Design Diversion: Kelley's Living Room

Sensing you were all sick of seeing my house over and over, I have a diversion to post about.

See that button at the left hand side? Ive gotten a few questions here and there about some of your spaces but they were usually pretty specific and quick answers. Well, Kelly was the first to really take me up on my offer and sent me her living room with an open ended question of what to do.

As anyone who follows me knows, I can't accessorize to save my life so I won't pretend I have any pearls of wisdom to share there. (There are other bloggers like bryn alexandra that do an amazing job of putting together inspiration boards that are more focused on the items to put in the room. If anyone wants to send me an inspiration board to help me with my accessory disability, I could really use it!)

On the other hand, I feel pretty comfortable with architectural details and space planning so I figured I'd give it a go. She said the couch and the tv had to stay. So aside from adding some architectural personality, balancing these large pieces is the challenge.

Here is what I came up with:
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As you can see, I suggested adding some linear enforcement here with molding, panels and a built in to balance the room. A little bit of a build but it will add so much personality in here. For colors, I just turned up the existing scheme a notch with a slightly darker base color, a significantly darker accent and pale trim. That will really make all of those molding pop. A geometric patterned rug to add some modernity to the transitional furniture without costing too much. And then to add a little bit of softness, a round upholstered coffee table and some dramatic to the ceiling draperies. She already has the right idea by putting up family photos on the wall - it just needs to be made a bit bigger, closer and consistent to polish up the entire space.

At least that is my take on it. What do you think?

32 comments:

  1. Mrs. Lime - I think this is brilliant!! I too would love to have you look at my layout and share it on your blog. Please let me know if you're ok with that. I'd be happy to pay! I love your style and your work and really need help in that area.

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  2. Yup, absolutely briliant! The rug really makes the space!

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  3. These are great ideas w/ big impact. I love the way you superimposed your changes over what was already there.

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  4. I'm salivating over your ideas and just the way you were able to do a design overlay! I got some help from someone once for a space I didn't like and I thought it was so lame and like she just phoned it in. I may need to retain your services!!!

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  5. I'm with Anna See - love the superimposed thing! And I am loving even more the fact that you are offering advice to readers :)

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  6. Awesome! You did a great job--tell her to send you pics with the "after" I'd love to see it!

    { Lindsey }
    http://greatfullday.blogspot.com

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  7. I love what you did, I think you have a talent for this!!

    I hope she sends you the afters so we can all see them!

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  8. great take and fab software...where am I....

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  9. I think you have got something here! Awesome job; i love your blog!

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  10. You really have a gift!

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  11. I'm loving the super-imposed images!! And great design, of course!

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  12. Looks like you could have a new career if you wanted! Great ideas and equally great presentation that provides a crystal clear picture of your vision! Janell

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  13. Liz G7:12 PM

    Love it! Did you free-hand draw all those architectural elements?

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  14. You are a master of scale! Well done! Please tell us how you did the drawings on the photo!

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  15. omg I love it! I want to send you my pics! I need inspiration!

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  16. Thanks! I 'drew' on top of the photos using Photoshop. It would have probably been easier to just draw by hand but I hate scanning things :) As you can tell, I can use work on my perspective skills but I think the general idea is conveyed despite my lack of panache.

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  17. Wow! Great job... and I think your perspective is pretty good (way better than mine!). Thanks for sharing this with us!

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  18. Wonderful, the leather couches have that "Library" or "Studious" look and I would love to see some books and some softness, as much as I love geometry. Think of the room in a "British" sort of way, I know you have tons of photos from your trip to London. It could look very "clubby" which I find appealing.
    pve

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  19. Mrs. L-
    Love the color scheme especially! One of my all time fave wall colors is rockport gray (ben moore HC-105)

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  20. You are super talented and should really consider becoming a designer full time. I love the Jonathan Adler rug! I can't wait to see the finished room. I do design boards for clients with accesories let me know if you would like my help. Stop by when you have a chance, a new City Escapes Series is up today.

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  21. Incredible ideas!

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  22. This is BY FAR the best way to present these inspiration boards I've ever seen on any blog!

    GREAT WORK!

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  23. Wait....you're NOT a designer? For real?

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  24. Love this idea board! Great work!
    I actually have a question for you:
    I love that Ikea desk you have in your office, and would like to do a little write up about it in my blog. I wanted to make sure it was OK if I used your office picture and linked it back to your blog
    Thanks!
    Leslie

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  25. Hello, I'm loving your great blog -your posts are really interesting so thanks very much for sharing them. Pictures are really good too !

    Happy weekend,

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  26. Thanks everyone! I have another one of these boards coming this week so stay tuned.

    LeslieG - Of course, feel free.

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  27. I think it looks fantastic!

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  28. Love your ideas and how they are presented. Perfection!

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  29. You're amazing! I love the way that you put an overlay of the existing space. That's such a helpful trick, and really shows what things will look like in the room! I just came across your blog, and am really enjoying it (so thanks!). Now, can I send you photos of my entire house?

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  30. HEY!!! I was away last week on vacation to Montauk and decided to check out your site today for the heck of it!!!!

    There's my living room!!!! I told you how much I loved your changes in writing, but to see them in "reality" like this is awesome!

    I've already made some changes and I like one of your readers comments about the benj moore rockport grey!!!

    Remember all the toys I told you I took out for the photo? Well, I got these two adorable storage ottomans that can double as seating to help in that regard...

    I absolutely LOVE your presentation and hope this does turn into a side biz for you!!! You were always so quick to respond to my questions and "mania..." For that I thank you, and I will definately submit the final shots!!!

    So Inspirational! You're going up on my blog asap (again...)
    -Kelley

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  31. OK..., finally got you up. Can't wait to get finished and show you the results!

    I hope all is well with you!!
    -Kelley

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  32. Anonymous7:28 PM

    Just found your site tonight and pictures are wonderful. What do you think about espresso bathroom vanities and carrara marble floors? Do they match?

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