Living Rooms & Dens
Letting go of the mind and body.
The living room is usually the space you go to relax, entertain guests and socialize. What does relaxation look like to you? What colors do you like? Is there a certain energy you want to evoke in the space? Or perhaps there is a special architectural feature, like a fireplace, that you want to center the room around. What artwork, books and objects of affection speak to where you come from and where you are going? Perhaps you have a meaningful collection of photos you want to display or precious objects collected during your travels. How do you want to relax in your home?
So much of decorating lies in visual arrangement, playing with shapes, and determine how to tie it all together through color, rugs, and more. I would be honored to help you design a living room that supports your needs.
Interior Design, Decorating
We love mixing and matching patterns in complementary colors and tones like this black and white motif we used for a basement entry that doubled as a kids playroom and closet.
We brought in a pop of color and culture into this room, which blends Mexican antiques and California coastal chic with modern.
We were given the challenge of using all of these pieces in this living room. We created an inviting circular seating arrangement around a coffee table to make this work.
Using all of your angles
In this room, we used the height of the room to zone out our living room. Play with the angles of the room to figure out the right area for you.
Multiple seating zones
Some living rooms call for multiple seating zones. Don't be afraid to use an array of seating options like love seats and L-shaped couches in the same room.
A serene oasis
When the main focal point is the view, white as a canvas is the perfect starting point to personalize a serene space.
Living room makeover (Before)
When approaching a living room design, I start with a blank canvas. How will the space be utilized? What energy do you want to feel? What furniture must it have? Are there special objects that you want displayed?
Living room makeover (After)
This living room was designed to support healing from divorce. I flooded the space with plants, reflective materials, peaceful white and loving pink as I worked to heal my inner feminine and masculine. This space provided me the cocoon to heal in, to become whole again. The peacock represented the transformation I was undergoing while the crouching image represented how I felt on the inside. The evil eye and hamsa pillows provided added strength and protection.
Displaying objects you love
Surrounding yourself with objects made with love, that you love, is a key ingredient in creating a high vibrational life. I love this Buddha, which I found in a market in Bangkok, Thailand. Try grouping them in groups of 2 or 3 to anchor them. What high vibrational items do you place around your home?
I loved decorating this living room. I used repeating rectangles in the space - across the sofa, planter box, footrest, mirror and windows and tied it together using orange. Did you know that orange stimulates creativity, joy, enthusiasm, passion and a general sense of wellness?
Textile and blanket display
What makes up the fabric of your life? Textiles have been story cloths for centuries - ways of passing down family history and highlighting traditions. What’s the story cloth that you want to write for your life? And how can you create a nest, a cocoon, a personal oasis in your home right now that can support bringing that to life? If you have family textiles or blankets, wall ladders are a great way to display them.
A great way to introduce pops of color, texture and high vibrational energy into your home is through pillows and textiles. Whether you're looking to channel your spirit animal or celebrating a culture or simply nurturing a certain color energy, don't be afraid to go wild with pillows.
Playing with seating arrangements
Finding the right seating arrangement in your living room is key. This living room serves as both a tv room and seating area for guests so I flanked the round coffee table with matching wingback chairs and a sofa with clear paths demarcated by the rugs anchoring the furniture.
Using doors as frames
When arranging furniture, I love using doorways as frames for furniture placement. It seems obvious but can be harder than it looks to center a table dead center under a ceiling light and centered in the middle of the door when viewed from another room. But that's exactly what I did here. You can see the visual line from the top of the ceiling light, through the table pedestal through the center of the archway. Centering around a circle creates visual harmony and balance.