We all know guys like my recent clients: three bachelors who have been out of college for a number of years, but their apartment is still outfitted with broken Ikea furniture and family hand-me-downs. My clients had a very small budget for decor, but they knew it was time for an upgrade. So I gave them a quick and dirty living room overhaul.
When I design on a budget, I like to outline general parameters for the room without setting my heart on anything too specific. In this case, I wanted to create a sophisticated, but unfussy space, filled with natural materials and vintage accents.
My first purchase was a vintage leather couch on Craigslist for $400. I love the warm medium tone of the leather. We paired the couch with a grey loveseat, which we found at Target for $430. The tailored look of the loveseat is a nice balance to the informality of the leather couch, but the loveseat’s tufted back is still a nod to the traditional.
My next find was an antique wooden steamer trunk for $50 on Craigslist. It has beautiful detailing– leather and nailhead trim, brass hardware, and an old monogram– and the dimensions are perfect for a coffee table. Opposite the loveseat, I placed a pair of armchairs from Home Goods and a small antique table. I found the 8×10 rug at Tuesday Morning for $235; it adds some much needed pattern to the room. Lastly I picked up a few throw pillows to bring in more natural textures and pattern.
There is still work to do, but this living room has taken a big step forward!