Getting the Layered Look

Today is the second in a series of posts.  We’re going through the steps I took to create the warm, relaxed look we achieved in Melissa’s living room.

 Restoration Sofa

To begin, we had two major statement pieces from her previous home, a Restoration Hardware leather sofa and trunk coffee table.


One of the goals was to brighten the space, so I started with an on trend chevron rug from Overstock which anchors the space.

Alexa Chevron Blue RugFrom there I added throw pillows in soft blues and subtle greys, with a few pops of yellow from both West Elm and Pottery Barn.


When it comes to layering a space, throws are the perfect accessory to add style and comfort and they can be found at any price point, like this one we found at World Market.


Lighting is one of the most important elements in any space, so we’ll cover lighting and accessorizing a room in the next post which is how we rounded out the space.

Melissa's Living Room



Take the City with You

Meet Melissa, my client with a living room design project:  Using existing, beautiful yet slightly masculine sofa and coffee table to create a living room with pops of color that is chic enough to entertain, comfortable enough to lounge, and safe enough for toddlers.

Melissa's Living Room

She wanted to carve out a spot for reading or watching TV so I looked for a perfect chaise lounge.  We added a lovely throw and vibrant toss pillows in the space overlooking a set of black and white photos of baby’s first haircut, particularly meaningful as her husband owns a hip SF hair studio Patrick Evan Salon.


Next we wanted to make use of built-ins to create extra seating, storage, and most importantly a place to display a photograph of the couple strolling through San Francisco, the place they called home for so long.


To create this warm, inviting living room, we combined the couple’s previously purchased upscale pieces with fabulous finds on a $1500(ish) budget.  Most importantly we didn’t want the room to feel like a suburban home, so we took the city with us in our approach and over the next few posts, I will show you how we did it.

A Long Distance Nursery Design

My current nursery project is for a long distance client and with the availability of wood samples for each furniture piece and fabric swatches for literally thousands of options, an entire space be created from afar.

The goals for this space are:

1-Create A Gender Neutral Design Centered Around Soft Greens, Such as the Inspiration Nursery Below

2-Work with the Existing Wall Color Which is a Lovely Rich Taupey-Beige Mixed with Grey

3-Implement a theme with birds, owls, or giraffes such as this sweet birdie bumper my client already had in mind

I took the parameters set by the client and came up with the following plan which includes both the rugs she was originally interested in since she hasn’t made a final decision on them yet, the sweet neutral birdie bumper, a soft solid green fitted sheet from Pottery Barn and complimenting crib skirt from Dwell Studio, an awesome resource for modern baby bedding

  Everything blends beautifully with the existing wall color, and now we are considering adding a few strategically placed decals such as the birds and owls from Etsy that could truly round out the space

As with all room designs, it’s a work in progress and not every decision has been finalized, however one of the best parts about nursery design is there’s a firmly set timeline so both myself and my client know we have to work quickly and occasionally make decisions on the fly.

And I’ll be sure to keep you posted on our progress!