LARCHMONT BUNGALOW TOUR: LIVING AND DINING ROOM

The grand finale of this house tour is the open-floor-plan living/dining room.  When my client hired me onto this project it was because she'd tried her hand at decorating the space on her own and had gotten pretty stuck.


She'd made some good, solid design choices like the sofa, rug, and armchairs, but even so nothing felt pulled-together or cohesive.  It was a prime example of a space with decent foundational elements, but in major need of a vision and some serious styling.





That Noguchi-ish style coffee table, while great for some spaces, was not working for us here. Too many conflicting criss-cross shapes against the busy pattern of the run.  Instead, an oval upholstered ottoman now gives the eye some rest from all the pattern.


It's always interesting coming up with a solution for a non-functioning fireplace.  Candles?  Hurricane lanterns?  Stacks of books?  I found these metal orbs in the outdoor/garden section at Home Goods and sprayed them gold and I'll admit that I think it's kind of genius ...




That gorgeous, warm, rich-toned sofa table was custom made for us by local carpenter and furniture designer Taidgh O'neil.

The gallery wall and my whole process for creating it deserves an entire post which will be forthcoming, I promise.



(If I may brag for a moment: yes, my client is a tv producer, and yes, those are her Golden Globe awards on the media cabinet.  Just your run-of-the-mill ho hum shelf filler.  In LA.  




The built-in bookcase was such a huge missed opportunity in the room.  I love how a well-styled bookcase is an absolute game changer (I broke down the whole "how to" for you in this post, and rounded up some of my favorite bookcase inspiration photos in this post.)



First thing I did was line the backs of the bookshelves with textured seagrass wallpaper to soften all the white and warm up the room a bit (tutorial here.)


Look at the difference this styled bookcase makes in the space!






It wouldn't be an RBD project without re-vamping some vintage furniture finds. This was the beat up, topless credenza I found at the Rose Bowl flea market that became our window seat bench (I chopped off the legs to make it the correct height ... you can do that, you know!  I've done it with Ikea furniture too.)


Another cast-off got soft grey lacquer paint and brass ring pulls to transform it into a really beautiful and functional media cabinet ...


This little spool leg key table didn't require any touching up at all, it was perfectly imperfect just the way it was.



Interestingly enough, this was one of the pieces my client chose not to keep in the room. She couldn't totally relate to the mix of rustic and polished, old and new.  But I have to say that I really loved this little table in the mix.  It has a ton of character, adds texture with the legs and aged patina, and I think the light wood contrasts nicely with all the painted furniture.


The upholstered ottoman was a re-do as well ... it started out clad in pink mohair, of all things!


This vintage bamboo floor lamp with a raffia hex shade was a thrift store score too!  At first I was going to change out the lamp shade to a plain linen drum, but then I fell in love with it just as it is, a little different ...


And these brass console lamps!  To me they look super high end and expensive, but they're actually incredibly affordable beauties from Lamps Plus!  I gushed about them for an entire post when I first discovered the line.



Although it wasn't at the top of our budgetary priorities, the open floor plan meant that we couldn't really address the living room without including the dining room at least minimally.


Hanging a capiz shell light fixture and giant mirror served to open up that dead-end wall and bring in much-needed light.  The wall at the head of the table is still in need of some artwork which will come in time, but we did find the perfect abstract painting to hang above the bar that's tucked in the corner of the dining room.






And that's pretty much a wrap for the Larchmont Village Bungalow project!  I leave you with some parting "before & after" shots, because it's strangely satisfying to see the side-by-sides isn't it?  






Ta da!


SIGNATURE

SOURCES
RUG West Elm Knotted Diamonds Wool Rug
UPHOLSTERED OTTOMAN COFFEE TABLE custom Rosa Beltran Design
GLASS AND SILVER METALLIC VASE West Elm Metallic Honeycomb Vases
VELVET ARMCHAIRS AND OTTOMAN Ballard Designs Joselin Chair in Turquoise Velvet
CHAIR THROW PILLOWS custom Rosa Beltran Design
PAISLEY SOFA PILLOWS Pottery Barn (discontinued)
IKAT SOFA PILLOW custom Rosa Beltran Design
WINDOW BENCH vintage flea market find, restored in Benjamin Moore "White Dove"
WINDOW BENCH SEAT CUSHION done in Premier Prints Jiri Stripe Macon Saffron Grey
WINDOW BENCH THROW PILLOWS custom Rosa Beltran Design
METAL ACCORDION SIDE TABLE Urban Outfitters (DIY spray-painted gold)
BAMBOO FLOOR LAMP vintage
SPINDLE  LEG ENTRY TABLE vintage
METAL SUNBURST MIRROR Home Goods
GOLD METAL ORBS IN FIREPLACE Home Goods (DIY spray-painted gold)
GREY MEDIA CABINET vintage, restored with new brass ring pulls
FROSTED GLASS VASES ON MANTLE West Elm Waterscape Vases
DARK TEAL VASE ON MANTLE Home Goods
HARDWOOD SOFA CONSOLE TABLE custom made by Taidgh O'neill Design
PAISLEY BLOCK PRINT OTTOMAN POUFS custom Rosa Beltran Design
CAPIZ SHELL FRAME AND BOX West Elm Capiz Collection
BOOKCASE FILLER AND ACCESSORIES Home Goods, West Elm, and thrift stores
BRASS SEA URCHIN SCULPTURE DIY Rosa Beltran Design
GALLERY WALL PHOTOGRAPHS by Marc Royce
GALLERY WALL PAINTINGS vintage, thrifted

10 comments:

Brenda said...

This is fabulous. Love the entire room.

Emily Palmier said...

What a gorgeous room you created! The paint color is so serene. I love all of your vintage finds!! Bravo!

Lucy and Jenn said...

Wonderful job! I am especially in love with the Seagrams wallpaper in the bookshelf. What an impactful and easy way to add visual interest without having to knick knack the shelves to death.

theanatomyofdesign.com said...

gorgeous transformation! so much to learn from these photos!

Rosa said...

Many thanks to all of you for your kind words and for following along!

I LOVE to hear from you. It makes this all seem relevant to someone besides myself and my clients :)

xoxo

Kathy, NM said...

A++!!!

Lindsay said...

Hi, can you by any chance recall the source for the beveled mirror on the wall in the dining room? It's exactly what I'm looking for. Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

Hi, I love this room! I was wondering if you could share the source of the black frames you used for the art? It's hard to find very thin black frames. I've gotten from ikea but these seem to look thinner. Thank you, and I love your Blog!!

Pamela said...

Just terrific Rosa! A home run!

Anonymous said...

Rosa, do remember what color paint (name and brand) you used for the green walls?
And the white paint for the padded bench?

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