This week we bring you a different kind of living room inspiration, which actually started as a remodel of the whole place. A beautiful Los Angeles bungalow that was once an insipid and bland example of interior design, is nowadays a mid-century haven full of potential.
This project was overseen by interior designer Emily Henderson and the result was a super trendy modern residence for a very young and stylish couple (Blythe and Jim) that just so happened to be lucky enough to be friends with the designer.
According to the designer, the initial problem for the couple was that one of them was “a total California hippie and she wanted it all bohemian and casual“, and the other one was “a modern dude who leans towards strong clean lines and unique conversation pieces“. However, the experienced Emily Henderson saw this not as a challenge, but as an opportunity to bring out the best of both styles.
The key and starting element was the color palette, because that was one thing the couple could agree on. So they chose a beautiful blue and nickel color palette and went from there. The navy blue rug ended up working great because it “fell into the boho category but in colors that are more masculine and dark”, working in favor of both Blythe and Jim.
However, the one thing that kept missing was some color, something that could live up the room. So they decided on a teal lounge chair, which Emily says to have “pulled out the blues in the rug and turned out to be a total stunner”. It works perfectly in the living room design and it was a total hit.
For the gallery wall, the designer started collecting all the pieces slowly, because if things went sideways it would be worse than not having a gallery wall at all. And because all pieces are very different in shape, size, frames and colors, it was possible to throw some attention away from the TV.
And finally, to bring some life near the living room’s big window, Henderson went with a vintage hanging wicker chair, which “is perfect for adding texture and softness in that corner”. It also has the advantage to complement the whole design and balance out both styles extremely well.
Photos ©: Emily Henderson Studio
You can see the whole project details here.
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