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A Midcentury Inspired Living & Dining Room in a Transitional Ada Home

Remember our Ada Hosue on the Hill project? You know, the one with the beautiful blue and white kitchen remodel? WELL! Today we have an overview of the furnishings/decor selections for the living, dining, and front entry. This a good one, folks.

Below you can see a birdseye layout of the space: the upper left is the formal dining area, which leads into the kitchen by a narrow opening. Below that is the front entrance of the house, with a small powder bath just to the right when you enter the front door.

2D Room Layout Ideas; living room; dining room; kitchen

Finally, the lower right is the living room, which is open to the kitchen along one side. The whole right side of the house is windows, which look out on to tons and tons of trees and green's pretty stunning.

First, up, the Front Entry.

While the back entry of this house is designed for function with custom built-in lockers, a bench, and lots of storage, the front is designed simply as a lovely welcome to their home!

We utilized a modern take on a vintage bench in a flat black and paired that with the funky gunmetal entry table with metal mesh doors and a marble top. Above the bench, we'll hang a mirror that the clients already had, and we'll bring in a vintage-style runner for the entry.

Home entry style board or mood board

The Living Room

The living room is in an LFID staple style: tone on tone with a pop of color (aka green!). We're a custom chaise sofa with a bumper back on the side.

I like this style because unlike a basic chaise, you have a back to lean up against on that side of the sofa. The leather swivel is a piece they already owned, along with the vintage MCM coffee table.

UMmm. Also, can we talk about the two chairs on the left? SO FUNKY! I adore them. What you can't see here is that the metal armrests wrap all the way around the back for a fun extra detail—SO COOL! These are custom pieces, which we'll do in a soft, dark teal/green fabric.

modern California casual living room design style board

There's not a whole lot of wall space, but on the one larger wall that we do have in the living room, we're doing in a fun gallery wall from Framebridge with family photos.

For flooring, we plan to utilize a textured wall to wall carpet in just the living area rather than an area rug. Ideally, we'd run hardwoods through the whole main floor, but we've decided to stick with what's here for now, in hopes of doing hardwoods throughout down the road.

Now lighting! Our chandelier is super funky, and a new addition for the space which only had recessed lighting before.

What I don't have pictured here is that we plan to add book lights identical to the ones on the buffet in the kitchen on each section of the living room built-ins. Lastly, a tripod floor lamp in the antique brass finish.

Formal Dining Room

The formal dining room is the funkiest of the spaces. Our clients wanted this room to feel distinct and special. It won't be utilized every day, but it's in a very high traffic area, and we wanted it to pop.

This area was the only with crown molding, so we decided to keep that and add a fun textured wallpaper. Additionally, we brought in custom curtain panels in a soft blue chanel fabric to make the space feel a little more luxurious.

Midcentury Modern Dinning Room Design Ideas

You'll also notice this area has a lot more COLOR! I love how the blues, greens, yellows, and taupes work together here. The chairs, curtains, and rug play together so nicely, and surely, the vintage-inspired rug pulls everything together.

Our chandelier is a MCM inspired with black and brass accents, so we tied into the gold with our large round mirror and black oak dining table. Lastly, we snagged a refinished vintage MCM sideboard in this beautiful warm wood tone from our friends over at Simple Redesign.

The Wrap Up

It's always a fun challenge to bring our client's personal design style and the style of their home together. This very transitional space could easily have felt in stark contrast to the style of the furnishings and decor if we went full-on Midcentury Modern in here, but by layering in some classic elements, like the rugs, and allowing the finishes and fixtures to inform one another, we're able to bring it all together.

Can't wait to show you the finished product! And if you missed the kitchen update on this project, you can view that here.



Work with Lauren Figueroa Interior Design

LFID is a full-service interior design firm serving West and Southeast Michigan known especially for our Designed in a Day service.

We work with clients from Detroit to Novi to Clarkston, and Grand Rapids to Holland to Traverse City—and anywhere in between! We pride ourselves on creating bespoke, people-centered spaces—because after all, people are what this life is all about!

If you have a project on the horizon, get started by telling us about your vision here, and you can view past projects here. Thanks for stopping by!

Grand Rapids Interior Designer Lauren Figueroa


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