I was thrilled when I was contacted by this newlywed couple and asked to help them furnish their new (to them) 1700 square foot townhouse located in a small downtown suburb!  In lieu of a large wedding the couple opted to take the money they and their parents would have spent  to furnish their home. They had a strong desire to get rid of the accumulation of hand-me-downs and mismatched furniture that had gotten them through their college and young/single years.  They requested a solid foundation of pieces that would likely work well for them through the years as they grow their family and move on to their next home in 5 years or so.

The couple described their style as “young traditional” and the lady of the house gave me a link to a rug that she was crazy about which served as my inspiration piece.  The only piece of furniture they wanted to incorporate was a pecan-toned wood farmhouse style dining table that had slate tile inserts in the top.  Given those directives we were happily off to the races!

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Wow! That’s a lot of stuff!  Let me break it down for you.

The main floor has medium/light wood floors throughout, medium/dark shaker cabinets and granite counter tops.

Foundation Pieces

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The rug is absolutely the “star” of the show in the Living Room!  Note that a bold patterned rug will diminish once on the floor.   Because of the strong pattern we opted for solid color upholstery on the “best supporting” pieces.  Keeping with the young traditional theme the sofa, leather club chair and ottoman will transition wonderfully into any future living spaces, not to mention the wing back chairs with a twist in a deep charcoal gray.  Finishing off the conversation area is this great iron and wood coffee table.

Entertainment Center

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This lovely entertainment center will be the focal point when seated in the Living Room.  The dark color serves as an anchor and will house the couple’s 45-inch television.

Best Supporting Pieces


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The trio of tables will function for lamp placement and, in the case of the chest, will provide storage for the young couple.   Abstract, substantial and fun artwork round out the best supporting pieces.

Lamps, Pillows, Window Treatment and Color

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Two table lamps and a floor lamp provide the layers of lighting that will provide function as well as style.   All lamps are from Target which proves that style doesn’t have to break the bank!  Adding to the layers are the toss pillows which bring in a lot of texture and a little pattern.  The lumbar pillows are cowhide!  We selected natural burlap back tab drapes for both the living room and the dining room.

For the walls of the townhouse starting from the entry level up to the third floor we selected what could be the perfect neutral gray, Benjamin Moore’s Thunder.   Isn’t it an amazing color?  I’m thinking of using it when I paint my office . . . but that will be another post!

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Come back tomorrow and I’ll showcase the kitchen/dining room plan.

If you’d like to get started on your own customer design plan for any room in your house contact me here!

Until the next time ~

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