Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

When we first found our house and started dreaming up ideas for the living room, we had a vision of incorporating a window bench on one side of the room. As we continued dreaming and planning, we started veering away from a built-in bench and leaning toward finding a free standing daybed that could serve as additional seating as well as a comfy spot for napping, reading and even function as a guest bed for our niece or nephew.

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

If you are new to The Inspired Room, this room’s special feature and a focal point is the big windows that bring in beautiful light and offer a view to the backyard, the sky and Puget Sound beyond. In order to incorporate the view into the ambience of this space, we pulled our main conversation area away from the fireplace and located it more towards the center of the room.

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

It’s not a tiny room, nor is it a huge space, it’s just right. Centering the smaller scale sofas in the room offers enough breathing room to move about easily, but also keeps the space feeling inviting, cozy and comfortable.

To arrange this room for now, we brought in the small wingback linen sofa (one we already had, at least for the time being) to face out the windows and pulled the leather sofa to face the center of the fireplace. This creates a nice balance for the conversation area and incorporates both focal points, the fireplace and the view. A chair angled by the fireplace toward the windows and new daybed rounds out the conversation area.

Bamboo blinds from Select Blinds will be hung above the windows (they won’t impede the view when they are raised), which will bring a finishing touch to the room and nice texture and definition to the windows. (To order blinds or shades, you can get the best possible deal using my referral link here).

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}
I love that they daybed is close enough to the furniture area to be included, but was able to sit just outside enough to feel like a you could relax there while other people chatted elsewhere in the room. It will also make the coziest spot next to the fireplace in the winter.

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

We shopped around for a daybed in a style that would not look too much like a “bed” nor did we want a formal living room sofa. We needed something somewhat airy so it would not feel like a big barrier in the room and yet it needed enough weight to feel grounded in that corner.

When we found this rattan daybed, we felt it was just the right piece for this room. Rattan has a bit of that classic “island texture” we feel suits this space, plus it seems to fit in well with the architecture of this house and blends really nicely with our existing furniture, too. It’s open and airy yet solid and sturdy.

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

We held our breath for weeks until it was delivered, hoping but of course wondering if it was going to be just as we imagined it would. Our backup plan was to put the daybed downstairs, but we were beyond pleased that it was absolutely perfect for our living room.

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

The brass and glass tables we had in our old family room happened to tuck right next to the fireplace, providing an ideal spot for a plant habitat. Plants add so much to a room and I’m pretty sure they will be very happy here soaking in the sunshine.

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

I moved the fiddleleaf to the other side of the fireplace as I think it might be just as happy in this corner during the summer.

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

We used big Euro shams and pillows we already had and added a few new throw pillows to make it extra cozy, so it’s not only really cute but it’s an inviting place to hang out.

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

Jack and Lily immediately claimed this as their spot, and of course, we can’t deny it is indeed the perfect place for them, too. We have extra sets of sheets and pillow cases to keep this bed easy to keep clean, too. The pups will enjoy many hours napping here and gazing out the window at the birds. And let’s be honest, so will we.

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

Our Rattan Daybed {Cozy Corner with a View}

As soon as we get this room painted (yep, still waiting…story of my life) we’ll show you other “updated” angles of the room. We have some adorable botanicals we can’t wait to hang. We have already ordered bamboo shades for this room and cannot wait to see how they will help “finish” this space for now (of course there are always more updates and layers to be added in time!). More details to come! Thanks for following along!


Rattan daybed

Twin mattress for daybed

Macrome white pillow

Navy pom-pom pillow (may be sold out)

Pinstriped pillow cover

Leaf pattern pillow cover

Striped twin sheets

Striped blanket

Blue and white rug

Leather pouf (similar)

Round rattan mirror

Coffee table (may be sold out)

Seagrass basket tray on coffee table

Blue and white painted striped vase

Brass tables as plant stands (may be sold out)

Gray wingback chair

Linen wingback settee

Set of 3 wood candlestick holders

Blue and white euro pillows with ties (may be sold out)

Blue and white knit square pillows (may be sold out)

Fireplace makeover details

Wall color: Swan White by Glidden

The Entry {Design Mock Up, Lights and Collecting Artwork}

The Entry {Design Mock Up, Lights and Collecting Artwork}

One of our inspiration pics for our entry, source is unknown (please let me know if you know it)

We are really excited to see the tone set for the style of this house right at the front door. We pretty much have had the same basic vision for this entry since we moved in (see the inspiration photos I shared here and more of the entry here), but it’s been slow going getting to the final result. Partly because not everyone involved moves as fast as we’d like (trying to keep my patient smile on) and sometimes we ourselves get too busy to keep up with our ideas, ha! But nonetheless, progress is being made and we are getting excited with the direction.

The Entry {Design Mock Up, Lights and Collecting Artwork}

Entry hall, before (dark and swine-esque)

Along the way we’ve taken a turn or two, so since it’s been awhile since we talked about our entry I thought I might as well give you an update of some choices we’ve made and a little visual of how it might look.

You might remember that one of the reasons we liked this house was that it has an actual entry space. Many of the houses we looked at in Seattle opened directly into the living room, so having an entry at all was a bonus, even though it’s more of a small hallway. The front hallway connects all of our main floor rooms together, so giving the entry the right personality off the bat is important. The color was originally kind of a swine hue, so a coat of white paint (Swan White by Glidden) was a first step!

The Entry {Design Mock Up, Lights and Collecting Artwork}

hall with a little paint progress

Our original plan was to add planked walls like we had in our old house or maybe even planking the ceiling to bring more character. We still plan to proceed with that vision! But at the moment we are thinking that part of the project may take a backseat for a bit so we can invest in our kitchen first. We have to balance our visions with reality sometimes, but even if we decide to wait, we do have some immediate ways we can enhance the personality of this space.

The Entry {Design Mock Up, Lights and Collecting Artwork}

a next step door, light and art design mock up

I’m excited because we are for sure proceeding right away with a Dutch door to replace our current front door (YAY!). We are thrilled the door will be one of our next projects. I know it is going to be adorable in this little space and bring big personality to the room. I can hardly wait for the impact it will make!

We also finally decided on our new light fixtures for the entry. It took us awhile to be certain of the lights we wanted, as we had several types of fixtures that we felt would work to take the space in slightly different directions. To help us to make a decision we did a little mockup (messy and imperfect, but still helpful to visualize) of how our entry might actually look with a Dutch door and new lighting with our current white walls and the slate tile floors. Since we are saving the planking for a next step, we left it off our mock up to make sure we were realistic in visualizing the space with just the basic elements. The door in our mockup is not the exact door we will have, but just a good inspiration version for now.

Once we added white Barn Light Electric lights as an option in our mockup, we knew right away they made the right statement. We placed the order for four ceiling entry lights this week! We are thrilled because we really missed the cute Barn Light Electric fixtures we had in our old house. The quality is superb and they definitely ramp up the character we’re looking for.

The actual fixture we chose is the same as the one we had in our map hall, except these will be in a white finish and flush mount (similar to what you see in our mockup above, but not exact). Because we have lower ceilings than our old house, we measured carefully to select the appropriate scale and size of fixtures for our space. In a future post I’ll share some other alternatives.

The exact lights we ordered are here, but of course we will show you them as soon as they arrive and are installed!

Our mock up helps us to actually “see” how the room might look and helps us to refine our vision and play with elements. If something isn’t working for us, it’s easy to change it in this phase (not as easy once your contractor has already done the work!).

The Entry {Design Mock Up, Lights and Collecting Artwork}

some of the art for our wall

Peacock Art Print / Crane Art Print / Sailboat Print / Celestial Print (sold out) / Watercolor Fern Illustrations Set of 2

Because (as I mentioned previously) we will likely save the wall or ceiling planking for a next phase project, we were free to proceed with a simple art wall to warm up and “finish” the entry for now. We’ve been collecting frames at estate sales for a few weeks and have put some art prints on order, so now we just wait for it all to arrive! Making progress on decisions and placing orders feels great, but SEEING it will feel even better!

In selecting pieces for my home, I want to incorporate the ambience of an “island” escape (among other things). One of my favorite places is Lanai (Hawaii) and our home just happens to overlook an island, so that vibe just feels right for this house. I focus not so much on a creating a “themed space” but incorporating a mood into our home that reflects our family and what we love as I am making decisions.

The new and existing art in our home will fit right in as we have been collecting botanicals, birds, maps, ships and other related elements that inspire us. Mixed into the other moods and styles we love, our home will definitely have our own vibe!

The Entry {Design Mock Up, Lights and Collecting Artwork}

Here are a couple of our frames we’ve gathered so far (from estate sales and thrift stores).
We’ll be getting new mats and mixing together art we have and art we like with the new art on order.

The Entry {Design Mock Up, Lights and Collecting Artwork}
Row of Hooks / Chambray Tassel Striped Tote Bag / Sun Hat

A number of you have asked how our new house and old house style might be the same, or ways it might be different. I think the answer is there are some basic style elements and colors I still love (and many I’ve always loved) so some familiar things will be incorporated here in various ways.

But, there are some surprise twists I’m excited to incorporate that I feel will suit this house (such as the unexpected plum walls in our bedroom, and the island vibe of our new beaded chandelier). There will be no sudden style changes or dramatic differences since I still love what I love, but I think that overall this house will end up feeling fresh and unique from my other houses while still being US. I’m looking forward to seeing it come together!

Do you feel like your entry helps set the tone for your home?

PS. Be sure to enter a giveaway for one of 20 signed copies of my new book Make Room For What You Love, over on my Instagram today! Thanks so much for your encouraging response to the book so far, I’m very happy that so many of you are resonating with it. You all are the best! I hope it will encourage and inspire you to make more room for what you really love. Xoxo.

Click here to read through my past posts and updates on this new house!

The Entry {Design Mock Up, Lights and Collecting Artwork}