Putting together a put together room

Putting together a room that looks well put together, takes time and skill. Anyone can go to Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware or Ethan Allen and buy coordinating furniture for a room. The difference between a professionally designed room and designing a room with one of these retailers is the attention to detail.

As Interior Designers, I am always looking at the whole picture, the final product is always on my mind. I tell my clients all the time not to obsess about each item, this happens most often with paint colors. My clients see the paint go up and judge the room, without thinking about the other elements that make up the design of their space. The color may seem too saturated or too soft to them, but once they see it with the flooring, window treatments, furniture, pillows and accessories they get it!

Here is a living room we designed, I used this to show you some of what goes into designing a beautiful room.

Photographer: Liz Donnelly.



We used grass-cloth wallpaper to create a focal wall, and painted the rest of the room a lovely cool grey-blue.


I think this bar turned out so well, I love the lights and mirror.

Aren’t the lights fabulous they are from a French vendor.

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The wall color is Benjamin Moore Seersucker Suit. I adore this color!


Plants always add a sculptural and natural touch to any room. Plants from Skillins in Falmouth, ME.

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Decorative pillows and a cozy throw invite you to stay in a space. The wonderful crane pillows are from Nicola’s Home, Yarmouth, ME.

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Art is crucial to good design and is often overlooked when budgeting for a space. Who wouldn’t want this peaceful and massive watercolor by Robin Hill his work is available through studioepartners.com.

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Comfortable and casual seating was a must for this home. The top chair is a warn in leather swivel by the Kellogg Collection in Washington, D.C.

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The chairs below are Lee and I am so fond of them they make it into a lot of my homes! I go to Simply Home in Falmouth for my Lee.

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Large coffee tables are so much more useful than small ones.

I like to have a table that you can fit books and other items on and still have room to eat a meal. This one is made by Fourhands, In Austin, Texas.




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In addition to recessed or overhead lights you need lamps for task lighting and ambiance. You don’t need to spend a lot on lamps (but you can!), these are from Home Goods and Birchlane.

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Rugs can either serve as an important feature or they can blend into the background, like this one. This rug is from the Kellogg Collection Washington, D.C.


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We used a Belgium linen sofa and I just love the way it looks. We had this sofa custom made. If you need one…I will make you one!

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I like to complete my designs with a bit of whimsy. In this room, the antique doll house does the trick. I set this dollhouse on an old farmhouse dining table. It gives your eye a place to rest when taking in the details of the room. It is also a nice place to stack books or grow plants.

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So I hope you see that it is important to collect a room from different places and eras. Be creative look in your attic and pull together your room detail by detail!

Thank you for stopping by…I love seeing you, and hearing from you! Please let me know if you like this post!

What are you working on? Let me know if I can answer any of your questions.







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