Jadyn's living room has a common problem - being right off of the entry way, it has two wide doorways in two of it's walls - one to the entry and one leading through to the dining room. It definitely makes it tricky for furniture arranging, and unfortunately there isn't really a way to provide enough seating without there being some kind of walkway through the middle of that. However, that doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice style!
First up, they were planning to relocate the desk, tv, and replace the coffee table with something I suggested. They have a great sofa that just needs new upholstery. They needed new lighting and to ditch the existing overhead lighting. Because they have pets, they preferred to not add a rug (but that would be a great way to define the space if they ever decide to add one).
Jadyn and her hubby love to travel and come from interesting cultural backgrounds that they wanted to celebrate. Jadyn loved the idea of a worn-in Parisian apartment (think "Before Sunset") and I loved the idea of lots of books (of course). They were keeping the red wall and we decided to add some blue accents. I divided her design boards into three groupings - sofa and seating, bookshelves and red wall, and accessories.
Sofa and seating:
The sofa will be reupholstered in a neutral beige and the cushions converted into two long cushions for the seat and back. The blue batiks and ikat will be throw pillows. The leather chair will likely be thrifted, as will a petite wingback chair and trunk (to be used as a coffee table).
They will add another shelf that matches the existing ones to give a sense of built-ins. They will also stock up on books to fill the shelves out a bit. Jadyn loved my idea of thrifting for globes to highlight their travel. To the right of the shelves, two large frames with vintage prints will hang only a few inches apart, stacked vertically but oriented horizontally. I loved this print from Vintage Printables, a free source of art (but then you have to get it printed/framed yourself).
All the windows will get linen curtains hung on rubbed bronze rods. Matching vintage lamps (I die!) will flank the sofa. The dark ledge shelves will be painted white and cover the wall surrounding the entrance to the dining room with a mixture of frames (like this inspiration photo from Lonny). I loved the idea of incorporating French language flash cards, as France is something that Jadyn and her hubby have in common. Behind the leather chair, this gorgeous lamp will provide some reading light.
Here's my rough sketch of the floorplan:
I had a lot of fun decorating this world-traveler Parisian inspired apartment. Jadyn has already scored some of the pieces, so I can't wait to see how it all turns out!
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