Andrea Maaseide Design

Inspiration Translation

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We just started working with a couple in Vienna who's living room has been filled with boxes since they moved to the area.  They're finally ready to transform the room into what they describe as a "functional/casual slightly formal space" where they can hang out with their little ones, but also entertain adult friends and family.  

As part of our design process, we ask for inspiration photos.  These photos, coupled with our "get to know you" initial meeting, help us to tailor our designs to our clients.  This couple gave us some photos that touched on many design styles.

[Clockwise from top left: A vintage, eclectic living room; a more contemporary space with bits of saturated color; a warm, rustic modern living room; a traditional sitting area.  All inspiration photos courtesy of Houzz]

By pulling elements from each inspiration photo - color, warmth, natural materials, eclecticism, etc. - we translated these inspiration photos into two exciting looks for our clients.  In this first look - where there would be two sofas facing each other - we took some of the bolder colors in the inspiration photos and brought them into the space with some gorgeous artwork.  Some of the natural textures pictured were carried into the room through the hide ottomans and shagreen console table.  We kept a traditional vibe by using dark wood coffee tables and a traditional area rug.  

Chandelier // Art // Console // Coffee Tables // Ottomans // Pillows // Rug // Bar Cart // Table Lamps

Chandelier // Art // Console // Coffee Tables // Ottomans // Pillows // Rug // Bar Cart // Table Lamps

In this second look, we kept the palette softer and gave them a funkier, mid-century modern flair.  We love the Zanadoo "sputnik" fixture from Arteriors!  The natural wood tones in the base of the coffee table are reminiscent of the natural wood tones in some of the inspiration photos and the pillows, made from traditional Thai textiles, infuse an eclectic touch.

Our clients adored the first concept.  What about you?  Which one do you prefer?

Please contact us for more information about our design services.  We'd be thrilled to help you create a space you love!