Project Peachy Before + After Part 2: Living Room

A couple of weeks ago we shared the before and afters from the Entryway and Powder Bath of #projectpeachy (in case you missed it, you can read that post here). Today we’re moving right along and sharing the living room, which is located just off the entryway (you can see a bit of the old staircase and the dusty salmon paint on the right in the photo below).

- BEFORE -

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- AFTER -

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Out with the old brown floor tiles and in with this wood-look porcelain!

We also swapped the old (crumbling) brick around the fireplace for a modern concrete-look surround to tie in with the new stair treads. To make the small fireplace feel more proportional in the room, we bumped out a section of the wall to match its depth and created a built-in shelving feature. We kept the space above the fireplace bare to bring the focus to the styled shelves. Neutrals, pretty pottery and lots of natural texture make them feel collected and serene.

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- BEFORE -

The existing bay windows brought in TONS of natural light and helped to make this little room feel a bit more open. They got a facelift with some new white sills and simple roman shades. AND we said goodbye to the little octagonal look-through that used to grace the wall above the sofa.

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- AFTER -

After construction and a fresh coat of white paint, we layered neutrals and natural texture to create a calming atmosphere which, in our opinion, is basically essential when you live in a city like Miami. There’s nothing like coming home to a beautiful, tranquil space after long days spent in traffic and at the office - except maybe a big glass of wine.

The beautiful artwork above the sofa was something our clients already owned. We love the contrasting black and white and the warm wooden frame - it works perfectly!

project peachy interior design miami the habitat collective
project peachy interior design miami the habitat collective
project peachy interior design miami the habitat collective
project peachy interior design miami the habitat collective

- BEFORE -

In addition to changing up the fireplace surround and bumping out the wall, we also extended walls on the opposite side of the room. While we’re usually advocates for opening spaces up, what this living room really needed was MORE definition. You can see from the before photos that the original space between the front and the back of the house was an awkward size - not quite wide enough to be a fully-functional seating area, and not slim enough to feel like a hallway.

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So, instead of opening up the entire ground floor, we extended the existing wall between the kitchen and entryway to create a better flow and more functional zones. You can see the blue tape marking the “new” walls on either side of the opening in the photo above!

- AFTER -

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Part of this section of wall that the entryway mirror hangs on didn’t exist before we extended it…and we’re so glad we did, because it’s one of our favorite moments in the whole house.

The same goes for the small wall on the other side of the opening - we mounted a sconce there to make a cozy reading nook beside the new built-in bookshelves. With the leather pouf and shelves styled in neutral tones it looks perfectly modern yet warm and we LOVE this little vignette. (TIP: turn your books around so the pages, rather than the spines, are on display for a simplified look!)

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2016 Year In Review

Happy New Year form The Habitat Collective! Is it just us, or did this year absolutely fly by? We could have sworn it was January just a minute ago! This year has been nothing short of ahhh-mazing for this little business of ours, and we can’t wait to see what 2017 brings! So, before (or while) we pop open the bubbly and celebrate, we’re getting a little nostalgic about everything that’s happened this year. 2016, we love you!

 

MIAMI CREATIVES COLLABORATION

We kicked off the year with a super fun collab led by Adriana from The Creatives Loft. We spent a morning wth some of the coolest, most talented ladies in Miami creating and styling a wedding set for a photoshoot. Can we just say…that table was BEAUT and the florals by Primrose Florals? To die for. See all the photos and get to know the fab vendors here.

 

PROJECT UNDERCOVER BALCONY

We had so much fun with our client from #projectundercoverbalcony. We designed this little oasis in the sky on the DL and then spent a (very hot) afternoon getting down and dirty potting a mini-jungle for her and her boyfriend AND very adorable Cavalier to enjoy. Mission accomplished.

 

undercover balcony - the habitat collective

PROJECT PRETTY IN PINK

We always love a good small-space challenge and #projectprettyinpink did not disappoint! This little apartment nestled in Coral Gables was tiny, but had amazing natural light and an easy-to-work-with neutral base. Plus, the sweetest client that made our jobs easy as pie. Win - win - WIN!

project pretty in pink - the habitat collective
project pretty in pink - the habitat collective

WEST ELM PARTNERSHIP

We can't say enough good things about our local West Elm store in Midtown. Over the past year we've partnered with them to style and shoot vignettes for social media (access to some of the most gorgeous furniture and accessories = every designer's dream!!) and were even featured on the company's main Instagram feed a few times! Fun Fact: BOTH habco dogs were featured in West Elm marketing campaigns this year!

INSTAGRAM HITS 1K and then 5K!!

Ya’ll know how much we looove the little world of Instagram. So many pretty feeds to follow, so little time!! Anyway, we were totally floored when we hit 1K after only a few months of ‘grammin - and then 5K a few months after that. We're so thankful for all the insta love and support - seriously you guys are the best!

 

APARTMENT THERAPY FEATURE

Hab Co’s first feature! We were SO excited to have #projectstaybrassy's transformation featured for the world to see - HELLO crazy before and afters!!

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MODERN LOCAL FEATURE

We're so lucky to have met some awesome creatives in Miami! We met Katie of The Modern Local through Instagram, and a few months later she asked us to be a part of her blog's "Five Questions With..." feature which highlights members of the community in Miami. Check out the feature here.

 

INSTAGRAM COLLABORATIONS

This year we partnered with not one, but TWO talented photographers to do fun Instagram Giveaways of their gorgeous prints! We styled vignettes to photograph for Lauren Marttila Photography and Emily Roggenburk Photography  and (very sadly) shipped the prints out to their brand new homes!

 

PROJECT BRIGHT AND BREEZY

So much to say about #projectbrightandbreezy, so little time. First of all, they were the most amazing clients to work with. Like, super chilled out, trust your designer, awesome taste having clients. The kind of clients that come around once in a blue moon that you just want to hang on to forever and keep redesigning their house and only their house because they're so great. PLUS the house had great bones to work with - the tallest ceilings and tons of natural light were a dream come true!

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project bright and breezy - the habitat collective

the habitat collective + West Elm

What a dream! We were SO lucky to have the opportunity to collaborate with West Elm...and so soon after launching the habitat collective! We know you're probably wondering how all of this came about and, well, we're very happy to share that it was all thanks to Instagram! We tagged our local store, West Elm Midtown, into a photo of a bedroom we'd styled

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