Weeks 5 & 6
For those of you who follow us on Instagram, you'll know we've been answering your Design Dilemmas every Friday. Heather and I have loved delving into these and it's so good to hear that you've been enjoying them too! Here are the fifth and sixth installments - please share your thoughts in the comments, or send us your own query here.
W5 | Dilemma #1:
Wow, what a beautiful room... and rug... and light! The bottom of the room is feeling a bit heavy, so in order to lighten it up, I would add white linen or sheepskin seat cushions, to bring some white a bit lower. Our favorite floor to ceiling linen curtains would also look great in here.
Alternatively, you can always find great art on Etsy, or use black & white photographs.
W6 | Dilemma #1:
"I literally just moved into my dream apartment in Lisbon but I'm a bit stuck on how to organize my furniture. I work from home so was thinking the little room attached to the living space could be an office. I would love some advice on how to decorate or lay it out!"
image source: Marset
Rugs are also great for separating spaces and mixing a jute and antique will keep yours feeling light and bright. We'd recommend this La Redoute jute...
... with Heritage 0061 over the top. Not only will this look great in the space, it'll also cool down the yellow a bit.
image sources left to right: Chelsea Glattman | rug: Frances Loom
In the office, all you need is a large scale piece of art over the table. You could attempt one yourself (I do this all the time, as you can see in my kitchen) or buy a great print like this, to keep a lovely coastal feel.
I'd do a small beni under the desk, to keep your feet cozy when you're working.
And lost but not least, I'd pop a vintage chair in for a bit of texture. Vinterior is my favorite European site for antique hunting. This one is inexpensive and neutral.
"I'd like your advice on this room... I bought a modular couch for flexibility and can either have it arm or armless. I think my carpet is also too small. Would love to hear what you think!"
This space is amazing! Okay, so I love the sofa without arms... but only if it's for decorative purposes. If you're planning to lounge on it, I believe that comfort has to take precedent. If, like me, you enjoy snuggling in and getting as comfortable as possible, then you're definitely going to want the arms attached. Your place reminds me of Carly's and her sofa's arms are firmly on!
image source: Carly Waters Style
Adding some throw pillows will also make it feel effortless and even more snuggly!
image source: Heather's living room, photographed by Hannah Mae Clark
As you said, the carpet is too small. The easiest remedy is just to get an area-sized jute and then layer yours on top. In terms of size, you'll want something big enough that allows the front legs of the sofa and chairs to rest on it. From your photos, it looks like you'll probably need something around 6' x 9' or 8' x 10'
image sources: Rebecca and Genevieve
Alternatively, you could move your current rug to another room and purchase a larger one like Heritage 0062 to go in here!
image source: Camille Styles | rug: Frances Loom
"I recently moved into this apartment in LA. My first order of business once quarantine is over (or during if possible!) is to get a dining room table and chairs. Would love your help or any inspiration!"
Since the dining room is really its own space, I think you'll want to keep the furnishings relatively minimal and modern, so that the room doesn't close in on itself. Definitely get a round table, to keep the flow of the room moving. I absolutely love this one from CB2.
I also found this used West Elm one on facebook marketplace in LA...
image source: West Elm
I would then add some chairs like these lovely leather ones, or some that are a little more mid-century like in the first inspo pic!
image sources: West Elm
If it's possible, switch out the light fixture to something that feels less heavy. Something as simple as this Ikea one would be great.
...or add a little texture with a woven one like this.
Finally, I would add a bit of color with some framed artwork on the walls. I can see you've got some resting on the floor so hang one or two of those around, and perhaps get a tree for the corner!
image source: The Identité Collective