Finishing this LR

zeitgastJune 17, 2014


Just got the art on the wall and the furniture delivered for the beach house. Now I need to finish the room. It's pretty small like 12' x 16' space in an open concept room.

Area Rug:
Was thinking about jute/sissel/seagrass type rug but i know they can be hard to clean etc. Any suggestions for an alternative? Accent colors are like those throw pillows or anything in the painting. Stripe chairs seem to be dictating a more neutral rug which is why I though natural fiber. Looked on and lots of other places but not seeing anything that works. Suggestions and pics would be great.

Do I go with a console table behind sofa? End tables? Coffee table? Table between the chairs?

If I go with a console table was thinking about putting two lamps back there. Alterantively maybe a tripod wood floor lamp.

Right side of pic:
What to do with that wall (if anything). seems a bit out of balance with window to the left

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Ooops forgot to post the rug i was considering. Its from West Elm BTW

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 10:58AM
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I LOVE your space and what you have so far!

I would add the you posted and maybe a muted pattern smaller rug on top?

I would add side tables (round) with lamps on either side of the sofa. I would add a table and lamp in between the chairs. I think a nice square tufted ottoman with some tapered legs would look great in your space. Also, Maybe a nice green potted tree to the right of your sofa for balance with the window?

I know these are far from your colors but I think they do a nice job of layering rugs in this home.

Rustic Living Room by Charleston Interior Designers & Decorators Alix Bragg Interior Design

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 11:28AM
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Seagrass is super easy to live with. It basically repels dirt and any spills. I've had it for years under table where we eat all our meals. I bought mine at natural area rugs and am very happy with it.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 11:48AM
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Have you considered an indoor-outdoor rug? I like the Dash and Albert Cleo Blue, or something similar to pick up the blue in your room.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 12:48PM
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Indoor outdoor is the way to go, when they get soiled you take them outside and clean them. You'll need end tables and a coffee table. I'd look for light natural wood for those, even a driftwood color would work. Look on I'd keep the lamps organic like stone or natural materials. Will you be adding window treatments? If so I'd only do a very gauzy one.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 2:50PM
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A large tripod floor lamp would help balance the other end of that wall :)

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 4:50PM
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I love your space and can't wait to see more! For the blank wall i would put a vintage window frame with mirror glass to mimic your real windows.

    Bookmark   June 17, 2014 at 5:15PM
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artillery thanks never thought of layered rugs. hmmm that could bring some color in without being too overbearing

nosoccormom thanks for the website suggestion-- great stuff on there.

suero i am impressed with your photoshop skills. Indoor/outdoor rug makes a ton of sense. We get a lot of sun in the room and i was concerned about fading (chairs are actually Sunbrella for that reason). Dash and Albert has great stuff. Been trying to avoid white in a rug b/c the kids are already making a mess of the slipcover sofa (at least its a slip cover). Wondering if that is still a concern with indoor/outdoor???

yayagal i got some great stuff on easy and agree that organic is the way to go. not putting window treatments on the sliders but will be putting in simple looking light filtering roller shades on the windows. Agree on the end tables but not sure yet on a coffee table-- was thinking glass top with a driftwood base but the kids will make a mess of that and i am concerned about safety. Aktillery's ottoman suggestion might be a good call. It is a small space so not wanting to overcrowd it.

errant and tannatonk like the ideas for the blank space thanks

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 7:20AM
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Consider a striped carpet & separating the artwork above the sofa.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 11:55AM
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thanks Beverly I tried a bunch of art layouts but not that one-- looks better thanks!! Was concerned about too many stripes but that actually looks interesting hmmm. Really appreciate you mocking that up too it helps to be able to "see" it

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 1:28PM
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i think the art should come down until you're settled on what else goes in there. it feels very tight ...not really something i want in a beach house. i don't think the arrangement works... sorry.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 2:07PM
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Maybe consider a seagrass woven coffee table for in front of the sofa.

Could you tell me who's sofa you decided to purchase? Looks very nice in the room.

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 3:51PM
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thanks kateskouros i get what you mean and do sincerely appreciate the honest opinion

good idea (again) Beverly thx

tannatonk you can see the kitchen-- just posted on kitchen forum (link below)

Here is a link that might be useful: kitchen

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 5:33PM
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Gorgeous room -- and your kitchen is totally fantastic!! :)


a)Right-hand-side of the sofa: Add a tall white cabinet (shelves and a closed door cabinet on the bottom) If you can -- wire through a puck light at the top .... useful for a bar ...

b)Left-hand-side of the sofa: Small white cabinet with lamp that could be seen through the small window and the doors .... very charming at night

c)Between two chairs: White-painted vintage cabinet (like the ones in the seventies) with a lamp (fish the wire under the area rug)

d)I do like the rugs from Dash & Albert ....just be sure to get one that is large enough for the whole seating area (if you want to test out a size -- simply create a "rug" with open newspaper pages ....

    Bookmark   June 18, 2014 at 5:49PM
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