Living rooms are made for LIVING! Many are either too formal to wrinkle or too comfy to accept guests. You should be able to lounge but also have pride in your space. That is a mantra everyone should follow and have fun doing so.
For Lady E’s new home comfort was key but also creating a place to invite guests was just as important. We had some inherited furniture pieces from her old apartment that were in good condition and didn’t warrant blowing the budget to replace.
Normally I am not crazy about sectionals but her existing one fit the space and provided ample seating. We added pillows and a lively Safavieh rug that set the color palette for the rest of the space and contrasted with the neutral grey fabric and cocoa walls.
The only issue was that the sectional shut off a portion of the room. To alleviate wasting space, we placed her keyboard on the front wall, set a reading chair in the corner and squeezed a cool metal accent table and lamp behind the sofa.
The mustard yellow leather chair, from At Home, adds an element of surprise and creates an amazing color story under the African art prints we scored at Art.com and the awesome elephant head that fit perfectly between the two.
An entertainment cabinet was found at the local HomeGoods and provides ample storage. The weathered wood finish contrasts other woods but adds to the natural feel, while the openness doesn’t weigh down the room visually. Plus the open concept forces you to stay neat and tidy.
Lastly some African artifacts found on travels and at local antique stores fit perfectly into the niche over the fireplace. The Henry Matisse print adds color and ups the eclectic nature of the space.