Gray and Black Living Room Flip

Browse before and after pictures of this transitional cottage living space.
By: Barbara Ballinger

Boring Beginnings

Before this remodel, the Chicago homeowner wanted to have a mixture of styles that were contemporary, transitional, primitive, and cottage.
From: Mary Susan Bicicchi

After: Black, Gray, and Charming All Over

Designer Mary Susan Bicicchi shows how inviting a mix of black and gray can be. The sofa is positioned to face both the fireplace and be able to view the lake outside.
From: Mary Susan Bicicchi

Farmhouse Furnishings

Barn-style wood finish on the chest shows how to bring in a rustic touch and mix it with high-end fancier materials for a good mix.
From: Mary Susan Bicicchi

Cozy Sitting Area

Wing chairs are a cozy place to go, each with a matching pillow and convenient table in between for resting books and drinks.
From: Mary Susan Bicicchi

Proportion is Key

The large scale of the sofa and its arms matches the size of the chest.
From: Mary Susan Bicicchi

Mix and Match Materials

A single Wing chair in a different fabric yet still the same palette, showing how to mix it up more.
From: Mary Susan Bicicchi

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