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Low budget-high style: Scandi-inspired townhouse in California

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A townhouse was recently transformed on a tight budget into a modern Scandinavian design by Studio Revolution, located in Mountain View, California. Designed for a young couple, the designers applied creativity, great taste and DIY skills to dramatically transform a simple space into something worth looking twice at. Comprised of 2,000 square feet (186 square meters) of living space, this three bedroom, two bathroom home was originally a tract structure with no notable architectural features. The completed design highlights classic elements of simplicity of style, clean lines, functional design which includes lots of storage and crisp white walls. The clients were seeking for more of a modern style, yet the inspirational images they showed the designers reflected warmth and comfort, with a love of European and Scandi aesthetics. The designers solution was to mix things up by adding a touch of mustard to inject warmth, coupled with quirky gnomes and an eye-pleasing mixture of dark and romantic art pieces.

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The living room features the brightest white the designers could source, yet they selected furnishings with more added warmth, such as a black spindle chair and a plush neutral sofa from CB2 with pillows in mustard and a blue and white stripe for a subtle surprise of color. A fireplace wall offers a firebox with a built-in niche to stock wood and a large black and white piece of art that conceals a television niche over the fireplace. The artwork is comprised of a 6×7 foot plywood panel covered with wallpaper from Wall & Deco, adding visual interest to the space.

Here on 1 Kindesign we featured another stylish home by the trend setting design duo from Studio Revolution, in case you missed it, have a look: Southwestern style home infused with warmth in Potrero Hill.

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Budget-friendly accessories includes vases from CB2 and a paperweight and prism sourced from Target.

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The key to success when designing your home with larger pieces that you want to last for years to come is to not get too trendy. Instead, select classic and timeless styles, such as the Parsons dining table by West Elm, as shown above, paired with black Windsor Chairs. Adding visual interest to the space, a sculptural light fixture combined with a unique wall covering completes the look, in addition to artwork sourced from Society 6, which offers affordable prints.

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What We Love: The stylish nature of this home is very subtle, it is very well put together, but in no way overdone. Budget-friendly design can be seen throughout, and its very appealing. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments below!

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A media room/office space offers personality and style with a cozy white leather sofa, black and white graphic area rug and a shelf that the homeowner’s can display their ever-changing art prints.

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A niche that was once a closet got converted into a small office space, using Ikea hacks. The designers purchased an butcher block sourced from Ikea and had it cut to fit the space. One plank was used as an open shelf, the other as a desktop, with legs also sourced from Ikea for support. Overhead cabinets were added to offer additional storage.

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On a clipboard, a print sign of an inspirational quote gives a subtle reminder for the homeowner’s to stay humble; even when their stylish new digs give them some bragging rights!

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Adding a touch of playfulness to the space, beeswax gnomes stand guard on the open shelf in the office.

Photos: Courtesy of Studio Revolution

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