New movers everywhere face the same challenge: starting from scratch to furnish and decorate an empty new room. To offer a helping hand, we asked three talented blogger-designers to each create rooms from scratch in three different styles: Global Eclectic, New Traditional, and Scandinavian Modern. In round one, they tackled bedrooms. For round two, our designers have created three diverse living room spaces, sourcing everything from IKEA.
Timothy's Scandinavian Modern Living Room
“Creating a fun and energetic living room was really important to me when I recently moved into my new place. Luckily, IKEA is a pretty colorful place! Finding a couple of vibrant accent items to mix in alongside the more neutral base pieces was easy. Mod poppy wall decals add some subtle whimsy.”
Kayne's New Traditional Living Room
"This New Traditional living room reflects Ikea's updates to more classic pieces and lines. The roll-arm sofa, a traditional piece, is complemented by the rattan chair, a time-honored material re-imagined in a modern black finish. The rug, reminiscent of an Ikat pattern, brings a graphic element to the space. The plush throw pillows in the "new neutrals", coupled by a lacquered purple serving plate and etched glass table lamp on a modern console table, complete the updated look."
Patrick's Global Eclectic Living Room
"For this room, I thought of a world traveler, a collector, so I liked the idea of creating a space that, while rich with its own character, provided a great backdrop for photography, antique, and tribal pieces picked up along the way. In this room, I’ve substituted a pair of chaises instead of the expected chairs. I think they’d end up being the most used seats in the house, especially with a drinks table in between, and draped with cozy sheepskins. The best investment you can make for a living room is a clean-lined, straight-armed sofa. I’m a big believer that the bigger the piece, the more neutral it should be. It will end up being like buying a great charcoal or navy suit: you’ll get a LOT of life out of it, and you can change the look around it as your tastes change."
Meet the designers:
Originally from Williamsburg, VA, Timothy Minerd started trading comic books for the latest IKEA catalog at an early age. He now works in hospitality and marketing, and enjoys impulsive redecorating, DIY design, and long walks through furniture showrooms.
Patrick J. Hamilton is an interior designer, blogger, writer and “accidental activist” living in Manhattan, in a studio designated “Smallest, Coolest” in Apartment Therapy’s first ever Small Cool Apartment contest. On Apartment Therapy, Patrick is a regular House Tour contributor and well known in its community as “patrick (the other one).” He won the first ever Bloomingdale’s Big Window Challenge, has appeared on HGTV, and had work featured on major interior websites like HouseBeautiful.com. Patrick is an accomplished writer, contributing to The Bilerico Project, Huffington Post’s Gay Voices, New England Home’s blog, and his own blog, AskPatrick. Patrick graduated from the Rhode Island Design and is a Miami native.
Drawing upon her studies of both landscape and interior design as inspiration, Kayne Rourke has developed a unique approach to space and lifestyle planning that results in comfortable and functional spaces for her clients. Her three-phased approach brings clients along with her during the planning stages, often using existing objects and furnishings as her initial inspiration. Kayne Designs is based in Brooklyn, NY, and has completed projects in New York, Massachusetts, and California.