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March 1, 2020

Living Room Refresh: Design Board

FILED IN: D├ęcor

We’ve finally decided to begin our living room refresh project which I’m SO excited for. We bought an IKEA couch a few years ago that’s served its purpose but I was never crazy about it.

It started with an unassuming trip to Pottery Barn, where we were told they were having a private sale. And one of the couches we’d been eyeing was front and center at the entrance, in a color/fabric combo we loved.

Needless to say, it shaped up to be couch buying day!

With that ordered and en route by April, I’ve started playing around with the other pieces I’m hoping to purchase to pull it all together.

Some of this we already have and we may have to space out getting some of it, because well, good furniture is expensive.

In the meantime, I wanted to share the design board I created as I always think it’s fun to see the progress from concept to real-life execution.

We’re going for a warm, neutral, California coastal aesthetic with a few natural and rustic elements to give it some life.

Also worth noting: our floors are a dark espresso brown in luxury vinyl tile (basically wood laminate) so there will be plenty of contrast with all of the lightness!

The Design Board

I love the idea of a big square coffee table so this gray one immediately stuck out to me.

It’s technically made of mango wood, which is what our West Elm media console is. You wouldn’t necessarily know that since one is gray and one is in the natural wood-tone but I still like that about it.

These Target shelves are sooo much less expensive than the shelves that actually go with our console that I couldn’t bring myself to get the matching West Elm ones. I honestly like the Target ones better, too!

We have two of the chairs with the wood accent (pictured above) and I’m trying to decide if we should just keep both of those in the space, or get two of the matching upholstered Big Sur chairs (but um $$$$) or do one of each or what?…

I’m also considering a bit of a layered rug look for added texture – which is how they actually had it styled in the store. It looks a bit busy on the design board, though!

This top rug is probably too heavy to layer on top of this jute one but I haven’t found another one I like more.

Shop the Images Here:

(1) Big Sur Double Chaise Sofa in Performance Boucle in Oatmeal

(2) Big Sur Square Upholstered Armchair in Performance Boucle in Oatmeal

(3) Ashton Coffee Table in Gray

(4) Ashton End Table in Gray

(5) Madison Travertine Cube

(6) Pillows – one, two, three (similar), four

(7) Accessories – lamp, candle, vase, bowl

(8) Fabric & Wooden Chair

(9) Bookshelves

(10) Media Console

(11) Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig – (and here’s one for less)

(12) Nadia Moroccan Shag Rug

(13) Jute Rug

6/23/2020 – UPDATE

Here’s what our living room set-up looks like currently with most of the above items. I never pulled the trigger on a new rug as I couldn’t find one quite right so I’m going to wait a bit longer!

I also really wanted to do a light fixture above the coffee table, but the electrical wiring isn’t centered in the room and well, we might actually be moving within the year so I didn’t feel like doing all the work to get it adjusted!

Tell me…What would you add, change, or remove? What are your favorite pieces?

Let me know in the comments below!

x, Kaitlyn

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