Pinterest Meets Practical: A Cozy Chic Living Room

Interior design can be daunting, especially for a gal with an inspiration board full of awe-inspiring digs. But wife-to-be Monica Lake is here to tackle the challenge of creating a Pinterest-worthy room on a budget. Through her series “Pinterest meets Practical” she’ll take a do-it-yourself approach to transforming your home from dream to reality with the help of pieces from local shops.

Josh Gruetzmacher Photography via Style Me Pretty
Josh Gruetzmacher Photography via Style Me Pretty

This gorgeous living area (with a slight boho vibe) is not only pleasing to the eye, but feels like a place you could actually kick off your heels and hang out in. The gold poufs and mirrored tray give it air of elegance, and the colors of the rug are a modern twist on a traditional print. Throw pillows are always a practical accessory for any couch, as well as a non-permanent way to change up the feeling of a room. When it comes to pillows, try out your new favorite color (maybe radiant orchid?), add some sparkle, or change them with the seasons. The key to achieving a cohesive look like this is to have all the major components in a neutral color (table, sofa, wall color) so you can spice it up in other ways that are changeable later on. 

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Make it your own: Not everything you need for this room comes with a price-tag. You most likely already have some of these items lying around the house — the perfect budget-friendly way to add flair to your room. Along with a few adorable prints on the wall (which you can purchase from Made By Girl, I swear my roommate and I could keep her in business with the amount of things we order from her), hang some personal photos in clean white frames that have a large matting area — this will give regular old snapshots a more professional display. Stack some of your stylish coffee table books up, and show off one of your favorite knick-knacks on top (I have a gorgeous opalescent bowl filled with pine cones for winter on my table). Complete the look with a funky vase and some fresh flowers, and then you’ve made this Pinterest room practical!