Downtown Condo Mood Board


A client reached out to me wanting some help with her new downtown condo.  She is a busy professional, with little time to meet, so we decided to treat her project like an e-design project.  We did all of our communication through email and I provided her with a floor plan and furniture options that she could purchase on her own time. She wanted help with the main room of the condo.  It is a long, narrow space with windows along one wall and open to the kitchen on the other side.

downtown condo

The width of the carpeted area is 7’6” and we used a length of 14’6” to separate her living space from her entry space.  With such a narrow area to work with, we had to be creative with her options.  Here is the layout design I suggested to her:

living room floor plan

Placing the sofa against the windows will maximize the space.  It also allows for a nice open flow between the living area and the kitchen.  If she wants extra seating, I suggested a small chair in the foyer area that could be brought over when needed.

Here is the mood board with the specific pieces I suggested for her downtown condo:

downtown condo mood board

1.  The Davis Queen sleeper sofa from Crate & Barrel is a great piece to anchor the space.  I like this couch for its clean lines and nice shape.  (I like it so much that Andrew and I have this couch with a chaise in our living room!)  The arms are narrow, so it is a good fit for a smaller space.  It comes in a variety of colors, but I like the color here: Mink.  She does not have a guest room, so the sleeper sofa will allow her to hosts guests in her new home.

2.   This adorable tufted chair is an updated version to a traditional parlor style chair.  The tufted back and swooped arms give it a feminine touch without being overly girly.  The chair comes in a variety of colors, and picking something  fun, like Grape, gives the space personality.

3.  I suggested 2 ottomans instead of a coffee table for several reasons:

  • they are a good size for the space
  • they offer extra storage
  • they can serve as extra seating if needed
  • their tops can be flipped and used as trays
  • they come in a variety of colors (shown in: Smoke)

4.   A round side table helps to break up the shapes in the condo.  I loved the texture and size of this table.

5.   A media console with reclaimed wood and ebony stained surround is the perfect fit for a chic downtown condo.

Pops of color in pillows and accessories will give her condo personality and make it feel like home.  I love to mix and match patterns and textures in pillows, and these four will coordinate beautifully with the purple chair.

6.   The multicolor floral pillow is a great one to start with on the sofa.  Aside from the purple, it also brings in three other vibrant colors in the red, orange, and green.

7.   The chenille diamond pillow is perfect for adding texture to the room.  It also gives a nod to the pattern on the side table.

8.   Ikat is a classic Indian design, but the purple and red color scheme of this pillow give it an updated feel.

9.   Colorful medallions and playful fringe make this lumbar pillow the perfect finishing touch to the room.

I enjoyed putting together these ideas to help her create the perfect feel for her new home!

° Which piece is your favorite?

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With hurricane Sandy passing through, the weather has been gray and rainy over the past few days.  To brighten my mood this week, I turned to my favorite color for inspiration ~ Purple! purple

Tulips / Glassybaby / Lattice fabric

Purple can be used as the main color or as an accent color in any room of the house.  From soft lilac to deep, rich eggplant, there are so many shades of purple to choose from.  And purple isn't just for girls.  Read on for inspiration and to find out how to incorporate this lovely color into your home.

If you’re unsure of using purple, test the waters with a small room in your home.  A bathroom is a great place to start.

Light lavender, sparkly tiles, and a hot pink chair combine in this bathroom to create a space that feels glamorous and chic.

purple & gray bathroom


In this bathroom, a deeper shade of purple, with undertones of gray, is used on the walls.  A wooden bench used as the vanity creates a rustic feel and makes the room appealing to both men and women.  I love the use of the yellow sink that adds a pop of color and interest to the room.

purple bathroom


Purple is a nice alternative to the classic pink nursery.  In this adorable room, the varying shades of purple keep the room from feeling flat.  Also, using accents of yellow, turquoise, and pink is a fun way to bring other pops of color into the room.

purple nursery


Purple isn't just for babies though.  Paired with sophisticated fabrics (stripes & vines) and furnishings (ottomans & upholstered desk chair) this purple bedroom is sure to be a popular hangout place for any young girl and her friends.

purple kid's room


To take purple into the grown-up spaces of the house, try a sophisticated raisin color.  I love the mixture of the modern art with the traditional table and chairs in this dining room.  They combine with the purple on the walls to create a unique and inviting space.

purple dining room


In this cozy bedroom, the deep raisin walls serve as a neutral backdrop.  The rich color allows the golds, blues, and oranges to be the stars in the space.  Checkerboard carpet tiles help to complete the look and pull the room together.

purple bedroom


For this modern kitchen, the black and white color palate is warmed up by the purple walls.  The wood beam ceiling is a charming feature that also helps to keep the space from feeling too cold.

purple kitchen


Bringing purple into the living room or family room may be a bit riskier for some people, so here are a few examples to show that it can work for any family.

A barely-there shade of purple is used on the walls in this formal living room.  The space is filled with neutral fabrics, wood furnishings, and silver accents that work to pull the room together.


Deep periwinkle paint provides the backdrop for this family room.  The ocher leather chair adds a fun punch of color, but I can’t take my eyes off of the oversized wood chest that creates the base for a beautiful vignette.  (Caution: When trying to convince certain males that this this an appealing color choice, you may want to give it another name.  My brother-in-law believes ‘periwinkle’ is better suited for the name of a Care Bear than for a color he would be willing to have in his home. ;) )

purple family room


Here is another family room with deep periwinkle walls.  Like the chest in the room above, this room’s fireplace provides a rustic element to the space.  Soft neutrals, along with interesting accessories and artwork work together to create a room that any family would enjoy.

SR purple family room


º What is your favorite color?

Here in Richmond we made it through the hurricane without any major damage.  My thoughts are with all of the people along the coast and in the northeast who are dealing with the aftermath of this devastating storm.

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Color Trend ~ Gray

Gray has been a popular color for interior spaces for a little while now. What I have noticed recently though, is a new batch of colors that are being paired with gray.

colors to pair with gray

Soft, ‘sherbet-like’ colors and gray are a popular combination right now both for interiors and in fashion.

gray mint green & yellow dress


Gray & Mint Green

For years, the popular greens have had a lot of yellow in them.  This year though, mint green has hit the scene in a big way.  It is crisp and cool, and paired with gray it feels fresh and modern.

gray and mint green dining room


gray and mint green living room


gray and mint green bedroom


A few ways to use mint green in a room:

-          Paint a piece of furniture -          Use it as the accent color for a stencil -          Upholster one or two pieces of furniture in a solid fabric or a fun pattern

Mint greens to try:

gray and mint green paint colors

Gray & Coral

Coral is a fun color and can have pink undertones or orange undertones.  It is a softer alternative to Pantone’s 2012 color of the year ‘Tangerine Tango’.  Paired with gray, coral really pops and adds a sense of vibrancy to the room.

gray and coral living room




gray and coral nursery


A few ways to use coral in a room:

-Accent pillows, artwork, and an area rug -As an alternative to pink for a baby girl’s nursery -Fun window treatments

Corals to try:

gray and coral paint colors

Gray & Yellow

The combination of gray and yellow has been popular for a while, but it is still current and I do not see it fading away any time soon.  Adding yellow to any room instantly makes it feel brighter and happier.  It can be overpowering, however, so pairing it with gray is a good way to balance yellow’s intensity.

gray and yellow eat in kitchen


gray and yellow dining room


gray and yellow bookcase


A few ways to use yellow in a room:

-Paint the back of a bookshelf -Paint your kitchen walls yellow -Upholster dining room chairs or seat cushions in a fun gray and yellow fabric

Yellows to try:

gray and yellow paint colors

Gray & Purple

In my opinion, purple looks great with anything ;)!  Try pairing different shades of purple with gray – light lavenders will blend with gray, while deep, rich purples will really stand out and make a statement.

gray and purple dining room


gray and purple hallway


gray and purple living room


This is probably one of my favorite rooms that I’ve seen recently!  I think it was made for me ;): a lavender chaise and lamp, a grey chevron rug, and turquoise chair!  So soft and feminine, yet comfortable and livable ~ I love it!

A few ways to use purple in your home:

-Paint your front door purple – a grey house with black shutters, white trim, and a purple door = wow! -Paint a ceiling purple -Upholster a headboard in a soft, purple velvet

Purples to try:

gray and purple paint colors

Gray is a modern neutral that pairs well with so many colors.  Beiges and tans can still feel fresh, but if you are ready for a change, go with gray.

A few grays to try:

gray paint colors

º What color do you like to pair with gray?

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