Furnishing the Main Floor of A Beautiful New-Build for Two Empty Nesters | Day Session Diaries


Back in January I made my way to Grand Rapids to help a couple of empty nesters furnish the main floor of their newly purchased home. The home was essentially a new build, with the previous owners only having lived there for one year.


Below are a few photos from the listing when the home was staged to sell. It was staged very beautifully, but not quite in the clients style, and there were a few things about the layout that weren't ideal for our clients purposes, which I'll get to later in the post. Our goal was to furnish the living, dining, and sun room:





I'll walk you through our conversation and what we came up with. Let's jump in!


Style + Function Discovery Conversation


My client wanted a space that was idea for hosting. They were very drawn to the openness of the space, and planned to take advantage of that, especially as things with covid slowly get better and better. They are empty nesters, but they have their kids over often, and wanted this to be a space they could comfortably spend time together.

Style wise, she liked neutral earthy colors, warm wood tones, and clean lines. She specifically said "I don't tend to like diagonals", which I thought was adorable! We had a handful of items she wanted to incorporate, including a dark wood vintage style coffee table, a large leather arm chair, and a wooden parsons style end table. My client also has a large number of "tchotchkes" and hoped for a place to display some of them behind glass doors.