To create symmetry, a contractor relocated the corner hearth with a new one, centered on the wall opposite the open kitchen. Built-in cabinetry on either side of the fireplace reinforces the sense of balance. The homeowner traded her single living-room settee for two generous Ikea sofas and a Ralph Lauren chair, all slipcovered for easy cleaning. The pine coffee table came from a garage sale, and the metal "C" is from a local garden store.
Coats of creamy paint lighten the built-ins and staggering the shelves lends itself well for displaying acccessories of varying heights. A soft gray-taupe on the walls complements the natural textures introduced by furniture and accessories. Pops of red and peacock-blue hit all the right color notes. The floors were left as is, but are softened with layered area rugs./