News flash: Good design does not discriminate! Whether you want to pour your hard-earned cash into a posh pad, or find yourself on the fashionable, yet frugal end of the spectrum, jaw-dropping design is always within reach. And when it comes to one of the most highly trafficked rooms in your home, the living room, it’s especially important that your design dazzles, no matter your finances.
To prove that a room can pack a punch at different price points, we tasked one of our very own Laurel & Wolf designers, Ryen Conley, with styling the same living room three separate times, each within a different budget. What did she come up with? Let’s just say that even we struggled to figure out which room had the biggest budget. Scroll through to see for yourself!
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This one goes out to all you penny-pinchers out there! With $2K at her disposal, Ryen captured her signature, Cali-cool aesthetic with succulents, rattan arm chairs, and a geometric area rug to anchor the room, AND make a statement.
“I always love adding greenery [which] naturally gives off fresh air. Plants create an extremely welcoming living space, great for relaxing, lounging, and gathering,” says Ryen. And when designing with limited dough, looking to plants is a great way to add chic on the cheap.
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With a heftier $5,000 to burn, Ryen put two leather poufs in front of the fire place and upgraded to a sleek, more eye-catching coffee table. “I changed the sofa to a higher quality and more expensive sofa,” Ryen says, “and added some small decor items to fill in the space.”
The added cash also allowed for a Sputnik light fixture to hang from the ceiling, and a switch from the round mirror to a macrame wall hanging above the fireplace. “I love the art of indigo dying,” says Ryen about the throw pillows on the sofa. They “give off an oceanic feeling.” In this space, the combination of blue hues and wooden accents pop against the otherwise black and white color palette.
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A $10,000 budget gave Ryen license to really let loose. The hexagonal coffee table with its black and white geometric pattern makes a bold statement atop the striped rug. Ryen describes the table as a “wow factor” that “matches, yet contrasts the rug.”
According to Ryen, “I have always been drawn to black and whites, but when people think of a black and white decorated home, they think modern, cold, not very welcoming.” With her 10K design, Ryen was determined to prove that black and white can be warm and inviting. “I wanted to combine this black and white vibe with a bohemian, California cool look,” she says. To do so, she splurged on a shearling lounge chair to accompany the rattan one from the previous designs, and went with pricey wooden art for above the mantel.
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