Design Project: Cool, California Modern Living & Dining

Hey Friends!

Today I’m sharing a project that is near and dear to my heart- a design for my Sister-in-Law Rachel & her boyfriend Rhyan! Rach & Rhyan are some of my most favorite people, and Rach and I share a pretty similar aesthetic. We both appreciate a fairly neutral palette, but with pops of muted colors and metal accents, and some bohemian patterns. This tends to lend to a cool, California vibe as some would call it, and truthfully, I’ll take it because it IS where we live! 😉 Shopping products and pulling designs together for her new home was beyond fun, and I’ve shared the design boards for both the living room and dining room below. (This post contains Affiliate Links. For more info- please visit my Disclosures page HERE).


Living Room Design Board


The Living Room Design starts with pieces that Rachel and Rhyan currently own. The grey sofa, media shelf, and accent table with wood top were the starting points. My goal was to find coordinating furniture, and select accent and decor pieces.

The rugs I chose for this space are to create a layered look- the bottom rug is a natural woven jute, and the top rug is a bold black rug with white striping. The same black and white rug will be used in their bathroom as well to create cohesion among the spaces. The coffee table is an industrial style with a black metal base and wood top. To provide additional seating in the living room, and also function at the dining table when needed, I have selected 2 woven rattan chairs in a natural finish. These will add warmth amongst the darker sofa and industrial furniture pieces. For accents and decor, I selected a variety of pieces with metallic finishes, some natural elements like the fiddle leaf fig tree and basket, as well as pillows and throw blankets in muted tones. The finishing touches will be some candles and a beautiful stack of coffee table books.

Here are the links for all of the living room items:


Lucy Dark Grey Sofa


Walton 74 inch Open TV Stand




LOHALS Flatwoven Jute Rug 7×10


GORLOSE Low Pile Rug


AGEN  Rattan Armchair


Round Decorative Wall Mirror- Brass


HJARTELIG Vase Clear Glass 


DAIDAI Plant Pot Brass


FEJKA Artificial Potted Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree


FLADIS Seagrass Basket


INDUSTRIELL Terra Cotta Vase


SANELA Cushion Cover Dark Blue


JOFRED Cushion Cover Natural


SOTHOLMEN Cushion Cover Dark Green


VIGDIS Cushion Cover Beige


ALMALIE Throw Blanket Black & White


TUVALIE Throw Dark Grey and White Stripe



Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide to Creating a Home That Makes You Happy

The New Bohemians: Cool and Collected Homes

Remodelista: The Organized Home: Simple, Stylish Storage Ideas for All Over the House

Chanel: Collections and Creations



Dining Room Design Board

R&Rdining room1

The Dining Room is open to the Living Room, so it was very important for these spaces to act as one, design wise. You will see that everything in this space plays nicely with the living room. The only existing piece that I was asked to incorporate into the room was the white bench that is made to hide “all the things” for their cat. I decided to blend this into the space by selecting a throw blanket to drape across the top and pillows for an inviting touch. This piece can now be functional for furry friends and human friends!

The rug I chose for the space is the same jute rug as in the living room. You will see the accent chairs from the living room shown here as well, because they are meant to be multifunctional- when extra guests need to be accommodated at the dining table, these chairs can be easily borrowed from the living space. The clean lined black dining set and chairs ties in nicely with the industrial style metal shelving, but keeps the space feeling eclectic and collected vs. TOO match-matchy. I have individually selected each vintage-reproduction National Park print to highlight the room design’s color scheme, but also, because they love to adventure around and explore, and to which most of these destinations they have been! It adds a personal touch while still keeping with high design. You will see the other accessories I have chosen are again in muted tones with metallic pops, and with natural elements like seagrass, concrete and of course, plants.

Here are the links for all of the dining room items (with the exception of the rug and rattan chairs which are linked above 😉):

Merry Products Cat Washroom Bench, White




SANELA Cushion Cover Dark Green


VIGDIS Cushion Cover Beige


SANELA Cushion Cover Dark Blue


LISABO/IDOLF Table and Chairs set of 4 Black


FJALLBO Shelf Unit Black

SET of FIVE U.S. National Park Service Vintage Travel Prints circa 1938 – 24″ high x 18″ wide


SKARIG Wall Clock 


FRYKEN Seagrass Box with Lid, set of 3


HJARTELIG Seagrass Basket


8.7″ Round Glass Outdoor Lantern with Concrete Base 


FEJKA Artificial Fern Plant


Artificial Snake Plant in Concrete Pot

Mid Century Wood Plant Stand 10 Inch (Planter NOT included)

I am so excited for this big move in Rach & Rhyan’s lives! This design was very special for me and I cannot wait to see it all come together (and to go to their place to sip 🍷 and enjoy it as I please 💁🏻)! What is your favorite part of the design? Let’s chat in the comments! ❤️

Big Hugs,

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