A Modern Bohemian Living Room

Hello everyone and Happy 2018!  I'm excited to share a project I worked on last year. This room was a true collaboration with my client who had a California cool vision for the room. My clients moved to the Boston area from San Francisco a few years back and wanted a Cali vibe - light and airy with lot of pattern and texture. It's their formal living room, but in no way did they want it to be formal and stuffy in an old school New England way. Instead they wanted a comfortable space where they could relax, listen to music, read books, and entertain friends. Here are a few photos of the final product.

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To bring her vision to life, we paired modern lines in the furnishings with colorful textiles and a variety of textures and finishes to create a beautiful, bohemian space. While key pieces were purchased for the room including the sofa, chair, end table, and bench, we were able to incorporate some of their existing furniture to keep the budget in line (plus I love using my client's existing pieces where possible).  Some of those items included the glass coffee table, bookcases, antique rug, and lots of interesting and unique accessories.

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My clients have a one year old and while they aren't fully in the toddler trenches just yet, they will be soon and I wanted to ensure the textiles would hold up to a growing family.  I opted for soil and stain resistant fabrics on their new sofa and chair. Whenever I do a cream colored sofa in a family space (or any space for that matter!), I try use a fabric that can stand up to the messiness of everyday life.  The sofa is from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams and is covered in a Crypton fabric by Robert Allen.  The chair is from Duralee and upholstered in a Pater Dunham Sunbrella fabric.

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My client found some mud cloth at the Brimfield antique show and we had it made into pillows and cushions for the sofa, leather bench, and Senufo stools (also found at Brimfield). These textiles, along with the rug, bring the red, purple, and blue color palette into the room, which is otherwise very neutral. Their antique rug was too small for the space, so I layered it over a jute rug to fill out the space.

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There's also no overhead lighting in the room, so the lamps and sconces played an important role in lighting the space. We added these tall sconces above the fireplace along with a new floor lamp on one side of the sofa and their existing glass table lamp on the other for ambient lighting.  A brass floor lamp from Target next to the blue chair provides task lighting for reading

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And last but certainly not least - as styling is super important to a room - are the bookshelves, also pieces they already owned. We styled them out using some of their own accessories, like this vintage camera along with pieces from West Elm and Homegoods that I found, including these marble bookends and faux succulents. 

I loved working on this room because my client was so lovely, fun, and laid back (in particular when we experienced a few bumps in the road). They love the final product and I hope you love it too!

Cheers!

My Brimfield Finds

Hi everyone!  Last week was the first Brimfield flea market of the year out in central MA, and while the weather was iffy at the start with a cold, light drizzle, we ended up having a great day to search the market for unique finds.  I went with two mama friends who were looking for specific pieces (myself included) and we ended up filling our Zipcar minivan with a lot of things on our list (check!)

I scored two wire planters for my back deck, a Fathers Day gift for my husband (shhh), a vintage Maryland glass that I hope to add other states to in the future, and a colorful abstract painting for our bedroom. The frame is ugly, but I plan on removing it and spray painting it glossy black.

Here are some other things I found which I loved, but had (sadly) no reason to buy.

A mid-century roll desk. I've never seen one and I really, REALLY want to figure out a way to get one of these into my house.  But right now, there's just no room.

A mid-century roll desk. I've never seen one and I really, REALLY want to figure out a way to get one of these into my house.  But right now, there's just no room.

If I was decorating a little girls room right now, I would have snagged this white bed with caning.  It was in great shape!

If I was decorating a little girls room right now, I would have snagged this white bed with caning.  It was in great shape!

This metal seat and table was super cool - I could see using this on a three season porch or in a garden with a funky patterned cushion.

This metal seat and table was super cool - I could see using this on a three season porch or in a garden with a funky patterned cushion.

This old bus poster would be so fun in a little boys room.

This old bus poster would be so fun in a little boys room.

A stack of stools!

A stack of stools!

I was eyeing this old china cabinet for a client of mine, but the paint was really chipping and funky and I was worried about lead (she has two little kids)...so sadly this stayed behind.

I was eyeing this old china cabinet for a client of mine, but the paint was really chipping and funky and I was worried about lead (she has two little kids)...so sadly this stayed behind.

I loved these bamboo rocks glasses. Very Mad Men!

I loved these bamboo rocks glasses. Very Mad Men!

This pair of rustic carule inspired chairs were cute. Love the color.

This pair of rustic carule inspired chairs were cute. Love the color.

Take the frame away and this little painting would be fun in a girls room or bathroom.  But the frame has to go.

Take the frame away and this little painting would be fun in a girls room or bathroom.  But the frame has to go.

These vintage bird nest prints were adorable. I wish I had some place to use them but they were too pricey to buy on a whim for a future client.

These vintage bird nest prints were adorable. I wish I had some place to use them but they were too pricey to buy on a whim for a future client.

Mannequins galore!

Mannequins galore!

And finally, I came upon the same set of china that my mom has in storage for me in her basement.  My dad bought it for her when he was in Vietnam.  Classic and beautiful.

And finally, I came upon the same set of china that my mom has in storage for me in her basement.  My dad bought it for her when he was in Vietnam.  Classic and beautiful.

Can't wait to go back later in the year!