The Warwick Renovation: Modern Romantic Design in the Living Room

June 14, 2016

I’m most definitely a romantic. Actually, I think there is almost nothing I like better than LOVE, but when it comes to home decor “modern romantic design” isn’t an adjective you hear that often. For me, romance conjures up old black and white photographs, blush tones, gauzy fabrics, sumptuous textures (like velvets and suedes). There is something about romance that feels vintage to me, and maybe that’s why it’s coming to mind while decorating this older home. I also took inspiration from the green and blush flower motif in our stain glass windows. Here are some of the living room before photos to refresh your memory.

This just past the entry and into the main living room. Pretty arches and rounded ceiling details.

This just past the entry and into the main living room. Pretty arches and rounded ceiling details.

Front bay of stained glass windows. Notice the floral motif.

The large gray built-in / media center will go on this wall.

I’m being careful to not make the look too dated or girly, and so I’ve incorporated modern furniture silhouettes and masculine colors like military green and dark grey. Along side the more feminine blushes and creams, which I want to pull into the window treatment as well. Here’s a look at the full board:


Originally, I was playing around with a romantic looking gallery wall. But I think I prefer the simplicity of the two larger prints on the design board, which look do you favor?!



I think the biggest transformation in the room will be the resale sofa I found, which we are reupholstering and adding new legs to. I can’t wait to share the sofa makeover in another post! Here’s the inspiration sofa, which I originally saw on One Kings Lane:

Grey Sofa


Luke will also be working on a built-in media center, which will serve as the focal point of the room. Here are some of the inspiration images I’m loving:



It will probably take 8 weeks or so for the room to come together. I’ll share more along the way, and want to have Luke post about the built-in design and how we created the plan using Sketch-Up, which is Google design software anyone can download for free!

Are you down with Modern Romance? Let me know what you think!



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