Joan’s looking for a multitasking living room with an office area and a TV viewing space. So we put on our thinking caps to create a double duty room plan in no time. Here’s her letter:
We need help sprucing up our living room. Only the couch, the guitars, the meditation pillows and the Jonathan Adler ceramic giraffe must stay. But other than that, it’s a blank slate. We definitely need a desk or some kind of workspace area and a TV- and we’re open to a wall color. Some of the colors that we both like are red, blue, turquoise (we have a red kitchen if that helps to unify the palette in here). The styles that most appeal to us are mid century Danish for its simplicity, the aesthetic of Real Simple magazine and Domino magazine for its quirkiness and eclecticism. Thank you. I’m look forward to your magic! -Joan
The gorgeous wood floors (with those fab inset border details) and a glimpse of that swanky modern red kitchen just beyond the doorway were all the inspiration we needed (and then some). Here’s what we came up with:
And now for the mood board breakdown.
1. Our color palette will be rich and graphic- inspired by the Joan’s Danish Modern sensabilites and her amazing red kitchen just beyond the living room. Pops of red will echo the kitchen cabinets while rich deep brown will keep things feeling clean (and really pop off the lighter wood flooring). And we’ll bring in our fair share of neutrals and whites for an open and airy feeling in this multifunctional space. Oh and as for the walls, we actually think keeping them crisp and white will really set everything else off for that vintage eclectic look that Joan adores. And we’ll bring plenty of color in everywhere else so the room will feel anything but stark.
2. Here’s one of our favorite finds, a on casters for that vintage industrial vibe that adds interest to the space in a flash. Plus the convenient opening in the center of the table will be a great place for Joan to stash her meditation pillows when she’s not using them. The $249 price tag isn’t exactly next to nothing, but when you stop to consider that this is a piece that Joan will have for a long time (and similar models retail for well over $1200) it turns out to be a pretty smart buy after all.
3. Here’s a similar to the clean, square-armed version that Joan already has for the room. The neutral color will help to temper all the bright red and deep brown while the durable material will keep the couch looking good for years to come.
4. Joan also mentioned she’d love a work area, so we thought this sleek (which hardly takes up any visual area) would work perfectly against the left wall in the first picture (and at just $119 it’s a total steal). With the desk in place against that wall it frees up lots of room for the couch to be placed along the back wall in the second picture, which faces the guitar on the floor in the first picture (where we’d love to see this vintage-inspired against that wall).
5. Here’s Joan’s existing , which we think would look playful and fun anywhere from her leggy new desk to her curvy coffee table.
6. As soon as we laid eyes on this chic and sleek we could picture it flanking the couch on both sides for a crisp and balanced look (and some cozy reading light to boot). You’d be hard pressed to find a floor lamp anywhere for this price, so of course we think this $49 signature piece is a total steal.
7. And speaking of a statement maker, this retro black and red will look fab above Joan’s new desk. And it’s only $9.99. Hurry and order it before it’s gone!
8. For another splash of red, this will add to that eclectic Domino feeling while working perfectly with the vintage modern vibe that we have going on as well. And at under twenty bucks it’s a total no brainer.
9. For a little sparkle and shine we’d love to see hanging on the back wall in the first picture where our low slung TV stand will live. Since the TV console and the flat screen will be riding low in the room, there will still be a good amount of wall space above ’em. And this glittering $19 sunburst will be just the thing to throw around more light and add even more eclectic flair.
10. And what is a white room without curtains (and a rug for that matter)? Well, it’s definitely unfinished looking. But these super fly (for just 30 bucks a panel) will really polish things off. We love the idea of hanging them extra wide (about 45 inches) on the right side of that oddly placed window that hugs the right wall in the second wall for a much more balanced appearance once the curtains are in place. By cheating that window much further over to the right, the entire room will feel more open and spacious, and they’ll not only add balance but they’ll add height when hung from floor to ceiling. Mark our words, these curtains will make that space.
11. And since no room is complete without some love, this is perfect for our color scheme and our clean & eclectic aesthetic. We think one of them plopped in the middle of that neutral sofa will add personality and warmth to the entire space (for $19 no less).
12. Last but certainly not least, will add coziness and movement while grounding the entire seating area and taking the guesswork out of arranging the furniture in the TV viewing area. By tucking the rug under the front two legs of the couch and plopping down the coffee table in the center of the rug (about 18 inches from the front of the couch) this rug will finish the space off in a snap. And thanks to the cushiness underfoot, those meditation pillows will be even softer when Joan pulls them out and puts them to good use, and the rug also creates a great spot for the “audience” to gather when it’s time to play those guitars.
Oh and speaking of those guitars, we think they’d look pretty darn cool hung on the left wall in the bottom picture as eye candy when they’re not on use. We’ve seen this done, and in the right space it can look really good. And they even make for easy and super affordable guitar “art” in a flash.
So there it is. Joan’s clean and eclectic living room with two zones for TV viewing, working, meditating and playin’ the ol’ guitar. We can’t wait to see 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!