See how Melissa Baswell Williams, founder of Bubby and Bean, expertly redesigned her living using the Eliot Reversible Sectional.
Melissa Baswell Williams, the woman behind the popular blog Bubby and Bean, is a devoted wife and mother of two with a lot of different interests including vegetarian food, music, travel, and even the chaotic and boring moments of everyday life. Her other passions, however, include design and home renovation. So, when it was time to give her recently-purchased home a facelift, Melissa was in her element.
When it came to her home’s redesign, Melissa’s living room was the main attraction. Her living room has a lot of natural light that runs through it because of its large windows and it opens up to the kitchen, making it great space for entertaining and family time.
“I knew I wanted to take advantage of the windows throughout the room and make the space brighter and cleaner.” – Melissa Baswell Williams
Her living room is also large enough for her whole family to sit down and spend time with each other comfortably, so Melissa had to make sure that the design she picked wouldn’t take away from the great bones that were present in the room.
Melissa’s style is simple, modern Bohemian with a minimalist twist. She describes it as “a sort of minimalist simplicity as its foundation, but it’s also free-spirited and wonderfully messy.” To achieve this scheme, she incorporated natural shades like grays, blacks, and whites with accent plants dotted around the room. They painted the walls a cool white and then focused on the details around the fireplace to create a clean design.
To make the most of the room they had and, keeping in mind how much time they spend in their living space, the Williams family decided to incorporate a reversible sectional and a simple coffee table as the focal point of the room. Melissa specifically chose the Eliot Reversible sofa for her living space because from the color of the fabric to the attention to detail and quality to the style itself, it’s exactly what she was hoping for.
“The Eliot Reversible Sofa could not be more perfect for our space. From the color of the fabric to the attention to detail and quality to the style itself, it’s exactly what I was hoping for our new living room…And it’s so nice to know that it can be reversed to sit the other way or even shift into a regular sofa should we decide to make changes in the room or even move to a different house.” – Melissa Baswell Williams
Now that her redesign is finished and she all of her furniture pieces have the Williams’ stamp of approval, the room feels more relaxed and like a space they can truly call their own. It blends so many different design elements the family loves and feels more put together without feeling cluttered while remaining bright and inviting.
We asked Melissa her top advice for decorating around a sectional and she had this to say (we recommend taking notes because this is all great stuff!) –
“Regardless of whether or not you have a sectional that can be switched around, you want the room to feel balanced. Sectionals do best close to a wall (especially a corner), but are often large and can make a room feel lopsided. Keep floor space around the sectional open. Instead of using an end table or shelves right next to the sectional, opt for a simple floor lamp and/or houseplants that are higher than the sectional. Choose a coffee table that flows well with the shape of the sectional and is on a similar scale size wise. Keep any other large pieces of furniture (in our case, two chairs and a credenza) on the other side of the room, and get an area rug with a nice pattern or texture to tie everything together. And while we all have unique styles that we should embrace, I personally prefer solid colors over patterns when it comes to sectionals to help with the balance I mentioned earlier. You can easily add throw pillows with pattern or texture to create layers.” – Melissa Baswell Williams
We love Melissa’s living space so much and after seeing these photos and reading about her experience, we hope you do too. Check out more from Melissa by visiting her blog, Bubby and Bean today!