Budget Room Design: East Coast Casual Living Room
After spending almost two weeks in upstate New York recently working on a big project with Samsung that I can’t wait to show you, I got bitten by the East Coast bug. (Literally… I got eaten alive up there, but that is a different story). One of the setups we designed for the project was an East Coast inspired living and dining room and we had so much fun pulling it together that I thought a smaller, much more budget friendly version of that style would be a good one to pull together for the blog. East Coast style (or how I am choosing to interpret it) is all about a casual refinement that is inviting, comfortable and with some slightly rustic and handmade elements. Think washed linens, woven materials, hand crafted pottery and glasswork, and lots of blues, whites, creams and wood. Now we are speaking my language. So let’s pack our beach bag, jump on the Jitney, pass the rosé, and enjoy this East Coast Casual budget living room together. TGIF folks.
Sofa | Rug | Coffee Table | Side Table | Table Lamp | Floor Lamp | Wall Art (30″x40″) | Frame | Side Chair | Woven Stool | Mirror | Credenza | Blue Striped Pillow (Set of 2) | Blue Plaid Pillow | Throw Blanket | Wood Frame | String of Sea Glass Beads | Woven Basket | Blue Glass Bud Vase | Striped Basket
See what I mean, casual textiles, loads of wood, and a heavy dose of blue. I love this little room so much, it is just begging for you to kick off your shoes and relax in it. Let’s start with the sofa – shockingly this is not my favorite of the three setups but I do love the tailored look of the slipcover and the price point is very good for a Sunbrella upholstered piece. The sofa is able to be customized in a handful of different types of fabrics, but using outdoor fabric inside is one of my favorite things to do to help with durability and spills (cue small children smashing their sweet potato mash into the fabric). The rattan chairs are GOOD in person. We used them in the NY project and the scale, quality, and size is so good for that price point. You’ll also notice that we went with a rug with some variation in color and pattern in this version, why you may ask? Well because it hides stains and if it is in a heavy traffic area or say one that is going to get loads of salty ocean water and sand (like I dream this one would) it will be much more durable than a solid.
Sofa | Rug | Coffee Table | Side Table | Table Lamp | Floor Lamp | Wall Art | Side Chair | Woven Stool | Mirror | Credenza | Blue Striped Pillow (Set of 2) | Blue Plaid Pillow | Throw Blanket | Wood Frame | String of Sea Glass Beads | Woven Basket | Blue Glass Bud Vase | Striped Basket
Next up is our second version which we were able to get down to just under 3k. I mentioned that the first sofa was not my favorite, well this one is. I love the shape, the tailoring, and the look of it a bit more than the first, and the single seat cushion seals the deal for me. In case you didn’t know – single seat cushions means more seating, which I know sounds obscure, but no one wants to sit on a crack. So, for instance if the cushion is divided into two, realistically only two people can sit comfortably on it, but if it is one single cushion three people can sit “seam free”. I also love this wood and caned sideboard from Target and for that price it can’t be beat.
Sofa | Rug | Coffee Table | Side Table | Table Lamp | Floor Lamp | Wall Art | Side Chair | White Stool | Mirror | Credenza | Blue Striped Pillow (Set of 2) | Blue Plaid Pillow | Throw Blanket | Wood Frame | String of Sea Glass Beads | Woven Basket | Blue Glass Bud Vase | Striped Basket
Last but not least, the most budget friendly comes in at just under 2k for the entire look. We swapped out a lot of the major pieces but the credenza and accessories stayed the same and I am still very into the look overall. Now who has a beach house that we can come crash at for the weekend?
Let us know if you have any questions on any of the items or looks, and what style, room, or design you want us to create a budget friendly version of next. Have a good weekend.