Since then, the couple has had ample time to work out the kinks that are common to all newlyweds. For instance, Will lives and dies for sports, whereas to Erynn, sports are just “background noise.” Will is a natural-born night owl, while Erynn is much more of a morning person. Still, one hurdle didn’t appear until the Hassingers bought their first house together. “I know how to combine text and images for a page layout that makes sense,” says Southern Living Senior Designer Erynn. “But furniture layout is another story. I didn’t even know where to begin.”
It helps to have an inspiration board of fabrics and finds such as a flea market chair, a sectional sofa, and even a wreath.
• Traditional with a twist. “I’m very much a classic girl, but I like a little bit of glam and modern thrown in,” Erynn says.
• Color. “Blue is one of my favorite colors,” she says. “So is Kelly green. And I love pink.”
• A room to entertain. The Hassingers’ twin recliners were hardly sufficient for entertaining.
• Clean lines. Will’s first place, a townhouse he and Erynn shared for the first year of their marriage, had a mostly modern feel.
• Nothing too girlie. Will was cool with accommodating his wife’s color request, as long as it didn’t veer too far toward pink.
• A big TV over the fireplace and a comfy seat to watch it. “I’m about 6 foot 5, so I need a big, deep couch,” Will says.
Trim paint: White Heron (OC-57) by Benjamin Moore.
Ceiling paint: Divine White (SW6105) by Sherwin-Williams.
Paint on backs of bookshelves: Brown Horse (2108-30), also by Benjamin Moore.
Decorative white books (in shelves): Parchment Series from E. Lawrence Ltd..
White vases (shelves and mantel): Various styles all in white by Middle Kingdom.
Console: Dutch Industrial Console table by Restoration Hardware.
Baskets (console): Bailey Baskets, Pottery Barn.
Floor lamp: Ari Floor Lamp by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.
Wood bin: Suzanne Kasler Zinc Harvest Basket from Ballard Designs.
Wreaths: White Lacquer Magnolia Wreath by The Magnolia Company.
The sofa’s neutral color, a woven jute rug, and neutral bookshelves provided the ideal platform on which to layer Erynn’s gotta-have-it colors—which came with the ikat fabric draperies, pillows, and accessories.
Chair trim: Vintage Link Jade by Kelly Wearstler through Lee Jofa, available through DCOTA; 954/921-7575.
Reupholstery: Leonard Upholstery & Furniture Repair Shop; 205/251-3021.
Pillows in chairs: Pink Ikat from Madeline Weinrib.
Side table: Mandara Side Table by Roost.
Rug: Round Jute Rug in Natural, Pottery Barn.
Pouf: Handmade Moroccan Pouf from John Derian Company.
Sofa: 4800 Sectional by Lee Industries.
Sofa fabric: Sailcloth Sahara by Sunbrella, also available through Calico Corners.
Pillows on sofa: Collins Ikat, also from Madeline Weinrib; Ikat Stripe in blue, red, and yellow from Kathryn M. Ireland Textiles and Design. Seville Tile in Saffron/Baby Blue by Galbraith & Paul. Fez II Brown on Tan Linen by China Seas through Quadrille, also available through Decorative Center Services.
Coffee table: EXPEDIT by IKEA.
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Painting: custom art by Amy Catherine Wilson; 205/410-6188 or email@example.com.
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Window shades: Provenance Woven Wood Shades in Charleston fabric, Ashley River (#WWCH-743) by Hunter Douglas.
Curtains: Custom Fan Pleated Draperies in Khandar Jewel, from Calico Corners.
Hardware: Wood Trends Classics 2" smooth poles, 21⁄2" rings and 31⁄2" return single rod brackets in Hazelnut (827) by Kirsch.