1 Living Room 3 Ways

Happy Friday!

Remember when we did 1 Nursery 3 Ways? Well today I want to show you how to switch out accessories in a living room to get completely different looks. I want to give you the sense that a completely different person lives in each of these rooms.

The things that are staying the same:

  • Sofa
  • Dresser
  • Rug
  • Coffee table

The variables are:

  • Lighting
  • Art
  • Pillows
  • Chair/s
  • Accessories


OB-1 Living Room 3 Ways Original

Sofa – This is the darkest blue I have ever seen a sofa get and I love it! The tufting is traditional but the lines are mid-century.

Rug – I have been in love with this rug from OKL for a long time. The gray border keeps it interesting but it is still a solid cream backdrop.

Dresser – This metal dresser from Room and Board is not only a staple at a very reasonable price but it adds another texture to the room! Bonus!

Coffee Table – This table is the perfect scale, color, and design. Perfect I tell you, perfect! (although quite the splurge!)


OB-1 Living Room 3 Ways Moody

Making this room sensual and moody was not very difficult. Since we already had a dark sofa and dresser, all you have to do is layer textures in black, dark blue, and gray hues. Some of the textures used here are: concrete, wood, copper, denim, velvet, wool, natural fibers, metal, and marble. If I were to add color or pattern to this room, that combined with all that texture would be completely overwhelming! Shout out to my father-in-law David Michael Slonim for his painting Magic Planet which was the inspiration for the rest of the room!

Olive Tree, David Michael Slonim Painting, Pendant, Candle Holder, Art, Art, Chair, Lamp, Basket, Side Table

Bright and Quirky:

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This room is walking the line between, bright and a little bit too happy. Those sconces alone amp up the happy by a factor of 7. The main thing I wanted to inject into this iteration of the room was quirk. The tiger pillow, gold bust, shopping cheetah print, and the sprawling fiddle leaf fig, all added to that quirky feeling. My other favorite thing in here is that plate I am using as a tray from H&M. Do I sense a mounting trend??

Art, Sconce, Chair, Lamp, Art, Bust, Pillow, Pillow, Plant, Blanket, Basket, Plate,


OB-1 Living Room 3 Ways Global

I choose the last room to be global because it is a very different from the quirky and moody styles of the other rooms. It has a context of its own that is very distinctly recognizable. I took that Aztec rug and hung it on the wall as a tapestry, and the pottery on the dresser is laid out in a simple collection. The styling of this room was fairly easy because you can fill empty space with pottery or plants (or both!)

Tapestry, Pottery, Pendant, Chair, Pouf, Pillow, Plant, Plant, Planter

I had so much fun reimagining this space 3 different times! Please let me know in the comments which is your favorite version!


What Does “Moody” Design Mean?

Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone had a good weekend and DIDN’T throw their backs out, doomed to spend the weekend laying flat and being a general grump. I really hope that didn’t happen to you. My weekend definitely put me in mind for today’s post!

Defining moody design is like trying to define salty. It is more of a quality than a style itself. For lack of a better way of putting it, moody design is a “mood” of design. There are lots of “moods” of design, such as bright, colorful or quirky and this one happens to be mood-y! Hahaha…ahem…sorry.

Moving on!

To help define what makes a design moody here are a few general guidelines to achieve this “mood”:

#1 Dark Colors

Black, burgundy, dark green, chocolate, wine, navy, charcoal, olive, dark plum, burnt orange. In moody design, these are usually used on the walls, but not always. Dark colors are the fastest, most obvious way to moody design.

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#2 Rough Elements 

Elements that have a ruggedness to them. A sort of gruff, worn, natural, organic, or patinaed look. There is something slightly imperfect about moody design.

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#3 Architecture 

Details like vaulted ceilings, large windows, and intricate moulding are a bonus when it comes to moody design in order to prevent the spaces from feeling too cramped. The dark or bold color will highlight these architectural elements

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Although moody design lends itself well to gothic, greek revivalist, and victorian styles, you don’t need to go full on Wuthering Heights to be considered moody! Any style can be moody, including MCM and modern styles:


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In the board below there are combined scandi, modern, and gothic elements:

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Sofa, Candle Holder, Art, Pillow, Chair, Rug, Glass, Curtains, Pendant,

Any of these individual items could be in any room but that wouldn’t make that room automatically “moody”. Instead it is a combination of these elements that create a moody atmosphere.

Remember this page? If you have questions about any of the terminology in this post, I’ve got you covered in The Fig Design’s Design Dictionary. If you would like to see any more terms or “moods” defined feel free to shoot me a message!




Rust and Blush Living Room

Happy Tuesday! Over the weekend we visited cousins and their babies in Cleveland. (If you caught my insta-stories you know what I’m talking about) Cleveland has so much amazing architecture, culture, and things to do. We had a great time!

Today’s board features a rust and blush color harmony. This is a classic pair that I talked about a little bit here. When paired with white walls, black accents, and a minimalist style these colors really shine and feel very warm and cozy! The style of this room is modern and contemporary.

I like to design with a particular person in mind, and here I give a short description of who I think that person is and what their lifestyle is like. This makes designing more fun and meaningful, since design is about describing someone visually in order to help you get to know them. In these posts I reverse the process!

Sadie and Mark live in a Seattle apartment. They’ve softened the busy city with cozy colors and an open living space. Mark works at an architecture firm and Sadie was just hired as the social media director for a start-up. They have had their dopey chocolate lab, Duke for almost 6 years and he has spent every day barking at anything outside that moves. They are both crazy about card games, which are anything but subdued! Game nights at their place are legendary. Mark has always wanted to learn to cook and Sadie has always hated cooking so together they are learning how. In their free time they rewatch The Office, visit Sadie’s grandmother, and walk in the park, rain or no rain.


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My favorite part of this room is the large rust-colored chair from Crate and Barrel. It looks like you could just sink into it forever… Second favorite would have the be that vintage planter from Chairish! Its floral, and slightly out of place with the modern style of everything but its a great little accent. Third favorite is that check rug from Loloi Rugs! Its got the perfect amount of color, texture, and pattern. I will definitely be using it again.

Rug, Basket, Lounge Chair, Art, Art, Tree, Planter, Console Table, Curtains, Pillow, Pillow, Chair, Lamp



Modern Minimalist Bachelor Pad

Welcome to another full design plan! Today our client is very special because this is an interpretation of my husband Michael’s tastes in his hypothetical, never-gonna-happen bachelor pad!

I was searching around for people with good style to do practice design plans with and I realized I have someone with crazy cool style right under my nose! Or rather, slightly above my nose. Anyway! This is my dream client (and man). I know what he wants probably better than he does, and he lives with me so scheduling meetings is a breeze!

He agreed to do two rooms with me and our first consultation got him thinking about his own tastes in design probably more than he ever has.

  • He found out he will always go for cool and minimal rather than bright and busy.
  • He prefers high-end materials and quality products.
  • He wanted tropical looking plants
  • He also hates art or figurines with human faces. It creeps him out.

He asked me to make him a minimal oasis with industrial elements and high-end materials. I was thrilled. I love this style! And although I don’t think it would be practical for our family or fulfilling for me as a designer (I’m a semi-maximalist and yes I’m aware of the irony in that sentence), this is a great style to incorporate into any home! Here are some of the inspiration photos:



A few things I knew right away the room needed:

  • Wide plank, white oak flooring (for warmth in the minimalist pad)
  • Some quirky art
  • Big windows (because Michael loves natural light)
  • Cozy bedding (because he also likes to burrow)
  • Manly industrial vibe (industrial is the complimenting style to this type of minimalism)
  • Lots of Black accents
  • And of course white walls

The floor plan was broken down like this:

Michael Floor Plan breakdown

This room is pretty big so there is a sitting area in the bottom right corner and a desk in the bottom left. Michael likes to do his work almost as soon as he wakes up and most of it in the comfort of his bedroom. This is where he would send emails, listen to tracks, and write incredible, chart-topping songs.

The double doors on the left follow into his bathroom, single door on the left is a walk-in closet (something he always wanted) and the double doors on the right (as long as we are dreaming) lead to a balcony! At the foot of his bed is the sofa and another small zone for cozy chats and drinks.

The 3D version doesn’t represent the final style of the materials but it definitely helps to get a feel for the space:


The first version:

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This version is more colorful and tropical. The reading nook has two chairs and there are hits of vibrant blue and yellow accents. The linen curtains add a finished, cozy feel.

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This version of his bedroom has the volume turned down on those colors and everything rests a little easier. The greenish blue sofa from interior define is a perfect example of a color acting as a neutral. It blends in with the foliage and doesn’t jar you. One of my favorite features of this bedroom is the 4 poster bed. Because the space I was working with was so big (high ceilings, very open) the bed needed to fit the scale and this one from OKL fit the bill perfectly but is no longer available. Here is one I found that is similar: 4 poster bed. Instead of curtains in this room there are privacy shades (not shown). Even though the curtains feel cozy, the lack of curtains amp up the minimal vibe significantly.

Michael’s favorite feature is the black leather chair. During my initial conversation with Michael he said “And I’m over leather, no leather.” I frowned a little and I said “Do you mean…brown leather? Because I think you like black leather.” to which he replied “Oh, yeah. I like black leather. Just no brown leather.” Got it. Sometimes you need to clarify things with clients to give them what they want. Can you imagine if I had stuck with no leather and risked omitting his favorite part of the room??

You’ve probably guessed that he chose the second option. Here is the final version and shopping list after a few minor revisions:

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Parisian-Colonial Vignette

Happy Thursday! Fun fact about me: I am always getting my Tuesdays and Thursdays mixed up. I have tried every mnemonic device out there and I still get confused! Anyone else have this problem?

But I digress.

I like to design with a particular person in mind, and here I give a short description of who I think that person is and what their lifestyle is like. This makes designing more fun and meaningful, since design is about describing someone visually in order to help you get to know them. In these posts I reverse the process!

Melissa is a 33 year old journalist living in her Vermont cottage. She surrounds herself with warm tones, neutral colors, and lots of texture. She has silky black hair, large brown eyes, and a slight southern twang. She loves raspberry sorbet, velvet, and action movies.  She has the loudest laugh you have ever heard and her favorite place in the world is reading in her living room on a rainy Saturday afternoon.



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This small vignette has a balance of different styles. The overall feel is “Parisian” which means “relating to Paris”. Parisian design is essentially a mash-up of styles that has become a style in and of itself. It combines modern, art deco pieces with ornate traditional and victorian elements. There is something slightly colonial in this look, with lots of muted colors and elegant textures.

Art, Chair, Side Table, Vase, Sconce, Pillow