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A Spanish Living Room

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Sometimes, just when you start to feel pigeonholed the right project comes along and pulls you right out of it. A year and a half ago I had finished a lot of mid-century eclectic projects in a row, which I LOVE, but I also love every other style (the good versions) so I was jones-ing for a change. Luckily Shana came along with her french-antique/spanish/industrial/country dreams, and a beautiful house that was a total blank canvas and I was as excited as a rider-less rodeo bull in a fence-less field. That’s pretty happy.

The only problem? They bought it mid-flip – meaning that the ‘flip’ was already under way and couldn’t be stopped (its complicated). It was going REALLY fast with what you can imagine to be not so beautiful builder grade choices. This house was a BEAUTIFUL 1916 Spanish style house and they were going to turn it into a faux Tuscan RHONJ monster. It’s the stuff you have nightmares about. The buyers (Shana and Brian) had very good taste and wanted an authentic spanish house with modern amenities (how novel, right?) and they didn’t want BS faux aged stone, and in fact, like most of us, were pretty offended by it.

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The problem is that (traditional) investors don’t really want the new potential homeowners to really slow down the process of their flip by having opinions. But they did agreed to let them have some say if they hired a designer to help them make good, timely and on-budget decisions. Basically the investor already had a contract with this General Contractor, so they had  to finish the house under the original budget and time. By the way this whole thing happened inside of Escrow so it was shaky and weird in general.

So here’s how it went down: they would show us the faux tumbled tile that they were planning on installing in the kitchen, and after we swallowed the bile in our collective mouths, we would say gingerly, ‘Well, maybe we could pick out some comparable tile?’. For the most part they agreed and if we did it fast enough and just covered the budget then they would install our choices. There were many things that weren’t purchased yet but what we wanted went way beyond their budget so we went out-of-pocket. It got tricky at times, for sure, but we all wanted the same thing – a beautiful house and fast.

Meanwhile the situation was even trickier –  Shana was in Atlanta directing a feature film while pregnant almost the entire time we were under construction and designing. She wasn’t returning until the film was over, only weeks before her due date. So her house needed to be move-in ready by then. It was a pretty hard out. In a lot of ways this was amazing – she trusted me and I had a lot of freedom, but then of course it was hard to do some things just from pictures and emails so we didn’t finish everything before she got back.

Six months later it was finished and it now looks pretty darn beautiful if I do say so myself. It was a case of the right client, with the right house, with the right budget with the right designer. The bones of the house are BEAUTIFUL, the layout is so great and open. There is so much character in this old house but now its all modernized with 2015 amenities.

So that’s the general background of the project. Geez, that was a post already. Lets get into it, shall we? First up … The Living Room:

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When I came in the walls were painted this insane avocado green, probably from the 60’s. The flooring was old, scratched and hadn’t been taken care of, but the wood was good. The living room was easy – just updates on the walls/flooring, add some lighting and we were done. That beautiful window with the stained glass crest was insane, and the beams, not to mention the doorway that you can see in the above grid of photos.  But the green made it feel really dark and well, nightmare inducing. Oh that crazy double vanity up there? That was what they were going to put in the master bathroom (because it was left over from another house). Luckily we stopped that.

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First things first: picking a paint color. Now, unfortunately this was before my current phase of ‘obsessively take photos of every second of the design process’, so I don’t have the photos of the paint samples. But we tried 8 different colors on top of the primer (not this green) and had some conflicting ideas but ultimately chose the same thing.

We chose Swiss Coffee by Benjamin Moore, which I was frankly SHOCKED by. Swiss Coffee is the color that so many flippers or landlords use because it’s basically a light beige. But in here it just looked so pretty and light, maybe because we refinished and stained the floors really dark. After painting and refinishing the flooring we got to work on, oh, just everything else.

So as a reminder, when Shana left town it was a big green torn up mess, and when she returned it looked like this – brought to you by my iPhone and NO THESE ARE NOT THE AFTER PHOTOS PLEASE KEEP SCROLLING!!!

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This room was to be the more formal living room. We didn’t have any tv’s to deal with this time, thank god. And because of the way it was laid out, we had a great opportunity to do two facing sofas, and we rarely have that opportunity to do that because how often are rooms that big?  These two sofas she purchased from Dekor (an LA store that had them made DTLA), they were custom-made but I’m pretty sure they were actually on the more affordable side (like $2K – $2500 each). Shana chose this blue performance velvet because she has two dogs, 2 cats and a toddler (now), so they needed something crazy durable. I actually would have gotten this fabric for myself if I hadn’t already had so many pieces of furniture in velvet.

Shana was an antiques dealer before she got into filmmaking (which makes her sound old but she isn’t – she’s almost my age) so she knew exactly what she wanted and where to get it and didn’t mind splurging on a few things. The Italian chandelier she bought from her friend, an antique dealer Janet Wiebe. And the big shelving unit was from Big Daddy’s.

So, the living room was live-able but not fully styled out. A lot of the accessories were hers, but we supplemented with antiques from the flea market and vintage stores.

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We threw in this rug (because I had hoarded it before it was in The Fig House) and we wanted to put something in here for her to come home to. So we kinda just staged this rug for now, knowing it wasn’t exactly right. We looked and looked for an antique rug for her but there were none that we could pull triggers on from afar (because every 10×14 antique beautiful Oushak rug is like $14, 000).

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As you can tell Shana had an extensive collection of antique french nudes that were STUNNING. The magazine nixed them as most magazines do because apparently some people in America think that this is pornography (but it isn’t) so just in case they leave it out. But you can see some of them up here and they are pretty darn pretty.

We certainly hadn’t worked out the pillow situation yet. Shana didn’t want to splurge on any pillows because she was afraid that her animals would just ruin them, so in these shots (the progress shots) it’s definitely not ready. The window treatments were by a company similar to Decorview – where they come to you, bring samples, make them and install. We did the whole house (which was probably 10K, but I don’t totally remember) and they are stunning. We chose to do nothing on that beautiful main window because there just didn’t seem like any real solution. They didn’t feel like the privacy was worth the window treatment, especially since this was more of a formal room, not their cozy tv room.

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We kept shopping for a rug and ultimately decided to just go for a 10×14 jute rug (I believe this one is from Restoration Hardware). In case you don’t know too much about sisal or jute here’s their deal; they are relatively inexpensive and can go with a ton different styles (I’m not sure which one we got but it could be this one and its $1995). Still a lot for a rug but try to find a nice 10×14 rug  for under $3k and I’ll congratulate you. If you find a BEAUTIFUL one for under 5k I’ll hire you. Of course the random beautiful inexpensive antique rugs exist out there, stuffed into thrift stores, antique malls and on Craigslist but if you don’t have years to search then you need to compromise or spend, unfortunately.  It looked wildly better than the deco rug. Just lighter, less heavy, more modern, etc.

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But we still weren’t done with the project, it was just good enough for them to move into. Shana had her baby, we took a break to let her live in her house, spend time with her newborn and figure out what worked and what didn’t.

Months later, we came in and finished all the loose ends and styled it. We shot it for the book and we took some pretty beautiful shots (these are NOT from the book – those are still top-secret). After shooting I sent the shots from the book to my friend Jami Supsic who was the new style editor at Country Living, and she said that she would LOVE to publish the house, but they’d have to re-shoot because they can’t have the photos of the book. So a few weeks later Country Living came in with their crew and styled and shot these beautiful photos.

P.S. I know that sounds confusing and you are probably asking ‘why didn’t you style it’?  The answer is two-fold: a. I was way too busy shooting/styling the book the week of this shoot, but that could have gotten moved I suppose, and b. I had just finished designing the house and then had just styled the whole thing for the book over two days, so styling it again 3 weeks later was hard. I didn’t want to make it better or worse than the book and it couldn’t be exactly the same as the book, obviously. It would be like finally being finished writing a novel and then being asked to write the last two chapters again and make it different without changing it too much. It just felt weird. So I figured that someone else should take over that one.

I wasn’t even able to stop by set, but I got the pictures the next week and was VERY relived at how pretty they were. They were different from how we styled it but not so different that It didn’t look like my work. I even liked a few things more. Once the book comes out I’ll do a side by side so you can see the difference.

Since it’s for a magazine they only took 3 photo of the living room I just cropped in on these photos to show you more information. When I reveal it in the book you’ll get multiple angles, I promise.

Here we are, the French, Spanish, Country Rustic living room of Shana Feste (and her family:)):

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facing chesterfields

Boom. Lets get into it:

We found that kilim and while it isn’t the perfect size for the room, with the sisal underneath grounding the whole seating area. These chesterfields are tricky when it comes to pillows. Part of me things they don’t want pillows or just 2 huge ones and a throw. Elizabeth styled them with a lot of pillows and I really like the one on the right (below). That little drum normally lives somewhere else, but its so darn cute (flea market). The coffee table we purchased at a store in the valley for something pretty cheap, like $250 or something. Shana wasn’t into the cement cowhead thing above the mantel so we put this painting instead, but I kinda think that the cow had the right presence. She’s from Texas and she has some cowgirl in her for sure. Meanwhile you can see that they got rid of the nudes. In the book version that you’ll see in 9 months, you’ll see the difference. The rug behind the sofa must have been something that they brought in for the shoot, but i like it! the coffee table styling is very similar to what we did – with the vase and the tray.

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Those huge industrial shelves are legit (aka, not repro industrial) and she purchased them at Big Daddy’s in LA (a beautiful store worth the visit if you are into the whole modern farmhouse vibe. I think we got the horse lamp there as well. She already had the collection of globes, vintage bowling pins and juggling pins, so we just supplemented here and there. But this was definitely more of a case of designing with what they already had, not just buying a bunch of random accessories.

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I found that ladder at a vintage store for $90 and I’ve kinda always regretting not keeping it for myself. Its black iron and just so simple and pretty. Its one of those objects that you can just lean anywhere, throw some vintage textiles on it and you are good to go.  And yes, we hung a painting under a window, and we all love it. It was one of the first things that Shana commented on, in a good way.

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We toyed around with updating the fireplace brick with some handmade Spanish tile but it wasn’t something that the contractors were interested in doing so it would have had to happen after they were done and logistically it didn’t make sense to put time and money there this time.

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There you have it. We have many more rooms to reveal – the kitchen, the dining room, the breakfast nook, the guest room, the master suite and the nursery. We are actually shooting more at the house this week so that we have more to show you than what was just in the magazine, but stay tuned …

If you want a sneak peek into the rest of the house and a timelapse video of how this one came together you can watch this video we did around the time of the install.

As far as resources go there really is very little that is new in here so its hard to really credit. The sofas were custom-made from Dekor, the rug was Restoration Hardware and the drapery was from a company similar to DecorView (sadly I don’t remember the name of the company). In case you want to get the look yourself we put together two boards – 1 high end for you fancier folk, and another more affordable one for everybody else.

 

 

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Look for Less Sources:

1. Blue Chesterfield | 2. Kilim Rug | 3. Wood Slab Tables | 4. Wood and Iron Chandelier | 5. Blue Pillow | 6. Kilim Pillow | 7. Taxidermy Bull Skull | 8. Drum Side Table | 9. World Globe | 10. Industrial Shelving | 11. Blue Blanket

Get the Look Sources:

1. Blue Chesterfield | 2. Kilim Rug | 3. Wood Slab Tables | 4. Wood and Iron Chandelier | 5. Blue Pillow | 6. Kilim Pillow | 7. Taxidermy Bull Skull | 8. Drum Side Table | 9. World Globe | 10. Industrial Shelving | 11. Blue Blanket

*All ‘before/process’ shots by me. All ‘after shots’ taken by Max Kim Bee (but cropped by me for more detailed shots!). Designed by me, with the photo styling for the magazine by Elizabeth Beeler.  Video by SharkPig

Check out the Reading Nook, Guest Bedroom, Master Bedroom, Dining Nook, Kitchen, Nursery, and Master Bathroom.

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  1. Those shelves increased my heart rate! Love. Unfortunately, I am Canadian so I never get to have nice stuff! So hard to find anything similar around here.

  2. i love a good velvet chesterfield, and this room has TWO! I got mine custom-made from CoCoCo Home (aka The Comfortable Couch Company), a quality, Made-in-the-USA company that was very easy to work with!

    Also, loving the rug-on-a-rug look in the final after shot!!

    Cheers.
    Jenn

  3. Absolutely beautiful! We have a large living room and I’ve toyed with the double sofa. I liked seeing that here. The natural light in that room is amazing. Great work!

  4. This is so gorgeous! I love your work regardless of what style it is, but my own personal style isn’t so much MCM, so it’s wonderful to see something in a different style here. I would move into this room in a heartbeat — especially for those couches! And that glorious, gorgeous window. ~covets~ I can’t wait to see the rest of the house.

  5. Great space. Is it weird that I almost like the “In Progress” shots better? But I usually go for a more toned down look as it is.

    Also, I’m LOVING the “Get it for less” portion of this post. Wouldn’t mind seeing more of that.

    1. Ha. yes to the ore ‘get it for less’ and thats hilarious about the in progress. The ones we shot for the book were more lived in, too. xx

  6. Beautiful! A gorgeous room, and looks like a great place to hang out. I am wondering about the little gold table that the horse lamp sits on. Is is metal, or painted? Is it new?

  7. Gorgeous room! This is so not my style and yet I am completely in love with it. It’s so beautiful. I also love love love that you did 2 different get the look options. Not only are they great for different budgets, but people with middle budgets can mix and match.

  8. Not only is the space beautiful but I absolutely LOVE how you crafted this post and included the price comparison at the end. I’m sure it must have been a pain but as I reader I LOVE it! Excellent!!

        1. Seconding the get it for more or less! Sometimes you just want a little something that struck you from the original post and you don’t want to spend ALL.THE.MONEY on it, and then, sometimes you do!

      1. Same! Love! One of the things I mentioned in the survey (together with others Im sure). Love that you thought it was a good enough idea to put your time towards, thank you.

    1. Thanks, Cathy! Its so funny to see what rooms are people’s favorites. I’m going there tomorrow to shoot the other rooms that the magazine didn’t and I can’t wait to see it. i love that room.

  9. Abso-freakin-lutely gorgeous. Also, I just bought a navy sectional and am having a bear of a time with rug options, esp. since our front door opens directly into the living room and the dirt def finds it’s way in. Jute layered with a smaller kilim? Perfect and affordable. You rock Ms. Henderson.

  10. Holy shit, Emily (can I say that?) I always expect a lot from you but this is insane. You killed it. Love everything.

    Definitely agree with you about the cow’s head. (What kind of Texan is she, anyway?)

    Love all the art – and the placement (under the window? Yes!) – including the sea captain portrait, who I’m glad is not nude.

  11. I love everything about this post. The room is so beautifully appointed and I particularly love the boards you’ve created with all the sources! More posts like this please (although obviously I love all of your posts).

  12. I love chesterfields but I always think of them as too formal for my more bohemian house, so it’s great seeing them here, mixed with casual rustic things and fitting right in. Beautiful job!

  13. Love this room and love your post more….you’ve put so much information and photos into it. I’ve wondered why sometimes you would see art pixelated out on TV now I’ll think hum must be a nude. One of the first things I noticed was the piece under the window sill as I did the same thing in my last apartment. I love art in unusual places. So, so good Emily thank you!! What a great idea for with the high/low purchases.

  14. I’ve been dying for a post like this! That room looks so good. I love the kilim layered over the bigger area rug, and that coffee table is killer.

  15. Thanks for sharing the backstory!!! What a nail bitter. Its great to hear a little bit of real-life “before the styling” stuff. Those decisions are crucial and navigating a strange client situation had to significantly impact the final product. Its lovely to see your hand involved designing and styling something besides MCM-ish.

  16. emily, this post is AMAZING. this is exactly one of the reasons I love your blog. thank you for sharing this amazing space and giving us some fantastic inspiration!

  17. Beautiful! I love how you are using colorful sofas…is that a trend thing? Or are people just choosing colors now to reflect their personality? What are you thoughts on colorful sofa’s… Blues, greens etc?

    1. its all about what is a neutral to you. i personally think that blues are never fail for any person or gender so in a lot of ways its a neutral. Now hot pink? Not so neutral. But yes, I think that colorful sofas are in style because they make a subtle statement while being more durable than beige or white.

  18. Awesome work! So much good stuff. Worth the wait for us for sure.

    Also loved the Orlando action in the video. It’s probably for the best you’re working more separately these days because your cuteness together is OVERWHELMING.

  19. Looks like everyone else has already said it – but amazing post, amazing design! I love that the “look for less” is actually still beautiful furniture and not a sad imitation that just makes you wish you had more money. I actually prefer the rug and shelving from the “less” side! Can’t wait to see how you’ve styled it for your book.

  20. Those painting are out of control! I would die of happiness if I had that many beautiful vintage paintings in my house. This isn’t normally my style but it’s so so good! Not sure if I missed it somewhere but is this in the current issue of country living magazine?

  21. “I actually would have gotten this fabric for myself if I hadn’t already had so many pieces of furniture in velvet.” – Add that quote to the reasons I heart you and read this blog.

    LOVE the pict under the window. Echo the Thank You’s for the look for less options!!! I’m so getting that rug if it’s not sold out.

  22. First of all, I love this room. But the main reason I’m commenting is to thank you for including two cost versions of the look. I am often discouraged when reading design blogs because it seems impossible to get an amazing designer look without either spending a million dollars or it looking super cheap. Plus, I live in the Midwest, and people here just do not spend their hard-earned money on things like couches, so even if I had the money, I don’t know if I could pull the trigger.
    So thank you, Emily. I really appreciate this detail, and I know it must have taken a lot of work to get together.

    1. You are VERY welcome. Thank you for saying that. Brady worked really hard on the look for less. There might be some that we don’t do that for because if its already not high end then it doesn’t make sense, but since this one was high end we wanted to give that option. Don’t you love that 10K ralph lauren sofa that none of us will ever own?

  23. I love your voice. That’s my favorite thing about you. Mostly I love how you style things. I feel like I have learned some stuff about styling from you but not sure. Hmmm. Now I see a lot of you in that style particularly the blue couches. You have a thing for blue and that is my least favorite color in decor but you do make blue couches look amazing. Currently you are my favorite blogger becasue of your personality and your pretty styling.

    1. HA! Thank you so very much. Thats hilarious about blue being your least favorite color. I can’t imagine anyone not liking it but its good to know that you are out there, so impressing you is even more satisfying. Thank you .xx

  24. Love love love the “Get this Look” boards! Thank for putting them together. Now I just need money for the high end rug. 🙂

  25. Just a note on jute and sisal with pets – they are impossible to clean. I think if I ever had a room this large I would have wool carpet cut and edged to the rug size I wanted. I have always been able to clean wool when there are accidents but all my jute and sisal [fortunately small ones] had to be tossed.

    Love the room and got really happy when the warmed up colors were added.

  26. Before I scrolled down to see the side by side affordable/fancier total costs, I was thinking ‘aw, man why do I always want the more expensive things? I just like them all SO much better!’ And then I saw that the column I thought was more the fancier version, was in fact the much, much cheaper one. Always pays to look around in all price ranges for sure!!

  27. Emily-

    I’m dying over the sconces. I keep seeing ones like these everywhere—where did you get them?? I’m on the hunt for sconces for my place. Love the layers in the living room! Good work.

    1. I’ll post about them tomorrow! Where i bought them from is now no longer in business but Brady scoured and found them. Stay tuned. xx

  28. Fabulous! I have a similar look in my 1930’s Spanish Revival living room. Found some amazing moroccan/eclectic accessories at De-cor in Pasadena (similar name, different shop). Can’t wait to see the rest of the house.

  29. Great work. Great post. By watching what you do while the job is in progress, we learn from you…tips, techniques, new ideas. I am grateful.

  30. Get it, mama! Love this. I like how it’s not the expected “midcentury eclectic,” but still not old-timey or Home Depot faux-chic (no disrespect to HD). Inspirational, for sure.
    In other news, I spent more minutes than I’d like to admit trying to identify the “California-cool style maven” from the magazine’s subhead. Shana’s unnamed roommate? Life partner? OH, Emily. Right.

  31. Great post Emily! Everything turned out so beautiful. The background story sounds soooo incredibly stressful. Nakedness is a dope thing…too bad some pieces were replaced for the magazine shoot 🙂

    xo-G

  32. Thank goodness you got in there on this historic house before the dreadful flippers did their tacky stuff..I call it RealhousewivesofNJ “style”, too..ugh, when is it ever going to go away? (and granite = headstones).
    I saw your photos of this house on your blog and then I saw them in CL and it did look different to me, so that explains it.

    1. Ha. thats what i said too? RHONJ, but maybe i should spell it out so that people know what i’m saying. its dreadful.

  33. I LOVE the cowhead, and normally that’s not my style at all. I can’t wait to see the rest of the house! (And the book vs these photos)

  34. Love your styling here! The “look for less” needs to become a regular feature. Annnd…I noticed the books all still had their covers. Since I just took all the covers off my books, I need to know if this is a new trend before I throw them away!

    1. Definitely don’t throw them away. it totally depends on your aesthetic and color palette. I keep them unless they are somehow jarringly popping in the room. But if you want a really low contrast room with softer tones then take them off for a bit and see how you feel. Don’t throw them away, you might regret. xx

  35. This is beautiful. I love everything about this post. You’re doing a terrific job, Emily + Team! I loved hearing about the decision making, sourcing, styling the collected/hoarded pieces. The picture under the window, two thumbs WAY UP.I also especially love the comparison at the end with high/low. Bravo! Also, loved seeing Orlando in the video! (and have to say his name like the missionary in the Book of Mormon musical).

  36. This is lovely! But what I really wanted to comment on is how awesome it is to have the “look for less” sources! I love lots of what you do, but a lot of times many of the items are out of my price range, so it’s wonderful to see simar items that I can afford!

  37. I’m a realitvely newbie to your blog, but you were my one of favorits in Design Star. Loved your glass house challenge. I just wanted to say, I really appreciate your honesty in your postings. It is really important to let us regular folks that mistakes happen and its okay to repaint or change things on the fly. I was reading some of your back postings on your kitchen reno and loved how,you talked about subcontractors not doing perfect work, or feeling like you paid too much for their work. Your candor is refreshing. Too many other bloggers give off this, everything is perfect vibe and we are all failures if we aren’t. So keep up the honesty and you now have a regular reader.

  38. Wow. Just wow! what a thorough and fascinating piece! i admit, i will probably read it again and again as we begin re-doing our new-to-us post-and-beam home in Mass. Though the style of the home here is very different, there’s a lot i want to draw from because you NAILED IT! Thanks for sharing.

  39. Good grief, this is stunning. Also – and this is not a ploy to get you to hire me, because I should probably stick to my day job – I must share a well-kept secret with you (and the rest of the world wide web, obviously): there is a place where you can occasionally score very large, decent-quality rugs less than $1K… And it’s the Anthropologie clearance store, here in my hometown. From what I understand, it’s the only one in the country… and it’s pretty glorious. It’s basically a big Urban Outfitters/Anthro garage sale. If you ever decide to make a trek to Georgia, please let me know!

  40. I can tell how much work went into putting this post together, and really, really, REALLY appreciate the “look for less” at the end, complete with pieces that look expensive and seem to be of great quality, and beyond that, are a real courtesy for readers like me who have always loved good design (I’m in design school for architecture, but have wanted to be an interior designer since I was three!) but for whom it is too often out of reach (student loans).
    Really, this post is complete in a way that no other blog I know writes posts, wholly and truly for the readers’ benefit. I’ve loved your work since Design Star and you keep getting better!

  41. Love a great chesterfield and you have two. They remind me of a great pair of jeans. I just put a denim colored slipcover on my couch. Maybe I should get it done in blue velvet someday. My grandma bought it years ago for a high price, but it has lasted 30 years and still is comfy. It goes to show investing in a quality couch is not wasted money. You can give it to your grandchildren.

  42. OMG OMG OMG THANK YOU for doing “get the look for less” to wrap up this post. I LOVE these. It makes a huge difference when this feature follows a real room, vs. a concept board. PLEASE keep these coming!:-)

  43. Yes Yes Yes! Big kudos to you on a magnificent job. Although I LOVE your
    stunning mid-century posts, it’s great to see your range. I’m also a transplanted Texan living in the SoCal mountains (part-time), and this room has the same flavor as our main living room (although we are not nearly as far along). With regards to finding a great value on a jute rug, I’m very pleased with the one I purchased from World Market. It’s cushy, a great shade, and doesn’t have the “itchy factor”. With my vintage tufted (navy velvet) Hollywood Regency sofa, redwood coffee table (that hubby bought in the 70’s), and massive stone FP (that I nixed “fixing” after seeing yours), the room is morphing into the eclectic look I love. I’ve drawn much inspiration from you, EH, and am thrilled to see the dialog you are having with your readers!

  44. I don’t have a chesterfield but a bit similar to it, and it’s a constant struggle for me to decided to put pillows/throw on it or not. I’m glad that you’re pointing that out here.. can’t wait to see the house photos in your book!

  45. The black mid-century globe in your “get the look” list is so beautiful! It would be great in my 1924 Spanish casita – I’m putting it on my wish list for sure.

  46. Wow – you totally and completely nailed this one. I love, love, love it! Also, that video made me so nostalgic for the olden days. Why can’t it be Emily + Orlando forEVER?! Last thing – the get the look low/high end is my new favorite thing that I didn’t even know I was missing. I hope that becomes a regular feature!

  47. i love your comments on how and why you do the things you do when creating a room and the evolutionary process involved that most designers don’t usually reveal, but is so interesting! I’m loving blues these days and want to have sofas in dark blue denim. You’ve given me so many ideas for my house. Can’t wait to see more rooms of yours.

  48. Love your blog. Love the makeover… love it all. But I’m wide awake in bed obsessing over the plant in the corner of the room. WHAT IS IT? It would work perfect in a sad little empty corner of my living room. Please enlighten me so I won’t be a zombie mom the rest of the week.

  49. I love this. A lot. I do miss the cow skull as well, but that’s the great thing about a home: it’s personal.

    When I saw these images I said “Oh, that’s so Emily,” even though it’s different from some of your recent work. 🙂

  50. Emily I just absolutely adore your work and often reference your projects for my own home inspiration. I was wondering if you could share the stain color that you used on your wood floors. We have original wood floors in our mediterranean bungalow from 1924, but they are a but too yellow for me. Part of me wants to go with a darker stain, but not too, too dark. Our walls are off white by the way so i think it would work. Thank you in advance for your reply! 🙂

  51. This is such a late reply you’ll probably ever see it, but this just made me a little nauseated. In a TOTALLY good way. My great-aunt Gertrude (twin to my grandma, Grace) had a very similar house in WLA — near Pico and Overland. When we visited as kids, I lust — LUSTED — after that house. I still dream about it. I think if I were ever to conjure a genie my wish would be for a house like this and the money to do it the way it should be done. No RHONJ crapola.

    Anyway, I love what you did here (I’m against the cow skull, though. I suffered through the 80s ). I especially appreciate that you used the things the homeowners actually had. That’s what gives a home a soul.

  52. Hi!

    May I ask what white paint and finishes you used? I am redoing a new home and want to freshen up the walls and trim with white. Thank you!

  53. beautiful room! do you happen to know what kind of wood is used in that coffee table? that color and shape is everything i want!