With their children out of the nest and after years of worthy service, it was time to give new life to Laura’s open plan living room! We started with mood boards and narrowed down her preferences. Then we had a game plan! This didn’t happen overnight due to Covid delays but Laura and her husband are happy now.
The Game Plan
1. Paint Works Wonders
See how the color of the walls contrasts with the slope of the ceiling making the window wall seem short? Also, the color wasn’t delivering the fresh feel Laura wanted.
We used Benjamin Moore Featherdown (the same color as the baseboards) and painted the walls in the kitchen too. Everything feels fresh! The color looks lighter here due to all the sunlight.
2. New Rug
The next thing that had to go was the carpet. We tried an 8 x 10′ (hoping to show more of the pretty wood floor–see the tape) but realized we really needed this 9 x 12′. This Reeva rug from Pottery Barn is a good price for a hand-tied wool rug.
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3. New Custom Sectional in Performance Fabric
A sectional makes sense here as it’s a good use of the space.
We ordered this one from Lee Industries in North Carolina (similar here). With Covid…what would normally take 10 to 14 weeks to make and deliver…took 30 weeks! The craftsmen had to work staggered hours and 6 feet apart. I am never nervous on an install day…but I was the day this baby was delivered! I didn’t want anything to go wrong. But it was in great shape and white-glove delivered down those front steps out the window. It’s covered in a sun and stain-resistant fabric.
4. New Matching Swivel Chairs
It made sense to replace those chairs with swivel chairs, pulled closer to the coffee table.
Now they can turn around to watch the television. These swivel chairs are comfortable and covered in a Sunbrella herringbone performance fabric. I suggested a plant for that left corner to add some life.
You can see I “styled up” the mantel a bit.
5. Updated Coffee Table
This interesting wood coffee table is substantial but still casual.
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6. Accents: Pillows, Round Mirror, and Plants
The round beveled mirror in the entryway reflects light and mimics the curve of the arch. I did a few designer pillow mood boards but ordered some from Pottery Barn and ended up liking them all. Pottery Barn has really good prices and I usually like to “fill in” with them. A couple of these are already sold out. Laura got the throw blanket at West Elm (on sale right now).
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And those were the steps we used to bring new life to an open plan living room.
You may also like to see Laura’s pretty outdoor spaces. And next week, I will show the few changes to Laura’s dining room that make it feel fresh and new!