Rustic Meets Boho: Texas Living Room Makeover
This recent project brought THREE firsts for me in my design life. Not something I get to say every day of the week.
The first may be obvious when you check out the Mood Board…but I got to choose a chair in the shape of a HAND. How much cooler does it get than that? But let’s start from the beginning…
I’m really excited to share this recent real Postbox Designs makeover done in the Lone Star State! Like anything with a Texas flair, this Living Room was large and in charge! The architecture of this room is stunning with a two story limestone fireplace, dark doors, and soaring ceilings. It was my job to help my client bring her bold, fun style to life.
Here was the before, tons of beautiful details but she wanted a fresh start with her furnishings:
Pssst…Today is only Part I, come back in a few days where I share a whole new look, along with the 3D rendering of what her room will look like!
3 Design Requests Firsts
I have been an interior designer for 13+ years now and this Living Room Makeover brought three firsts into my design career which made me so excited to work with this client:
This brand new home already have a lot of rustic touches to it. So my client wanted to add in a mix of modern, boho, and whimsical design elements-and she wanted it to be unique. That is music to a designer’s ears!
DESIGN ELEMENT #1: Whimsical Furniture
I already mentioned that I got to choose a hand shaped chair for my client! She wanted a room that was bold and whimsical and this wooden hand chair fits the bill.
DESIGN ELEMENT #2: A Pink Rug
This was my very first request for a hot pink rug-I love this girl. To help balance out this feminine color, we used a lot of other more masculine elements such as leather, rustic woods, and sleek, modern pieces.
DESIGN ELEMENT #3: Otomi Pattern
While I was familiar with this bold, bright fabric (often seen in Mexican design motifs), I had never had the chance to actually use it before. When using such busy, bold patterns you want to be careful to pair it up with solids and simpler, graphic patterns so the space doesn’t feel too busy.
Rustic Style Meets the Boho Style
So what do you get when a husband wants rustic leather pieces and the wife wants hot pink?
You get a fabulous mix up that is bold, fun, and unique. There is nothing about this room that is boring! To keep the husband happy we selected leather pieces such as these chairs (#5) and pillows (#13) along with industrial, masculine pieces such as this concrete coffee table (#8) and wood/metal side tables (#19). He also requested a cowhide pattern (#17) so this fabric can be used to recover existing chairs she already owned, OR she can use it for custom cushions for her window seats.
Accents like this copper dear (#160, cactus (#23) and wall art (#20 and #22) hint at the beautiful Texas surroundings. We added feminine pops back in with the hot pink rug (#2) and throw pillows (#21 and #24). Like I mentioned earlier when using bold patterns like otomi, mix them up with simpler neutral patterns. I used a mix of black-and-white, leather, and simple boho pillow patterns to create a pattern that has your eyes flowing all over this room!
Rustic Boho Living Room Makeover Part II
I always create two versions for every room I design. If you like this look, come back in a few days for Part II where I add in even more bold, fun touches, and come up with an entirely different furniture layout. And feel free to comment below on what you would want to see in the next design version!
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Boho Decor Touches
This is a little secret about Postbox Designs, but I usually have a really hard time with only using two designs for my clients! I always create two different mix-and-match designs to give my clients a ton of different options. But I also always have a small list of other items I fell in love with that would also work in their space. I call this the “Alternates” Mood Board. It is a bonus item I throw into my Postboxes and it gives even more options. In fact my client fell in love with the first rug on the Alternates page!
Laying out the Perfect Boho Living Room Design
So you have all of the perfect rustic Boho pieces…now what? One of the biggest struggles a lot of my clients have is how to arrange all of their furniture:
How do you arrange your furniture for the best flow?
How do you style shelves, coffee tables, and add in accents?
How do you place art on your walls? How high? How do you lay everything out?
How big of a rug do you need?
And so many more! That’s where the Floor Plan drawing comes into play. It shows my clients where every piece goes into their room-it is all drawn out to scale and has loads of text notes on it. In addition to this, I add in step-by-step directions into the Shopping List (not shown) so they will know exactly how to arrange everything. It’s just like following a set of directions.
Sneak Peek of this Boho Living Room Part II:
Come back on Thursday to see Part II of this Boho Living Room with a whole new design style. Plus see the 3D rendering of her new Living Room!
Can’t Get Enough Boho Design?
Me either. I’ve become absolutely smitten with the Boho look over the last few years. There are a few ways you can get even more Boho lovin, you can check out some past Boho Living Room makeovers:
Boho Design Freebies
Or…who doesn’t love even more freebies? I created a FREE RESOURCE LIBRARY chock full of free Guides, Shopping Lists, Mood Boards and more. You can find your favorite Boho ones, 24/7…and I’m always adding to it. Enjoy!
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