Happy Friday, my friends! I'm kicking off a new series called "Design In A Box" that I've been dreaming up in my head for quite some time now, and it's finally coming to life this week with the first installment. I'm so excited to share it with you!
Design In A Box isn't a design that comes to you in a literal box, but it does come in a nice neat package in the form of a blog post. Each Friday, I'll design a room from scratch that will include all the basic pieces - and perhaps a few fun accessories - that you would need to get a room "up and running" if you will. I'll change up the style and room from week to week, and I hope that these looks are inspiring and helpful in decorating your own home.
Though these rooms aren't designed for a particular space or client, one of my hopes for this series is to give you a peek into what an e-design project might look like. I'll share a little bit of my thought process behind the design, a few inspiration images, and the design board with the individual pieces laid out. You'll get all of the sources to get the look if you spot something you like - similar to the way you receive a shopping list at the end of an e-design project. Or heck, if you found yourself here because you need to decorate a whole room and you like the entire design, you just can just go down the list and purchase it all! It's yours for the taking!
Alright, enough intro talk - let's get into today's Design In A Box: a mid-century eclectic living room!
Mixing styles is one of my favorite things to do when I design spaces - I just can't help but want to throw in modern with traditional, industrial with farmhouse, or boho with mid-century. I think that eclectic look is what keeps things interesting, and that's exactly what I wanted to accomplish with this mid-century modern meets eclectic living room.
via Amber Interiors
via Studio McGee
via Devon Rachel
With the change of seasons, I'm finding myself drawn to warmer, fall-like colors, but wanted to balance them with cool blues as well. The first piece I chose was this amazing Persian style rug, and used it as the jumping-off point for everything else - the rust-colored pillows, the blue slipper chairs, the neutral greige sofa, etc. If I could give you one piece of advice if you're feeling stuck on how to get started designing a room it's just that: choose one item to use as your inspiration for the rest of the pieces. It's one of the best ways to make sure everything feels cohesive.
I never would have imagined I'd want to use a rusty dusty orange in a room design since I'm typically a cool color gal, but for this series I really wanted to push myself creatively and use colors and pieces that are a little bit outside of my comfort zone.
The end result of putting all of these pieces together is a warm and inviting space that feels clean and modern, yet cozy. It's a room I'd happily live in and invite my friends over to hang out in!
If you click through some of the sources for this look (find those below), you'll see there's quite a mix of price points and sources. Investing in a sofa like this one may feel like an investment (it is!), but if you're incorporating more budget-friendly pieces like this globe floor lamp, it starts to balance out. It's worth spending up on some pieces - especially ones you'll use often.
FURNITURE AND DECOR SOURCES
Now for the good part - the sources! Use the links below to shop these pieces for your own space. If you're not ready to purchase right now, but would like to save the look for later, feel free to Pin it!
The total cost for this room is about $4,500 - not bad for a whole room of furniture that includes a $2,000 sofa.
Mid-Century Sofa | Globe Floor Lamp | Persian Style Rug | Abstract Metallic Art | Mid-Century Side Table | Table Lamp | Saarinen Style Coffee Table | Blue Accent Chairs | Seagrass Side Table | Solid Copper Pillow | Tribal Pillow | Teal Pillow | Tie Dye Pillow
And finally, I'd LOVE to hear from you! What do you think of this new series? Do you have an idea for a space or style you'd like to see on Design In A Box? I'm all ears!
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