Saturday, May 30, 2015

Living like the cool kids


I'm working with a couple of cool kids on their first place together and I'm really excited about this project. Congrats to my youngest sister, Christina, and her boyfriend, Doug, on moving in together in the next few weeks! I couldn't ask for a better, or more fun, couple to work with. I'm obviously biased, but this is my blog and I can say what I want to.


Christina and Doug both love the outdoors, so natural, rustic pieces are key. They want cozy furniture that they can kick back and relax on, but also enough seating options to host friends and family. We talked about a neutral palette with some accents of color thrown in, and a mix of metals and wood.

As a jumping off point to see whether I've got their style down, I created an inspiration board for the living room. I wanted to mix feminine with more masculine-styled pieces, and rustic and industrial-looking items along with things softer lines, so that both Christina and Doug are reflected in the space. Here's what I came up with...


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The sectional and chair look like really comfy pieces to chill on, but still have neat, clean lines. The pouf ottoman and side table can double as additional seating. The cocktail table marries the rustic and industrial theme, as well as the masculine and feminine, with the combination of wood and metal, and straight lines and curves.

The globe chandelier is one of my favorites. I like the combination of industrial construction with the soft glow of the candle lights. The love wall art is a piece that Doug already made for Christina with their move in mind. He's a carpenter and creative guy in general, so look forward to seeing some cool pieces in their space.

It looks like they're both happy with the look and are ready to start going through their stuff to see which pieces might inspire their actual color and decor choices. Art and personal items are always a great place to start to build a concept.

* Side note: In working on Christina and Doug's house and trying to mesh their individual styles, I've realized that my husband's style is not really reflected in our home. It's mostly because he just let me do what I wanted (not complaining!), so we may have some work to do too, which I'm not-so-secretly happy about.

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