Project - Living Room II

Here are pictures from a living room project I've been working on over the last year or so in Crestline.  For those of you outside of Alabama, Crestline is one of the four villages or areas in the city of Mountain Brook.  It's a lovely area with lots of gorgeous homes ranging from large tudors to small cozy bungalows all within walking distance to lots of fabulous shops and restaurants.

My clients live in a cozy bungalow that has tons of character.  They are young and hip and not afraid of color.  In this case, we embraced the fabulous Heriz rug they already owned.  We played up the putty brown tones in the rug and used them on the window treatments (which my client made) and upholstered pieces.  We then pulled out the grays and teals of the rug by way of artwork and accent pillows.  That's the wonderful thing about a Heriz - you can always find a color in them you love.
photo by Alison Gault

We also mixed traditional and modern elements in the space.  This allows the interiors to blend and "fit" with the style of the house (which is rather traditional) while still reflecting the more modern personalities of the couple who call this space home.
photo by Alison Gault

My clients love to entertain, and they use every single room in their home.  They also have two small children.  So, the goal with this project was to give them affordable high style (by using lots of items they already owned) while keeping it comfortable and kid friendly.  
photo by Alison Gault

Here is just one small example of all those elements.  This accessory is made of brass which is totally current and modern.  It was also not expensive (under $35).  It looks very fragile - but truthfully, you can throw it across the room, and it still looks great.  So all the elements exist - affordable, high style, kid friendly.
photo by Alison Gault

When planning this design, the goal was to make every piece in the space count.  The buffet acts as storage while giving us a fabulous secondary focal point.  It also brings in a rich wood which every space needs.  The coffee table while beautiful is still large and sturdy enough to act as an ottoman where you can actually kick your feet up.  Lastly, the ottoman in front of the bergere' chair acts as additional seating during a gathering.  Make every piece count. 
photo by Alison Gault

This mirror is very old and has been in my client's family for years.  By layering some modern pieces on top of it, we have created a current look.
photo by Alison Gault

Believe me - You really can have affordable high style that is also comfortable and accessible.  It just takes some thoughtful planning.  M.

10 comments:

  1. Gorgeous!! Is that a Donnie Sasser faceless angel piece I spy?? I have one that I adore.... his work fits in any style decor. Great job, Mandi-- this space has great style. Their rug rocks. :)

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  2. Mandi, just lovely! You have combined such style with function....and i can see what a great room this is for entertaining and comfortable living! Love the artwork, touches of dark wood and of course, the rug!!

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  3. This is an absolutely beautiful room Mandi. It is so warm and inviting. Classic but not stuffy at all. I love the little touches and just pinned the great photo of the coffee table.

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  4. Hi Mandi! I'm Holly and I just discovered your blog through Elizabeth at The Mustard Ceiling and the great guest post that you did. Your post was so well written and really spot on with your tips and advice. I'm so glad to have found you and looking forward to following along. This room that you've showed today is absolutely beautiful - classic but still current. The pieces of furniture are neutral and flexible and work so well in the space. Really great job!

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  5. Beautiful room! Love your blog, would you mind sharing source for brass accessory--so cute!

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  6. Hey Maryglazo!
    The brass sea urchin is from Furbish which is one of me favorite online sources (her blog roll is I Suwannee). The Zhush (which is also in my blog roll above) carries these too. Both shops are really great! Hope that helps. Mandi.

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  7. I could not shake the feeling that I had actually BEEN in this room before! And then I remembered that I'd found your blog when my friend S linked to it on Facebook, and I realized that it's her living room! Small world....

    It's really, really beautiful. Those sconces above the mantle are amazing.

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  8. Very nice job, Mandi. I've tagged you on my blog post today. Answer some questions if you wish!

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Thank you for thoughts on my post! M.