The Goods

Design inspiration from the chicest restaurants

You may not have the design budget of a trendy eatery, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use their ideas

You may not have the design budget of a trendy eatery, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use their ideas

(Courtesy Planta)

New restaurants pay tens of thousands of dollars to designers and decorators in order give their space the perfect ambiance. You don't have tens of thousands of dollars, but don't let that stop you. Just borrow their ideas. Designer Olivia Botrie from Dart Studio came by The Goods studio to show us how to do that.

We took inspiration from Toronto restaurant Planta to create this living room that uses the design rules and trends being used by the hottest restaurants right now.

Green Is the New Neutral

Consider the outdoors: we don't go for a walk and think the grass clashes with the garden, or that the trees aren't matching today. Green is a neutral, and we have nature to thank for that.

Balance Old and New

Balancing old and new is key in a contemporary space that pulls from different eras. This living room is a combination of Hollywood Regency and Mid Century Modern design.

The trick is to mix shopping trips. A visit to a modern showroom should be followed with a trip to the flea market. The same goes for your purchases: balance new items with old, and modern lines with classic ones.

Keep Some Design Choices Subtle

Not every piece has to play the lead role, so keep some design choices subtle. Consider these pieces to be the supporting actors in the room.

Add the Unexpected

Adding in unexpected pieces is essential in Hollywood Regency design. The palm leaf is quintessential old Hollywood. Unexpected pieces can be anything, but here the prints work perfectly with the sofa to create a well balanced space.

Resource Guide

Sofa

Coffee Table/End Table

Chairs/Wall Sconces/Tree/Black Drum/Accessories

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