A Designer's Secret to Creating a Modern Yet Inviting Living Room

We've been watching interior designer Anne Sage's California bungalow come together room by room, and it just keeps getting better. First, we saw her stunning kitchen remodel, and then we took a tour of the master bedroom, where the sunlight flows through the large windows. Up next, we're getting a look inside her open living room and dining room area, where it's clear that living in Los Angeles has impacted her taste. As with the rest of the home, her appreciation of natural light, open spaces, and rich layers of textures shines through immediately. "One look at my Instagram feed is a dead giveaway on my style: I like things simple, clean, and modern, yet warm and inviting too," Sage tells MyDomaine.

This aesthetic and its accompanying sentiments are definitely reflected in the final product. "Our previous house was my husband's former bachelor pad, and while I had done my best to give it a makeover, it always felt like I was trying to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse," she shares. And now that they're in their first home together as a married couple, she's been determined to make every design decision feel like a lasting and intentional one. "I wanted this space to feel like an elevated evolution of our shared design sensibilities, one that was representative of this new phase of our lives together," she says.

To get some expert guidance to oversee the project, she enlisted her favorite interior designer, Martha Mulholland. "Even an interior designer can get tunnel vision when approaching her own home, which is why I called upon fellow designer Mulholland to help me reimagine an oddly shaped living room. The result is a wonderful blend of both our signature styles," Sage tells us. "Martha's taste is like no other," she continues. "Her eye for shape and proportion, plus her vast knowledge of vintage and antiques, makes for unique, sophisticated spaces that also feel really welcoming and inviting." So without further ado, see how she transformed her open floor living room into a picture-picture, livable foyer, dining, and living room.