Living Rooms You’ve Never Been In Before

Living Rooms You've Never Been In Before | hm.com/gb/department/HOME | design-vox.com

For many people including myself, the living room is the most lived-in room of the home (so I suppose it’s rather aptly named, har har). Obviously we want every space in our homes to feel decorated and personal, but if you’re short on time, funds, or inspiration, it’s always a good idea to focus first on the room you spend the most time in. And yet how many living rooms have you been in that feel decidedly un-inspired, not bad just not very good either. Where’s the interest, the personality?

Living Rooms You've Never Been In Before | oldbrandnewblog.com | design-vox.com

I’m not trying to knock people who genuinely are just most comfortable decorating in the basic, “safe” way that they’re used to seeing. Not everyone cares as much as I do, ha. But if you’re reading this blog you probably care at least a little bit. I love this collection of living rooms today because when I look at each one I think, “I’ve never visited a home that looked like that before.” That’s not say there aren’t hundreds of homes out there with styles like this, but it certainly isn’t common and you can tell that these homeowners have gone out of there way to create lively rooms with interesting details.

Living Rooms You've Never Been In Before | lonny.com | design-vox.com

This last one is certified cray and not something I would ever copy, but if I walked into a home and this was their living room I would bow down to their decorating gall. It’s traditional granny with a liberal use of leopard print and a Chinoiserie/Asian influence. Who on earth thinks to combine these things? This sort of unafraid, highly personal design is what I find most exciting in interiors.

I challenge you to find something to decorate with that you love but that your hypothetical neighbor would never consider. Plop that down in your room and just see how much of a transformation it makes. It could be something as simple as a wildly colored throw pillow or a big fine art photography print on the wall. Or maybe you’re a more subtle chap and something like pom pom fringed drapery would send you over the moon (I know I love it). Bottom line: go with what makes you happy!

one | H&M Home via 79 ideas
two | Old Brand New via desire to inspire
three | Lonny Magazine

Pretty Decorating Details

Pretty Decorating Details | Country Style Australia | design-vox.comPretty Decorating Details | susannavento.fi | design-vox.comPretty Decorating Details | nicolefranzen.com | design-vox.com

My brain is not coming up with words to say today. My mind is being pulled in too many directions to form thoughts about these images other than, “Pretty pretty.” Eloquent, I know.

Between work, wedding planning, helping my parents remodel their kitchen, daydreaming about Chris and I’s next house which is at least a year a way still, and trying to stay inspired and relaxed, I may be over-taxing my brain power a bit. Also my hand hurts like I punched a wall in my sleep last night which I’m pretty sure I did not do so that’s a fun mystery. Happy Wednesday, hope yours is a little more focused than mine. ;)

one | Lisa Cohen, Heather Nette King, Country Style Australia via dustjacket attic
two | Susanna Vento
three | Nicole Franzen for T Magazine via coco + kelley

Rustic Kitchen Beauties

Rustic Kitchen Beauties | jhinteriordesign.com | design-vox.com

Not everything about this kitchen is rustic but it definitely has that vibe with its rough cement floors, giant wood table, and wood beam ceiling. They’ve also worked in mid-century modern chairs, industrial looking cupboards, and a very glam chandelier. Oh how I love style mixing.

Rustic Kitchen Beauties | kararosenlund.com | design-vox.com

Despite its glossy cupboard doors and marble countertop this kitchen too has a rustic soul. There is something so delicious about white on white on white. Most people I know would never dream of using so much white but look at it people. Am I wrong that this is gorgeous? I’ll tell you what I believe to be the two keys to pulling off so much white in a room. One, the room must have good light, preferably lots of natural light. And two, texture! Varying textures can create just as much visual interest as varying colors. Shiny, matte, feathery, weathered, wiry, rough, smooth, etc. They’re all here.

Rustic Kitchen Beauties | laurenliess.com | design-vox.com

I am basically obsessed with this kitchen. A lovely off-white cream is paired with black and beautiful wood tones. Bronze cabinet hardware happily coexists with a brass faucet. And then there’s the art. I can not get enough of kitchens with art. In a room that can feel utilitarian it is the easiest way to add personality. Not often is there a whole wall available to fill up, but man if you have the opportunity to do something like this, take it! I especially love how the piece of the ocean horizon is directly above the sink, perhaps mimicking the view out an absent window.

one | Jessica Helgerson via dustjacket attic
two | Kara Rosenlund via Dicordia Design
three | Lauren Liess via blood and champagne

Glam, Modern, or Rustic?

Glam, Modern, or Rustic? | dmagazine.com | design-vox.com

These sitting areas are bursting with personality. You should view the above image larger to really take it in. And if it wasn’t already obvious this is our “glam” sitting room. From the chandelier to the ornate chest-turned-coffee-table to the fur seat on a gold chair to the malachite ceiling this space is positively bold and flashy. What do you think, is it too much?

Glam, Modern, or Rustic? | cameralink.se/artists/idha-lindhag/ | design-vox.com

Traditional architecture with modern decor. One of my favorite combinations. Compared to the first room this looks so simple, sleek, and masculine. Am I the only one that likes both, though? What I’d really like to do is combine both of them and throw in a bit of this last one too.

Glam, Modern, or Rustic? | http://thedesignfiles.net/ | design-vox.com

I’ll take this room’s soft, weather-worn textures and dark walls plus the first room’s lighting fixtures plus the second room’s architecture and bar cart. I find mixing styles so often produces the most interesting and lovely rooms. It isn’t always easy to pull off, everything still must feel somehow cohesive. You can achieve cohesiveness in other ways such as the color palette.

For me the real key to decorating is to simply go with what you love. Don’t confine yourself by any particular style or theme. Don’t assume that the gorgeous tufted Victorian sofa that you fell in love with at the antique store would never work next to your rustic brick fireplace or your modern rug. The tension between pieces like this creates excitement and interest in a room! So in answer to the question posed in the title of this post: Glam, modern, or rustic? All of the above, please.

one | D Magazine
two | Idha Lindhag
three | The Design Files via desire to inspire

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