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      Hi Mr. Kate!

      Our lounge/dining room needs some major love! I just don’t know where to begin… My husband wants minimal but I love my little cluster of things here and there and the eclectic style.
      I would also love to bring in some indoor plants to this area too. I’ve attached some photos below to show you how ‘blah’ this area is.
      Please let me know your thoughts!
      Thanks so much,

      Kim 🙂

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      Barbara Parsons

        What a great space! Love the hard wood flooring and walls! I would suggest the room would be tied together better with a patterned rug in the living room, maybe darker colors with some accents of colors pulled from your throw pillows. You could also get new curtains and photos/paintings on the wall! You could also put up shelves for small plants and stuff! Hope this helped 🙂


        Mr. Kate

          Hi Kim!

          It’s often the case that a couple disagrees on style but with great design, there’s always a way to compromise! I agree with a lot of what Barbara said above! Here are some areas/tips I can offer you…

          • The wood paneling, although cool, competes with the wood tone of the floors and dates the room (hello 70s!) so I would paint taht first and foremost. I good way to go, to lighten up the space and suit your husband’s desire for minimalism, is to go white. I love white painted wood paneling and it’s very chic in design these days. I also love the idea of adding some floating shelves or picture rails to display some art. Like in the photo below, a wider shelf to hold objects and slimmer shelf to hold framed art/photos. Some inspo pics…

          • I would definitely change out the curtains – something patterned but minimal like these: http://bit.ly/1qVfdDN
          • Add a big area rug under your couch – maybe something like this in probably 8 x 10 depending on the space – measure first: http://bit.ly/1qVfyGB
          • Add a big mirror on the wall by your dining table
          • Paint your dining table and chairs – you could mix and match like paint your table grey and your chairs navy blue. Or leave your table wood and paint your chairs white or black and get new cushions. You could also add another smaller area rug to ground the dining area.
          • Change out your light fixture to something more “now” – maybe something like this is minimal and chic: http://bit.ly/1Wt8ZJa
          • Either get a bigger shelf or sideboard for the dining room – something like this in white http://bit.ly/1Wt94MV so you can conceal some of that clutter and then display only your favorite 5 photos on top instead of a huge cluster.
          • Mount your TV on the wall for a cleaner look and put a piece of furniture below that can hold your cable box etc. bonus if you can run your cords through the wall! There’s kits that help you do that like these: http://bit.ly/1qVgGd9
          • For plants, you could do a big potted plant near the window and some less-sunlight dependent plants on the sideboard in the dining room and a cool succulent in the center of your dining table.

          Hope that helps! Can’t wait to see what you do! Post photos in this thread when you’re done! xoxo Happy decorating.

          – mr. kate


          vince holmes

            Like many other photos posted, it is best if you equip your interior with some unique natural wood furniture. Just like I did in my house. I’ve got this teak furniture that also best for outdoor use, I have them bought from http://www.javateakoutdoorfurniture.com/, its natural texture brings more life to my interior designs.

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