MAR VISTA LIVING ROOM DESIGN

When I began studying interior design my first project was to work with a friend or family member to recreate a room design for them. Immediately I knew I wanted to work with my mom. For years we have talked about what we could do with my parent’s amazing 1930’s South Laguna cottage. I jumped at the opportunity to grab my mom and chat about her vision, gather inspiration, and start piecing things together.

The house they own, the homey beach cottage I was lucky enough to grow up in, is a small three-bedroom, one-bath cottage built in 1937 featuring hardwood floors, white walls, and lots of windows. It’s also full of family heirloom pieces that are treasured by all of us. I wanted to mix their antique farmhouse pieces with a fresh coastal California style.

I sat down and started working with some images my mom collected for inspiration.

EMILY ALDER MAR VISTA LIVING ROOM MOOD BOARD

Once we had a mood to draw upon, we developed a potential budget, design focus, and scope of items my mom would be willing to change. She opted for the same floor plan and really just wanted to update and gravitate away from what she described was their “old folk’s home” style. I knew I wanted to keep the space open and communal because my parents, like us, are constantly entertaining. Dad has an amazing collection of Navajo rugs and between he and Mom they have several antique pieces of furniture that, with some TLC (and new throw pillows), would work perfectly in a mediterranean motif.

MAR VISTA LIVING ROOM EDESIGN by EMILY ALDER

I combined a collection of warmer wood tones with the cooler blues, throwing in some brighter accents as well as featuring their existing plein air painting collection on a gallery wall.MAR VISTA LIVING ROOM FLOOR PLAN EDESIGN by EMILY ALDER

It was so great to see how excited my mom was once she saw the e-design and could visualize how the old and new elements would work together.  I hope one of these days we can make it a reality.

As my first E-Design this was definitely a learning experience. Focusing in on my style and putting my thoughts to paper is an exciting concept, but I know there is a lot more to learn and understand. I look forward to creating and growing.

SOURCES //

Lamp | Plein Air Paintings (similar) | Frames 1 & 2 | Mirror | Ladder | Large Rug | Plant | Small Rug | Sofa | Pillows 1 2 & 3 | Leather Arm Chair | Pillow | Coffee Table |  Bowl | Candle | Rocking Chair | Pillow Glass JarVotives  | Apothecary Table | Coral

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    1. Thanks Sharon!! Hope everything is great! I can’t wait to hear more information on your Blogger Retreat! xo

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