My parents are building a house at The Jersey Shore where they plan to spend their post-retirement years. It’s not so much in Snooki territory, but in a calmer, more peaceful hamlet in South Jersey.
After 9 months: progress! They are getting pretty close to their move-in date, and there are finally walls up and floors down so we can get cracking on the interiors. I’ve been scooting down there on weekends to see how they’re coming along and to lend my two cents (my favorite part!)
The biggest challenge in their case (and in any case where you’re envisioning a space that has yet to be built) was trying to get a sense of how the interior would come together, especially when they had only architectural plans to look at. So this summer, to give them a sense of how the end product could look, I took on the living room as my pet project.
I drafted up a floor plan and suggested furniture layout, and converted it to a perspective (below). I wouldn’t say I was given 100% free reign. My mom had some solid ideas of what she wanted (and excellent taste, I’ll add): a navy color palette punched up by a few accent colors, grounded by natural fabrics and woods. But it was fun to start with a semi-blank canvas. Here’s what I came up with:
My dad wanted a large sofa facing the fireplace, but I drafted up an alternative option: two smaller sofas facing each other, both with good access to the fireplace (OK, OK…TV). I always love this arrangement because it’s more conducive to socializing and doesn’t block off the rest of the room, which flows into an open dining/kitchen area.
We set out to pick a pale neutral gray paint color and chose Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams, then ordered the basics: the two medium length Carlisle sofas from Pottery Barn, a customized wide ottoman upholstered in a navy flame stitch ikat fabric, and we’re still all over the place with the carpet (don’t ask). We also chose a Minwax stain equal parts Jacobean and Dark Walnut for the floors.
As of now, here’s how it looks:
The floors will be stained this week, with furniture arriving shortly after. And I’m jonesing to make use of my felt furniture sliders (really important for protecting wood floors) and get the sofas perfectly placed. Once the pieces are in, we’ll think about side chairs, art work, and accessorizing with some “room jewelry” like lamps and sparkly things. Trip to Homegoods, anyone??