the classic (but modern) farmhouse | part one

We were so thrilled to help with this year's parade home for Edge Homes. This beautiful home was built on the outer edge of the Herriman community where large expansive farmland used to control the entire area. I can't imagine a better style for this home than the classic but updated farmhouse aesthetic. It's a tribute to the peaceful land the community was built on. 

With its white and crisp color scheme and simple architectural finishes, we decided to keep the design clean and crisp as well. The use of natural linens, warm textures, and simple colors throughout make you feel right at home as soon as you walk in. We love how welcoming the space is. In fact, I'm pretty sure this sofa is calling out to me right now telling me to lay down and stay a while. I wish sofa... I wish.

Classic farmhouse living room design | Akin Design Studio
Modern farmhouse fireplace | Akin Design Studio
Farmhouse botanical art | Akin Design Studio
Classic living room styling | Akin Design Studio
Classic farmhouse living room | Akin Design Studio
Living room styling | Akin Design Studio

The long narrow floor plan required a few little tricks to elongate the typical living room layout. We used a desk behind the sofa for a little evening homework sesh with the kids or mom's event planning side-gig. Two lounge chairs mirror the sofa with a chaise and poufs filling the space in between and creating opportunity for ample seating. This space is a flexible and entertaining-ready living room!

Modern farmhouse living room | Akin Design Studio
Farmhouse dining room | Akin Design Studio

The warm wood tones contrasted with black classic silhouettes is a theme of sorts throughout the house. The wood tones are a must, while the black compliments the modern windows on the exterior, and lighting/hardware accents. The main living space has a little blue vein running through that brings the life to the party in the pillows, accessories, and this pretty rug here.

Dining room buffet | Akin Design Studio
Dining room styling | Akin Design Studio
Modern farmhouse kitchen | Akin Design Studio

The kitchen. Clean and classic, modern but subtle. We love the warm grey pantry door, the mini brick backsplash reminiscent of the classic subway tile, and the rich, warm whites contrasted with the dark wood floors. I feel ready to start making pies with the fall weather outside!

Modern farmhouse kitchen design | Akin Design Studio
Kitchen styling | Akin Design Studio
Kitchen styling | Akin Design Studio

Look for another post with the rest of the rooms in this home! Below are a few of the sources used to create this space.

Reading Lamp: Crate & Barrel  |  Area Rug: Loloi  |  Desk & Dining Chairs: World Market  |  Pillows: Serena & Lily / Etsy  | Dining Table, Sofa, Chaise, Lounge Chairs, Stools: Akin Design Studio

Photography: Travis J Photography

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minimal and modern

We're excited to show you the most recent project we finished up! This year has been FLYING by, so it's about time we sat down to post some new content. 

For this model home the aesthetic was minimal and modern. We love the vibe that flows throughout the residence. Life sometimes feels so much simpler with less (which is why I constantly feel inclined to go through my things and make a nice and tall "get rid of pile"). These calm neutrals are anything but fussy, while the small accents of color give it the life it needs. 

Minimal Modern Office Design | Akin Design Studio
Modern Girl's Nursery Design | Akin Design Studio

Highlight of this nursery? You guessed it, the floral wallpaper. We found this fun and easy-to-apply wall covering from ColoRay. This is a great way to add a layer of personality and warmth to a space. A close second is the pairing of stripes on the rocking chair with the beautiful floral pillow from Caitlin Wilson

Girl's Nursery Design | Akin Design Studio
Modern Girl's Nursery Design Details | Akin Design Studio
Minimal Modern Bedroom Design | Akin Design Studio

In the master bedroom, the warmth of the buttery leather, texture of the shagreen nightstands, and eye-catching wall-mounted arm sconces all play together to make this room a modern and sophisticated space. The finishing touches and layers create the warmth a house needs to feel like home.

Minimal Modern Bedroom Design Details | Akin Design Studio
Modern Art | Akin Design Studio
Minimal Modern Living Room Design Details | Akin Design Studio

The living room features some striking art above the minimal fireplace, floor lamps from Schoolhouse Electric, and a black raffia coffee table with antique brass ferrules. We love the darks contrasted with texture and splashes of gold throughout several spaces in the home. I'm ready to move in... are you?

Modern Living Room Design | Akin Design Studio
Modern Design Details | Akin Design Studio
Minimal Modern Dining Room | Akin Design Studio
Modern Kitchen Design | Akin Design Studio
Minimal and Modern Entry | Akin Design Studio

And that's a wrap! We love how it all came together and hope you do too! 

a sweet little set-up

We're excited to show you a fun little project we've been working on for one of our close friends. She called us to ask for help because she had been living in her home for several years, but hadn't yet managed to get art on the walls. We ended up giving her living room, dining nook and bedroom a little refresh and it was soo fun!

We loved these William Morris inspired prints (below) enough to blow them up to an extra large size. The hint of blue complimented the colors in the living room perfectly. 

Transitional Dining Room | Akin Design Studio
Transitional Dining Room Details | Akin Design Studio

Perfectly suited for a girl's only breakfast or brunch.

Dining Room Styling | Akin Design Studio

In the living room, we added some layers to compliment her existing furnishings. New pillows, accent tables and lighting, and accessories can make a world of difference to a space that is feeling like it needs a breath of fresh air! 

Transitional Living Room Styling | Akin Design Studio

We wanted the bedroom to be both inviting and relaxing all while incorporating the client's personal style. Crisp white linens always seem to be taunting me to jump inside. Texture from the accent pillows and throw make the space feel complete.

Transitional Bedroom Design | Akin Design Studio
Classic Bedroom Design | Akin Design Studio
Transitional Bedroom Styling | Akin Design Studio
Transitional Bedroom Pillows | Akin Design Studio
Blue & Pink Bedroom Styling | Akin Design Studio

Photography by Travis J Photography

crisp, clean and white

There is no "color" more fitting for this month than white. It is this time of year after all the Christmas decorations come down that I go into a crazy cleaning mode. It feels refreshing to start a new year and I like for my own home to reflect that new start. So you can see why I'm really feeling these crisp, clean and bright interiors with bountiful amounts of white.

So many of our clients seem to be afraid of the color white. If that sounds like it might be you, think of using it in one of these applications: paint color, trim color, accessories, cabinets, pillows and throws, and counter tops - all (somewhat) family friendly uses! I dare you to get creative this year and give your home a little refresh by incorporating lighter tones to bring yourself out of the dark wintry days ahead.

White Marble Kitchen Design | Floating Shelves | Akin Design Studio Blog
White Bright Living Room Design | Akin Design Studio Blog
White and Gold Powder Bathroom | Akin Design Studio Blog
White Bright Bedroom Design | Akin Design Studio Blog
White Kitchen Cabinets | Brass Sink | Akin Design Studio Blog

4 Ways to Add Additional Seating to Your Living Room

It's almost that time of year again when our homes are filled with the people we love, gathered together for delicious meals and great conversation! The holidays are knocking on the door (with Halloween just a couple of weeks away!) and if you're like us, you know you're going to have visitors and friends in town to join in on the holiday celebrations.  When a house of three turns into a home of ten or twelve, the challenge of getting everyone seated in the same room at the same time can cause some anxiety. But don't worry, we've got your back today with 4 ways to add additional seating to your living space!  When planning your living room furniture for your new or existing space, think about considering some of these ideas:


Usually the area on each side of the fireplace is either dead space with no purpose, or there may be a console table of some sort that looks pretty... but perhaps that area could be used more purposefully if you're need of some extra seating.  Especially when building a home, this is a minimal cost to add something simple like these built-ins below to gain a whopping 4-6 extra seats!  Add a custom cushion on top and you'll be snuggled up there all day with good book and something warm to drink.

Akin Design Studio Blog | Built-In Seating
Akin Design Studio Blog | Built-In Seating


For a clean symmetrical look have a sofa "face-off" by flanking the focal point in your room with two long sofas.  This allows for lots of seating and is an especially great option when using sofas with clean straight lines. This set-up is also ideal for those who love to entertain and play games around the coffee table.

Akin Design Studio Blog | Sofa Face-Off
Akin Design Studio Blog | Sofa Face-Off


Some may think it's odd to have a bench in your living room, but we beg to differ.  A bench's low profile makes it a great piece for adding extra seating in front of low windows (no one likes a good view that's blocked by a large piece of furniture).  It's also a great way to add dimension to your furnishings by contrasting the height of your sofa or chairs.  Like ottomans (a great additional seating trick not addressed in this post) they can also be partially tucked under a coffee table or cantilevered hearth for a luxurious layered look.

Akin Design Studio Blog | Bench Seating
Akin Design Studio Blog | Adding A Bench


A common trick many designers use while space planning a home is adding a unique piece of furniture (usually a chair) adjacent to the focal wall (whether it's the TV wall or a fireplace) facing the rest of the seating group. If you have plenty of space in that corner of the seating area, opt for a cool lounge chair with a patterned textile. Or if you're tight on room, find a one-of-a-kind side or arm chair that is bold enough to stand on its own.  This piece will fill that gap perfectly, give you an extra seat, and may give your room that collected look you've been trying to achieve.

Akin Design Studio Blog | Unique furniture can stand on its own
Akin Design Studio Blog | Unique Chair

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