Recreate This Cool Living Room For Less
Recreate This Cool Living Room For Less

Recreate This Cool Living Room For Less

Sophisticated, calm, interesting – here, Leah Meredith, Vanessa Blair and India Usher explain how to recreate this scheme from interior and creative studio Haus of Hyde, whatever your budget.
By Georgina Blaskey

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How Would You Describe This Look?

“Contemporary, eclectic and curated. When you step into the space, you feel a sense of calm, balanced by the vibrant energy of the homeowners. We adapted the flow of the room to facilitate a social living experience, as our clients often host parties and needed a space that could adapt with ease. Lightweight, movable furniture options help the area feel flexible and fluid, while every corner has a talking point with varied and inspiring decorative elements.” – Leah, co-founder & creative director 

What Was The Inspiration?

“Living in both LA and London, our clients wanted the scheme to reflect both cities, while highlighting the home's Georgian features. We made the most of the original elements, such as the ceiling roses, and introduced contemporary fixtures – like the grand, organic-form ceiling pendants – to strike the right balance between old and new. Our clients, being well travelled, had also collected a variety of unique objects and art over the years, so the overall design showcased these. We wanted the vibe to be interesting enough that the eye travels around the room, while creating a calming atmosphere with neutral colours and fabrics.” – Vanessa, interior architect

Why Does It Work?

“By co-ordinating multiple textures, patterns and finishes throughout the scheme, our palette remained calm, while warmer tones and prints added a bit of boldness that still felt relaxing. When creating the bespoke coffee tables, we opted for a rich walnut wood to complement an existing antique cabinet. The unique shape and the tiering of the tables gave the scheme a contemporary landscape and pulled various elements of the room together. We repurposed some pieces of the clients’ existing furniture: the footstalls were re-upholstered in a beautiful buttery leather, and the sofa is in a heavy marled bouclé.” – India, interior designer 

How Do You Make Neutrals Interesting?

“When you’re using neutrals as your base, layering is key. Stick to a few key tones and distribute these throughout the space, layering the textures as you go. In this particular room, we've used shades of cream, caramel, milky beige and tan to add depth. To nod to LA living, we introduced organic elements such as rattan, seagrass and natural woods. The great thing about starting with a neutral base is there’s ample opportunity to add pops of colour through the accessories. It's also a cost-effective way of incorporating trend-led pieces to a space.” – Leah

How Can You Make It Feel Personal To You?

“I love to co-ordinate a mix of vintage, antique and contemporary pieces – they’re all elements that make a space feel unique. Pieces that tell a story are often the things that will stand the test of time, so you won't need to spend a fortune. There are so many marketplaces, Instagram sellers and small independent brands that have unique pieces at reasonable prices.” – India

“Pinterest is also an amazing source of inspiration, but try not to let these perfectly curated spaces force you to remove the elements that make your home ‘you’. Our design style is minimal and functional, but always full of carefully chosen pieces. Buy books about topics that interest you, showcase a beautiful vase you found on your travels, and share the art that makes you feel good. Living spaces should feel just that – lived in.” – Leah


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