design from a distance: Tennessee cottage living room

Recently, I had the privilege of working with the cutest newlyweds as they settle into their new home in Tennessee. First up was the living room. The bride had a couple foundational items that we could use- a chair and 2 sofas. However we needed the items that turn a space into a room (in a short amount of time while not spending too much $). Since we were working from a distance, we used pinterest and email to shoot images back and forth of the "look" we were going for. This is always the funnest part of any project (other than install!). I love seeing how the client's ideas and my ideas come together to something that is a collaboration between the two. For this room, we honed in on soft tones, grays, light woods, organic elements like sisal for a rug, and light walls (we chose Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore). 

After we decided on the "Look" we wanted, we started by laying out the room and identifying the missing pieces. 

We prioritized the most important items in relation to our budget. We knew we needed: lamps, coffee table, side tables, pillows, rug, drapery. So we started playing name that piece.. I stuck to Vendors like West Elm, One Kings Lane, Ballard because the price point is so good! Also they allow returns and such just in case it isn't quiiitteee what we needed.  I sent this "design board" to the client to do the ole YAY or NAY. Thankfully, we had the same vision! So then we prioritized the purchasing into what was a "now" thing and what could be a "later" thing.  These were our NOWS:

painting / side table  / gourd lamp / pillows  / sisal /

and then our "later items": shelves / floor lamp / pillows

After some tweaks and then a couple weeks of shipping, we had all our items in! The sweet client put everything together and placed things in the room. I think she did an amazing job! When things were in place, she sent me these photos.

I love that they have already started to make the room their own- adding photos, antlers, candles, books, their PUPPIES ( bottom right! so previous) etc...You just know that this is a room that they can be them in and live out there first years of marriage! Thats what its all bout good design, great people!!  I love that in this project we were able to make changes that were affordable and accessible but still had a great impact. 


need some "design from a distance" of your own? email katherine@mhjinteriors.com