The Allen Road project was once just the shell of a home. Looking past dated wallpaper, unpainted trim, and mismatched furnishings, this now modern living room has been completely transformed with sleek (and vintage) statement pieces, neutral colors as well as mid century and Scandinavian inspired touches.
Oh, and did I mention the softest and sexiest of all sectionals? Friends; feast your design-lovin’ eyes on this fresh living room design. And the Don Draper of sofas. 🛋
The living room: the heart of every home. In this case, the first thing you see when you get home from a hard day’s work. This sizable space—17.5 ft. x 11.3 ft.—came with the limitation of doorways to three separate spaces. The goal: create a cozy, casual, boho chic space filled with texture, soothing colors and a natural, kick-your-feet-up kinda vibe.
First things first, function. This mid century modern living room is the first stop in this home. I divied up the open concept into a living room and foyer area, using color to define the two distinct spaces. The moody accent wall color (Salamander by Benjamin Moore) is not only an eye-catching feature it adds a rich contrast to the adjoining, light and bright lounge space.
Taking a hard left upon entry, meet this lounge space’s creme de la creme—the Parker sectional from Article. Commence drooling. An avid fan of all things Article, the first time I laid eyes on this sofa I simply died and went to heaven. This sleek sectional is incredibly soft to the touch, crafted with an attractive (and noticeably durable) tufted benchseat and, please, take a moment to revel in her seductively powder coated metal legs. This sofa maven is the epitome of comfort and modern style.
Also, it’s cat approved. To Barbara anyway. 🐱
I totally get the fear of buying a sofa online—we want to buy with our senses! Article has truly reimagined the entire process and every single one of my experiences has been nothing short of fantastic. Not only do they offer shipping rates as low as $49 for an entire sofa (like say what?!!), Article believes in their modern furniture brand so much you get 30 days to decide if you love it or your money back (except for the shipping, of course).
If that’s not a sweet deal, girrrrrl I don’t know what is. What’s life without taking a few risks, eh?
I kept this minimalist living room decor to a serene, neutral color palette—whites, creams and blacks. A mixture of thrifted and digital artwork tie in the subdued hues throughout the room, while the variety of houseplants and wood elements set a wonderfully earthy tone. The 9’x11’ braided jute rug defines the lounge area footprint and in turn makes the space feel even bigger. The faux cowhide gradually adds a necessary contrast to the space and aids tying in the vintage round coffee table.
PRO TIP: Digital artwork is an fantastic and affordable way to decorate your space. Plus, you’re supporting small business artists. Win-win. 💯
In a previously overlooked and under utilized space, an antique secretary desk provides a great foundation to the now TV area. An articulating TV mount allows for Netflix binging and kicking back while also keeping the lounge area open and unobstructed. ‘Cause nobaaahdy likes a TV in the main living space (if it doesn’t have to be).
PRO TIP: If you’re looking for living room decor ideas, make it a point to mix old with new. And mix up your plants, too! There’s so much to be said for a thrifted or heirloom piece. It adds so much character and visual interest to any room.
I’m madly in love with the way this space turned out, especially for being to incorporate two of my client’s favorite pieces (the custom geometric mirror and secretary desk) into the final design. The combination of unique new and thrifted finds immediately affords this space’s cozy character factor a 100% in my book. Honestly, I wish it was mine, ’cause she’s looking good. Reeeeaaaal good.
A proper before & after!
This post is sponsored by Article. All opinions and experience are my own. I am so grateful to the companies that support this growing lifestyle blog—thank you oh so much!!
The Parker Sectional in Coconut White | www.article.com
Maui Jute Braided Rug | www.rugsusa.com
Faux Cowhide Rug | www.rugsusa.com
Katalin Printed Runner | www.urbanoutfitters.com
Estes Wood Chair | www.target.com
Rosetta in Gray Pillow | www.kaekoo.com
White Mudcloth Pillow | www.etsy.com
Winky Pillow | www.urbanoutfitters.com
Marble + Metal Accent Table | www.worldmarket.com
Toki Ceramic Table | www.urbanoutfitters.com
Walnut Ashlyn Bookshelf | www.worldmarket.com
Round Brass Wall Mirror | www.target.com
Dot Coat Hooks | www.cb2.com
Stackable Shoe Rack | www.target.com
Ceramic Wood Table Lamp | www.target.com
Crosby Schoolhouse Floor Lamp | www.target.com
Arquer Floor Lamp | www.target.com
Black Curtain Rod | www.amazon.com
RITVA Curtains | www.ikea.com
Bamboo Blinds | www.amazon.com
Abstract Lines Wall Art | www.etsy.com
Pastel Wall Art | www.etsy.com
Ribba Picture Frames | www.ikea.com
Wicker Plant Basket | www.target.com
Faux Monstera Leaf | www.ikea.com
Blush Tassel Throw | www.homegoods.com
Mid Century Round Coffee Table
Roll-top Secretary Desk (survived the transformation!)
Black + White Travel Photos + Frames
Pottery (from Mid Century Collective)
Woven Basket (on console)