Design Reveal :: California Casual Chic Living Room

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Open to the kitchen with a view of the backyard, my client envisioned a casual retreat that could stand up to all the kids’ play, yet still be chic. The result is an inviting, kid-friendly space that incorporates a fresh twist on traditional, mixes the old with new and features worldly accents. I’m thrilled to give you a tour of this California casual chic living room.

California casual-chic interior design - simplified bee

The color palette, of blues and gold was predetermined by the room’s wall color and roman shades. A pair of existing skirted sofas were reupholstered in woven golden fabric – although still a tailored look, they have a warm beachy feel. The seating area is anchored by a steel blue rug with a fresh pattern inspired by ancient Aztec tile.

California casual-chic interior design - simplified beerococo-style antique chair in schumacher fabric - simplified bee

A demilune table found at a local consignment store was placed behind the sofa and is flanked by a pair of elegant Rococo style chairs. The heirloom antique chairs were reupholstered in the beautiful Sinhala Linen (stone) by Martyn Lawrence Bullard for Schumacher. The traditional tree of life pattern really complements the chair’s ornate pierced splat back and curvy cabriole legs.

california chic living room // cristin priest of simplified bee

Between the sofas I placed a Moroccan inspired octagonal side table topped with a beautiful brass ring lamp, turquoise foo dog and a succulent that brings the outside in.  The sofas’ custom throw pillows in Sikar Embroidery (flax) also by Martyn Lawrence Bullard features an exotic ikat pattern that pulls together the color palette beautifully.

oval marble coffee table // california chic living room // simplified bee

Avoiding sharp corners, an oval coffee table with a gilded base and marble top was selected. The table was back-ordered forever, but worth the wait!

Stylish Built-in Bookcase - Simplified Bee

Remember this styled built-in bookcase? Here it is again with a few new accessories.

stylish bookshelves // cristin priest of simplified bee

I’m so happy with the way this space came together and so is my client. Love that!

Happy decorating,


*photo credit: Jennifer Jacobson

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8 Responses to Design Reveal :: California Casual Chic Living Room

  1. classic•casual•home January 10, 2014 at 2:10 am #

    I love how you used that demi-lune as a sofa table…all so pretty!

    • admin January 10, 2014 at 7:38 am #

      Thank you so much! xo Cristin

  2. Rachel M. January 6, 2014 at 4:10 pm #

    I love that golden fabric you chose for the couches! It looks like what I’ve been trying to find for my couch – do you happen to know where I might be able to order it? Thanks!

    • admin January 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

      Thanks Rachel! This fabric is from Kravet – pattern 31747 & color 415. xo cristin

  3. Michaela January 6, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

    I just love every square inch of this room! So well done 🙂

    • admin January 6, 2014 at 4:17 pm #

      Thanks so much Michaela! xo c

  4. Heather {the lovely cupboard} January 6, 2014 at 9:42 am #

    This room has such gorgeous natural light! The book shelf styling and the coffee table are my favs:)

    • admin January 6, 2014 at 9:50 am #

      Thanks so much Heather! xo cristin