Decorating Dilemma: Leah’s Living Space

Leah's living room with a desk

Decorating Dilemmas is a weekly column in which our stylists answer your design questions, so you can tackle your home decorating project with complete confidence.

Dear How to Decorate,

I’m trying to redo my living room and incorporate a desk. I have already ordered a few swatches from you in attempt to match the existing sofa, rug, and accent chairs. Not being very good at coordinating fabrics and placing furniture, I need advice! I’d like another seating option, accent tables/coffee tables, a desk, and a chair.

I am open to changing the drapes as well.

Please help! I am desperate!


Leah's before space

Dear Leah,

Thank you for your Decorating Dilemma. You already have such a beautiful space and we have a few suggestions on how to incorporate a desk and new seating.

Start with the Tuscan Return Office Group in the new Dark Gray finish. This beautiful office group provides ample storage and display space. Hang a Cote De La Mer print in between the two hutches for a bit of color. We recommend foregoing a traditional desk chair, since it is in a living space, and adding in a Gramercy Chair in Piper Mineral to incorporate the colors in your rug.

Two Larkin Swivel Gliders  in Hadley Taupe create a cozy, fun seating area. An Aster Side Table is a charming selection and the perfect size to tuck in between the chairs. The Hayes Ottoman in Queen’s Velvet Spa can double as additional seating and even has hidden storage behind the pleated skirt. A Paulette Floor Lamp provides extra light and the look of an antique.

For finishing touches, add in pillows in pretty patterns such as Kiki Frog Knot,  Mia Gray, Firenze Ivory, and Spa Linen!

Remember to send us pictures when you are finished … we love seeing beautiful rooms!

Happy Decorating,

The Design Team


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Caroline McDonald

Caroline lives for pairing together patterns, mixing furniture styles, and oogling over our newest furniture pieces. As you can imagine, her little 1920's craftsman is in a constant state of flux. Here on How to Decorate, it's her goal to help you turn your home into your own little slice of paradise.