The Secret Sauce: Our Recipe For Success

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There are so many talented interior designers out there (we really mean that), but of course we’re a little biased when it comes to Trim Design Co.  We’re not ones to toot our own horns, but as soon as we started working together, we knew we had something special going on. So today we’re getting personal and sharing how we make design magic happen in your home.  Our ‘secret sauce’ if you will.

Ingredients:

1) We’re both former teachers.

Although we’ve both been designing our own homes (and those of friends and family) for as long as we can remember, we didn’t start our professional lives in the field of interior design.  After completing her master’s in education at Simmons College in Boston, Jen spent the next decade teaching social studies and English language arts to grades 4-8, first in the States and then overseas in Singapore and Japan.  I too, began my career in the classroom. After completing my master’s at Boston College and earning my English Language Arts and Special Education licenses, I spent six years teaching special education and English at Framingham High School.  

Jen and I agree that aside from the amazing connections made with students and coworkers, our favorite part of teaching was the process of creating lesson plans.  It offered the chance to envision and build a framework that took all of the information and synthesized it into a meaningful concept with real-world implications.  There is something so satisfying about creative work that’s both functional and intellectually or emotionally resonant. And our love for this process is what makes our background in teaching so pertinent to our interior design work.  We know first-hand, the importance solid organizational strategies play in optimizing success, both for students and in a person’s home. When your home isn’t working for you, it impacts every aspect of your day-to-day life. Our background as educators uniquely qualifies us to identify the challenges keeping you from achieving your ideal home.  We work with our clients to pinpoint exactly what it is that’s not working in their home and then we fix it with the dedication and attention to detail that only two former teachers could possibly achieve.  

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Top row, from left: A student’s portrait of Ms. Joy (Annabel) | The view of Annabel’s classroom from her desk | Annabel dressed as Holden Caulfield for Spirit Week

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Bottom row, from left: Mrs. Dulac (Jen) at her desk, Singapore American School | With several of her 7th-grade students, also at SAS

2) We’re world travelers.

Between the two of us, we’ve lived in and traveled to 30 countries, spanning every continent except Antarctica (but we’ll get there eventually!).  Experiencing this wide variety of cultures has informed our eclectic, collected aesthetic and given us a deep appreciation for traditional craftsmanship around the world.  If you spend any amount of time scrolling through Instagram or Pinterest, it can start to feel like there are only a few types of textiles or rugs out there, because you see the same styles over and over again.  Through our travels, we have encountered so many different materials, textiles, and adornments (ever heard of Ghanaian kente cloth, Indonesian pahikung, or Moroccan boucherouite?). We love to incorporate these into our designs to create sophisticated spaces that are truly one-of-a-kind.  We create spaces for our clients that set the trends instead of following them.

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Top row, from left: Annabel rides a camel in Axum, Ethiopia | A handweaver at work in Barrydale, South Africa | Middle row, from left: Colorful baskets at a market in Mekele, Ethiopia | Jen, on the hunt for Ming treasures at Beijing’s Dirt Market | Bottom row, from left: Browsing through vintage goods a shrine sale, Tokyo  | Traditional textiles for sale near Chiang Mai, Thailand

3) We represent two generations.

Maybe the most surprising thing about our partnership is the fact that we’re a duo from two different generations.  Jen is Gen X; I’m a millennial. At first glance, this might seem like it could present a challenge for our collaboration, but we’ve found it to be our greatest strength.  Generational stereotypes are often exaggerated and used to make some pretty silly arguments, but in many cases these generalizations do have some level of truth to them. Our generational differences have helped us find that sweet spot between risk and caution, pragmatism and idealism.  Most importantly, we’ve pushed each other forward creatively and together have developed a cohesive and focused point of view for our designs that’s neither too trendy nor too traditional.

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4) We love us some vintage!

We include vintage pieces in every one of our designs, intentionally blending the old with the new to create homes that are truly one-of-a-kind.  Vintage pieces have history and patina; they have a powerful effect on the feel of a space. We incorporate vintage pieces in order to give you a home that tells your story; a home that’s personal, eclectic, and collected.  And one of our favorites parts of designing is the chance to do some upcycling--breathing new life into pieces that otherwise might find their way into a dump. There can be a lot of life left in older pieces, and the craftsmanship can be (and usually is) far superior to new makes.

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Top row, from left: Brass candlesticks from Thailand, one has been converted into a floor lamp. | A vintage Anglo-Indian tea table Jen spotted covered in cobwebs at an estate sale and a bergere chair she found at a church rummage sale and later reupholstered in a fun, bold print | A pair of mid-century barrel-back chairs and a set of vintage acrylic nesting tables make up some of Jen’s top estate sale scores. Bottom row, from left: A vintage oushak rug from Turkey anchors this contemporary lucite console desk, accessorized with a leather goatskin ottoman from Morocco, and a lidded senegalese basket. | A flat-top trunk from the late 1800s sites behind a Chinese jardiniere on a rosewood stand.

5) We source the uncommon to set your home apart.

Have you ever paged through one of those furniture and home decor catalogues (we won’t name names, but you know the sort we mean) that come in the mail and thought, “This stuff is nice individually, but all together it’s so matchy-matchy! It looks like a picture from a chain hotel!”?  We believe you deserve a home that reflects you as an individual, not one that looks like it came from a cookie-cutter. Whenever possible, we source from individual artisans and emerging brands so that your home will never look like a catalogue! And as two women who decided to start their own company, we also love the chance to support other small-business entrepreneurs like ourselves.  Community is central to our philosophy and mission. Sourcing from small and local makers is one of the ways that our designs reflect those core values.

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From left: A bespoke walnut and cherry side table made using traditional joinery methods in Amenia, North Dakota, by Bryan Cramer and handmade macrame pillow shams from Etsy shop Homesunshine. | A modern take on traditional shaker stools handmade  in Bethel, Maine by S. Timberlake. | A turquoise bracelet flask by Annie Hanks Ceramic Studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee, sits on a shelf above a linen dish towel, screen-printed by hand, from Savannah Hayes.

All photos property of Trim Design Co. LLC

Trim Take: Boho Chic

It’s the final week of our Trim Take blog series, and we are getting so close the the official launch of Trim Design Co.!!  Before I jump into my take on ‘Boho Chic’ I thought I’d give you a chance to get to know Jen and me a little better.   

Jen and I met while working together at a design firm in Boston and bonded immediately over our mutual love of vintage kilim loafers (shout out to Artemis Design Co.!), collected interiors, and the hunt for the perfect piece.   As we worked together, we discovered that we shared a passion for people and quality over trends, and we felt sad at the developments we were observing in our industry: Environmental degradation caused by mass-production of fast-furniture, and impersonal trend-driven designs being churned out by big edesign tech companies.   Our answer was to create Trim, a firm focused on designing eclectic, collected interiors that are deeply personal and celebrate timeless vintage and artisanal pieces as well as emerging brands that prioritize environmental sustainability.  We are putting the finishing touches on the new website and we can’t wait to show it to you!

I had a blast creating this week’s design, because I’m taking on ‘Boho Chic’ style, one of my very favorite influences.  I found so many fantastic pieces to incorporate into both my room design and the mood board. I really hope you like it as much as I do!  To read Jen’s Trim Take on ‘Casual Modern’ head over to her blog Persimmon Design.  Be sure to check out our previous Trim Takes on ‘Classic Coastal,’ ‘New Traditional,’ ‘Rustic Industrial,’ and ‘Modern Farmhouse.

Trim Take: Boho Chic

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If these images are giving you heart eyes, then ‘Boho Chic’ is the style for you!  A true bohemian at heart, you’re drawn to natural textures, colorful patterns, and globally inspired details.  It’s important to you that your home be an expression of your personality, and you enjoy combining new and vintage pieces to achieve a collected, eclectic effect.  However, you understand the importance of curating your space to achieve a warm and care-free, but also modern and sophisticated feel. This style is sometimes referred to as ‘modern eclectic’.

Here are some suggestions to pull off this style:

  • Start with white walls to keep the design fresh and bright.

  • Add in color and pattern through accessories.  This way you can easily turn the volume up and down on your color palette.   

  • Incorporate natural materials like rattan, worn leather, raw wood, and jute.

  • Consider layering smaller rugs on top of larger ones to create depth and add interest without clutter.

  • Combine textiles from different regions such as African mud cloth, Japanese shibori, Turkish kilim, and Moroccan cactus silk to give the space a global nomad vibe.

  • To add some contrast and balance out the natural, vintage feel of the space, choose streamlined light fixtures and hardware in warm metallic finishes like brass and gold.

  • Keep things cozy and casual with floor pillows, pouf ottomans for extra seating, fuzzy sheepskins, and of course plenty of plants.

Related Styles to Explore: Classic Coastal, Casual Modernist, Rustic Industrial

Here’s a rendering I created of a ‘Boho Chic’ bedroom:

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I have a formula of sorts for designing bohemian inspired spaces, which I used to create this room.  First, I started with white walls to keep things light and bright. Next I sourced the rug. I prefer to bring in color with a large rug and then use a few accessories to sprinkle the color around the space, while keeping all of the furniture neutral.  I do this because, for me, having the saturated color on the floor grounds all the neutral furnishings and keeps the space from feeling visually chaotic. It’s also a good rule of thumb to start with the rug, because it’s easier to match furniture and accessories to a rug than to find a rug that is the right size and goes with all the furniture and accessories.  Notice how I chose a rug that’s colorful, but also has some beige in it? This makes it easy for me to create a room that feels cohesive, because I can pull out that beige color and match it to the furniture. That means I’m going to be looking for lighter than average woods and leathers. This stunner is a vintage rug from Loom and Kiln, but I also recommend Blue Parakeet Rugs, New England Loom, Collectiv Co., and Etsy.  Lulu & Georgia is an awesome source for both vintage and new rugs.  I have two vintage Turkish runner rugs in my hallway from an Etsy seller called The Oushak Shop.

After walls and rug, step three is bringing in furniture in a variety of natural textures. I like to aim for a mix of rattan, leather, wood, and woven natural fibers.  I’m going to detour for a sec here to talk about rattan because I get a lot of questions about what it is exactly and how it’s different from wicker. Rattan refers to several hundred species of climbing palm, similar to bamboo, that is commonly used as a material to make furniture and other decor items like baskets.  Wicker is not a material at all; it’s actually a style of weaving.  In fact, often times rattan is used to create wicker-style furniture, which is why you may hear people use both terms to refer to the same piece of furniture.  One word describes the material, the other describes the style of construction.

Back to the design- I started with the bed because that’s going to be the focal point.  And I prefer to use upholstered headboards because they just hold up so much better than anything else.  Tufted or nailhead styles are typical for upholstered headboards, but they’re too traditional and formal for my taste, and definitely don’t give me boho vibes.  So I look for very simple upholstered headboards without any fancy stitching details- it’s almost a slipcover look that I’m going for. I choose a nice beige to build my warm neutral palette off of.

After the bed, I add the chair.  I’ve been dying to use this chair in a design.  It’s a traditional club chair silhouette, but done in a woven rattan with an exaggerated swoop to the back.  Now I need a dresser with a natural, organic feel and the right color of sandy beige. I could choose a painted one, but I prefer the look of raw wood for that all-natural boho spirit.  I found this dresser at Mcgee & Co which specializes in modern farmhouse designs, but actually has some versatile pieces that can work for a variety of styles as proven here.  

Last, I need some contrast to add depth and interest, so I pull out the black from the rug and use that color for bedside tables.  If you look at the furniture in this room, with the exception of the chair, all of these pieces would be right at home in an uber modern design.  That’s my trick for achieving the ‘chic’ in ‘Boho Chic.’ But *mostly* limiting the global and colorful elements to the accessories, the room retains a sophisticated, adult feel.  Global is the other important piece of the formula. The ‘Boho Chic’ style is all about the idea of a collected aesthetic, informed by your travels around the globe and an appreciation for the arts and traditions of other cultures.  In this room, I included a lidded African basket for laundry, a leather pouf from Morocco, African mudcloth pillows and a Chinese Hmong pillow.  The rug is Iranian and the lamps are by American artists Priscilla Hollingsworth (bedside) and Jonathan Entler (dresser).  

Side note on rug terminology: When you see “Persian rug” this means it comes from Iran.  When you see “Oriental rug” this means it can be from Turkey, Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, China, Uzbekistan, and a few other places.  All of these rugs are hand knotted, but the knot used in the Iranian technique is different, hence the distinction in the names.  Oushak and Kilim also refer to styles of rugs from Turkey, and Cactus Silk or Sabra Silk rugs are Moroccan.

Thanks for tuning in to see how we do ‘Boho Chic’ here at Trim Design Co.  I hope you enjoyed this design as much as I did.  I love it so much I may try and convince Kean to let me do a One Room Challenge and get this look in our bedroom.  If you want to bring a ‘Boho Chic’ vibe to your own space, check out the shoppable mood board below, featuring some of my favorite sources for vintage and handmade pieces!

Get The Look: Shop our ‘Boho Chic’ round-up!

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Source list:

  1. Francesca Armchair, One Kings Lane

  2. “JT 3” Art Print, Shop A House in the Hills  

  3. Lodge Chandelier III by Workstead, Shoppe Amber Interiors

  4. Moroccan leather pouf, Babasouk

  5. Vintage Tai Lu Embroidered Hmong Pillow, CollectivCo

  6. Tassel Pillow, One Kings Lane

  7. Mid-century Fiber Art Wall Hanging, Chairish

  8. Custom Chautauqua Ottoman, Shoppe Amber Interiors

  9. Handwoven Eyelash Basket, Chairish

  10. Sabra Silk Pillow, Babasouk

  11. Vintage Rattan Peacock Headboard, Etsy

  12. Antique Khotan Rug, Chairish

  13. Zagora Tasseled Night Stand, Anthropologie

  14. Palma Lounge Chair, tinekhome

  15. Salt Glazed Table Lamp, 1st Dibs

  16. Marte Lounge Chair, Urban Outfitters

  17. Opening Credits Knit Blanket, Cold Picnic

  18. Stoneware Bottles, Helen Levi

  19. Miya Hanging Planter by Justina Blakeney, Jungalow

  20. “Sunset Vibes” Art Print by Lou Lou Avenue for The Poster Club

  21. Uli Dresser, McGee & Co.

  22. Entler Ceramic Table Lamp, 1st Dibs

  23. Ines Etagere by Justina Blakeney, Jungalow

  24. Vintage Persian Rug, Loom and Kiln

Trim Take: Rustic Industrial

Last week I broke the exciting news that Jen and I are starting Trim Design Co, a boutique online interior design firm specializing in an eclectic, collected aesthetic.  Trim is our response to a world of fast-fashion, big-box stores and manufacturing that’s wreaking havoc on the environment.  With Trim, we’re embracing sustainability and bringing a sense of history into our designs by including vintage and artisanal pieces in every room.  And because these pieces are our passion, there are several in today’s shoppable mood board!

But before I dive in to this week’s Trim Take- many of you have been asking what exactly we’ll be doing once Trim launches later this summer, so I thought I’d give you the basics real quick.


What we do: Trim Design Co. provides boutique online interior design services for the discerning client nationwide.  We use email and software platforms to provide our design services to you online for maximum convenience. You provide photos and dimensions of your space and tell us about your style preferences and goals.   Then we get to work on your full room design, just like a traditional design firm, from paint color and floorplan to furniture, lighting and accessories. At the end of the design process, you have everything you need to implement your new room design including a shopping list, realistic room rendering, and detailed set-up instructions.  Then you’re free to purchase and install when the time is right for you.

Why we do it:  It’s time for a change. The customization and service expected from full-service interior design should be available to clients who prefer the online experience.   

What sets us apart: Trim Design Co. is the only online interior design firm incorporating vintage pieces, artisanal items, and emerging brands into each and every design, creating homes steeped in individuality. Trim knows that beautiful, authentic spaces are achieved only when the words that describe your home are synonymous with the words that describe you. 


Alright, back to the matter at hand! To read Jen’s Trim Take, head over to her blog Persimmon Design.  And be sure to check out last week’s installments if you missed them: I took on ‘Classic Coastal’ style and Jen covered ‘New Traditional.’  

This week I’m going ‘Rustic Industrial’ and sharing my advice on how to pull off the this look without sacrificing sophistication or comfort.  I have to be totally honest and say that this is not my favorite design style, BUT it is my husband’s favorite, and we’re roomies, so I consider myself somewhat of an expert when it comes to designing in this vein without sacrificing my own aesthetic.  And I surprised myself by how much I ended up loving the design this week! I may need to reconsider my stance on the ‘Rustic Industrial’ genre.   

Trim Take: Rustic Industrial  

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If you love this look, you’re a study in contrast (in the best way, of course!).  Your aesthetic combines the industrial feel of an urban loft with the rustic coziness of a mountain cabin.  You have a fondness for exposed brick, weathered metals, and reclaimed wood. You’re not necessarily a minimalist, but you value function and find elegance in simplicity; you prefer your furnishings without unnecessary frills and embellishments.  In fact, you actually prefer your space with an air of unfinished rawness rather than a perfectly styled setting.

Here are some suggestions to pull off this style:

  • Don’t shy away from mixing refined and raw materials.  This style is all about marrying urban and rustic influences, so go ahead and put those shiny chrome tub chairs around that live-edge oak table, and drape that fuzzy sheepskin over the back of that sleek plastic Eames dining chair.

  • Embrace repurposed decor: a table made from an old door, or wall shelves fashioned from steel pipes and wooden pallets.

  • Select unadorned pendant lighting with simple metal shades reminiscent of the industrial lights used on construction sites or in warehouses.

  • Choose open shelving rather than cabinets, to utilize your household items to bring color and interest to the space and eliminate the need for additional decorative pieces.

  • Welcome a Scandinavian influence, characterized by understated, functional furniture and a black and white color palette punctuated with bright pops of color.  

  • Less is more: a headboard for your bed or curtains for your windows aren’t requirements for this look.

Related Styles to Explore*: Casual Modernist, Modern Farmhouse, Boho Chic

*Stay tuned for an upcoming Trim Take on each of these styles.

Here’s a rendering I created of a ‘Rustic Industrial’ dining room:

But then Jen saw it and said that dirty buffalo were gross to look at while eating.  And, while I wouldn’t go so far as to call them gross, she does have a point. So I swapped out the art for a nice Pacific coast beach shot:

Of course, then my husband Kean complained that the buffalo were way cooler.  This just goes to show how personal interior design really is. If I was designing for Jen, I’d never pick the same piece of art as I would if I were designing for Kean.  Personally I like both options, but I hope you’ll vote for your favorite in the comments because I love a good contest!

The trick to nailing a sophisticated ‘Rustic Industrial’ look is to maintain a balance between the rustic elements and the industrial ones.  Too much of the rustic stuff starts to feel like a ski chalet, and too much industrial becomes a cold factory. As always, careful editing is a must.  We’ve all heard the Coco Chanel quote to take one thing off before leaving the house, and this same philosophy applies to decorating a room. Exercising restraint not only avoids clutter, but results in a clean and light space that centers and welcomes you.  I think the most sophisticated spaces are so often the ones with the least stuff in them. I’m not talking about minimalism here, it’s more like when you put together that perfect outfit- it’s not a million scarves and bangles; it’s a couple pieces of jewelry that work perfectly with your shoes/bag/jeans/hair to make you feel as though you’ve been transformed into a cooler version of yourself.  Not that you’re not already cool- you are!! I’m only speaking from personal experience here and maybe my inner monologue is crazier than average.

For this design, I kept the walls a neutral white (white walls are my favorite- I’ll always love them no matter how far they fall out of fashion) but I made the back wall brick because it’s such a quintessential ‘Rustic Industrial’ material and I love the texture it adds to the design.  Next I chose the table. Normally I would start with the rug, because matching your furnishings to the color of a rug is MUCH easier than trying to find a rug that matches furnishings you’ve already bought. However, I already knew I was going to do a neutral rug for this room and when I saw this table I was inspired to build the design around it.  I like this table so much because it’s rustic reclaimed wood in a farmhouse style, but the unexpected black gives it a modern edginess that I’m digging.

Now, to keep this design from feeling too cold or dramatic, I needed some warm tones.  So I selected a brass metal pendant light in an industrial yet still sophisticated silhouette.  Even when I’m working within the rustic industrial space, I need a clean look. And industrial decor can veer into steampunk territory pretty quickly if you’re not careful.  For more warmth, I selected dining chairs in a rich, red-brown leather. I’m loving how they pop alongside the black and white!

But uh-oh, so far the only neutrals I’ve got going on are the white walls...what about my signature foundation of warm neutrals! It’s time to get a rug in there! A textured and subtly patterned wool rug and champagne sheepskin are just the ticket.  Now, since I’m a strong believer in limiting the number of different colors in a space to keep it from becoming visually busy, I used the colors I already had to source the rest of the decor. I added a mirror with a black metal frame across from the windows to reflect light and brighten up the room and then a black bench to round out the seating situation.  I knew I needed this sideboard the moment I saw it because the golden tones in the exposed wood front echoed the brass of the pendant, while the white sides blended nicely with the walls. I had to add some plant life of course (no room is complete without a little life!) and finally wall art. I already covered the debate swirling around my selections, so I won’t rehash it, but I will add that if you’re having trouble picking wall art, black and white photography is an affordable, sophisticated, and versatile option that works with virtually every design style.  

So what do you think? Would you enjoy wining and dining in this ‘Rustic Industrial’ space? This is how we do ‘Rustic Industrial’ over here at Trim, so if you like this look, stay tuned for more inspo and details leading up to our big launch!   If you want to incorporate this style into your own space, scroll down for a shoppable round-up of furniture and decor inspired by this look!

Get The Look: Shop the list to get this style in your own space!  

Source list:

  1. Limited edition photography art print, Minted  

  2. Blanket Ladder, Etsy

  3. Smoked Alabaster Canister, Loom and Kiln

  4. Roadhouse Leather Chair, CB2

  5. Bernilia Rug, Anthropologie

  6. Emmerson Reclaimed Wood Dining Table,  West Elm

  7. Bedside Pendant Lamp, Etsy

  8. 1960s Eames Fiberglass Shell Chair, Chairish

  9. Limited edition photography art print, Minted

  10. George Nelson for Herman Miller Modern Black Platform Bench First Dibs

  11. Mira Dining Table, Article

  12. Cube Trunk, Hayneedle

  13. Tapered Metal Pendant, Pottery Barn

  14. Natural Hide Rug, One Kings Lane

  15. Vintage Mid-century Belt Mirror,  Etsy

  16. Tana Stool, Article  

  17. Mongolian Sheepskin Rug, Houzz

  18. Archive Rustic Oak Bookcase, Article

  19. Vintage Industrial Iron Desk, Chairish

  20. Plant Box by Ferm Living, YLiving

  21. Soicher Marin Print, One Kings Lane

  22. Stacking Bin, McGee & Co.

Trim Take: Classic Coastal

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You may have heard the exciting news that Jen and I are starting Trim Design Co, a boutique online interior design company specializing in an eclectic, collected aesthetic.  Every one of our designs incorporates vintage finds, artisanal pieces, and emerging brands. And while we embrace a global and deeply personal style, we believe in the power of careful editing to achieve a clean and light space that centers and welcomes you.  As a team that’s one half millennial and one half Gen X, we work together to hit that sweet spot: designs that are neither too trendy nor too traditional, but always “so you.”

Every Monday for the next few weeks, we’ll be bringing you our Trim Take on a popular interior design style.  We’ll share inspiration images, a how-to guide on bringing this look into your own home, and a shoppable mood board.  To read Jen’s Trim Take, head over to her blog Persimmon Design.

This week I’m going coastal (couldn’t resist sneaking in a pun) and sharing my advice on how to pull off the coastal look without going overboard (so many puns!) and ending up with a home that feels like a Sandals resort.  

Trim Take: Classic Coastal

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You don’t have to live in a beach house to love and design with this relaxing, beach-inspired style.  Characteristics of classic coastal design include neutral color palettes paired with blue and green accents and natural materials like wicker, linen, and rattan.  If coastal is your jam, you’re drawn to happy, laid-back spaces filled with natural light and design details that evoke nature such as driftwood and seashells.

Here are some suggestions to pull off this style:

  • Start with a white, bright, and neutral foundation
  • Bring in natural materials and texture with natural fiber roman shades, woven baskets, sisal and jute area rugs, rattan and cane furniture
  • Mix in your accent color in solid or patterned prints and be sure to include varied shades to soften the overall design and create interest.  
  • Include some plants like large palm leaves or a fiddle leaf fig to bring a sense of serenity and calm to your space.
  • Finally, create depth by including something dark, like an indigo rug or a piece of dark wooden furniture.

Related Styles to Explore*: Boho Chic, New Traditional, Modern Farmhouse

*Stay tuned for an upcoming Trim Take on each of these styles.

Here’s a mood board I created of a modern coastal living room:

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The key to pulling off a modern and sophisticated coastal look is to balance  quintessential coastal materials like rattan, wicker, cane, and jute with plenty of clean-lined, classic pieces.  This keeps the space from going too Margaritaville or boho beach house. Not that there’s anything wrong with a boho beach house, but it might feel a little odd on a daily basis, especially if you don’t live near the beach.

For this design, I kept the walls a neutral white, and chose warm neutrals for my furniture.  My big coastal statement is the oversize rattan pendant, which can be used for indoor and outdoor spaces.  I also selected Franco Albini style ottomans which have been turning up in lots of eclectic modern designs lately, but still pull coastal to me.  Finally, I added art with a coastal theme- a lovely dusky harbor scene. To contrast with all the neutral and create depth, I went with a blue rug and then I pulled that blue through the design in the pillows and wall art.  I chose lamps and tables with brass hardware to keep things warm and played up the hint of blush in the art by incorporating a blush pillow and a jar of peonies. The final touch is a fiddle leaf fig tree, because no design is complete without a little life, especially a coastal design!

So what do you think? Does this read as coastal to you? This is how we do coastal over here at Trim, so if you like this look, stay tuned for more inspo and details leading up to our big launch!   If you want to incorporate this style into your own space, scroll down for a shoppable round-up of furniture and decor inspired by this look!

Get The Look: Shop this round-up of coastal-inspired favorites!  

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Sources:

  1. Sebastian Sofa in Parchment, One Kings Lane

  2. Dusk Pillow, Shoppe Amber Interiors

  3. Phoebe Stacked Table Lamp, McGee & Co.

  4. Vintage Bamboo Rope Stool, Kibster

  5. Penelope Chair, McGee & Co.

  6. Newport Grasscloth Cocktail Table, Society Social (customizable to the color of your choice!)

  7. Blue Armless Settee, Joss and Main

  8. Alysha Rug, Lulu and Georgia

  9. White Garden Stool, Safavieh

  10. White Marble Top Coffee Table, Chairish

  11. Pacifica Pendant, Serena and Lily

  12. Willow Round Lamp, Jayson Home

  13. Vintage Sun Mirror, Jayson Home

  14. White Juju Hat, Chairish

  15. Vintage Draped Wicker Coffee Table, Chairish

  16. Torrey Pillow Cover, Serena and Lily

  17. Apartment-size Sofa in white, Apt2B

  18. Rattan Chair, Caitlin Wilson Design

  19. Indigo Pillow Cover, Danielle Oakey Shop

  20. Cascade Harbor, Art Print by Alison Jerry Designs, Minted

  21. Diving Ladies, Art Print (digital download), Jenny’ s Print Shop

  22. Ceramic Wall Hanging or Wind Chime, Minimalist2015