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Annie's Moody Winter Living Room Picks

Updated: Feb 5


annie wise in a renovated kitchen with dark cabinets, white tile, open shelves, brass hardware, black windows
Me. In case you don't know (or have forgotten) what I look like

We are so excited to introduce our new, Winter Furniture Collection, where we will feature curated selections for various living spaces from each of our Designers: Ryan, Tamara, Chessney, Bonney, and myself!


This limited collection will give you a no-stress way to invest in a well designed space of your own.


To kick it all off, I put together my top picks for a Moody, Winter-Inspired Living Room. But first...


My house is full of trees. Big ones. In the summer they provide a cool respite from the hot days. But in the winter our space feels DARK despite our many windows.


During our multi-year-and-not-quite-done-yet renovation, I thought a lot about painting everything to make everything feel light and bright.


mid century modern living room with brick fireplace, rust colored built-in sofa, wood window
My living room

But I'm GLAD I didn't jump the gun. Instead, we left the wood ceiling and brick un-touched and leaned into the warmth and "darkness" of our space. We added a large wine-colored (for a reason) built-in sofa, arm chairs in jewel toned fabrics draped with sheepskin and the piece-de-resistance, my great-grandfather's beautiful black hand-painted chinoiserie desk. The rich tones and textures create a space that feels sheltered and warm. Snuggled up on this sofa with a cup of tea and a good book...there's nothing like it.


Often, I find that people have a hard time committing to moody palettes but they're nothing to be afraid of. Promise. When designed with intention, moody rooms are like a big hug...a protective space you sink into, warm and inviting. Below is a vision board I put together of beautiful interiors that embrace a moody palette.



VISION BOARD - MOODY INTERIORS


image source: pinterest


To kick off our winter collection, I put together a moody living room that is elegant and refined, yet cozy and casual. If you're curious about why I chose these specific products, keep on reading.



SOFA

The Grant Sofa has a gorgeous black velvet for some added luxury and softness. Armless sofas are great for circulation and can help a small room feel more open. Cozy up on that sofa with some ridiculously soft and cushy sheepskin pillows.


ARM CHAIRS

 The Topanga Chair contrasts the black sofa beautifully with a rich buttery cognac colored leather. Swivel chairs are super useful when laying out living spaces as they help keep a space flexible and conversational.

The Dennison Chair brings in a slub linen texture, a warm wood frame and a lovely little leather wrapped arm rest. PLUS, the linen is performance fabric so, yes, drink that glass of red wine whilst sitting in this beauty. These two chairs pair well together in tone and in the subtle curves in their design.


COFFEE TABLE

Paired with the sofa is the Conner Coffee table. I love a round coffee table. No one is going to catch their shin or take a header into the corner (lookin' at you toddlers). They help soften the flow of circulation. This particular Coffee Table has a really elegant minimal design (look at those legs!) and a soft, warm wood tone, which goes well with the soft furnishings.


SIDE TABLES

When we're tight on space, we often pair a sofa with the aptly named, C-table (a small c-shaped table that can easily slide under a sofa or chair). The Tranquility Side Table is a little marble and brass beauty. Just pull it up to the sofa and set your drink down. The faux-shagreen Crosby table brings in a surprising pop of texture in a soft gray that compliments the sofa.  


LIGHTING

I love throwing something unusual or unexpected into a design to give it some personality and pizzaz. And the Apollo Floor Lamp is just the ticket in this design. It's the sculptural statement piece. The diffused bulb creates a warm glow and some visual drama. Similar in shape, I paired it with the Candace Flush Mount, a great take on a drum shade with some interesting detailing.


RUG

Rugs can either lift or ground a space. To complete this moody living room, I chose a dark transitional multi-colored rug to ground the design. And well, I hate to be cliche, but in the words of "The Dude" it really DOES tie the room together. This is one of my (many) favorite parts of design..when you finally get the right combination of furnishings and the space just sings.


PAINT

Using the same furnishings, paint can really change the look and feel of your room. For example, if you REALLY want to lean into a moody palette, pair these furnishings with Ben Moore Sharkskin which is a beautiful dark green toned charcoal. Or, if you prefer to keep things a little airier, Ben Moore Dove Wing, a soft silvery white, would be a great choice. See below for the difference.



Elevate your space into a beautiful design-ready living room with these curated selections. Happy Shopping!



Xo,

Annie








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