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A Wayland living room is durable, stain-protected, and pretty too

A California casual vibe helps a couple, their three kids, and four-legged friends get cozy.

Jessica delaney

This Wayland living room is the main hangout space for the homeowners as well as for family time with their three boys — 7-year-old twins and a 4-year-old — two cats, and a dog. They asked Concord-based designer Meredith Rodday, an expert at casual-chic spaces, for durable furnishings with a coastal California vibe. “Just about every surface has been treated with stain protection, so no one is afraid to sit back and put up their feet,” Rodday says. Working with the existing built-ins and mounted television, she devised a seating plan that started with the white sofa from Restoration Hardware. “We considered using two chairs instead of the leather sofa, but they wanted more spots to snuggle up,” says Rodday.

1 The teak chairs by Noir have seat cushions reupholstered in blue ticking-striped indoor/outdoor fabric by Perennials. Pillows covered in Mughal Flower fabric from Lisa Fine Textiles lend a Bohemian touch.


2 A soft, shaggy hand-woven rug from Serena & Lily sits atop a tightly woven sisal. “They requested a very comfortable rug that the kids could lie on,” says Rodday.

3 The round coffee table, fashioned from reclaimed Douglas fir, balances the rectangular seating plan and offers storage. The Jana Bek Design glazed ceramic ginger jar has a brushstroke pattern in a custom neutral color scheme.

4 The drapes, made from Susan Connor New York Belgian linen printed with stylized arrowheads, create a rich backdrop for the neutral furnishings. “The drapery steals the show,” says Rodday.

5 A custom vertically oriented print of Lineup, by Nantucket photographer Lauren Marttila, pictures paddleboarders at Ladies Beach. “The husband is a sailor, so we wanted a water element,” Rodday says.

6 The mid-century modern style sofa from Article, covered in rumpled leather, adds texture and made the husband happy. “Guys like leather,” Rodday says. “You can’t deny it.”