Before & After: A Living Room With “New Energy”

published Dec 7, 2015
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(Image credit: Submitted by Kevin)

We spend a lot of time in the living room as a family, reading after dinner, celebrating birthdays, entertaining, playing board games on New Years, and it’s a space that needed a little editing to gracefully reflect transitions in our family life. As I simplified the room, my family instantly felt at home in the new space, and our new teal velvet sofa became a popular (and comfortable) destination. Each element of the room, from the scattered light of the perforated pendant on the ceiling to the organic shape of the light cowhide, bring new energy to the space, and to the rest of the home as well.

(Image credit: Submitted by Kevin)

My main goal for the room was to highlight the heirloom pieces in the room (the chaise and the leather chairs). I started the design process by slanting the chaise at a diagonal and framing it with an oversized modern sconce. It set the tone for the entire project and I love how the new light brightens the corner! The opposite corner used to house a large, dark armoire, so it sucked all the light out of this side of the room. Now our beautiful pendant and the warm pink accent wall make a glamorous vignette. The garden stools were originally brown (and we had used them outside), but some gold spray paint make them sparkle under the Parsons table. The room is a reflection of our family, with a contemporary twist that playfully embellishes the traditional bones of the room. So welcome – I hope you enjoy this peek inside our new living room!

Thank you, Kevin! Check out Kevin’s blog Thou Swell for more pictures and information.