When Beth ed us for help with her high-rise living room, we jumped at the chance to make the view inside match the gorgeous Manhattan view out the window. Here’s her letter:
We’re so excited to work with you! I found your blog a month ago and I’ve been working my way through the archives ever since. We’ve been living in our current apartment in Long Island City (with fabulous views of Manhattan) for over a year. We like Nantucket style, although my other influence is Cottage Chic and my husband’s is Classic. We both like a traditional, casual look, but I tend to go for cleaner lines/crisper colors, while he’s attracted to more ornate & classic styles. We’re trying to find a good comprise. We’d like to replace the red couch & chair with a sectional. Our limit is $1,500. The rug, TV stand & coffee table can also go. We can’t replace the dining room table & wing chair at this time, but we’re open to adapting them. We’re also open to eventually changing the bookcases, but we need to keep good storage options for our growing book collection. Oh and the wall color can change. We were initially going for bright colors in here (red, apple green, bright blue, browns) but since we’re getting rid of the couch, we are thinking of a more subdued palette to make the transition to the rest of the apartment more seamless. Our favorite color is light blue, and that’s the predominant color of our bedroom & bathroom, so it would be good to incorporate it. We also like greens, yellows and some subtle red. We really look forward to our mood board! -Beth and Ted
This living and dining room is primed for a major makeover. Here’s the plan:
And now for the mood board breakdown.
1. Beth and Ted asked that we bring in some light blue to tie their open living and dining room into other areas of the house, so of course we obliged… and added some classic-meets-Nantucket navy blue into the mix as well. We also introduced some soothing Nantucket gray along with a classic deep-toned wooden TV cabinet (to match the existing bookcase by the dining table) and a cottage-chic wheat colored rattan coffee table. Including liberal doses of white will keep things feeling fresh and light (just as all cottage-chic-meets-Nantucket rooms require) and bringing in some elegant yet rustic accents will bridge the gap between classic and cottage in a snap.
For the walls, we’d love to see a soft and subtle gray tone carried throughout the living/dining space and the adjoined kitchen (Benjamin Moore’s Horizon). This will complement the view out that fabulous window while creating a gentle Nantucket vibe for our classic white, tan, navy and brown accents. We’d also like to see the existing dining table painted white while the chairs get a glossy coat of navy blue for personality and effortless style. And the shorter light wood bookcase across from the wing chair could also get a coat of transformative white paint for a more built-in look without sacrificing storage.
2. Here’s the casual and cozy that we dug up. The white slipcovers make it easy-care (many mothers often tell us white is the best slipcover color because it can be oxycleaned or bleached back to bright clean white), and the L-shaped seating area that it instantly creates will be welcoming and comfortable. Best of all, the $899 price tag puts it way under the $1500 sofa budget that Beth and Ted mentioned! Score.
3. We really liked these with rustic appeal and a classic edge. We’d love to see them hung on top of each other on the wall to the right of the window where the gold frame currently resides. And at only $25 for three keys they’re super affordable.
4. We liked this for the round woven coffee table that we’ll be bringing in. Filled with decorative woven spheres or even balls of twine it will feel very Nantucket without veering off into theme-room territory.
5. This moody would look lovely framed in a dark wood frame and hung on the wall above the sofa. It has movement, depth, and almost every color in our palette without being too sea-gulls-flying-above-a-sandy-beach, which would totally look out of place with a Manhattan view.
6. We searched far and wide for a classic wooden media cabinet with ample storage space and a thin profile (so it won’t detract from the view). This will store so much stuff (both out in the open in decorative baskets or in the ample drawers that it boasts below) and although it’s not a drop in the bucket, it’s eons more affordable than the Pottery Barn & Crate & Barrel versions and it will add so much function and style to the space. Plus we scored a sectional for $600 under budget, so maybe some of that excess cash can go towards this practical piece?
7. This is the glue that will hold the room together while injecting casual and comfortable style and pattern. With hits of gray paired with light and dark blue, it will add texture and interest to the room while reinforcing the subtle color palette and relaxing vibe of the space (and what’s more classic-meets-Nantucket than a simple striped rug?).
8. Here’s that great we found, which will fit right in with the sectional to complete the seating area in seconds. And guess what, it’s on clearance for $44 ($135 off!)! It doesn’t get much better than that!
9. We fell in love with these classic-yet-oh-so-Nantucket pillows from Crate & Barrel and would love to see a few on the white sectional for some lovely pops of color and pattern (here’s and here’s ). They’re sure to be the finishing touches to a lovely and leisurely living & dining room.
So there you have it. A classic-Nantucket-meets-cottage-chic space with style to spare. We can’t wait to hear what you guys think!
Update: We sadly can no longer find the time to take on client commissioned mood boards (we now whip up general inspiration boards instead) but if we ever reinstate them we’ll make a big announcement!