Before & After: A First-Time Home Buyer's Living Room

Before & After: A First-Time Home Buyer's Living Room

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Adrienne Breaux
Jan 21, 2015
(Image credit: Marcel Page Photography )

Project by: Atelier Bea Interiors & Design
Location: Chicago, Illinois

My client, Andre approached me in mid August as he was closing on his new place. I said yes, almost immediately because I know the first time home buying process can be strenuous and I wanted him to have a new, beautiful space. Together, we started the design process, creating an inspiration board and creating the floor plan

(Image credit: Marcel Page Photography )

The overall goal was to keep it cool but cozy. The design also needed to be:


1. Dog friendly: Andre wanted a living space that his dog Marlowe could freely move around in, so large pieces of furniture would not work. Seems like a fair request.

2. Colorful but calm: He is super busy with work, school and an active social life, so Andrew did not want a lot of visual clutter that would be distracting. We kept the color palette full of whites, grays, reclaimed woods and limited pops of color.

3. Inviting yet Industrial: Striking this balance was a fun task. As a bachelor, Andre loves to entertain, so it needed to be party friendly, but still warm and comfortable.

(Image credit: Marcel Page Photography )

We tried to minimize the amount of hard edges. The sofa, coffee table (stools) and chairs all have rounded corners.

(Image credit: Marcel Page Photography )

The rug is a relatively inexpensive find that isn’t too precious. It isn’t dark (again, we wanted to make it feel bright and airy) but it is a hand-woven, wool blend which is way more stain resistant. The rug has the same pattern on both sides, so you can turn it over and it will withstand more wear and last even longer.

(Image credit: Marcel Page Photography )

All of the breakables and pottery were taken off of the lower shelves and moved up. Andre had lots of books so we installed this inexpensive shelving and painted it silver to match the rest of the décor.

Thanks, Atelier Bea Interiors & Design!

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