It is a big life change to move past the furniture from college and bachelor days to something new and fresh…and coordinated! I just completed this mood board for an open and airy living room/dining room combo. My client was ready to get a pulled together look, but still has young children and was not ready to do a full furniture replacement.
I created a design to work with the existing furniture the client wanted to keep. The plan included slip covers for her sofas that would allow her to change the color without expensive upholstery or new furniture. The removable and washable slip covers were also ideal with little ones around. The plan also assumed the client would repaint her existing dining table and end tables.
With all the furniture reuse, the budget for this space is for all the fun stuff that has transformative powers. The colors and patterns on the rug, dining chairs, and pillows create a soothing welcoming space in a far different pallet from the clients previous Tuscan look. My client is the only girl in the house, a situation I am all to familiar with, so I wanted to keep the space from being overly feminine.
My favorite part of this design was the dining room seating. In a combined great room, where the dining area is only steps from the living area, it is important for the two spaces to be cohesive. From the dining banquette to the upholstered dining chairs, all the dining furniture looks like and extension of the living room. The dining chairs are nice enough to pull into the living space when they need extra seating for guests.
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