Beloved pieces tell a story in this living room by designer Annie Anderson
Starting with an affinity for a certain decorative Chinoiserie pillow, this Mission Hills living room took on a look all its own, which is exactly what was intended.
In her own home, interior designer Annie Anderson incorporated a little of this with a little of that, pairing various eras and ethnicities with family favorites until she landed—for the time being—with the living room of her choice.
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“I love mixing colors, textures, and many different prints and patterns in a space,” Anderson says. “I think the same goes for furniture,” hence the neutral sofa with the coral ikat-patterned antique chair. But you’d be lucky to find many of her favorites in shops, as she has been working on this collection for years.
Anderson reupholstered vintage ottomans that had been on display in Saint Crispin’s Leather, her father’s former store on the Plaza, as was the Lucite table. The French reproduction tables from Mission Road Antique Mall and yellow ceramic table lamps the couple saved from a consignment store in Aspen, Colorado, also inspire reminisces.
“My husband, Jeffery, and I found them on a high shelf in the shop years ago when we were first married and starting to collect things,” she says of the lamps. “I knew those would be something no one else would ever have.”
But furniture only takes you so far. Beloved design and coffee-table books decorate the antique furniture, rejuvenating her sense of inspiration, while potted plants breathe a bit more life into an already energetic space that comfortably fits the family of five.
Why it Works
When the whole family is in the room—Fletcher, 10; Morley, 8; and Ivy, 4; plus their 11-year-old golden doodle Stella—everyone needs a seat. This furniture arrangement is conducive for family gatherings and friendly get-togethers, with plenty of sensible, fashionable seating, but Anderson can’t take credit for the layout. “My husband rearranged the space in the middle of the night one year,” Anderson says. “I did not want to tell him he was right, but it works!”
Many homes have formal living rooms that remain untouched. This is not one of them. Though curated with a designer’s eye, this space is informal, leaving plenty of room for the kids to huddle with iPads or books. Adding character to the space—and a little extra reading light—are locally made shutters by G & P Construction in Greenwood, Missouri.
“Although there are many different colors, patterns, and prints, they all complement rather than overpower one another,” Anderson says. The vibrant Schumacher ikat print looks good sitting next to a colorful oil painting (found at an estate sale), as well as the Asian screen above the sofa (previously decorated a dining room wall before it was wallpapered). The photograph by the front door was purchased at the Brookside Art Fair. But it’s the filler, if you will, that can properly punctuate a space. “I think live plants give a space more life, and I think green is a color that works well with everything,” she says. Channeling her mother’s green thumb, “I try to have fresh flowers or plants, like she did, at all times.”
Get the Look
1. Skilled artisans carefully sculpt each Campo de’ Fiori pot, ranging from naturally mossed terra-cotta planters to carved stone and more. Take one (or two) home from J’adore Home & Garden.
2. Covered in Atrium Coral fabric and subtle nailhead trim, the Lee Industries accent chair, available to-the-trade at KDR Designer Showrooms, wears its geometric shapes proudly.
3. Every room deserves gold. This indoor/outdoor lamp from Wilson Lighting features a 3-D star base design finished in antiqued gold and topped with a white linen drum shade.
4. Cheer up those couch cushions with a Moroccan-inspired embroidered Cupolas pillow cover, rich in color and texture, from West Elm.
5. Whether functioning as a room divider or classic wall decor, this four-panel Japanese screen from Webster House will carry culture into your living room.
6. Seville Home will gladly give up the Lynch chair by Vanguard to sit warmly by your fire, covered in Village Caribbean fabric and tacked with nail trim in natural brass.