Dream Home: Living Room List

by Kate Franco on March 4, 2014 · 1 comment

For a long time {maybe even a decade}, I’ve said that my “A” “Number One” goal in life is to own a home. Like owning a home was when I’d feel settled, or mark the culmination of some series of events that meant I’d grown up and made something of myself. Something that would say, “HEY, I’m fabulous! This is how it’s done.” Well, then one day kind of recently, I woke up and realized that I’m tired of waiting for the perfect storm. If I’m not going to own a home {WHO CAN AFFORD THAT IN SF? Is it even fiscally responsible?}, I’m going to optimize my current situation. Everything is what you make of it. And I’m finally in a living situation that feels pretty permanent.

Now I’m learning about myself one room at a time — and I thought it would be fun to share.

I have a Pinterest board called Sweet Spaces, and for years pretty images have been accumulating there. While I have my personal style down to a science, my interiors aesthetic definitely needs some definition. Last week after a recommendation from a friend, I started parsing out this Pinterest board to other smaller boards that are labeled by room. I started with the Living Room. Then, I looked at all the living rooms to figure out what they had in common. It was a fun little puzzle and the resulting summary is really satisfying! Of course, you know how much I love making lists, so I guess that makes sense.

Living Room Summary:

  1. Large scale art + gallery walls are a must.
  2. Lots and lots of books. On tables, holding up tables, stacked super high, on makeshift shelves and piled into bookcases. Everywhere.
  3. Black and white striped rugs OR anything that feels remotely kilim-esque or aztec/southwestern.
  4. Big Plants in baskets or pots to make pretty vignettes.
  5. There are pretty much 3 sofa options in my dream home: either a chesterfield, blue velvet loveliness, or something with clean straight lines in a color or pattern that packs a punch.
  6. Same for coffee tables, 3 options: round, glass and minimalist, or reclaimed wood with industrial accents
  7. Metallic accent tables, yes please.
  8. Industrial floor lamps to toughen it up.
  9. White walls that feel clean and fresh and allow the furniture to speak for itself.
  10. Pops of color are paramount.

Bohemian, eclectic, happy? How would you describe it?

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Defined Style

by Kate Franco on May 7, 2012 · 0 comments

I recently had the opportunity to help put together a newsletter for It was a lot of fun, but there were so many products that I had a hard time just choosing a handful! Today’s newsletter featured 4 cohesive looks — check out a couple of my favorites, below!


Pretty in Pink V.2

by Kate Franco on February 21, 2011 · 8 comments

I finally got around to giving my inspiration a dose of practical application. Remember how excited I was about this post awhile back? Well here’s my plan to make it happen:

{Clockwise from top left} Accent Chair, Faux Fur Throw, West Elm Mirror-Top Turned Side Table, Bejeweled Stripe Pillow, Love Pillow, Sculpted Origami Pillow, Coral Pillows {set of 2}.

We have all of our large furniture pieces already {two couches, a coffee table, and rug}. I’m excited to make a splash just by changing some of the details. We’ll see what the roomies think!


Pretty in Pink

6 February 2011

On the way home from the grocery store tonight I was inspired to breathe some new life into our living room. Of course, my thoughts were originally inspired by this domino post a couple weeks ago…but today it really came to fruition. It’s WAY girlier than I usually am, but I’m not going to lie, […]

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Domino Nostalgia

24 January 2011

omgosh, I came across this post on moodboard this weekend and just absolutely fell in love: Did you guys love the outfit to room series as much as I did? Man, I miss it. I am loving everything about this room…it makes me want to redecorate my living room in shades of gray, cream, and […]

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