Before I opened my home to entertain, I wanted to get my living room and powder room to a decent (enough) looking state. The living room is an open area so there was no hiding it’s “un-doneness”. That’s a technical design term.
And, becuase this was a focal point in the house I was a very picky designer. So picky, that you’re looking at design #2. I had a fully decorated space, realized that I hated everything about it, and went on a massive mission to return items and redecorate.
FEMININE, COZY, AND CONTEMPORARY DESIGN
I bought the hot pink rug before I knew what I wanted the design to look like. The impusle purchase ended up being the focal point of the room. My initial design was a jumble of light colors, pink accents, and a lot of fur! I hated everything about it. The design was too soft and it lacked character.
On a recent trip to Atlanta, I weaved through stores at Ponce City Market with an intriguing mix of femine, contemporary, and mid-century modern pieces. I was inspired.
The day I came home, I returned just about everything I bought and started from scratch. Look, it be like that sometimes!
A SPACE TO ENTERTAIN
I’ve always been a bar cart girl…until I was introduced to the bar cabinet. The stately, mid-century modern piece adds character and a bit of an edge to the room.
The chairs and bench are easy to move around and create extra seating for guests.
Whitney Houston’s self-titled first album, a $5 antiquing find, inspired the art wall behind my couch. I got a vision of the colored album against a stark white, matted frame and the design grew from there. And, I didn’t mind featuring one of my all-time favorite artists – I’ll pause on the fangirling for your sake!
KNICK KNACK CLEARANCE FINDS
Knick knacks set your decor off. And I do not believe in spending a lot of money on small pieces. I decked my room out with $1 book finds at Half Price Books and clearance aisle digging at Target, Kirkland’s, and Home Goods.
I see my living room as both a space to entertain friends and family and an intimate area for yours truly, the budding homebody, so functionality and style were equally important in my design decisions. I’m looking forward to many nights of a home filled with friends and me, on the couch with a glass of wine!
Couch: Rooms to Go, similar | New Yorker print: $4, Etsy | Leaf print: $6, Etsy| Marble and brass table: Target | Gray slipper chair: Target | Gray pillow top bench: Target | Curtains: Target | Bar cabinet: Target | Round brass mirror: Target | Black and white brush prints: $2, Etsy | Entertainment center: Ikea | Coffee table: Wayfair | 8’x10′ pink rug: Overstock.com | Wall paint: On the Rocks by: Sherwin Williams
WHAT I’M WEARING
Thanks to my Prime membership, Amazon is one of my go-to sources for home and fashion. You can shop my look by Amazon here: