A Mid-century Inspired Living Room in Westwood

Oh boy it's been quite some time since I posted.  July has gone by QUICK and it's been super busy but I hope to get back on track with blogging in August.

Anywho, I wanted to share a project I worked on last Fall - one of my first official clients actually!  My clients moved from an apartment in Cambridge to a single family home in Westwood.  They had renovated the split level house (new kitchen, bathrooms, etc.) after moving in and were burnt out from making decisions.  Hence why they called me!  They hired me to put together their living room, which was basically a blank slate to start.  Here are a few before pics:

And here is the after.

I went with a Mid-century vibe and kept the overall palette pretty neutral and vibe laid back (like my clients) while bringing in some pops of color through accessories like the pillows, bookcase, and artwork.  The walls stayed as is and were a light blue-green. Very pretty and easy to work with.  I centered the sofa under the large bay window and framed it with ivory colored linen drapes.  Two modern armchairs sit opposite the sofa, balancing the space and providing a seating area to have conversations and hang out while entertaining.  Bookcases line the long wall opposite the stairs and house their collection of novels and cookbooks (they are avid readers and love to cook).  The budget for this project was moderate so we did a few semi-custom pieces like the drapes and mid-century armchairs mixed with other off-the-rack items like the rug, coffee table, and bookcases. 

Originally my clients were thinking of hanging a TV on the large wall above the bookcase but in the end decided not to. They are not huge TV watchers and already have one in the family room so they opted to keep this room for relaxing and entertaining only. That left a large space above the bookcase to fill.  We added this vibrant painting by Sherry Czekus courtesy of Libby Silvia of ArtStyle.  Doesn't it add a great pop and bring out the yellow in the pillows and the oranges and reds on the bookcase?

My client wanted a comfortable "manly" spot in the corner where he could kick back and relax so we opted for a modern (not bulky) leather chair with a matching ottoman (not pictured).  A side table provides a place for a cup of coffee (or cocktail!) and the floor lamp gives some task lighting when needed.  The painting, also from Libby Silvia, is by Logan Ledford.  I'm obsessed with this painting and want it for my own home!

My clients are loving the new space and settling in nicely.  I was so happy to be able to help them finish this space and make it their own.

Cheers!

Photographs by Sabrina Cole Quinn Photo

Color Love: Icey Blue

Lately I've found myself being drawn to photos of rooms using this icey blue color.  While cool in nature, it can be warmed up through it's surroundings.  It's much more sophisticated than a standard baby blue and can feel both modern and homey under different circumstances. Here are a few photos using the color. Enjoy!

I love how the blue makes a statement in this modern dining room, however, doesn't take away from the architectural details on the ceiling.  I also love the off-centered bold piece of artwork.  It's certainly a cooler space (especially with no rug) but I really like the vibe and would happily enjoy a meal here.  Image: Bo Bedre via  Apartment Therapy

I love how the blue makes a statement in this modern dining room, however, doesn't take away from the architectural details on the ceiling.  I also love the off-centered bold piece of artwork.  It's certainly a cooler space (especially with no rug) but I really like the vibe and would happily enjoy a meal here.

Image: Bo Bedre via Apartment Therapy

This beautiful sofa provides the icey blue in this Connecticut living room. The olive green walls and natural textures throughout, in particular the sisal rug and cream colored drapes, warm up the space, making it the perfect place to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book.  Image: Lesley Unruh via  One Kings Lane

This beautiful sofa provides the icey blue in this Connecticut living room. The olive green walls and natural textures throughout, in particular the sisal rug and cream colored drapes, warm up the space, making it the perfect place to curl up with a cup of tea and a good book.

Image: Lesley Unruh via One Kings Lane

The vanity and tile floor brings in the icey blue color to this bathroom.  It feels so crisp and clean, but definitely cool.  To warm it up, I might swap out the chrome fixtures and hardware for brass.  Still a beautiful bathroom that I'd love to have in my own home.  Image:  Frog Hill Designs

The vanity and tile floor brings in the icey blue color to this bathroom.  It feels so crisp and clean, but definitely cool.  To warm it up, I might swap out the chrome fixtures and hardware for brass.  Still a beautiful bathroom that I'd love to have in my own home.

Image: Frog Hill Designs

This room is pretty monochromatic with the icey blue walls and turquoise bedding.  The upholstered headboards and drapes really soften up the room and the faux deer heads provide a fun twist to a more traditional space.  Image:  Bear Hill Interiors

This room is pretty monochromatic with the icey blue walls and turquoise bedding.  The upholstered headboards and drapes really soften up the room and the faux deer heads provide a fun twist to a more traditional space.

Image: Bear Hill Interiors

I love painting ceilings an unexpected color, and this blue provides just that in this pretty neutral room. I actually painted the ceiling in our old condo a similar shade of blue and loved it!  Image: Wolfgang Stahl via  Domino

I love painting ceilings an unexpected color, and this blue provides just that in this pretty neutral room. I actually painted the ceiling in our old condo a similar shade of blue and loved it!

Image: Wolfgang Stahl via Domino

Last but not least, this kitchen brings the blue in via the retro  Smeg  refrigerator and accessories.  It's also a fun and unexpected way to add some color to a kitchen.  Image:  Mia's Interiors

Last but not least, this kitchen brings the blue in via the retro Smeg refrigerator and accessories.  It's also a fun and unexpected way to add some color to a kitchen.

Image: Mia's Interiors