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Steal This Look: An Interior Designer’s High/Low Scandi Living Room, Ikea Sofa included

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Steal This Look: An Interior Designer’s High/Low Scandi Living Room, Ikea Sofa included

February 25, 2020

Last month, Holly Marder, an interior designer and co-founder of Avenue Design Studio, shared her recently renovated home in Delft with our readers. (Missed the story? Go here.) We loved it so much, we’re revisiting one of our favorite moments from the house tour: the living room.

“The goal in this extended space,” she wrote on her Instagram post, “was to create a luminous, light-filled living area that feels spacious despite its humble size, with plenty of contrast and materiality to counterbalance its pared-back sensibilities.” We think she nailed it.

Photography by Holly Marder.

The dining room is open to the living space. The couple reconfigured the lower floor to improve flow and maximize space and light.
Above: The dining room is open to the living space. The couple reconfigured the lower floor to improve flow and maximize space and light.
Holly confidently mixes an Ikea sofa with vintage finds for an unfussy but polished look.
Above: Holly confidently mixes an Ikea sofa with vintage finds for an unfussy but polished look.
A modular and streamlined storage system, mounted to the wall, is part media console, part bookcase.
Above: A modular and streamlined storage system, mounted to the wall, is part media console, part bookcase.
The key to achieving Holly&#8
Above: The key to achieving Holly’s Scandi/mid-century look is to not over-decorate.

Here’s what you need to recreate the look in your own home:

Furniture

The Era Round Armchair with Cane Seat by Thonet is $395 at DWR.
Above: The Era Round Armchair with Cane Seat by Thonet is $395 at DWR.
A favorite of designers, Ikea&#8
Above: A favorite of designers, Ikea’s Söderhamn Sofa is just $810. Holly’s has a custom slipcover; see below for details.
Above: Munk Collective’s Climb Shelves are modular and can be mounted to the wall or stand on their own on the floor. They come in oak and walnut (shown) and start at DKK 1,186 for a small nightstand size.
Monolith marble coffee tables are staging a comeback (see the Plinth Coffee Table for an example of a new interpretation), but there are plenty of vintage versions, like Holly&#8
Above: Monolith marble coffee tables are staging a comeback (see the Plinth Coffee Table for an example of a new interpretation), but there are plenty of vintage versions, like Holly’s, on the market. We found a bunch on 1stdibs, including this Oval Italian Design Marble Table for $4,642.
For a similar lounge chair, try Industry West&#8
Above: For a similar lounge chair, try Industry West’s ash wood Cane Lounge Chair; $950.

Lighting

Hanging over Holly&#8
Above: Hanging over Holly’s dining table is Michael Anastassiades’s IC S2 Pendant; $795 at DWR.
Hay&#8
Above: Hay’s large Rice Paper Shade comes in three sizes; from $20.85 at Finnish Design Shop.
The Parentesi Suspension Light starts at $595 at Lumens.
Above: The Parentesi Suspension Light starts at $595 at Lumens.

Textiles

Above: A pack of two Linen Curtain Panels, in beige, is $99 at H&M.
Holly covers her couch with the Söderhamn 3 Seater Sofa Cover, in Brera Lino fabric, from Bemz. (For more about Bemz, see 5 Companies That Make It Easy to Upgrade Your Ikea Sofa.)
Above: Holly covers her couch with the Söderhamn 3 Seater Sofa Cover, in Brera Lino fabric, from Bemz. (For more about Bemz, see 5 Companies That Make It Easy to Upgrade Your Ikea Sofa.)
Above: Tensira makes some of our favorite throwbeds (see 7 Favorites: Soft, Stylish Throwbeds (Starting at $50), and, it turns out, they also make pillows. The Grid Throw Pillow is $175; the Grid Headboard Cushion is $275, both at Sunday Shop.
Holly&#8
Above: Holly’s rug is part of Avenue Design’s studio collection (email [email protected] for purchasing inquiries). The Bronte Natural Textured Jute Rug at Crate & Barrel is a similar rug; from $299.

Decor

Above: Bloomist carries a variety of artful vessels in neutral palettes. Their European Recycled Glass Jars come in several sizes; from $64. Vases by ceramicist Paul Dinetz start at $88.

Paint

The walls are painted Farrow & Ball&#8
Above: The walls are painted Farrow & Ball’s Strong White; $110. Photograph by Mel Walbridge for Remodelista.

For more neutral palettes, see:

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