Take a Tour of Gina Rodriguez's Affordable (and Totally Laid Back) Living Room
The Jane the Virgin actress gets a California Bohemian living room make-over that's affordable and stylish. Take a tour and learn how to get the look.
When designer Sarah Ramirez of Found and Collected was tasked with creating a living space for Jane the Virgin lead lady, Gina Rodriguez, she knew she had to get to know the star and her husband before starting on the design. “They were very warm and welcoming right away and just kind of high energy in general,” Sarah shares, “so I knew that the space really had to speak to that sensibility of the couple.”
Gina wanted a space that was cozy, fresh and comfortable to match her effortless, welcoming and causal style and personality. Partnering with RetailMeNot, Sarah ultimately went for a relaxed California Bohemian aesthetic.
The Foundation Piece
The space features a base of lighter whites and sun-washed colors to keep everything bright, light and airy, but what brings the whole Bohemian vibe together are the textures. “Texture played a big role in this design,” says Sarah. A beautiful white sectional from Bed, Bath and Beyond (the Klaussner sectional, only available in stores) acts as the foundation of the room, and the best part about is it that it isn't solid white — subtle gray flecks and a linear texture give it extra character. The loose back pillows are tailored but not too formal. “That allowed me to have a foundation to have a lot of fun with the textures, the prints and the colors,” Sarah explains.
After the sofa, the rug was the next important piece in the room. It helped define the design and inform the color choices. The Kasuri area rug features soft colors and the cream background works to keep the lightness of the room while introducing colors to the space.
Color and Texture
With the foundation set, Sarah went to work infusing the space with various hues and tons of texture. She kept to a color palette of sun-washed earth tones like terracotta and sage, with punctuations of deeper indigo. Then she started with an eclectic mix of cozy pillows on the sectional, setting the stage with a large texturally bold pillow and then adding some colorful supporting players. “I wanted to make sure that we didn't go too Bohemian,” she explains. “That's where the velvet in the dark navy throw pillows came in.” The goal was to balance the proportion of color to the white foundation.
The coffee table features a mix of materials that introduce a bit of warmth to the room. The grey concrete top and wood base infuse a natural element to the space. She added warmth with a coppery-gold palm tray (available in-store at Bed, Bath and Beyond) which also picked up some of the terracotta colors in the space. The grey planter and books also play off the texture and color palette.
“Plants were a huge part of this design from the beginning. They just bring in a lot of soul,” Sarah explains. In addition to adding greenery to the space, Sarah wanted to bring in a single, large-scale art piece to tie the room together. She went with a dusty washed-out photo of cactus that warmed up all the white in the room and picked up the colors of the rug.