Not sure if your style is modern.. contemporary.. or maybe its traditional?! You don’t have to select just one… that is what we in the design world like to call TRANSITIONAL! HGTV defines transitional as a classic, timeless design. I believe it is a combination of the best features of contemporary and traditional decorating compiled together to give you the best of both worlds!
For our very first “get the look” post I am going to give you a sneak peak inside my own home… lets dig a little deeper into my living room. I was very lucky in the sense that when my husband and I were up-sizing, my grandparents were down-sizing. They had several pieces of beautiful quality furniture that they did not have room for in their new place so I decided to swoop in and snatch a couple of their well-loved pieces! And just like that I had my inspiration to begin decorating my living room.
The sofa and accent chairs seem like the perfect place to begin. All three of these items were the items that were passed down to me by my grandparents. I have an amazingly talented upholsterer that I use for client projects so I decided to bring him in on this project. I started with a fabric that I absolutely loved for the accent chairs and found a complimentary fabric for the sofa. My upholsterer stripped down the furniture pieces right down to their “bones”, modernized the frames, added in all new foam, and re-upholstered them to the state that they are in today!
This Faith sofa from Silva will give you a very similar look. Best of all… Silva will upholster all of their pieces in ANY fabric you want and you can chose from 14 different stain colours for the legs! To get the look of the accent chairs, check out the Alec navy blue wing back chair from Pier 1.
The coffee table is such an elegant addition to the space. With a mirror and glass, you can’t get much more classy than this! I purchased this Henzler table about 5 years ago from Uttermost. It is such a classic that they still have it available today… not only that, but it is one of their top selling tables!
My area rug is none other than an amazing Home Sense find! A 100% cowhide mosaic rug for $450… I couldn’t afford not to buy it! If you aren’t able to get quite this lucky, Loloi Rugs has a beautiful cowhide collection that will give you a comparable, slightly more refined look!
As for the window coverings, the custom drapery and blinds were ordered through Bella Casa Design Centre. These blinds are a brand new product from Hunter Douglas called Designer Banded Shades. What I love about them is that they give you a light diffusing option and a privacy option while maintaining a contemporary look.
Tying in the metal from the drapery rod is the accent mirror above the fireplace. The Demarco mirror from Uttermost provides elegant curved lines with a modern spin!
The navy blue floral toss cushions add a fun feminine flair to the space without being overly girly – my husband may not completely agree with this statement. These are from D.V. Kap and are the Begonia-Navy cushion. I paired them with some custom made magenta toss cushions to add a punch of colour to the space!
Lastly, I grounded the space by adding some depth with colour. The two accent walls are painted in a Benjamin Moore colour Abyss.
And there you have it… a transitional living space (that’s Cinda-approved of course!).
Have fun decorating!
Until next post, Elysia