e-Design: A Calm Country Cottage Living Room

I’ve been working on an e-Design plan for the cottage living room of one of the loveliest families ever. They’ve got two gorgeous kids, aged 4 and 2, and they wanted to carve out an adult space free from all the plastic paraphenalia that comes with living with small people.

Inspiration

The brief was a calm, clean, clutter-free area space with a traditional vibe, “typical of a Country Living feature.” I pulled together a few photos that, I thought, summarised the look we were going for and sent this over:
Inspiration Board Country Living Room

They liked it – particularly the natural elements and the vintage pieces – but wanted a more kid and dog friendly sofa in a dark colour.

Cottage Living Room Mood Board: Option One

I put together a few mood boards, starting with this one:

Mood Board Country Cottage Living Room - Option 1

1. Dusty Porcelain Wall Paint – B&Q* // 2. Pendant – £18
3. Wall Sconces – £125 each // 4. Lamp:* Similar Base – £150 / Shade – £30
5. Chesterfield Sofa – £1708 / Pom-Pom Cushion – £30 / Lattice Cushion – £45
6. Similar Mirror – £65 // 7. Hanging Frames – £20 each (others are vintage)
8. Extra Large Jute Rug – £199 / Similar Blue Rug* – £154 // 9. Coffee Table – £330 (sold old)
10. Curtains* // 11. Chairs – £579 each / Ikat Cushions – £18 each
12. Chest*- vintage // 13. Mantle – DIY // 14. Log Basket
– TOTAL BUDGET: £3600 –
*Asterisk denotes exisiting pieces.

They already had the curtains, table lamp, and blue rug, so I pulled the colour palette from those. They’d also already painted the walls in a lovely shade of cream and installed high-end laminate flooring and a lovely wood-burning stove.

They largely liked this first mood board, but the only problem was that it was quite a bit over-budget. The total, minus what they already owned and any discounts we could get, came to just over £3600. Their budget was £2000-£2500, so I reworked it a bit and came up with a look-for-less version, using more of what they already owned, but keeping that splurge sofa, which they loved.

Cottage Living Room Mood Board: Option Two

Mood Board Country Cottage Living Room - Option 2

1. Dusty Porcelain Wall Paint – B&Q* // 2. Pendant – £30
3. Wall Sconces – £45 each // 4. Lamp:* Similar Base – £150 / Shade – £30
5. Chesterfield Sofa – £1708 / Pom-Pom Cushion – £30 / Lattice Cushion – £45
6. Similar Mirror – £65 // 7. Hanging Frames – £20 each (others are vintage)
8. Extra Large Jute Rug – £199 / Similar Blue Rug* – £154 // 9. Coffee Table – DIY inspiration
10. Curtains* // 11. Slipper Chair* – $739 / Arm Chair* – £160 / Indigo Cushion – £8
12. Chest*- vintage
– TOTAL BUDGET: £2000 –
*Asterisk denotes exisiting pieces.
 

By reusing their exisiting chairs (budgeting for one to be reupholstered) and swapping the coffee table for a DIY version, we got the look easily within their budget, again accounting for any potential discounts. We lost the mantle, because they weren’t sure their brick wall was strong enough to support it and they already had a lovely arched fireplace which was pretty enough to stand alone.

Cottage Living Room Mood Board: Option Three

While I was working on the design, they spotted some leather chairs that they liked, which were on major sale. Just to see, I mocked up one last mood board including those chairs and using a more neutral palette overall. The sofa’s lighter, to balance out the chairs, but because it’s done in stain-resistant velvet, it’s still kid and dog friendly.
Mood Board Country Cottage Living Room - Option 3
1. Dusty Porcelain Wall Paint – B&Q* // 2. Pendant – £30
3. Wall Sconces – £45 each // 4. Lamp:* Similar Base – £150 / Shade – £30
5. Sofa – £1795 / Ikat Cushion – £18 / Pom-Pom Cushion – £30 / Lattice Cushion – £45
6. Similar Mirror – £65 // 7. Hanging Frames – £20 each (others are vintage)
8. Extra Large Jute Rug – £199 / Similar Blue Rug* – £154 // 9. Coffee Table – DIY inspiration
10. Curtains – £45 // 11. Leather Chairs – £1000 each, on sale for £500 each // 12. Chest*- vintage
– TOTAL BUDGET: £3240 –
*Asterisk denotes exisiting pieces.
 

This one was over budget again, although not by as much, but at least gave them more food for thought.

Floor Plan Options

I also drew up a couple of few floor plans to show how the floor plan might be laid out:

Country Cottage Living Room Floor Plan - Option 1 Country Cottage Living Room Floor Plan - Option 2
Their room has great bones, and I’m so excited to see how it all turns out. I’ll definitely share some After photos if I can.
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