Julie’s living room is ready for a little makeover magic. Here’s her letter:
This is going to be fun, and I’m so excited to get a spot on your makeover project list. As a newlywed, I’ve moved into my husband’s home and need help with our living room. I like to have clean, simple lines and neutrals/dark woods in furniture but am not afraid to use vibrant colors and texture in the accents. My husband would probably add a bit of traditional to the mix. If I had to pick a brand that represents my style, I would say Pottery Barn with a cottage twist (I love vintage florals and reds and pinks). We’d like a new sofa, the end tables can stay, the coffee table can be replaced, one set of chairs must stay but can be reupholstered, the fireplace needs something, and the paint color should stay the same. When it comes to color, we like red (as an accent), pink, yellow, mixes of fresh and vibrant colors. We don’t like orange/purple or too much deep color (burgundy, etc). We’re excited to see what you come up with! -Julie
This room will be unrecognizable after we’re done with it. Here’s the plan:
And now for the mood board breakdown.
1. We love that Julie has a penchant for a vibrant space full of cottage meets vintage meets traditional style- and we immediately pictured a cozy room full of neutrals with a few pops of cheerful red (her favorite accent color) and blue to add interest and even more punch. This happy room will immediately come alive and feel layered and welcoming thanks to a variety of metals (nailhead trimmed curtains, antique bronze lighting) and tons of texture (in the rug, the pillows and even the mirrored sconce for above the fireplace).
2. And speaking of those amazing textured nailhead-trimmed curtains, here they are now. We’d love to see them hung high and wide on every window in the room on antique bronze rods for an instantly polished and cozy feeling. Plus the height they’ll add will make the ceiling feel a foot higher.
3. This gorgeous mirrored sconce from Z Gallerie will look nothing short of fantastic in the room. We love the texture that the branches will add, and the shimmer and warmth that the mirror and candle will bring in will really be the icing on the cake. And speaking of the fireplace, the stones on the surround can actually be sealed with a gloss which will not only protect them but will add a luxe and lovely luster so we’d suggest that Julie talk to someone at Lowe’s or Home Depot to find the perfect stone sealant to add a bit of sleek shine to her fireplace.
4. We’ll switch out the existing rectangular coffee table the round “German Coffee Table” from one of Julie’s favorite stores to soften the whole room and add to the flow.
5. And we’d love to see this new sofa take the place of the old one that Julie will be donating to Goodwill. The classic color and shape will work for decades and the price can’t be beat (especially for such a durable micro suede fabric and quality construction). The fun blue textured pillows will really add more of that vibrancy that Julie loves and work with the pops of the red around the room to create something varied and vivid. Oh and we’d love to see this sofa table behind the sofa to make it look just as lovely from the other side of the room and add function and display space to boot.
6. The two wingback chairs that Julie would like reupholstered can be slipcovered in this amazing & vibrant fabric and remain right where they are in the room. They’ll immediately add bright and happy cottage style while feeling updated and crisp thanks to the oh-so-current palette (which we’ll balance by tossing those textured blue pillows on the sofa across from them).
7. Replacing the current ceiling fan with a newer antique bronze model (to work with our nailhead trimmed curtains and new floor lamps) will also add more light to the room while keeping Julie cool (since the previous fan didn’t have a light).
8. And here’s our previously mentioned antique bronze floor lamp now. We’d actually like to see one of these on either side of the fireplace to provide reading light for anyone on the sofa or in the wingback chair on the other side of the room. The clean lines of this lamp are traditional and current while the antique bronze brings in a bit more of the layered metals and vintage-y materials that will all work together in the space.
9. More pops of azure blue (plucked from the chair fabric and the sofa cushions will really make the room feel vibrant and fresh while all the neutral tones in the larger pieces (the curtains, the sofa, etc) will temper everything so it still feels cohesive and not chaotic. We’d love to see this collection of vases (here’s the first one, the second one, and the third one) on the coffee table, the sofa table, and even the fireplace mantel. And snagging other blue (or red) accessories like hardcover books and glass candle holders will add even more of our accent colors to those surfaces in a snap.
10. This fun and textured red felt throw (it has an awesome cut-out edging detail that we adore) couldn’t be more affordable if it tried. Ringing in at just $3.99, we think Julie should grab at least two or three for backup!
11. A nice large 8 x 10 area rug will really pull everything together (always a with a floating seating area). And this textured seagrass rug with red trim will add more of Julie favorite color along with warmth and cottage charm to spare.
So there you have it. A living room full of happy layered style. 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!