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

1. William Hefner  |  2. Unknown  |  3. Nam Dang-Mitchell  |  4. PDG

How To: Pairing Furniture - The Legs Matter

Hundreds of decisions go into designing a space that looks right, feels right and is perfect for you and your family. We realize this can be extremely overwhelming for many of you, so today we're attempting to help your decision making process go a little more smoothly as you're selecting furnishings for your home!  Furniture legs.  This is a topic we feel isn't addressed as much as it could be, so here are our two cents on the matter (thanks for asking).

Akin Design Studio Blog | How to: Pairing furniture - The Legs Matter

Furniture bases and/or legs that work well together are based off of three things: the height of the leg, the shape of the leg, and what the material is.  A successful furniture plan has a mix of these three categories.

Akin Design Studio Blog | How To: Pairing Furniture - The Legs Matter


Varying heights of sofa, chair and table legs are essential to create a well balanced space.  Try finding a piece with a solid base that goes all the way to the rug, a couple of pieces that are raised about 6" off of the ground, and lastly a couple of pieces (like side tables) that have a lot of height under them (maybe around 20").  Doing so will keep your eye moving and the space won't feel claustrophobic.

Akin Design Studio Blog | How To: Pairing Furniture - The Legs Matter


Try to pay attention to the shape of the legs and look at whether they're turned, straight, tapered, cabriole, etc.  Selecting pieces that mix a couple of these styles of legs will help your space feel more collected, and less like you bought the same line of furniture for your whole living room (please don't do that).  If all the legs are straight in your space right now, try switching out a few pieces here and there that have a tapered or turned leg, it will go a long way!

Akin Design Studio Blog | How To: Pairing Furniture - The Legs Matter


Lastly, the material is of extreme importance.  If you have a nice mix of shapes and height in your furniture legs but they're all in your favorite Java finish from that favorite company of yours, you're going to want to mix things up a bit.  As with any design element in a space, keep the legs of your furniture cohesive with everything going on around them.  If you have some chrome, black oak, and antique rubbed brass accents happening, consider choosing similar finishes for the legs of your furniture pieces; this will tie all the elements in your space together and give you that beautiful cohesive look you see in the pages of Elle Decor every month.

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