Mercer Island Living Room Renovation Reveal

Mercer Island is a beautiful island community on Lake Washington between the cities of Seattle and Bellevue. Last year, I had the pleasure of renovating my client’s traditional Mediterranean-style home on Mercer Island with a California-coastal vibe for their living room. California Coastal design is heavy on the neutrals, organic elements like natural-fiber rugs and woven baskets and feels fresh, laid-back, yet modern. My clients have a vacation home in La Jolla, CA which inspired the design details here like the untreated windows, washed-out woods, and the light-colored sofa.

mercer island living room with neutral palette and white built-ins

Our aim was to create a cohesive, light-filled space. They also loved a monochromatic look they saw at a friend’s home and wanted something similar, but as I was designing I felt the space needed a few pops of rich, saturated color to set the lighter tones apart, and they agreed! The end result is a space that is comfortable, beautiful, and functional.

light-filled neutral living room
white built-in shelving in living room with grey slipper chairs

Something fun about this project is that the homeowners got these slipper chairs for free! We covered them in this dark, saturated fabric by Tonic Living and totally updated their look.

sitting area with grey plaid slipper chair

Isn’t this a cozy little sitting area? I love mixing metals in my designs, and these gold swing arm lamps by Restoration Hardware (see similar linked below) added the perfect touch.

styled shelving in white built-ins

Styled shelving is a welcome addition to a living room and this one was no exception— it gives you a place to display a selection of family photos, coffee table books, artwork, vases, and sentimental objects.

houseplant in corner of mercer island living room

The light in this space is incredible and there’s nothing more deserving of this sunny corner than a beautiful houseplant— did you know about all of the benefits of having indoor plants in your home?

Get The Look: Mercer Island Living Room

Project Details:

Designer: K. Peterson Design

Photographer: Poppi Photography

Location: Mercer Island, WA

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