Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Builder's Dream: Lounge Edition

I'm having fun battling the Builder's Basics and as you can see in this floor plan, we have a decent "living/dining" space on the main floor. 

I found out during consultation that ChrisB and Joe really don't need a formal dining space. Most "eating" will be done in the kitchen/ eat-in area and therefore, I got the go ahead to create a 19' by 12' living area with maximum seating for entertaining friends and family.  My plan is to divide the room into two zones: pale yellow is the lounging zone, while powder blue represents the living + media central.

For this chapter of Builder's dream, I am tackling the lounging zone.  Here is our builder's basic "lounge":

The couple love modern furnishing with a touch of nature, and this moodboard strikes just the right balance with options that satisfy both spectrums. 
Builder's Dream: Living Zone

Lets start with contemporary: the design direction is hip, modern, and edgy. Keeping in mind the lounge is connected to the entrance, I picked this yellow graffiti fabric from Designer Fabrics as the jumping off point. This beautiful fabric will be our full height drapes in front of the two narrow windows to serve triple purposes: (1) make the windows appear wider, (2) provide a colorful backdrop for our furniture, and (3) frame out the fireplace.

My plan for a cozy lounge involves two arm chairs and my pick is the Coco high back chair by Sarah Richardson for its classic sophisticated shape and yet playful appeal.  This well-priced and durable neutral twill from Tonic Living is perfect for our application.

To add more fun and wow factor to the chairs, I would use either the flatiron or ikat dot to wrap the outside back and side of the chair, as well as the "height" of the seat cushion.

Now if the couple would let me go wild, I may just go for these cheerful yellow options.

For both versions, pipping of the chairs will be in this white organic cotton.

We will also need a side table between the two chairs.  My pick is the classic Saarinen side table or this fun Noughchi Prismatic table.

As for lighting, this edgy orbit chandelier caught my eye and it would be the perfect conversation piece that also provides plenty of light in the space.

Now for a more earthy approach, this handprinted floral linen fabric stole my heart.  It will hang beautifully as drapes:

In this version, I will upholster the outside back and side of Coco high back chairs in this seaside inspired blue and taupe stripe:

This classic pattern is our fabric for the inside back and seat cushion.

Side table options between the two chairs will either be this fun cork stool from Design Within Reach or the pawn stool by Style Garage.

This organic pendant is made out of bamboo and it mimics the natural formation of coral in the ocean.

Now is the time to show you the common elements that work perfectly in both the contemporary and nature inspired designs.  A sofa will be placed on the opposite wall adjacent to the pair of Coco high back chairs.  This Klyne sofa from Crate & Barrel may just fit the bill.

This Landon sofa from Pottery Barn is a causal elegant alternative.  This soft grey upholstery grade fabric is durable, economical (yes, it is one of the fabric options), and it will blend in seamlessly with furnishing in both of our schemes.

Other possible neutral fabrics for this sofa include: (1) twill in stone and (2) herringbone in ivory.

We also need a coffee table to serve both the chairs and the sofa.  This Eames molded plywood table combines both style and function.  Since it also comes in Ash or Natural Cherry, it is certainly a lot easier to keep the wood tone consistent in the room.

I also have a soft spot for marble and polished chrome.  How could I say no to this  round marble top table from CB2.

A well proportioned rug will ground the space and group the pieces together.  This neutral herringbone with a grey boarder from West Elm complements all the colors and patterns in the space.  It will look great against the dark hardwood floor!    

My intention is to have one large rug running through both the lounge and living+media zones, so the two distinct spaces will read as one large entertaining space.  We can get three 5' x 8' rugs and have them sewn together or a trip to Carpet One for a ribbon bound custom piece is always a practical and economical alternative.   

To finish it all off, here are some fabrics love as accent for the space:


  1. Nice... thx for all the great ideas... I love the lights... maybe can do orbit chandelier one for the living room and the bamboo one for the fireplace side...

  2. Love that yellow graffiti fabric! Those will make awesome drapes. You pulled together some really nice selections. Can't wait to see the 'After' pictures!

  3. Truly love those colours! And love the Tonic website -- thanks for the link - I'm working on picking out some fabrics for our new space!