Living Room Love

Designing a Comfy, Stylish, Functional Living Room You Will Love

With Christmas just around the corner and the thought of gathering with friends and family, I couldn't help but think about the important role of the living room in every home.  I mean, I feel like kitchens always get to be the star of the show being the heart of the home and all, but don't underestimate the importance of a functional, cozy, stylish living room.  A well designed, thought out living room will welcome family and friends,  and keep them comfortable during their visit; and in the end, will help you out in the entertaining department.

Designing a Comfy, Stylish and Functional Living Room...Comfort is Important!

One of the most important elements when styling your living room is making sure the furniture pieces you choose are actually comfortable and fit in the space.   "Looks may be deceiving" is not a review you want for your furniture.  Style without comfort is not functional. Invest in comfortable, well made, easy to clean pieces that properly fit within the space and your stylish living room will be off to a great start.

Designing a Comfy, Stylish and Functional Living Room...For Awkward Spaces

Every home has its challenges, sometimes its an awkward space that is hard to work with, hard to furnish and therefor hard to find inspiration for.  I love tricky spaces like this, it not only gives me a challenge as if I am solving a puzzle, but is also rewarding once the job is complete and the space looks beautiful.  In this space, angled walls, defining the living space, made it difficult to choose a sofa or a sectional, as many comfy sofas are over-sized.  With a little space planning, shopping around and trying out some furniture, we found the perfect piece that was not only comfy and stylish but it fit in the room and the overall budget as well.

1.Accent Table - Home Sense; 2.Accent Pillows - Wayfair.ca; 3.Lexie Chair and a Half - Leons; 4.Area Rug - Wayfair.ca; 5.Papasan Chair - Pier One Imports; 6.Ancha Reversible Chaise Sectional - Wayfair.ca; 7. Round Wooden Tray - Wayfair.ca; 8.Boho styled planters inspired by http://www.sfgirlbybay.com; 9. Bohemian styled wallpaper- photo credit http://www.barbraignatiev.com; 10. Macrame Plant Holders -  Modern Macrame queen Emily Katz

Designing a Comfy, Stylish and Functional Living Room...Large Spaces and Confined Budgets

Having a large space does not always make it easier to furnish especially when it comes down to the budget.  Bigger area equals more space to fill and for a living room, comfy sofas, accent chairs and lighting can add up quickly.  So not only is it about designing a space to feel inviting, look stylish and function in the way that it needs to, but all of these aspects need to fit within a comfortable budget.  Just like the outcomes of awkward spaces, large rooms with confined budgets can look amazing as well!

1. 5 Light Chandelier - Birch Lane (Wayfair.ca); 2.Fortuna Side Chair - Wayfair.ca; 3.Anamur Table - Wayfair.ca; 4.Atlantic 1 light wall sconce - Wildon Home (Wayfair.ca) 5.Modern wood slab side table - Homesense; 6.Saura Sofa - Loon Peak (Wayfair.ca); 7.Holsely Ottoman - Wayfair.ca; 8.Lucy Ikat Slipper Chair - Wayfair.ca; 9. Ellery Tufted Club Chair - Three Posts (Wayfair.ca); 10.Florian Hand Woven Natural Area Rug - Dwell Studios (Wayfair.ca)

Designing a Comfy, Stylish and Functional Living Room...Big Comfy Dreams for a Small Space

Small spaces with big comfy dreams are a possibility.  We used up every inch a space for this living room with a large cushioned sofa and a "sink into and relax with your favorite book" chair and a half.  A light warm wall color gives the space an airy feel, while offsetting the large furniture pieces, and a large modern farmhouse inspired area rug ties the whole space together.  Comfy, stylish and very functional.

1. Santa Fe Rusticos 3 Piece Entertainment Unit - The Brick; 2. Olga Grey Area Rug - Wayfair.ca; 3. Harriston Chair and a Half - Ashley Home Store; 4.Lexington Coffee Table - Wayfair.ca; 5. Meryl 3 Light Semi Flush Mount Light- August Grove; 6. Hannah Sectional - Mercury Row

Are you unsure of how to design your living room to make it work you and your family?  Style, Comfort and Function is what I do.  Whatever your design struggle is in your home, I can help!  Awkward spaces, small spaces, large spaces, or confined budgets I am up for the challenge.  Whether your just wanting some helpful tips and pointers or want some design assistance for your next project, visit my contact page or facebook page, leave me a note and let me know how I can help.