One Sectional Sofa, Two Living Room Looks! | H&H Design Challenge

One Sectional Sofa, Two Living Room Looks! | H&H Design Challenge


Jen and I are here at Elte MKT
because today we’re facing off in a special design challenge. Our challenge was to design two
different rooms around the same piece of furniture so we met up with Andrew to
find out what piece we’d be working with. Jen: Hey, Andrew! Andrew: Hey, guys! How’s it going? Jen: Good! Andrew: You
guys ready to see the anchor piece? Jen: We’re really excited. Andrew: Awesome. So here we’ve got our Nomad modular sectional. One, you got a beautiful gray performance fabric
covered around that sectional. Two, it’s a really great comfort story, cloud-like
comfort, really amazing Trillium cushions that we use and then above all else it’s
a mix-and-match collection, so you’ve got an armless chair, corner chair and an
ottoman and you can create basically anything you want from the small scale
loveseat to a large scale sectional. Jen: Wow, that’s amazing. Andrew: So we’re gonna send our Nomad over to the House & Home studio so why don’t you guys have a browse
around the showroom and pick some things that might go well with it. Jen: Great, let’s
get going. I was pretty excited about getting to use all the different things
whatever we wanted from Elte MKT. It was kind of fun, we just run around and pick
whatever you want – it was pretty cool. Kai: The shopping spree. Jen: Yeah. Kai: An imaginary shopping spree where you return everything at the end. Jen: Yeah, you pretend that you’re gonna have it. Jen: These are kind of cute. Kai: Those are really cute. I feel like they might be better for what I’m doing. I think not having a budget or a client was kind of amazing. Jen: Always much easier. We did want to however make sure that what we were doing was different so we kept
that in mind. Kai: I like the look of these. I think I’m gonna go for a sort of a
global bohemian look and hopefully that’ll be different enough from Jen’s. I
like to start off with sort of a colour that I want to use and then things sort
of flow from there. Jen: Your creative juices are flowing. Kai: Gross. Jen: Look how pink it is. This is a nice rug. I love the stripes on it. I
think Kai might be layering more colour and patterns, so I might try and stay away
from that, and go a little more clean and sleek. Modern. Kai: There’s so much in the store actually, it’s really fun just to sort of walk around and see all their
little vignettes. They have great accessories, it feels
like you could spend like the whole day. That’s really nice. Jen: Yeah. Jen: No. Kai: I might be a little bit more competitive than you because I’m the middle child. So, that edge that maybe… Jen: Yeah, I typically am NOT but sometimes. My setup — I call it Soft Modern. First I painted the wall a really soft putty-coloured pink. I didn’t want it
to be too bright or too bubblegum-y and then I started slide in the pieces of
the sectional. They fit together really well. And then I unrolled my rug which I maybe in theory should have put the rug in
first but then getting the sectional in might’ve been harder, so there’s a
bit of a catch-22 there. It’s cushion time! The pillows are really really fluffy and cloud-like, which was nice, just sort of tossing them on. Alright, nobody sit on
that now, thank you! And then I brought in a coffee table
that had a really warm wood tone to it. Well this coffee table is really cool
because it only looks like it has one leg but there’s actually a piece of
glass down here that’s holding it up, so it looks like it’s floating. And then I
brought in a black cane chair which was really sleek. I’m a fan of that chair.
I think it’s a really cool looking piece. I love the way it looks — it’s got a
really strong shape to it too which i really like and I love the caning. Then I
brought in some toss cushions. Kai: Those are beautiful. Browny gray with a touch of pink or purple in it. Jen: There’s a little bit of pink in there that I thought picked up nicely with the wall. Brought in some books just to sort of fill it in a little and give it some
texture and some life. Kai: And then your art. Jen: Oh yeah, my art. The art was good it was white and black so it seems very simple but I loved how much negative space
there was and I think that’s pretty dramatic. I call this look Soft Modern. I
wanted to keep the colours pretty neutral and mostly a little bit pale too, to go for that softer look and not have too much heavy or dark, but I did go for
a few hits of black just to add a little bit of edge. It’s really soft and
sophisticated. Okay, good! Well, first we painted the wall. Maybe you don’t know this about me, but I’m a
terrible painter so I needed a little extra help, and I was really happy with
how the wall colour turned out. We put in the sofa as well because we needed to
see how the art was gonna hang. It seemed very large but because it’s modular it
actually fit really well in the studio and I feel like well-suited to the
challenge because you can really change up the look. Jen: Just depending on what you do around it it completely transforms the look so I think it was a really good
piece to work with. Kai: We rolled out our rug so then we had to figure out how to
hang the artwork. I had two pieces of rather large art. I’m gonna need help
lifting I can’t lift this on my own. Thankfully Reiko was around. We rolled in
that lovely coffee table. Jen: I love that coffee table. Kai: Yeah, it’s a great coffee table and it’s not too heavy too. Like it’s quite large and sturdy but it’s easy to move
around and we threw down the floor cushions. There was a little bit of
hesitation — I wasn’t sure to go full out with the cushions on the sofa, but we
did and I feel like it worked well. Jen: I’m glad you did. I love all the cushions
together that you chose. Kai: You don’t really know until everything is totally
in there how it’s all gonna play out. You have ideas but I was pleased with how it
turned out. Who would live in my room? I mean I would live in that room. It’s
kind of comfortable but approachable and colourful. I think someone that obviously likes stuff. Jen: Not too much stuff. Kai: No, but you know, appreciates colour. Jen: All the colours
work so well that nothing is jarring, it’s just like a beautiful vignette. Kai: Thanks, Jen. Jen: The sofa has a really relaxed feel to it. It has clean lines but it’s not severe or harsh — it has really sort of soft and inviting lines.
Kai: It was a really nice piece, really comfortable and it didn’t have too
specific of a look. Jen: You can pretty much use it in almost any decorating style I think. Kai: I think the comfort factor too for it — both of us
approached it as a more laid-back, casual without being sloppy. You know what
I mean? Jen: Yeah, cool comfy. I would be up for another challenge. It
was a lot of fun, it was a bit of work. Kai: It’s nice to see the finished product, too — you know everything comes together and then taking a look at what your friend
did Kai: Vote for me! Jen: What is this? Kai: You can’t see what I’m saying.


91 thoughts on “One Sectional Sofa, Two Living Room Looks! | H&H Design Challenge

  1. Love the blush wall paint but I must vote for the room with the green wall simply because it looks "cozy" in comparison to the other room; although I have never deliberately chosen the jungle look in the way of artwork prior to this. Both are lovely and comfortable.

  2. Love Love Love this kind of videos that allow us to see the creative process the designer goes through! keep them coming. <3 both rooms were spectacular<3

  3. I hate this never ending parade of gray. The "new" insipid pink thing currently trending, I think is awful. When Jennifer brought in the black chair I assumed this space was going to be a disaster but when she added that dreadful piece of non-art and the big black bowl, the whole thing magically came together! Decorative pillows and vase add another layer of interest. The flowers are essential for this room setting to pull it all together, otherwise it would be completely colorless. Perfectly balanced and understated without being spare. She really has her craft honed to a fine edge. Kudos!

  4. Both are special in their own way. First one is perfect for a soft and minimal approach. Second is cosy, lovable. Love the second one the most, especially the art makes it pop out.

  5. The first setup looks formal. Its good for an office setting or if u wanna hv quiet moments. The second one is cozy and inviting. Expect more noise n joys there.

  6. I liked the first one better, but it wouldโ€™ve been a lot better with maybe a different color wall. Maybe a light warm gray? The second one was really unique and beautiful, but definitely not my style. I liked the name of soft modern; it described the space well. Great job you guys!โค๏ธโค๏ธ

  7. I like the paint color, art, and rug of the second room. But I loved the modern minimalist feel of the first room, especially that cane chair and the coffee table.

  8. I like the second room better.. but where is the lighting? why none of them put any table lamp or maybe floor lamp or maybe wall spotlight?

  9. I prefer the second look, because it is so bright with beautiful colors combination that give more energy to it, more alive and inviting, love them so much especially the pair of the wall arts..๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ’ก๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—

  10. I do not love either room, but the first room fits more of my decor style – hate the table and books. This makes the room feel unsophisticated.

  11. At first I thought this was a before and after video but definitly the room done with the green wall and large paintings looks the best.

  12. I love the kai's decoration.. the green n neutral are so perfect. Kai always gives different vibes on her out standing works ..

  13. I didnt think i would like the green room so much because i like the minimal look but i eneded up loving the end result. That shows how amazing simple decor can make a room look.

  14. Guess I like "stuff". I have all those colors in my apartment. Loved the colorful artwork. Kai would be my decorator.

  15. The pictures hanging on the wall at the second room are too big and too low. The red rug makes it look too much going on.

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