The home I am staging is a sprawling one story with a fabulous open floor plan. By now I am sure all of you have heard the phrase “open floor plan”. It seems as though everyone is looking for an open floor plan when dreaming about options for their prospective home! Basically, an open floor plan consists of a large central area in the home that usually contains the kitchen, dining room or nook, and living room. This concept is very inviting and ideal for entertaining.
Choosing furniture for these open spaces can be tricky. Due to the fact that the rooms are large in size, furniture can often times get lost in the room if it is not to the correct scale. On the other hand, if the furniture is too large, your room can become cramped and therefore the open feeling turns into a cluttered mess. This particular home has a large room with a spacious 14 foot ceiling! The room serves a dual purpose as the dining room and living room share this space. When choosing the furnishings for this home, I had to keep the scale of this grand room in mind. In fact this room was so large that it had quite an echo when it was bare. Everything from the hardwood floors to the fully tiled fireplace seemed to reverberate sounds so I knew I need to add a lot of soft textures to the room to give it a quietness while perspective buyers were touring.
When I gazed into this light open aired room, I knew precisely that it needed a slip covered couch. A slip covered couch would add a lot of texture with the layered pillows and it would greatly help neutralize the hollow sound. This was the perfect addition to get this room comfy cozy! The couch came with the basic coordinating pillows, however, I added a few more to get a variety of monochromatic color for visual texture! Let’s face it, you can NEVER have too many pillows! Yes… by the end of this project I was dying to curl up on this couch and take a long nap!
I also added an area rug to help minimize the echos and give the living room a visual boundary. I wanted the living room to be distinct and separate from the dining room even though they are very close in proximity. I found this rug and it was love at first sight! This rug has a medium grey undertone with a raised cream pattern throughout. It was the perfect color palette to blend the combination of grey, cream, and natural shades I would be using in this space. Speaking of amazing neutral color combinations… how about these chairs?
These could quite possibly be MY FAVORITE chairs! They encompassed everything I was looking for. They had straight lines which was essential for this modern home. I liked the way the tufted back gave a small sense of formal to the casual living space. The clavos holding the burlap fabric onto the back of the chairs was absolutely perfect! And yes…I said burlap! Every room looks better with a splash of burlap in my opinion! I quickly chose two of these chairs to add to our conversational area.
This room boasts a variety of wood elements so I chose to add a natural wooden coffee table to this seating area. I like that the wooden slats under the coffee table mimic the wooden beams in the kitchen which can be seen from this room. I added a grey runner on the coffee table to pull some of the grey out of the carpet and also tie into the grey hue on the linen chairs. I wanted to brighten up the table a bit so I added a white lantern with a touch of greenery inside.
Although I typically do not put a lot of faux plants into my personal home because I prefer the look and feel of a natural house plant… I am a realist! I have a VERY small green thumb and I can barely keep things alive in my own home….thank goodness for changing seasons so I can swap out my plants for new fresh greenery! I know I am not going to come over to this home to water house plants frequently so in order for me to give this house life… I needed to add faux greenery here and there! I liked the way this lantern preciously displayed this faux potted plant.
Now for my greatest challenge in this room…. these alcoves.
There were two LARGE areas on either side of the fireplace that recessed with a base cabinet. These areas were so grand that I searched for days to find the perfect piece to display. I wanted something with character to add to these areas since they are very prominent in this room. I also needed something with dimension to take up the large recessed area. So after a week of searching I came up with this idea! I added two pairs of shutters side by side. I was lucky to find these tall distressed shutters at Kirklands. My hubby happily helped me hang an “L” bracket between the two shutters. The glass vase hung a little too close to the “L” bracket so I placed a fun a “s” hook to add length. I found both the “L” bracket and “s” hook at Lowes in the garden center. The tall glass vase lanterns that hung from the hook gave the space the perfect dimension I was looking for. These lanterns can be found at Cost Plus World Market . Now all I needed was to add a bit of texture in front of the shutters. Keeping with my monochromatic theme, I chose dried natural cotton. This is another great alternative to using real plants!
These natural cotton stems were exactly what I was dreaming of…. bountiful and full of texture! I was able to find real died cotton stems at one of my favorite online craft stores, Save-on-Crafts.
Lastly, I needed to address the fireplace mantle! Mantles are one of my all time favorite things to style. There are so many fun ways to layer mantles. For this home I chose a simple white window as my starting point. I added a fun chippy baluster then layered the word “home” on top. Nothing beats a subliminal message to a prospective buyer! The galvanized windmill added a fun whimsical element as well as the tobacco basket I decided to lay at an angle. The tall white vase on the right contains dried french lavender…and let me be the first to tell you, it gives this room a very calm subtle scent. A true feeling of being….home.
This living room space turned out exactly as planned…. cozy, intimate, and tranquil.
Here is a sneak peek at my next reveal…. the living room shares space with the dining room… stay tuned for the dining room update!