Country Home: Small Living Area Examined

I was thinking about furniture arrangement in the living area in Bungalow 404 and started looking for some inspiration at Country Home (RIP).  While there, I was also looking for that Thomas O’Brien feature from John Gruen’s post but haven’t found it yet.  It’s a shame that Country Home had to go it was a great resource for modern country fusion, which is my personal fave.  During my search on CH’s site I found this room.

the estate of things chooses country home

Although there are some elements that I would probably eliminate or alter here that don’t work for me personally, there are a lot of things here that I like.  Let’s take a closer look.

I think the most obvious example of the balancing act of modern and cottage/country occurs with the use of the West Elm moorish rug paired with the wing chairs covered in a traditional stripe.  The balance is continued with the use of accessories selected from each style group.  The sofa looks to be a Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams creation, but don’t quote me on that.  The Circa library lights mounted over the built-ins make yet another appearance in this room and you can see John Derian’s swallow plate mounted with the salon art arrangment over the sofa.  Another item of note here is the linen or hemp ottoman, which I think lends a natural feel and gives texture.  The ottoman works in tandem with some of the frames on the wall and the nesting tables which all share the rustic trait. Viva Terra has some similar salvaged wood tables.  In my opinion you really can’t go wrong with the natural roman shade with neutral curtains layered over, although I’m not much of a cornice type of gal.  I am generally shy about printed draperies, it’s a problem I am trying to deal with.

What do you think about this room. Would you change it? Could you just take it as is?

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