Moving into a new home is equally exciting and daunting. First comes the excitement of having a blank canvas to work with, which is sometimes immediately followed by feeling overwhelmed at where to begin. After moving three times in less than three years, we ended up with a truck full with random furniture left from moving sales and pieces we love too much to part with, so I asked Havenly to help me pull the living room together into one cohesive space when we moved to NJ a few months ago.
Our new living room has tons of light, so I wanted to keep the space bright and light but still warm and child-friendly. I asked my designer Kyler to incorporate items we already owned, like the letter print above the mantel, the antique steam trunks and our beloved Chesterfield sofa. The vision was originally based on a rug I bought in Morocco last year, but it ended up looking too dark in the room so I brought the rug I had in my master bedroom and everything started to fall into place.
The entire process with Havenly was easy and smooth as a peach. I uploaded a ton of inspiration photos and Kyler, my matched designer, came back with two concepts boards for me to choose from. We also had a call or two during the design process to nail down some details, and chatted online with her as I found vintage pieces and purchased items off of the shopping list she had created for me.
The chosen board evolved as I found vintage pieces and brought things from our trip to Morocco. I found a few gems on Craigslist like the vintage marble coffee and the mid century buffet for prices I’d be crazy to pass, which in turn made room in the budget for splurge items like the Anthropologie bookshelf.
The envelope print on the mantel is an enlargement from an envelope Matt’s grandfather sent to what would be his future wife during World War II. The actual letter never made to her address, but a few years ago, a History professor doing research found the envelope on eBay and found Matt’s grandparents to return it to them. Every detail on the envelope tells a bit of history (and long distance relationships!). The New Yorker print is a estate sale find from our pre-kid thrifting days that we had framed.
The amount of hours that Havenly saved me from scouring the bottom of the internet looking for items to match what I already own pays for itself many times over, not to mention having a real interior designer choose pieces for you based on your style quiz, needs and budget is priceless. If you’re in a pinch for a professional opinion on what item to purchase to complete your space, you can talk to one of their designers through their Design Quickie chat and they will source options for you. Right now it’s a FREE service, so run while it lasts.
They have design packages starting at $79, and all items chosen for you have price-match guarantee. You can use your own discount codes and coupons, so there is absolutely no mark up on the pieces they choose for you. It’s such a great wedding gift idea or house warming gift!