The formal living room/parlor is one of the first impressions you get to make on your guests about what your personal style is and how you like to live at home. For the entertaining spaces in this home our client wanted chic, well edited rooms with simple palettes and lots of light. Their formal living room is exactly that with transitional furnishings and original artwork created by one of their daughters. The layering in this room is subtle but impactful. Metallic wallcovering defines the niches, sheer panels, a painted ceiling and an antique mirrored platform coffee table rest on a white silk rug. All of these carefully curated details have light-reflective properties. Editing does not equate to skimping.
Space is a resource that can be measured horizontally and vertically; knowing this can be your most powerful tool! Pick out tables, sofas and chairs that sit low to the ground to achieve that high-ceiling effect.
Always keep changes of weather in mind when packing, especially if you have long days outdoors planned. When packing for Memorial Day weekend, Trunk Club's Maggie Mee recommends some key pieces that are stylish and multi-functional. "For women, wide leg cropped pants serve as a trendy versatile base. You can pair them with a cami or knit tee. Fitted tops complement the wide pant leg. You might also think about swapping out dresses for jumpsuits this Memorial Day weekend. They're perfect for moving around a picnic and leave you feeling comfortable and carefree."
Shades of white and ivory add elegance to your living room. Don't fret about keeping your palette pure white: you can mix ivory and white tones and incorporate older pieces with newer ones in this way.
Traditional rooms are best decorated with layers, and the key to a well-layered holiday home is to fill rooms with a mix of interesting textures. The lush greenery of the wreaths contrasts perfectly with the nubby, woven fibers of the throw pillows while the merlot-toned flowers introduce new shades of red into the space.
Layers of light are as important to designing a welcoming outdoor living area as they are to indoor spaces. So, just as you might include recessed overhead lights, lamps and wall sconces in your living room, outdoors you can plan to brighten walls, landscaping elements and even overhead. In this project, landscape architect June Scott installed small directional lights in a large tree to create what she calls a “moonlight” effect. Additional fixtures graze the walls, “creating shimmering patterns.” She supplemented with candle lanterns around the perimeter — an easy and affordable option that works in any space, no wiring required.
Installing lighting on cabinets isn’t just a practical improvement. It can make the whole room glow, especially if you take a multi-directional approach. This kitchen features uplighting from energy-efficient LED tape on the top cabinets, and task lighting from LED under-cabinet fixtures on the bottom cabinet, both from Kichler. Kichler recommends dimmable task lighting for the kitchen so that you can make it as bright as necessary for doing prep work but dial it down for evening mood-setting.
How does the space look when it’s dark outside? Brad Groff of Wrightsville, Pennsylvania’s River Valley Landscapes says to include just enough light to safely get from point A to point B, then highlight certain features — such as small trees — with vertical lighting. Fixtures that conceal the bulb are best.
In addition to creative ornaments and garland, it’s also wise to add layers to a kids’ tree with unexpected materials. Here, small sewing trim styles such as gimp and strands of beads were used to add bulk to the tree.