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A Fresh Traditional Living Room: Project Concord Shingle Style REVEAL!

 

Yay! I finally have a new reveal for you. And, believe it or not, it’s a semi-formal living room for a professional couple in their 30sAKA, Millennials.

My clients sent me inspiration images of very traditional living rooms chock full of blues & whites, golds and merlots, brown furniture, formal window treatments, and Oriental rugs. They wanted a RETREAT and entertaining space for grown-ups, but durable enough a room for kids learning how to behave in a civilized manner.

 

I think it’s interesting how many couples in their 30s are now seeking dedicated grown-up spaces, after a decade of touting open concept living areas and forgoing things like living and dining rooms. I think it’s a not-wanting-to-clean-up-the-toys-before-sitting-down-to-cocktails type of thing. I KNEW they’d come around! 🙂

 

My aim was to “youthfulize” the style they showed me into something fresh-but-timeless for a young and growing family.

 

I went into the “before” pics and the nitty gritty of designing this room in detail in this post, so head over there if you are interested in the problems this space presented and the creative process we went through to address them.

 

But now, for the pretty stuff!

 

All images by Emily O’Brien Photography.

A Fresh Traditional Living Room: Project Concord Shingle Style REVEAL!

 

You see a peek of the ceiling light fixture in the mirror. LOVE!

ALL upholstery (chairs, sofa, settee, bench) were covered in performance fabrics.

 

A Fresh Traditional Living Room: Project Concord Shingle Style REVEAL!

 

I really wanted to go for unapologetically pretty and luminous color in this living room.

The pale beige paint from floor to ceiling just glows, and new millwork on the walls & ceiling adds dimension to the long low space. The ceilings are less than 8′ high, but the gorgeous floral glass flush mount doesn’t think the room needs to apologize for that!

 

A Fresh Traditional Living Room: Project Concord Shingle Style REVEAL!

 

The Federal style cocktail table is a lovely “brown furniture” addition. The inlay on it is simple, but so pretty, I didn’t want to cover it up with a lot of styling items.

The curved sofa fits nicely in the bend of the piano.

 

A Fresh Traditional Living Room: Project Concord Shingle Style REVEAL!

 

These chinoiserie panels are a youthful, watercolor twist on the traditional hand painted versions. The husband really likes these because they mimic the lushness of their backyard  — out the French doors is a veritable garden of Eden with decades-old 10 foot high rhododendrons.

 

A Fresh Traditional Living Room: Project Concord Shingle Style REVEAL!

 

This room originally had zippo light fixtures. Creating layers of light was imperative. In addition to the overhead flush-mount and lamp lighting, we added 4 double-twist sconces to distribute light around the room.

The New Hampshire craftsman-made demi-lune was one of the few pieces of furniture the owners had chosen for their new home prior to engaging me. It now has a fitting place framed by millwork and accented by one of the lovely sconces.

 

A Fresh Traditional Living Room: Project Concord Shingle Style REVEAL!

 

Formal silk window treatments don’t feel old or stuffy when you add a lucite drinks table!

These 4 bookshelves were a BIG styling job, as the clients really didn’t have that many books or decorative items of their own. We worked in their treasures and added some that fit their style.

 

A Fresh Traditional Living Room: Project Concord Shingle Style REVEAL!

 

While the clients would were very interested in using grasscloth on the walls in this room from floor to ceiling, they also have a cat.

Cats + grasscloth = climbing gym = lots of crying over messed up grasscloth.

So we used a tone-on-tone grasscloth inside the bookcases to add dimension and subtle shimmer.

 

The little vintage photo in the gold frame was of the house during the ’50s when it was fairly new.

 

A Fresh Traditional Living Room: Project Concord Shingle Style REVEAL!

 

I ADORE how this landscape plays with the custom pleated lampshades and the sky blue silk drapes. And a little leopard print pillow never hurt anyone 😉

 

A Fresh Traditional Living Room: Project Concord Shingle Style REVEAL!

 

Again — unapologetically pretty drapes.

 

My clients pay me for my designs, so I can’t link exact items here (well, the floor lamp is pretty common, so that one is linked 🙂 ). However, I put together a get-the-look with items you can access via retail.

 

Emily & I were able to shoot this and one other project during one wintry day up here. So, remember that when I post another reveal later this spring showing snow outside the windows!

 

fresh traditional beige living room

I hope you’ve enjoyed this reveal! Do YOU think that separate grown-up spaces are on the rise again? I hope so!

See you next Saturday!

-Amy

 

 

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10 thoughts on “A Fresh Traditional Living Room: Project Concord Shingle Style REVEAL!”

  1. Hi Amy—what a beautiful project! It’s clear how much thought and attention to detail went into this room, and the result it’s glorious!

  2. Fabulous room–you did a great job, Amy! I love the light palette with the darker furniture providing contrast. I’m sure your clients love it and will enjoy it for many years to come.

    1. Thanks, Diana! I love how “brown furniture” can really ground a bright room. I think my clients are very pleased 🙂

  3. Paula Moreshead

    What a beautiful room! I think you did an amazing job with a room that had challenges that many of us can relate to. It looks peaceful but not boring due to all of the pretty details you included. I’m sure you have some very happy clients!

    1. Thank you for your kind words, Paula! I think many people with homes built ‘40s – ‘70s have to deal with lower ceilings.

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