 1950's home has original hardwood floors. They are all a dark espresso stain.
I want to use this time to re-vamp this room. My husband and I are 29, with no kids yet. As you might see, our kitchen/island/bar opens up into this room and the back door (on the side of the windows) leads out to our patio. The other door (on the art-wall side) opens into our garage. We have a formal living room, but this is the room where we watch TV, entertain, etc, so it gets a lot of traffic.
I'd like to keep: Our current couch and loveseat and the two blue & white chinoiserie lamps (with white linen shades).
I'd like to focus the attention on a rug, pillows, and drapes. Phase 2 might be a new coffee/accent table. The current pillows came with the couch and I'm not in love with the fabric. The bamboo shades were the previous owners. I'm debating whether keeping them or putting up white wooden blinds. I haven't given a lot of thought to budget... maybe $1,000. I don't know?! :)
I'd say my style is traditional with pops of fun & pattern. I'm drawn to neutrals with pops of color.
There's so much to love about this room...the wall of windows are amazing for light and I especially love how it opens up to the kitchen. Keeping the space light, airy and open are key, so I suggested removing the dark coffee table and dark side tables and swapping them out with glass and gold elements. Knowing Abby's love of blue and whites, the rest flowed together pretty easily.
We decided on a light indoor/outdoor rug for durability. Also, I would love to swap out the existing pillows with some color and pattern to add some real interest to the space. Both the coffee table and side table are glass, which keeps the space open. Additionally, adding a mirror to the wall, will help reflect that great light from the windows and keep the space open.
I actually like the bamboo shades but think so crisp new drapes could help to freshen up the place, perhaps in a linen?
Thanks again to Abby for having me help out!