I don’t know if you can tell by now, but I’m a casual gal. I love elements of modern and industrial design but there always needs to be a casual factor in there to make the space feel homey and comfortable. The house I grew up in was exactly that. Everyone felt at home when they came over and it has carried over through my life when designing spaces.
Let’s pinpoint some spaces that have that casual element:
Even though this space has a vintage, rustic feel, what is it that makes it feel so casual? For me, the clustered frames on the wall and the immense amount of pillows on the bench make this space feel cozy.
Yellow can be a very bright pop of color that can add a lot of energy. The baskets under the console and the shoes and skateboard by the door invite you right in.
I absolutely adore this space. The color on the walls is a perfect warm shade of grey. The linen on the sofa is elegant yet cozy. The stool is rustic and worn and the collection of pictures and art on the wall make this space inviting, warm and fresh.
This kitchen is beyond adorable. The homegrown apples on the wooden counter, the exposed jars of spices and herbs on the shelves, the plates piled up on the kitchen island… It all just makes you want to have a group of people join in on cooking a big meal, family style.
This one is definitely a little more modern but I wanted to show you that casual elements can be brought into any space. The fact that the sofa is so low to the ground makes the living room a lot cozier and the color palate is soothing and beachy.
Can you guess what makes this space a little more casual? The collections. Check out the collections of starfish on the table, the books clustered on the ladder and shelf and the collection of beachy finds in the glass jars.
This one was simple. Post cards in no particular order on the wall.
Sigh… and this beauty. If I were to have a handful of girlfriends come over to drink wine and dine em, it might look like this. Outdoors, on pillows, surrounded by organic fabrics swaying through the breeze.