I have been designing my butt off—correction: I do take breaks and do some PS4 gaming since my creativity thrives when I’m not feeling weary. Either that or I’m just generally preoccupied with life (you know my home, my kitten…and a lovely anniversary celebration in April). Some of the best things in life takes time and so I present you one of the two reveals that are finally coming on the blog—home with a mix of high and low cost items!
First of all, I adore a side by side living dining space! Our bad habit of eating and watching Youtube on our TV aside, extra seating without having the look of a bunch of chairs/poufs/stools lying around. Just turn those dining chairs around and viola!
// ENTRY //
Sometimes in an apartment unit, there is no private entrance and sometimes it’s foolish to forcefully tries to create one especially because of precious square footage or you have a square or rectangular main area such as this one. Square and rectangular are ideal for space planning, long and narrow not so much.
Floating shelves display beautiful things that greets you at the entrance and functional as well (such as a pretty tray for holding keys). The entry is complete with storage and seating.
Quick Tip: For open space, keep it coherent by carrying the same elements throughout different areas, in this case—wood accents, color (white, blue…), etc.
// DINING //
A long built-in bench with storage stretches from the entry to the dining draws your eyes in creating the illusion of a longer wall.
A tall plant at the corner creates illusion of height (this home has 8.5 ft ceiling), if you can see lots of greenery from your window, adding plants inside your home will be more than ideal (bring that outdoor in!).
The dining table seats 8 if needed. Instead of getting a dining set, here I save money by getting the chairs from IKEA and spurge a bit more on the dining table (did I mention that I now love rectangular pedestal table after working on this?).
Quick Tip: Use pendant(s) or lighting with clear shades in front of windows to allow unobstructed light to shine through.
// LIVING //
A black wall recedes. The contrast makes white whiter thus looking like it has more space in between. Black or dark blue works really well as accent wall.
Quick Tip: Use cool colors to expand your space outward visually (such as blues and greens) to create an airy vibe. Warm colors (such as creams and pinks) close a space inwards and creates a cozy feel. Black is a warm color.
The TV wall adds additional hidden storage—shelves for shoes right next to the entry door behind swing doors (using a push latch like this).
I have always wanted to try layering rugs in my own works.
Sometimes you do come across one that you really like but it’s the wrong size (yes, talk about finding that one rug that fits, looks good and COMFY!). Here, I use an affordable IKEA rug and then layer another smaller Turkish rug. When layering multiple rugs, choose low pile rugs as you don’t want to risk stepping on a rug that moves around. This warrants an entire post by itself, so stay tuned for the next Ask Kate post!
Quick Tip: Large sized rugs can be expensive but the wrong sized rug is a big NO-NO. You might be able to afford that pretty Persian rug if you layer it on top of a larger more affordable sisal rug.
I love built-in and floating shelves (I want one in my next home, we shall see). I put a lot of love into designing and styling them in a way that I would want them in my own home!
Quick Tip: Ever have that situation when everyone goes for that comfy couch? Invest in (sheepskin) throw and cushion to make side chairs more comfy and inviting. Since it’s detachable, the throw and cushion (depends on the material, cotton can be washed in a washer and put in a dryer with the correct setting, I do it all the time). You can them in other rooms too.
Can a reveal post like this one be completed without the Get The Look? ;) Now you can go ahead and own it—
1. Strandkål Cushion Cover (Red) // 2. Sommar 2017 Fabric // 3. Serge Mouille 3 Arm Chandelier Replica // 4. Stone Hexagon Coasters (Set of 4) // 5. Cactus Print // 6. Striped Pillow (similar) // 7. Black Tribal Pillow Cover | 8. Summer Surf Art Print // 9. Strandkål Cushion Cover (Blue) // 10. Icelandic Sheepskin Black // 11. Monlue Tapered Table Lamp in Copper/Black // 12. Stockholm Sofa // 13. Kragsta Nesting Table // 14. Chloe Round Coffee Table // 15. Stockholm Rug // 16. Mid-Century Stepped Side Table // 17. Luna Pendant Antique Black 10″ Shade // 18. IKEA PS 2017 // 19. Hans Wegner CH37 Armchair Replica // 20. Rectangular Pedestal Dining Table (similar) // 21. Alseda Stool // 22. Anatolian Sunwash Red Wool Rug
All words and images by me. All items are subject to availability by respective seller(s). Items shown in 3D renderings are not meant to be 100% accurate in its depiction, it is the buyer’s responsibility to ensure that the product dimensions fit their space and actual color/tone before purchasing.