Melinda's Cohesive and Cozy Living Room

Melinda's Cohesive and Cozy Living Room

Nora Taylor
Oct 6, 2015

Name & Location: Melinda in Chicago, Illinois
My Favorite Room: Living & Dining Room
Specs: 600 square feet

Our carefully curated small Danish-modern/traditional living & dining room is a space I am 100% in love with! We stuck with a consistent color palette that has allowed everything to feel cohesive and serene. The main colors in our house are blue/gray and we ended up going with two color pops of color I never would have considered, but that tie the space together, mustard yellow and Hermes orange.

The room feels like a comfortable oasis that is perfect for having our entire family for dinner, reading a book on a snowy day, or lounging on the sofa watching TV.

My favorite elements have to be some of the unique and semi-random decorative items. In our window "nook" we have a solid brass side table between our two chairs. The side table used to be a brass planter at the First National Bank of Chicago headquarters. We bought a brass plate and a piece of larger glass to go on top and suddenly we had this amazing statement piece. We paired it with two multi-pattern high back chairs and a cozy sheepskin rug to create this amazing nook. I love sitting in it during rain or snowstorms. Our dog is a huge fan of the sheepskin rug too.

We mixed metals throughout and the coffee table is another favorite element. On a trip to London we discovered these gorgeous little jars that held yogurt or pudding. I made my husband eat a ton of them to bring back. The colors on the terra cotta pots are so dreamy and match our decor perfectly. We put them inside a display box and tucked them on top of a few of my old art history books. Popped on a tray as well with these gorgeous wooden candlesticks and it is a display that makes me smile daily.

The art in this space is a great mix of vintage prints, an offset gallery of vintage maps of places we have been in Italy and our hometown Chicago and works of art by my mother, Susan Bennett.

The dining room is the final piece de resistance for me. We found this amazing Danish modern dining table and chairs on craigslist. It had one previous owner, one woman who bought it after fleeing her home country and coming to America in the 40s. In the 50s when her family had become more established she purchased an entire set including a credenza. We spent about 3 days restoring it and also purchased gorgeous fabric to recover the seats that helped to bring it all together. I feel honored to be able to carry on this tradition of big family gatherings around this incredible piece of furniture.

Behind it is our Danish modern china cabinet, which uses bright pops of orange to pull all the spaces together. The china cabinet and dining room table are both made of teak, but have worn so differently over the years.

This small space feels spacious and cozy. Each day when I walk in the door I am amazed at how much I love this space and how following a few simple decors rules has created a serene, but interesting space curated with pieces that we love deeply and inspire us daily.


  • Sofa/Coffee Table: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
  • Living room area chairs: Vintage from my parents house. Originally Baker, Knapp, and Tubbs, but since recovered.
  • Living room & dining room carpet: Flor tiles
  • Living room side table: Crate + Barrel repainted in high gloss gray
  • Living room table lamp: Crate + Barrel
  • Reading nook carpet: Sheepskin rug from Costco
  • Reading nook chairs: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams
  • Reading nook table lamp: Crate + Barrel
  • Fabric covering dining room chairs: Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

Thanks, Melinda!

Check out more of Melinda's style on her blog Peony and Grahams

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