For my home tour fans out there, this is your week. You’ve gotten a little taste of our makeover of the sunset bungalow my friend Chloe’s house here in San Francisco, but this week we’re bringing you the full tour! We’re kicking things off today with the living and dining rooms. It is very hard for me to pick a favorite out of our made-over spaces, but these two rooms are making a very strong case. I’m eager to hear if you agree.
Above are before shots. Chloe’s living room started out very bland and a little dull. We wanted to brighten and enliven the room. And while we did consider painting her small-ish dining room a bold color to really make it pop, we went in a very different direction and I couldn’t be happier with the final result. Check it out below.
The after is just a breath of fresh air, don’t you think?! I’m really not sure if I could love Chloe’s dining room more. We wanted to create a beautiful, modern, yet beach inspired space. Hence all the woven materials. Our entire inspiration was born by Chloe and my shared obsession with Cesca chairs. There really is nothing better, but vintage ones are gonna cost ya. Thankfully, we found brand new, beautiful Cesca chairs at Oversock and they became the jumping off point for the rest of the room.
This room was another primary inspiration for Chloe’s space – we just needed to work on a smaller scale. We totally achieved our desired effect by adding a woven pendant above the dining table and placing a clean, modern credenza in an ash finish against the back wall. It really anchors the room. A credenza is great for offering much-needed storage and serves as the perfect display area – or spot to serve food or drinks when you’re hosting a dinner party! A classic Saarinen-style tulip table was perfect for the petite space.
A sweet trio of an Atollo-inspired lamp and a mix of ceramics hold court on one of the credenza’s corners.
While Chloe has many a collection, we kept the accessorizing of her dining space really minimal. I love the white on white effect with the clean modern ceramic bowls on her dining table. Her only job is to keep both the credenza and table from getting piled high with stuff, bu all the storage in there should help with that.
The stunning original artwork by local Bay Area art studio Mineral Workshop really draws you into this room and invites you to stay awhile. The diptych is actually made of hand-dyed fabric stretched over the frames. Swoon.
And then there’s the living room. You saw our feature fireplace wall in this post, but today I wanted to share the rest of the room! While not particularly large, Chloe’s living room needed to be able to accommodate friends, offer a cozy place to chill out and let’s be real – as any freelancer knows, you’ll be working from your couch more often than not.
The Noah Sectional from Rove Concepts helps us accomplish all of that beautifully. There’s plenty of room to spread out on that thing. We balanced the oversized sofa with more clean-lined, mid-century inspired accent pieces, including the glass and wood coffee table and swing arm wall lamp. They offer a refined counterpoint to the sectional.
The big bold moment in the room is the oversized original painting we commissioned from artist Nicole Mueller. Our studio tour with Nicole will be coming soon, but you can check out pieces she has for sale from this series right here. We pulled the colors from Nicole’s piece down onto the couch and added some cozy texture with a set of woolen pillows.
To offer a little more seating, a wing chair and grasshopper lamp sit aside our living wall, aka the fireplace. Another of the many pieces of Chloe’s personal art collection brings the blue tone of the couch across to this corner of the room.
To pull color across the whole room we created a place to display more art against the wall directly across from the couch (with a peek-a-boo view into the dining room). I love the effect of leaning and layering art. It adds dimension and texture. It also lets you swap out pieces to your heart’s content.
The white storage bench offered a neutral base for our display. We used a more mellow, pastel-inspired color palette for this collection. I couldn’t help but add that bold yellow and little pop of pink though! Chloe really does embrace color and I got into playing out of my comfort zone. The plants offer height and add more life throughout the room. We got all of ours from Leon & George in San Francisco.
You can find cool woven baskets to house large plants right here.
I love the acrylic plant stand from Overstock. It doesn’t take up more visual space and is quite cool.
I would gladly hang out in Chloe’s living and dining rooms. Combined they create the perfect space to entertain and the succeed in helping her 1940’s bungalow feel more young, modern and fun. Stay tuned as later this week you’re going to get the full tour of the master bedroom. She’s a beaut.
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To see how we used color throughout #TheSunsetBungalow CLICK HERE.
original photography for Apt34 by Andrea Posadas