cottage/ mod living room

To get a good feel for our clients’ desired styles, we will ask questions like:

“What design magazines do you buy?”

“What style of clothes do you love?”

“What are your favorite design blogs?” and

“Do you love any design shows on tv?”

A few times, Sarah Richardson pops up as a fave.


I think people are drawn to her clean yet lived-in look, her great use of color and white, and her mix of modern and cottage (as well as other styles).

Okay, of course she is a doll, too :)

Here are some of her modern/ cottage looks:




And clients really love red!!  It is almost everyone’s favorite color.  I find that so interesting.


Personally, I am drawn more toward her sidekick, designer Tommy Smythe.  Why?  not-too-sure.  I find his spaces have more depth, texture and contrast.  (2 of his rooms below)



So we did our best to channel Mrs. Sarah for our dear clients (with our own twist, of course!)


I love when you can look back on the plan and see a room come together.



Plus this:


and this:


make this:


yellow pillows–fabric is dwell studio



don’t zoom in–you are still apt to see price tags and empty frames!


yes, lamps not even plugged in yet


Not many clients can afford all high-end fabrics, but it is nice to mix some Schumacher with a little Pier one.

And our much-beloved stripe rug (this one gray & ivory)


large scale buffalo check is our nod to cottage


We had to have the pair of gray chairs with cream piping.

Anisa painted the antique turned-wood side table Chelsea Gray by Ben Moore.  (Sarah is all about painted wood)

They requested a leather ottoman.  Leather is much kinder than wood or metal for toddlers learning to walk!



They have two under two (God bless ‘em), so you can’t beat slipcovers.  With growing families, we say either leather, slipcovered or dark upholstered sofas.




I know it is picture overload (again)–just excited to share the color!

Have a great day,


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  1. Very exciting and so much fun to see your plan come together! I love Sarah too but my style leans more toward Tommy too. And I love the use of high/low fabrics and accessories, it’s smart. And with a growing family I think this is a great space that they’ll be able to use for a long time. And I love the built-ins too with the painted backs. Great job!

  2. Thanks for the comment, Holly!

  3. Another seriously beautiful room by you! Love it! The art is my fave and the chevron pillow – oh, and the chairs. All so nice. So well done!

  4. I love this space! The colors are so cheery and perfect for families with small tots! What is the color on the bulit ins? Looks so great!

  5. Great space. Definitely did a good job channeling Sarah. Love the paint color on the back of the built ins – what is it?

  6. What a lovely space! I bet they are so happy. Great job you two!

  7. Loving this space so much! are the white drapes custom or from a store. I need some new ones just like that. oh and a good source for curtain rods? thanks :)

  8. LOVE the burlap gallery wall! What a beautiful way to add a personalized touch (and texture!) Great job :)

  9. I’m loving this room! And that framed quote on burlap is such an awesome idea! It has such impact! Great job as always :)

  10. Beautiful! I am so smitten by the pillow with the colorful flower made of different fabrics…did you make it? Know where to get it!

    Beautiful work!


  11. I am loving what you have done with the bible verse in the white frames. Did you use spray paint and stencils for making it? I see the comment above is by my sister-in-law! She has great taste, and we both love your blog and pictures from your projects!

    Take care,

    • barbara norah labbe :

      beautiful,love it.i would like you to do my space for me too.or tell me how and where do get them.

  12. Hello there! I stumbled upon your blog today via pinterest and have been hanging here for a little while now. So much fun stuff! Love your design style. I was wondering where your beloved gray/white striped rug is from.

    So glad I found you today. I look forward to following along and seeing what’s next!

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