AFTER // 1938 EAST COAST TRADITIONAL
While waiting for their new, ground-up house to be built, a family approached me to help decorate a few rooms in their rental property. They’d been living in their previous home for several years and wanted their temporary space to feel cosy and welcoming. The move would not only be an emotional one for them, but they’d be living here for at least 2 years during the construction of the new home. They wanted help creating a calm, relaxing living room and an inviting guest bedroom, located directly off the entryway.
THE LIVING ROOM
The timeline was fast, as the sale of their existing house was moving quickly, so we had to look for in-stock pieces and forgo any custom or long lead times. We looked to utilize earth tone-on-tone neutrals, with different wood species. The style lends itself to that classic California coastal look while the exterior features that classic, east coast, New England style.
The existing wall colour was a soft, creamy white, which we loved and kept. It made the space feel warm and highlighted the white painted fireplace and window trims. We added some black elements with the mirror and drapery rod to add depth.
The existing wood flooring is fairly dark, which gives this space a nice contrast against the light walls. We added a light colour shag rug which pops off the floor really well.
THE GUEST BEDROOM
In my opinion, the best way to bring life into any space is wallpaper. With this being a rental property we chose a temporary wallpaper by Chasing Paper. The subtle colour and pattern feels playful but not overwhelming. When it comes down to wallpaper, I’m more about 4 walls rather than an accented, feature wall. The only exception is if the wallpaper is really bold and would be too much everywhere and if the wall itself is a true feature in the room. Doing only one wall can often feel unfinished.
The guest room leads off from the living room, so we wanted there to be some cohesion between the two spaces. To do that, we married their similar colour palettes and used varying wood tones along with pops of blue. We introduced an earthy, rust-orange wallpaper, allowing us to highlight the same color in other decor items.