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!


Little Explorer Boys Room

I wanted to share a project I've been working on in my own home for quite some time that's FINALLY finished.  My son's big boy room!  When I was pregnant with my daughter, we decided to move my son into the larger guest bedroom that would give him more space to play (actually they both play in here now!)  At first, he stayed in his crib - since he wasn't climbing out, I was not going to mess around there - but eventually we moved him into a twin bed and really finished off the room. This was done on a shoestring budget as we had just had a second child AND I had just started my business.

My son loves the outdoors and is a curious kid so I went with a "Little Explorer" theme for the room (I say theme loosely as there are certainly items in here that aren't 100% on board with it.)  I love using color, especially in kids rooms so I painted the walls a blue green (Flora by Benjamin Moore) and added accent colors of navy blue, black, and cherry red (his favorite color).

Initially I was going to get a basic bed at Ikea, but then I started nosing around on Craigslist to see what I could find.  I came across this antique twin bed and immediately knew it would be perfect.  It was a natural wood color when I bought it, which was fine but not too exciting, so I painted it a glossy black (Black Beauty by Benjamin Moore). I added some outdoorsy themed sheets, a navy blue quilt, and this plaid, wool blanket that I found on eBay for some additional warmth and a pop of color.

The valances and throw pillow were made using this adorable "Happy Camper" fabric from Tonic Living.  I used the Stockholm rug from Ikea to add some stripes (because I can't do a room without stripes). I like that it's a flatwoven, wool rug so it doesn't shed, and, you can even reverse it should you get a massive stain.  A great value at only $199!  The vintage globe was found on eBay and the gorilla figurine is from Jonathan Adler.

The dresser is vintage as well (actually a hand me down that's made it's way through many rooms in our house). I may swap out the hardware or even paint it someday when I have more time...whenever that may be! The vintage ceramic buses were found by his uncle on eBay and the red bubble gum lamp is from Land of Nod (now sadly, discontinued.). The bear photograph is from The Animal Print Shop by Sharon Montrose.

I really wanted to do a fully wallpapered accent wall with vintage maps, but that was more than I could take on with a baby at home (and very little sleep), so I opted for this little map banner that I found on Etsy.  Super cute.  The barn on the kids table can be moved if they want to draw at the table and the little Ikea planters were repurposed as holders for markers and crayons. The chairs are from Land of Nod and the table Wayfair.

It was so much fun to put this room together for my son who is a happy, energetic, little boy.  I think it will grow well with him over the years to come.

Photos by Jourieh Alicia.