Caitlin’s Living Room Update + A Burning Question: What Are You Supposed To Put in A Corner?

No person places Child in a nook – besides me, as a result of I AM A GIANT BABY and I’m actually caught in a nook. Two months in the past, your feedback and suggestions helped me work out the structure for my pass-through eating room (THANK YOU), so in the present day, I’m coming in sizzling with an analogous, seemingly simple-to-answer query: WHAT THE HECK DO YOU PUT IN YOUR CORNERS? Or, extra particularly, what the heck ought to I put within the corners of my front room?

As a continual over-thinker who has spent an excessive amount of time observing these partitions (actually, in a “I didn’t go away my condo for months at a time throughout quarantine” approach, but additionally figuratively, in a “all I do is copy and paste furnishings into Keynote to see the way it appears collectively in an try and think about it on this area” approach), I may use one other set of eyes. Or like, a whole lot of 1000’s of units of eyes. EVERY EYE HELPS. However first, let me get you acquainted with the “earlier than”…

WELCOME TO MY LIVING ROOM. These are the unique Craigslist itemizing pictures, however I feel it’s useful to see an empty area so you may actually think about the place the items I’ve sourced to date shall be going. (I additionally thought this condo was a whole rip-off once I first noticed the advert, BTW – it was under market price, had been sitting on Craigslist for over a month, and the copy was crammed with issues like “***LARGE PRIVATE GARAGE***” – asterisk emphasis theirs, for the document – together with a single sentence that learn “Cedar Closets and A great deal of Kitchen Cupboards.” I nonetheless can’t imagine it’s actual and that I used to be the one one who needed to dwell right here – I lucked out, proper?!)

Architecturally, the area is type of a dream – it’s 14′ huge by 20′ lengthy (!!!), with a 5′ window to the entrance, a phenomenal fire (wait til y’all get a closeup within the reveal) flanked by two great-sized home windows, beautiful old-school molding, PLUS a huuuuge walk-in closet. Thus far, my solely issues have been issues like, “it’s too large for me to embellish shortly with out declaring chapter” and “the home windows are big,” that are fairly freakin’ nice issues to have.

You’ll be able to see a bit extra into the eating room right here, and that door on the left is the aforementioned walk-in closet – it’s really nearly structurally similar to Erik’s, besides mine is “ugly” and “crammed with junk” and “not anyplace near being as lovely as Erik’s, why would you even power that comparability on your self?” However as a result of this complete area is pretty open idea (for the Nineteen Thirties, at the very least), I’ve actually been making an attempt to dial within the design so each rooms can exist harmoniously. Final yr, I landed on a descriptor that’s been an incredible north star, although: DISCO DECO.

My aim right here is ’30s-meets-’70s – assume glam lucite and leopard-meets-classic brass and leather-based. I wish to embrace the deco roots of my constructing (like these unique sconces above the hearth – SO GOOD, proper?), however I additionally wish to stability and modernize among the busier deco parts with clear, easy, geometric strains. It’s been a complete labor of affection – I’ve been saving for and slowly gathering these items since August of 2019! – however I’m excited to point out you what I’ve gotten to date. READY???

Paint Shade | Vinyl Storage | Bookshelves | Swivel Chairs | Rug

WHERE DO WE EVEN START? The bookshelves had been the very first thing I purchased after shifting in – I needed to replenish the wall between the entrance door and the closet, and I’d additionally at all times dreamed about having my very own wall of books. (Plus, I had to make use of that CB2 coupon that you just get if you change your tackle with USPS – the financial savings are TOO good, you understand? They’re additionally over $100 off proper now, simply as an FYI.) The steel valet was a fortunate $100 discover from Luxe Midcentury (the NICEST man within the biz!); the tubular lucite espresso desk was a late-2019 rating from AES of LA (you may learn extra about them, and my different favourite secret classic sources, proper right here!); the Nineteen Sixties spring ground lamp was a quarantine discover from Lackluster Co. (unimaginable choice with truthful costs!).

My design progress stalled for some time (or, uh, a yr – was busy making an attempt and failing to purchase a home advert nauseam, bear in mind? Right here is the place we left off on that) till I discovered this Eighties leather-based couch on Instagram in March of 2021. It was approach out of my worth vary and I begged Blair, the person behind Modtiques, to carry it for me whereas I saved up…and in October of 2021, after 7 months of scrimping, it was lastly delivered to my home. I’ve forgotten and/or blocked out how a lot it value (most likely the latter, TBH), however I thiiiiink that it was a bit over $4k together with delivery – it’s by far the costliest factor I’ve ever purchased myself and I’m nonetheless pleased with myself for determining how you can make it occur!!! (I love it despite the fact that all of my mates name it the “sizzling canine couch.” It’s a pleasant place to relaxation my buns, at the very least :))

Progress picked up once more this yr when I discovered these Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams swivel chairs. I knew I needed upholstered chairs in right here and was on the hunt for one thing in Sunbrella (I do know individuals normally consider it as an outdoor-only possibility, but it surely’s the one upholstery cloth I’ve discovered that may maintain as much as my cat’s claws) and BOY, these chairs match the invoice. The size is nice (these are a bit petite – I’ve a bizarre and unexplainable factor about big chairs), the strains are clear and particular, and I really like the 70s really feel of the wood bases (I went with “pure,” however there are a ton of finishes accessible). The Room & Board media cupboard was my most up-to-date discover and it’s going to accommodate my vinyl assortment – the peak is PHENOMENAL (guys, it slides in completely under my tremendous low window!!!!), it’s completely heirloom high quality, and I really like how the white oak talks to the chairs. I’M SO EXCITED. Let’s discuss that paint choice actual fast, yeah?

I examined 5 pink swatches from Sherwin-Williams – Alyssum, Innocence, Charming Pink, Intimate White, and Romance. (I used my ColorReader and my wallpaper to assist me slim it down – it’s AWESOME.) Romance is presently the front-runner – it reads a bit cooler in my eastern-facing area than it does on the web, which I really like. That mentioned, I’m planning to color final after I see how all the things appears collectively – I’m nonetheless determining my rug and curtain state of affairs, so I don’t wish to completely lock myself into pink partitions within the occasion that I’d fairly go for a pink rug or pink curtains. (I’m about 80% certain that I’ll be choosing the fake disguise above, although.) In any case, I’m actually enthusiastic about combining these tremendous “female” parts (pink, lucite, curves) with extra “masculine” touches (pure wooden, clear storage, leather-based) – it’s going to be a ~Disco Deco~ CELEBRATION in right here. 🙂

Now that you just’ve gotten the complete replace, let’s discuss structure – that is the place I want your assist probably the most (I feel, at the very least!). Right here’s what I’m planning on proper now – I’m feeling a bit stumped as I’ve by no means had an area sufficiently big to drift furnishings earlier than, and now I’m not, uh, completely certain…like, what’s speculated to go round the floating furnishings?

First, some scale references (in case you care – if not, skip forward!!!): the bookcases prolong 12″ off the wall, there’s a ~3′ walkway between the shelving and the seating space, the couch is about 7′ lengthy, and there’s a bit over 2′ between the hearth and the couch. The three.5′ spherical espresso desk shall be pretty centered with the hearth, and each chairs can have a pleasant quantity of respiratory room (as a result of once more, I’ve a bizarre factor about chairs with respiratory room for causes I don’t perceive). I’m additionally planning to seize a cute classic coatrack for the area behind the entrance door – there’s about 21″ to play with again there, so I hope to seek out one thing candy and attention-grabbing (like with all issues classic, I’ll understand it as soon as I see it :)).

My issues, although, are the 2 corners – each have about 3’x4′ of wall area that I’d like to make use of for, nicely, one thing. I don’t essentially want extra storage, but it surely additionally feels awkward to put extra seating behind the principle seating space (except that isn’t bizarre?). Listed here are all of the issues I’ve thought of:

  • A Work Setup: That is really nonetheless my frontrunner and it’s one thing I nonetheless actually wish to transfer into this area. I’m hoping that the eating room – and its new structure, due to your recommendation! – will now be an area for nighttime enjoyable and spending time with mates, and never a spot for me to be making Zoom calls and writing weblog posts in at three within the morning (I’ve the weirdest inside clock, y’all…and like, what else is there to do if you’re up that early?).
  • One thing Sculptural: I’ve a lead on considered one of these wicker bikes (and it’s in my worth vary!), but it surely’s additionally a ~ 4-hour drive away. My issues right here: I nearly really feel like I must be on the lookout for one thing taller – does all the things on this aspect of the room really feel a bit low to you, too? I additionally fear about too a lot wooden – I really feel like a necessity successful of black.
  • One thing Massive and Sculptural (That You Appear to Not Love): Yeah, I’m speaking about that vast pencil reed wine bottle cupboard from my final put up. It’s been faraway from Chairish (tragic) but it surely’s nonetheless accessible on Instagram (#blessed). I do know it’s bizarre and I don’t have sufficient saved as much as purchase it proper now, however it could technically slot in a nook…
  • A Recreation Desk + Small Chairs: I don’t know when this began, however I’m newly OBSESSED with the concept of sport tables. I don’t assume they’re a development but, however I feel they’re about to be. I’d need one which’s rather less fussy, although – making an attempt to maintain it clear and easy in right here!
  • Crops: Right here’s the factor – I really like vegetation and I was a biiiiiig plant gal, however I journey an excessive amount of to maintain them alive and I’d fairly not pay for a plant sitter at this level in my life. Perhaps sometime, although?
  • A Storage Cupboard: I’m nonetheless in love with this piece that Julie selected for the Velux mission, however I feel it’d be a bit scene-stealing on this area with the black AND the wooden AND the glass AND the brass…however perhaps one thing with an analogous form and a extra uniform end could be good?
  • ???: What would you set right here? I feel the rationale I really feel so caught is as a result of I don’t even know what I would like or what I’m on the lookout for – it’d be rather a lot simpler to determine if I had some course, you understand?

Right here’s the place I’ll go away you – 2020 pictures of my condo that had been, uh, probably not speculated to go on the web (although perhaps the stuff on the ground and cleansing provides actually gave that away, huh?). This facelift is presently in progress – it’s trying rather a lot completely different in right here nowadays – and the reveal is coming THIS YEAR…as soon as I work out these freakin’ corners, at the very least!!! Any ideas? Feedback? Recommendations? New concepts? I’M ALL EARS (as a result of I want the assistance – and perhaps you’ve some nice recommendation for different individuals battling this design conundrum, too). Glad weekend, LET’S CHAT? xx

Opening Picture Credit: Design by Barrie Benson | Picture by Anna Routh Barzin | by way of ISUWANNEE

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