Blessed with architectural details like a wood-beamed ceiling and an ornate hearth, this Beverly Hills living room merely needed the finishing touches. However, interior designer (and Domaine Editor-at-Large) Estee Stanley achieved so much more. An eclectic mix of furnishings, rich textiles, and personal accents make this a haven for both a quiet afternoon respite and a raucous evening affair. This effortless blend of formal and fun seems to be Stanley’s forte, and we can’t get enough. If the feeling is mutual, here are three tips to master the art yourself.
Living rooms are often the most formal room in the home, but that doesn’t mean your seating needs to play the match game. By mixing styles and forms of seating, you’ll end up with a relaxed room. Your family and friends will soon learn their favorite spots, whether it be on the linen Chesterfield sofa or the carpet-upholstered chair, and settle in comfortably.
With all this variated seating and tables, a solid foundation is key. One easy way to get it: invest in a large-scale rug. Wondering what size to get? Start by placing all the furniture in room in its designated spot (or use placeholders), then measure the size needed to keep all furniture legs on the rug. Doing so will add comfort to the room, for no one will feel like their chair is floating away.
A narrow room can be both a blessing and a curse when it comes to lighting. Hanging a chandelier in the center of the space can cause the other areas of the room to feel empty and the fixture seem shrunken, no matter how large or flashy it may be. Instead, hang three smaller pendants in an even line through the center of the room, leaving ample space between each. Think of it as refined track lighting; it will accentuate the length of the room and provide ample light to utilize every inch of space. After all, this is is a room for living.
|Louis Philippe Carpet Upholstered Chair, $2880, 1st Dibs||Beverly Sofa, From $3200, Williams Sonoma||Mango Wood Stool, $1900,
|Northrup Pendant, $435, Rejuvenation||Suzani Pillow, $62, Wayfair||Tanner Round Coffee Table, $449, Pottery Barn|
|Oly Studio Halden Chair, Price Upon Request, Candelabra||Karr Stool, $529,
Room & Board
|French Antique Louis XV Mirror, $3900, 1st Dibs|
Photograph: Courtesy of Nick Johnson Interiors