I want that chic living room and everything in it!
Ahhh… but just one problem. We don’t have 50,000 bucks+++ to spend on one living room!
But, I want a beautiful home!
Bette R Deel
Well… I hear ya. But first of all… YES! I have seen that gorgeous spread. I truly adore One King’s Lane. But full disclosure, because it’s the law. It is, even though many don’t adhere to it. I must disclose that I am an affiliate of One King’s Lane.
But I only promote brands that I love, that I would use in my own home and/or specify for clients. I’ve purchased many items for myself from OKL and have been very impressed with the company. So, I am proud to represent them.
Now that we have that out-of-the-way.
Let’s first take a look at Debbie Propst’s gorgeous, very chic living room!
I do love this room! But I will be honest because someone slipped me some sodium pentothal.
What’s doing (that’s what they say here in NY) with those drapes? The fabric is very pretty, but these are obviously not custom drapes– not even lined and don’t look up to the level of everything else. I swear. It looks like the stylist, who did do a fabulous job, ran out to Bed, Bath and Beyond because they needed something on the windows!
I’ll forgive them. The over-all effect is stunning!
I love this chic tuxedo style Cara sofa from Brownstone
In fact, I love it so much that coincidentally, I used it for one of my design boards for the Laurel Home Paint Palette Collection which comes with the Laurel Home Paint Color Collection. You can read more about that here. The product is nearly 500 pages of paint info! And included are links to all of the sources! (retail and wholesale) 40 of these boards!
But, where Bette is concerned, the sofa comes with a pretty hefty price tag of $4,800.00. That is not out of line, certainly, but probably not going to work for her, on a tight budget.
Still… I know. I know… it’s a lot for many of you to swallow.
Another brand at One King’s Lane that’s caught my attention in recent months is that of Robin Bruce. This upholstery line is manufactured by Rowe Furniture. They make a quality product in a low high-end range.
As many of you know, the English Roll Arm sofa is the most popular one of them all. It’s an enduring classic. And what I love about it, too is that it can go casual or more formal depending on what else goes with it.
The Brampton sofa above and below is nicely priced at $1,995.00. It has great proportions and styling as well.
If you want a skirt, this slip covered sofa by Robin Bruce, The Bristol is one of my favorites. It’s a little more money at nearly $3,200 but I think very well-worth it.
Please always check measurements before ordering sofas, especially!
Did you know that One King’s Lane has interior design services? In truth, I know nothing about it. But everything about this brand spells class to me, so I am assuming that extends to the design help. This is a relatively new service. You can read more about it here.
Moving along with our chic living room design. Or I should say down, to the floor is the foundation for our room, the rug.
The rug above is no longer available but you can find a lot of gorgeous rugs here.
That is not a bad price for that piece. It’s a decent size. In fact, I rather like it the proportions. 8 x 10 and 9 x 12 rugs are often interchangeable, so one way to save money is to go a little smaller.
But it’s a big chunk, for sure. One option is to go even smaller, say a 6 x 9 or 5 x 8 and then layer it with an inexpensive sea grass rug. (you can see what I’m talking about in that post)
Another option is to go to another favorite budget-friendly source – Overstock.com
Let’s head over to the rug department to look for a classic, chic living room rug
I found quite a few for under $3,000. I realize that for many 3k is still very steep. But one thing I feel strongly about is to buy for the long-term. A fine Oriental is a great investment. These pale Oushaks and other Oriental styles are timeless and can work in a multitude of situations.
One thing that’s very important. More than just about anything else, Oriental rugs are next to impossible to photograph. There’s always a light side and a dark side and in some rugs this is more pronounced than others. It is not a defect, just the way they are. It’s the same as a nap on velvet.
So, be super careful. I would not order online unless they have a policy that the rug may be returned within X number of days. You don’t want to get stuck with a pink rug that you thought was a golden cream.
Only $1,464.00!!! That’s more like it.
By the way. I have not seen this rug in person. I cannot vouch for the quality. It certainly looks wonderful here. I recommend contacting the vendor, if possible. Many times they can send you some real life images. If not, then I would move on…
Moving on to the side tables
I could not find Debbie’s tables. They are cool, but One King’s Lane has lots of wonderful side tables in all different styles and materials. And many are quite affordable.
These Edie Bronze Nesting Tables are only $525.00 for the set of two. They are classic and pretty, I think.
Now we need a table lamp.
Debbie Propst’s lamp is gorgeous and in perfect scale.
The Pacific Beach Lamp is exclusive to One King’s Lane from Bradburn Home. I love its classic shape.
We could jazz it up with this classic 1-3/8″ Greek Key Trim from M & J Decor at eight bucks a yard (two yards should do it for two lamps) around the lower edge of the lamp shade. This will make the lamps look completely custom which translates into expensive looking. Oh, and this trim comes in a zillion colorways!
I’m also loving this charming Artichoke table lamp from Regina Andrew. So pretty and it’s only $275.00. I think that it looks more expensive than that.
I also love this Chang Table lamp from Visual Comfort. There’s a question about the size. It might be a little small for a table lamp and better for a piece that’s taller. Always double-check these things before ordering.
I’m going to end this today and continue on Sunday. There is still a lot to cover with more terrific sources and some ideas for getting an expensive looking room without a hefty price tag.
I realize that someone is going to say something like: “I did my entire living room for $1,500 by going to tag sales and flea markets… and it’s definitely chic, Laurel.”
I’m sure that it is. :] And anyone who can pull that off has my vote of approval. But please know that you are in the vast minority of folks out there. Most do not have the time or patience to wade through the muck to get to the great stuff.
Many can’t visualize how it’s all going to come together.
And then one could find the perfect ________ but it’s the wrong size. Wrong color and fixing it would make it too expensive.
Some may recall a while back when I said that to do a nice living room it’s going to cost at least 20k. Someone lambasted me recently for that. Haha. I told some colleagues and they had a very good laugh because most of them are shocked that I’m putting out a figure as low as 20k!
Not to sound self-righteous or (too) snobby or anything.
But how much did you pay for your car?
Oh, you paid 30k for your Prius??? You did, huh? And how long are you keeping your Prius?
Until the day that you die? Oh stop it. That’s just plain weird. I bet that you’re leasing it which is really throwing money down the drain. (I know because I did that once and learned my lesson.)
The point is… those people who won’t shell out more than 25k for an entire living room full of furniture are bopping around town in a $60,000 Benz, that they most likely won’t have seven years from now.
Go figure. I know that you designers out there are shaking a knowing head.
One of the most common mistakes that folks make is underestimating how much it will cost to furnish a home that they are buying/building.
They get too much home and then there’s nothing left to put inside it.
Why get a gorgeous, expensive home with a beamer in the driveway and then fill it with a bunch of crappy furniture?
Much, much more on Sunday and a tip for getting a $300 mirror to look like a $3,500 antique mirror– or pretty durned close!
- Coffee tables
- More rugs
- More lighting
- More great sources and some really unbelievably great deals
And also how to take a fabulous old piece with a dull dated wood finish and make it look amazing!
PS: It’s Thursday morning. I was quite depressed last night after reading some of these comments. I always try to remain positive. However, there is a difference in writing a critique about something that the originator is not apt to see and dissing something that I love directly to my face.
Would you come into my home and tell me that it sucks?
As for rooms on my blog that I’ve posted because I find inspiration. If you don’t like them, that is absolutely fine; it’s fine to think that. It’s fine to not read. and I’m not perfect. But I also try to provide a variety of inspiration as I love several styles of furnishings.
But I do not see bland in this room. Far from it. I see the epitome of casual elegance. If you don’t, then fine. That doesn’t meant that I love every single element. But I love the over-all effect. And I LOVE the concept of the Connecticut House.
Please take a look at this beautiful post by my friend Stacey Bewkes, who writes the most elegant blog ever – Quintessence. She has some different shots of this home that I adore.