Most of us have that internet person or maybe real life friend who we more or less want to be. I have a few, but at the top of my “I wish I were as cool and talented as…” list is one Meta Coleman. Meta (@metacoleman_ on Instagram) is an interior designer and stylist who has a freakishly fresh take on all things interior related. These first three images are of her home. I mean, how?! It’s all so original, creative, and unpredictable. One of my favorite things about Meta is how she uses primary colors, something I think most designers tend to run from, and does so with such finesse. I’m drawn to people who take risks and are confident and bold in those risks.
As luck would have it, on one oh-so-magiacal day, I received a message from my online friend, Meta, about wanting to work with me on my house. It’s the kind of message you dream of getting and think surely cannot be true, but you don’t dare sleep on it. I replied immediately with a very cool and reserved, “ARE YOU KIDDING ME?! I WOULD GIVE MY RIGHT ARM TO WORK WITH YOU, AND I’M RIGHT HANDED!” Somehow, I didn’t run her off with my over-eagerness, and that’s how this little collaboration between Meta and Me began!
I knew exactly where I wanted to start with Meta. We’ve lived in our home for almost three years now, and in those three years, I have never been able to figure out two rooms, our entry room and dining room. They’ve been through many stages, none of which seemed to really optimize the space. I had already begun planning the entry room when Meta reached out to me, meaning I had chosen the sectional around which I wanted the room planned. It’s this beauty, the Jasper from Interior Define.
A year or so ago, I was fortunate enough to work with Interior Define on a sofa for our other living room. You can visit that post here if you like, and the post about choosing fabric and building your own pieces with Interior Define, here. And though some things have changed in the room since then, the sofa is still looking great and sitting beautifully. Because we’ve loved it so much, I knew I wanted to try my hand at a second chance to partner with ID for some seating in our entry room, which is situated adjacent to our other living room. Interior Define offers a lovely variety of styles (which now extend beyond living room furniture into beds and dining room pieces), with plenty of fabric options, and doable prices. I really cannot sing enough praises about Interior Define!
Having gone with the velvet on our previous sofa, I figured why not go luxurious and just velvet-up the whole house! I wanted a fabric that would push me to do something more interesting with the space, so I took a risk (for me) and went with the Citrine, which is a mustardy, chartreuse shade, and I’m sooooooooo happy with my choice and cannot wait to see all of Meta’s plans come to fruition! (Mood board below!)
Here you have the before shot of the entry room. I can’t even look at this photo it hurts my eyes so much, so if you need to divert yours, I completely understand. In my defense, this was never the plan for the room. This was taken after we had gotten the sectional, when I was wracking my brain about how to fix the room. Obviously, this wasn’t going to work. It’s so BROWN and does this amazing sectional zero justice. So going into this, I knew I wanted to scrap everything, except for the sectional of course, and do something fun and creative and not brown and boring.
To start, Meta had me hop on Pinterest and pin some of my favorite interior images to give her an idea of what I love. Here are a couple of my top favorites.
Anything but boring, no? You can visit the full Pinterest board (Meta + Me), or just follow Meta on Pinterest because most of my pins came from her boards ;) She’s just so good. When in doubt, bypass me all the way and just go to her for everything.
With the visual Pinterest inspiration and some feedback from me about how we as a family plan on using the space, Meta put together a mood board. I CANNOT WAIT for everything to pan out. It’s going to be fun and colorful and the opposite of boring and brown.
So far we’ve chosen paint from Benjamin Moore, who was so generous to partner with us on this. We sifted through several shades of minty/sage green and were first drawn to Hollingsworth Green, but after using Benjamin Moore’s online color picker-outer (for lack of a better term), where you can upload a photo of your space and virtually try out different paint colors, we decided to go a bit darker to Antique Jade.
Currently, I’m painting the walls, trim, and baseboards, and eagerly awaiting the arrival of this incredible Petrol Blue rug from Rug Vista that Meta picked out. It’s so regal! And if you’re ever looking for a way to add character to a space, check out this Etsy shop, MucDesign, where you can find unique, vintage lighting. Such a fantastic selection! Meta knows where all the good stuff is. She picked out this special sputnik that’s anything but boring. Eek!! So excited!
Meta has been incredible to work with, and so patient, considering we are several states and miles apart. Finding someone who inspires you, who’s bold and fearless and pushes you to try new things is wonderful! I feel very lucky to have someone so talented lead the way.
One thing Meta has helped me realize is creating a space you love takes time! It’s not something you have to rush, which is not what social media and HGTV would lead you to believe. I always just assumed there was something wrong with me because I couldn’t make a room happen overnight, but in reality, it’s something you don’t have hurry. Take your time and find what you really love. So I’ll keep you posted on the progress as it happens, gradually. Meta has also already put together a tentative plan for the dining room, so look for that soon enough as well!
If you’re looking for unique pieces for your home, check out Interior Define, and if you’re on a budget, check them out over the next couple of days while they’re offering a 15% discount, which only happens once a year! You can’t beat it!