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Project Black Oak: Living Room Reveal

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the the Black Oak living room. I am excited to take you on a personal tour of this space where the signature KLD modern rustic aesthetic seamlessly blends with European luxury. Furnished with curated pieces from our shop, Heritage House, this living room is a true reflection of my dream living space.

​ Photos: Emily Hart Photography 


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Rustic Modern Living Room Furniture

This living room is chock full of furniture and decor from Heritage House. From the modern swivel bouclé chairs to the leather-wrapped side table and pleated shade floor lamp, every piece exudes timeless sophistication. Our slip cover sofa is a favorite and looks so beautiful paired with the Sorrento rug. Though, the real fun came mixing modern furniture like the Marshall coffee table with antique, timeworn finds like the London sofa table.

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Shop the Black Oak Living Room

If you like what you see, head to to shop the Black Oak collection. Plus stay tuned – the coveted velvet chocolate brown sofa will be live on the site in January!

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Coordinating Light Fixtures

In my design philosophy, lighting plays a pivotal role in the room's design. We wanted to create a complementary look without being matchy-matchy with our lighting selection. By selecting a specific finish to primarily stick to – bronze in this instance – we were able to incorporate a variety of light fixtures in the space that coordinated with the decor beautifully.

Reclaimed Wood Beams

The tiered Rams chandelier is truly a show-stopper, elevating the 12-foot ceilings and drawing the eye up to the stunning reclaimed beams that run from the living room through the kitchen and dining room.

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Fluted Calcutta Viola Fireplace

The Black Oak living room fireplace was truly a vision come to life. I discovered a fluted Calcutta Viola tile at our local tile store and had to have it! I knew this would be so cute as a fireplace surround. To frame the beautiful stone, we cased it in with cast stone. I love how the Viola plays off the marble countertops in the kitchen directly across. I am over the moon with the final product! This is easily one of my favorite details in the project.

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Vintage Window Built-In Cabinets

If the fireplace is my favorite, then these built-in cabinets are tied for favorite (and are a personal triumph in the design!). I discovered these reclaimed vintage windows during my antique market travels and had the idea to use these as doors for some niche built-ins. Fast forward to the beginning phases of designing Black Oak, and I knew these would fit perfectly into the living room design, mixing old with new.

We recessed the built-ins into the wall on either side of the fireplace so that the vintage windows were flush with the drywall and wrapped the cavity in white oak for a more finished look. We even included outlets inside the niche to plug in any electrical components.

Sustainable Home Design

The niche built-ins fit the theme of our sustainably built house, repurposing and incorporating found pieces into the home. We've designed this home with a collection of reclaimed pieces that I can't wait to share with you.

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The Black Oak living room is all the things I love – cozy, collected, and filled with character. I'm seriously so happy with how this space came together from the design to the furnishings! If you haven't already, be sure to take a peek at the Black Oak kitchen design that complements the mixed patterns and timeworn pieces in the living room with its unique plate rack and furniture pieces.

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Designer: Kelsey Leigh Design Co.

Furnishing: Heritage House


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