In The Mood: Modern Casual Coastal Living Room

I’m helping a friend redesign/rethink the use of space in her house.  She’s planning a major kitchen remodel in the next few months, but also wants to freshen up her bathrooms and give the other rooms a breath of fresh air. I’ve put together a mood board for their living room.  Like most living rooms it has to serve multiple purposes, in their case it needs to be: 1) a space for adult entertaining, 2) a kid friendly space, 3) a place for overnight guests, 4) a place to watch TV, and also 5) an office space.

The space is a good size and gets great light but is shy on storage and with so many uses for the space, I feel that every piece needs to do double duty.  So, here are my ideas for a Modern Casual Coastal Living Room.

Modern Casual Coastal

Clockwise: Rustic Modular Media Console from West Elm; Rattan Chair from Ikea;  Carved Coffee Table from World Market: Karnes Queen Sofa Sleeper from Crate & Barrel; Mercury Glass Table Lamp from Target; Rustic Storage Desk from West Elm;  Blue Diamond Ikat Storage Ottoman from Target; Havana Pillow Cover from Serena & Lily; Indigo Lumbar Pillow from Dara Artisans; Denley Floor Lamp from Crate & Barrel.

Why I did I choose these pieces? What I like about the Rustic Console is that it offers both open and closed storage, that way you can display some nice books, but put away the kids’ toys. The Sleeper Sofa is narrow at just 71″ but it has a queen mattress; the arms are slim and modern, but the back is high enough so that you can really sink into it. The Rattan Chair is light both in terms of weight so it can easily be moved around to accommodate overnight guests in the sofa bed, but also light in that they don’t take up a lot of visual space; this is important as you want to be able to easily see past them to the adjoining dining room and retain a sense of openness. The Rustic Desk serves as a console/sofa table, but has enough surface to act as a desk along with invisible storage for pens and papers.  What’s also great about the desk is that there is no shelf or support bar going horizontally across the bottom, that way these storage ottomans can easily tuck in. The ottomans then serve not only as additional storage for toys or blankets, but work as seating for the desk.  The coffee table is not so multifunctional, but I like the additional texture it lends to the room. Also, while I wanted to room to be modern, I felt it needed to be warm and approachable which I achieved by mixing materials, patterns and texture, while also balancing harder straight lines with curves.

I’m pretty happy with what I came up with.  What do you think?

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