Eclectic in Old Lyme

Senior Designer Teresa creates an inspiring, eclectic design for a main living space in Old Lyme. Discover how Teresa incorporates existing pieces with new, to elevate the overall design.

Where Style Meets Function

At the very beginning of this design process, it was important for me to define spaces within this large room, in order to provide the functionality needed for a large family. On one side of the room, we have this beautiful, custom-designed sectional. This is where you can curl up with a blanket to lounge, get cozy, have a casual conversation, or watch TV. On the other side of the room, it feels a bit more formal, while still being approachable. Set in front of the fireplace, there are two beautiful wood framed chairs where you can have an intimate conversation, watch the fire, and enjoy a glass of wine.

While offering different functionalities, both sides of this space blend together. They both have elements of an eclectic style – a little bit of a coastal and a little bit of a Mid-Century design aesthetic. As your eye travels the room, the repetition of different materials, (such as roping, rattan, black metal) as well as, a cohesive color story creates harmony between both sides of the room.

The Typewriter

The homeowner has this absolutely incredible piece, that carries so much family history: her aunt’s typewriter from when she was an editor for the New York Times. The black metal of this piece was a source of inspiration for me. I wanted to carry that metal/ iron look throughout the room through the lamp shades, small decor pieces, and the legs of the drink table.  The sophistication of the black metal was a great contrast to the warm, honey wood tones in the room. These wood tones are seen in legs of the sectional, the beautiful drink table in front of the fireplace, and the custom-built nesting tables; all of which add to the feel of natural materials in this space.

Embracing Nature

Beyond these wood tones and metal accents, my design features woven baskets, a rope cocktail table as well as hand-woven natural rattan on the back of the statement chairs in front of the fireplace. These elements, alongside the live plants, which the home owner loves and cares for, showcased a true appreciation for nature.

Of all the very special pieces in this space, the homeowners’ favorite is the live edge sofa table. It is the perfect spot to showcase the typewriter.  The mix of the live edge table with the metal of the typewriter truly encapsulates the story for this design.

Incorporating Existing Pieces

This design was a collaboration between the homeowners and myself. Beyond the typewriter and lamp on the sofa table, another existing piece in the room was her husband’s comfy leather chair. With a custom designed pillow, the chair now seamlessly integrates with the rest of the color story and updated pieces in the space.

The rug was also existing in the space. The homeowners loved the dark, slate gray tones, despite it not being the dominant color of the rug. That is the color I gravitated towards when pulling together the color story for this space.

Let’s Collaborate

Are you wishing to elevate a space in your home, but don’t know how to integrate special family items you love? Let’s collaborate. Together, we’ll discover a design that embraces your existing pieces, but still makes it feel brand new. Follow my design profile below to send me a message.

Designed by Teresa