Rockford New Build Gets a Main Floor Makeover | Day Session Diaries


Time for another Designed in a Day update! Folks...you guys are eating this new service UP, and I'm LOVING it! It's so rewarding to see a plan for a space come together so quickly!!

For our most recent Designed in a Day, we tackled the great room and home office of a small new build in a new development up in Rockford. While the space was brand sparkling new, our client—a single professional male—was starting from scratch in the furniture department. This is always a super fun opportunity, because we can really go any direction we want!

Our client described his style as such:

I like a modern (masculine) farmhouse style with metal (bronze, gold) accents, but I'm willing to try something new with this small space. Earth tones and pops of bold accent colors (ex. navy, emerald, canary) speak to me. I like my space to feel warm and full but not overwhelming. I am not afraid of a cowhide rug or a square arm caramel leather sofa.

He wanted to be able to host groups of up to 8, and so needed the dining and living spaces to flow together comfortably. In the living area, we centered a clean, neutral toned sofa with the fire place, brought in two leather toned accent chairs, and a contrasting upholstered swivel in a bold navy to balance out the neutral tones of the space. We centered these pieces on a large, neutral tone rug (but with lots of texture), and introduced a black metal element in the coffee tables.

On either side of the fireplace, we selected a tall sideboard with hutch in a darker wood tone and gold accents. This adds a ton of storage, and almost gives the feel of builtin shelving around the fireplace.

(See the full layout below...top to bottom: living area, dining area, kitchen, home office/den)