Room We Love: This Retro-Modern Rumpus Room
A six-sided living room gets a ’70s-cool makeover.
This unusual hexagonal room was so striking that it didn’t take much for designer Ben Leavitt of Fox Design to bring the stuck-in-the-’70s design into the 21st century. Leavitt swapped dark stone and wood features (and a shag carpet to match) for a fresh coat of paint and retro-modern eclectic furnishings and accessories that highlight the architecture. A circular area rug, matching custom PlaidFox sofas and a pair of poufs evenly balance the space and play off the room’s symmetrical frame. “There are a lot of interesting textures, but it’s not very busy,” notes Leavitt. Mixed throw pillows and a Restoration Hardware pendant further add to the room’s bohemian feel while also complementing the original copper fireplace (which was retrofitted to be gas-burning). “We based the design off the era the house was built in,” says Leavitt. “It was about maintaining the soul.”
Left to right: Robert Allen Design’s line of fabrics (from $32)—like Bamboo Lattice and Geo Shape—adds character to the textiles. Break up the geometric pattern play with a graphic piece or two, like this Perugia Horse pillow ($125). Though the pattern of the Glencam area rug ($463) is different from the curtains and throw cushions, the scale and simplicity of the print keep the look cohesive.