Modern Design for Living room Ideas

Lesley Graham's living room before a makeoverHanding over a room design to a friend can be quite intimidating! Thankfully, for this Home Decor Style Swap, I was paired up with one my most style savvy friends, Lesley Graham. It was so nice to have some fresh perspective in my own dining room space, as well as working with her on dreaming up her modern farmhouse living room. Together we were able to execute a really fun space!


The first step in swapping spaces was establishing our goal for the room. Lesley expressed to me that she wanted to get rid of their hodgepodge of items, and work towards a space that felt more cohesive. She was aiming for a clean and sophisticated room that her family could enjoy.

Lesley Graham's living room before a makeoverSince her little ones are growing up, she knew she could finally go for that light neutral color palette!

We shared Pinterest boards as well, where we posted our inspiration images and ideas, which helped us gather an overall vision from the colors and visuals shared.

Lesley chose the Gordon Tufted Sofa in Natural Linen, Old Grey Treasures Rug, and Bentley Chairs as the main foundational pieces of the room. This established the tone for the rest of the room, and the decisions for details and statement pieces came easy after that!

A Modern Farmhouse Living RoomPersonal Elements

We also wanted to incorporate some personal family elements so the room still felt like home.

Guitars her husband plays, family pictures, and art from her favorite artists were a few ways we did that.

Do It Yourself!

What really brightened the space was the DIY shiplap wall Lesley’s husband and dad tackled together. It really brought the modern farmhouse feel. Painting it in a true white (Polar Bear Exterior by Behr Paint) lifted a ton of shadow from the room and reflected the natural light that the windows provide.

Designer Anna LiesemeyerCustom shelving units were also installed and painted in the same color to offer a place to house those little personal details such as picture frames.

Statement Pieces

To draw the eye to the center of the room and tie it all together was the wooden beaded Ellencot Chandelier and arched wall mirrors.

You don’t need a ton of pieces in the space to make a dramatic improvement. It just takes a few of the right pieces to connect the look and feel you are going for.

Additional furniture and details included in the room

So thankful for the experience to work with a friend on creating a room she loves. You can head to In Honor of Design for more on Lesley Graham’s modern farmhouse living room and the family-friendly dining room she helped me overhaul!

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