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The Living Room: Wishlist

My policy, when it comes to decorating (and life in general, for that matter) is to dream big, then resize to fit. A concept can become reality via money or ingenuity- and I have to believe that the latter is infinitely more valuable. I don’t shy away from shopping high-end resources for inspiration. Limiting your view to what is easily attainable is settling; aspiring for more (and making it happen through creative means) is satisfying!

To prove the point, let’s rip another page out of the Living Room section of my design binder. Design starts with inspiration, translates into a palette of colors and textures, and then takes shape with furnishings. This page focuses on the South wall, which features the original plaster fireplace. It has the potential to impress.

The Living Room features all-original mahogany trim and hardwood floors, a sculptural fireplace, and arched passages to the Vestibule and Dining Room. This is what we were looking at when we fell madly in love with the house.WarLock Manor Living Room, South Elevation

Images, Clockwise from Top: Lindsey Adelmann Chandelier, Paint Color by Benjamin Moore, Crystal Orb Table, Rug (Owned), Wingback Chair

The table is wishful thinking, but doesn’t it belong at WarLock Manor? The unusual shape, the crystal ball… I’m utterly bewitched, but the price tag would spell disaster for the rest of the room. I can’t imagine that our guests would be so captivated by a table that they could overlook the lack of a chair! Since I can’t conjure up the real thing, I’ve been pondering ways to recreate the look with more humble materials (a thrifted table base + acrylic orbs from an old lamp?).

Now close your eyes and envision a pair of shapely wingback chairs flanking my curvy fireplace… perfect, right? Everyone and their brother is selling granny’s old wingbacks on Craigslist- with Queen Anne legs, in the wrong proportions, in singles, in ratty condition, or 200 miles away. Thrifting requires eternal optimism. Someday, the chairs will appear.

Sometimes though, good design is absolutely attainable- and the chandelier is a shining example. The Lindsey Adelmann studio has actually published the instructions (and kit!) for assembling this fixture, and the plans are easy to customize. You can see this chandelier DIYed all over the interwebs, and soon I hope to add mine to the search results!

 

Those of you who follow along on Instagram and Twitter know that I’ve knocked one of these items off of my wish list… one that will be absolutely ideal with a bit of DIY. Pictures tomorrow!

The Living Room: Colors and Textures

I’ve received at least three considerable hereditary gifts from my mother: Tetris brain (I’m always telling Adam, “yes, it will fit“), an eye for color, and the itch to organize information. Like my mother before me, I am genetically predisposed to decorate.

While I can space plan and color scheme in my sleep, organizational strategy requires conscious effort. I trust my own taste, but if I wing it, I may not be making on-budget decorating decisions that follow the master plan. That’s where my design binder comes in. A section for each room, and pages for inspiration, swatches & colors, floor plans, elevations, measurements & specifications, and mock-ups. I’ve created simple, flexible templates that I can edit to keep current with my purchases and ideas. Digital and printable, I can consult these pages whether I’m shopping in-store or online. This is my favorite way to stay focused on my design priorities, prevent impulse buys, and best of all- share with you here at the blog!

Earlier this week I posted my inspiration page for the Living Room, where we’ll curl up with a cat and a book on a dusky evening. Here’s how that translates into fabrics and colors…

WarLock Manor Living Room, Textiles & ColorsImages, Clockwise from Top: Paint Colors by Benjamin Moore, Marbled Paper, Blue Vintage Sofa (owned), Leopard-Print Fabric (owned), Rug (owned), Swan Wing Pillow, Striped Velvet Pillow, Mock-Croc Pillow

 

The Living Room: Inspiration

When Adam and I were renters, we made our home within the restrictions of space and lease agreement. I was tormented by this vivid recurring dream, in which I’d open a somehow-undiscovered door in our apartment and find myself in a new room. Oh, the frenzied mental decorating… and the disappointment upon waking! Nowadays, I am living the dream- about nine distinct spaces to furnish however I fancy. Sometimes I have to pinch myself.

Here’s what I’m envisioning for our Living Room: chilled colors with a zest of citrus, a night sky with brassy stars, sophisticated and spooky.

WarLock Manor Living Room, Inspiration

Images, clockwise from top: Owls, Matilda, Phineas, Flowers & Citrus, Neutral Pattern