January 17, 2014

A Warm and Inviting Living Room Design Package!

The process of putting together a Design Package and bringing it to life is so much fun!  Recently I met with my new client Susanna.  When we met for her consultation appointment to transform her living room and kitchen, I was immediately excited with the direction I wanted to take the spaces.  I found that she loved the color red in her home, while her husband really likes a smoky blue.  Also, in talking with her, I found out that her husband and two sons LOVE aviation and building model planes.  They are also into all things gear and pulley oriented.  I am often asked, how do you incorporate the things you love into a space, without getting too "themy."   Today I wanted to show you how I worked hard to pull every one's needs and likes into the space without making it too much of one feel and not making it too "themy."

Here is the Design Board Packages I created along with the photos of the space.

For the Living Room...

For the design, I pulled in just a touch of the pulley system with the amazing floor length lamp and a nod to the aviator men in the house with one or two airplanes and the fan that looks like a propeller, which was one of the options Susanna picked out.  The great thing is that when the boys saw the design board, they wanted to help and make and paint the model planes to go in the space.  I can't think of a better way to make that room feel more like their own than by having them create something to go in the living room.  We also can't forget the lady of the house so I added a gorgeous and vibrant red poppies painting to the mix to go above the fireplace!

Here are a few of the pieces close up and some that I couldn't fit onto the board...

A gorgeous fan from Minka Aire.

A beautiful piece of artwork!!  This brings in the shades of blue and red, but adds a the much needed touch of femininity!

Two of these pretty boys will flank each side of the fireplace and to soften them up with a bit more texture,
two of these faux sheepskin pillows...

Faux Sheepskin Pillow Covers

Clift Glass Table Lamp Base - Smoke Gray

Really pretty blue glass based lamps to pull a little more of the blue feel into the room and a coffee table that brings in more texture...

Durham Cocktail Table

Below are the BEFORE's of the room...

Over to the right between the two windows will be the black unit seen below, that the clients currently own and new smoky blue drapes to go on all the windows.

Susanna has had this sofa above for many years and is ready for it to retire, so we are bringing in a new white slipcovered sofa.  Behind the sofa, I am adding the long sofa table below that will fit snugly in between the pillars...

Over to the left there where the black unit currently sits will be a brand new white built in bookcase and shelving unit.

The red chair will be scooched over to the right corner and a new side table and lamp below will allow for a cozy little reading nook...

The fireplace is also getting a makeover.  If you see above, there is space all behind the picture that is hanging, so we are going to keep the space for storage, but have a secret framed hinged door that will allow for artwork to go up, but still keep the storage behind.

The base of the fireplace will also be built up to create a shaker style finish and add more depth to the fireplace.

Here is the layout for the living room...

So now all we need to do is finish up on some purchases for the space and then February starts the painting process and fireplace makeover.  Then I can go in and put it all together :)

Stay tuned for the kitchen portion of the Design!

If you are in the Hampton Roads and Richmond area of Va and would like a consultation to begin transforming a room or rooms in your home, you can reach me at seasideinteriors01@gmail.com.

If you are located outside of the Hampton Roads and Richmond area and would like to have a Design Package created for a room in your home please contact me at www.seasideinteriors01@gmail.com.


  1. You did an awesome job incorporating everyone's styles. The design feels so warm and comfortable!

  2. Ha! I have that same black unit. Heck, I have almost the whole collection. :)

    How is the room coming along?

    1. It's a really nice unit Julie. You have good taste :)
      Painting is done on the space and the fireplace and electrical work are going to be done in the next two weeks so that I can do the install hopefully on the 24th. I can't wait to share all of the photos. I am doing a little blog on the kitchen eating area of the same space today!

  3. I love this makeover! ......and I too have that same black cabinet, and I love it. :)
    and on a side note, what is the wall color that you chose for this space? it looks great with all of the accessories.

    1. Hi Jennifer, thanks so much for your lovely comments! The color of the room is Revere pewter by Benjamin Moore. Thanks so much!