If you’ve been following along with this collaboration between Interior Designer Moylan Lovell, gift and decor suppliers Con Brio, and Built Without Hands, you would have seen how we restyled the Living Room of a chic Town House. If you haven’t read that post yet, check it out here.
As we continue with the styling tour in this post, we explore possibilities for styling the “in-between spaces: odd corners at the base of stairs, weird “corridors”, strange under-stair pockets - to give the best use of space, and to maximize all decortunities (decor opportunities).
In this town-house you enter directly into the Living Room, but off to the left at the base of the staircase is a lovely, but odd corner, that I fondly refer to as “The Foyer”, because it seems like just the right place to pause before deciding which room into which to settle. Typically, most people wouldn’t know what to do with that space, but Moy cleverly put two very stylish arm-less chairs there when she did the interior design of the space years ago. The part that needed improving was the little table that was placed between them. We felt that the existing table did nothing for the two chairs. it was too small to have any real sense of presence, or even to hold any meaningful objects to make the seating area useful.
To fix this, we brought in a lovely Con Brio side table with a dusty walnut wood stain to compliment the taupe tones in the chair seat fabric (and sequined chocolate lumbar pillows). We then dressed it up with a natural wood tray and container with a mortar and pestle design, and added some playful ceramic Alphabet balls to bring in a spark of JOY.
The Layout of the Living room left a passageway to the back of the Living Room setup leading from the Front Entrance, past the Foyer and into the Dining and Kitchen area .
The question then became: “What do we do here?”. We knew that the space needed an element that would bridge the Living and Dining spaces. We decided that a sideboard would be the perfect piece to be added.
Sideboards are perfect for those in-between spaces because they are so multifunctional. In this case, we decided to have it function as both a bar and a display shelf for the client’s colourful ceramic tea set.
Placing the sideboard along the stair wall also made what would have been a very bland wall a place of visual interest and a quite useful space. One could imagine the client entertaining friends in the Living Room and taking a very short walk to the sideboard to grab a glass of wine.
Feel free to add visual width to your sideboard by including floor-standing statement pieces, like the large ceramic vase from Con Brio shown below.
SIDEBOARD STYLING DETAILS
THE DINING ROOM
The Dining Room is nestled in what could have ended up as an odd nook if Moy didn’t have the foresight to use it as well as she did. We felt that the dining table needed a centre-piece with some height to it to give a slight sense of formality to the casual set-up. We didn’t overdo it with the styling, but rather anchored 2 brass lanterns and a candle-holder using a tray. The arrangement makes a simple but effective statement.
DINING ROOM STYLING DETAILS
Styling odd and in-between spaces can make the difference between a cohesive and disjointed interior design outcome. I cannot thank Con Brio enough for supplying many of the beautiful furniture and accessory items featured in this post. Make sure to check them out on Facebook here, and see what they’re up to on Instagram here.
Please leave a comment and let me know how you style your in-between spaces , and continue along with the tour. The next post will be on styling bedrooms.