Susan Daggett, the influencer and tastemaker behind Kindred Vintage, shares her formula for her family-friendly living room.
Susan Daggett will be the first person to tell you that she’s not a trained designer, but don’t mistake her humble and down-to-earth persona for a lack of design know-how. Her interiors have a rabid following, with over 400K followers on Instagram. “My only real design rule or guiding principle is that I love incorporating things I love into a space, and somehow it all ends up working together,” says Daggett.
She also loves playing up her Chicago home’s interesting vintage details like the arched doorways, oversized windows, ornate wood floors, and banister, updating them with more modern furniture pieces and decorative accessories. Here’s how she created a layered and lovely living room that’s the perfect spot to curl up with a cup of coffee and a good book:
Bigger is better.
When it comes to mirrors, that is. Practical and beautiful, this oversized mirror is the first thing you see when you walk into the house. “We don’t have an entryway, so this mirror offers a nice spot for a last look as you’re running out the door,” says Daggett. From a design perspective, it helps brighten up the whole living room by reflecting natural light and its shape repeats the arch of the doorway, too.
Rugs change the space.
“I love the rich feeling of the wool in this Sorrel Woven Rug but it’s so classic that it works year-round, too,” says Daggett. “The lines help move your eye through the space and breaks up some of the pattern on our wood floors.” The design feels interesting without being too busy and the border mimics the look of two layered rugs.
Go all in on a gallery wall.
After living in her home for two years, Daggett couldn’t shake the nagging feeling that something was missing in the stairway. “I needed to add texture and color to this room, so I decided to create a gallery wall. I wanted each piece to be placed close together so it feels almost like a cool wallpaper. The colors I chose to include can be seen repeating through the rest of the rooms of our house,” says Daggett. To ensure she got just the right arrangement, she used painter’s tape to plan out where each frame would go.
Think outside the square.
There’s so much to love about this beautiful bone inlay coffee table! “I was so drawn to this color combination, I use it a lot throughout my home and I wanted to include it somewhere in the living room,” says Daggett. “I love the feel of a rounded table here because the sectional is so square, so this feels less repetitive shape-wise than using a square or rectangular coffee table.”
Give everyone a seat with a sectional.
An odd shaped living room’s best friend, a sectional sofa gives multiple people a comfortable place to curl up. “It took me awhile to figure out the layout of this room, but it’s always been a real challenge,” says Daggett. “I wanted a more formal look, that’s why I chose leather, but the lines of the sofa are clean and lend a sophisticated look. The gray leather felt a little different and it played off the black in the rest of the room.”
Display your throw blankets.
When your woven throws are too pretty to be folded and tucked away, show them off instead. “I use a peg rack to hang my throw blankets on, I have so many that I definitely needed a storage solution but I still wanted to keep them out to show them off. Blankets are kind of my thing,” says Daggett. This storage solution shows off all of the details and patterns, while still feeling super inviting for guests. It’s so easy to grab one and head straight to the couch!
Show off your greens.
Plant stands make it easy to include greenery without cluttering shelves or tables. “I like to mix and match my plant stands and I try to never spend too much money on them, I like to save my money for the bigger investment pieces. That way I’m more willing to take a risk and I’m less attached because it’s a smaller price tag,” says Daggett.
Play with your pillows.
I don’t overthink my throw pillows either. I like to mix and match textures and fabrics, sometimes I’ll shop the rest of my house and pull pillows that work and add them into the arrangement,” says Daggett. “To keep them feeling unified despite their differences, the color palette of white and off-white lets them all hang together nicely.”
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