Guest Picks: Calming Living Room Elements
We recently remodeled our circa 1929 home in Dallas, Texas. I am currently working on designing the interior spaces and this ideabook serves as the inspiration for our "formal" living room, which I want to feel relaxed enough that we can enjoy the room day in and day out. It opens to our family room and the foyer, and gets a fair share of through-traffic as a result. Like most, the budget is not unlimited, so this plan offers a mix of higher-end pieces with more affordable pieces for a nice mix.
— Susie from Maddie G Designs
— Susie from Maddie G Designs
The texture on this fabric is amazing; the photo doesn't do it justice. The background is a light pink-lavender and the flower centers are a beautiful gold embroidery. I would use this fabric for curtains.
French Directoire Dresser - $1,499
I would use a pair of these to flank the fireplace. I love the classic design mixed with rustic wood.
Milton Sofa - $3,255
This sofa, manufactured by Norwalk and designed by Candice Olsen, is a favorite of mine. It is relatively affordable and I love the graceful lines of its sillhouette. I would upholster it in a light lavender-pink silk.
Chase and Company Melrose Finial in Burnished Gold
These finials add a bit of glamour to the room.
I love the relaxed look of a natural fiber rug mixed with more formal elements such as silk fabric and great art. It helps give a formal living room a bit more of a young and relaxed vibe.
Annecy Arm Chair - $4,700
The Annecy Arm Chair, by Niermann Weeks, has long been a favorite of mine. The lines on the chair are so graceful and the arms have exquisite carved details. I would use a pair of these against the living room wall to flank the French doors, and use them for extra seating while entertaining.
I love Benjamin Moore's Calm, which is part of their off-white color palette. This color is a pale gray with the slightest of lavender undertone. I would use it on the walls.
Antique Pearl Paint
I would use Benjamin Moore's Antique Pearl on the ceiling in this living room design. It reads a subtle lavender and works well with the window treatments and wall color we have selected.
Thais I Painting - $2,400
I am into abstract art at the moment and Kate Long Stevenson is one of my favorite artists. I think this painting would work well with the colors in this living room. It would look perfect over the fireplace.
Orchid Melon Pulegoso Vintage Murano Lamps - $3,600
I have a slight obsession with vintage Murano glass lamps that have been updated and mounted on Lucite. I think a pair of raspberry-colored vintage lamps would be a great contrast to the rustic wood on the consoles being used to flank the fireplace.
Pale Pink Silk Fabric
I would use a pale pink silk or silk-blend fabric ,such as this one from Holland & Sherry, on the sofa in this living room design.
Iron And Stone Oval Coffee Table
I love the shape of this coffee table and the natural element that the stone brings. I think the gold finish on the metal will go well with the other gold elements in this space.
I love both the look and the history of framed intaglios. I would hang this set of six in two groups of three on either side of the French doors in this living room design.
Sojourn Iron/Mirror Table
This cute antiqued mirror-top table would work well between two chairs in the living room.
Passementerie 2" Hand Embroidered Canyons Border
I love this linen and jute trim tape from Samuel & Sons. I would use it to embellish a pair of simple linen pillows on either end of the silk couch in this living room.
Silvered Stonewashed Linen, Metallic
I would use a linen with a slightly metallic finish, such as this one from Ralph Lauren Home, to make a pair of pillows for the silk sofa in this living room.
Sun Mirror - $579
I love the clean lines and subtle gold-leafed finish of this mirror from Oly Studio. I would consider using a pair of these over the chests that flank the fireplace in this living room.
Cara And Cole The Bees Knees, New Champ Finish
I love the details on this chair. I would use a pair of them, in a neutral fabric similar to that shown, facing the sofa.
Gold Chiseled Console, Black Granite
I would use this table behind the sofa as you walk into the room. I love the metal finish and how the black granite references the fireplace surround.