I am looking for interior design ideas for my upcoming rental apartment. I do not have specific photos of the space as I do not have access to it yet; however, I have photos of the finishes in other units in the building to acquaint you with the feel of the apartments.
I am looking for design for the open concept layout which includes a dining room/living room together (I do not need design input for the kitchen/bedroom/bathroom for this competition). As you can see from the photos, there are black granite countertops and maple cabinetry in the kitchen, with maple floors, so I need a look that flows with these finishes. The unit also has concrete ceilings and some exposed piping with an industrial finish, but it is ok not to continue the industrial feel in the decor. The space is 13.1' x 21.3' (279 square feet). Ceilings are 9'.
My preferences are contemporary/modern but livable, with some rustic/wood touches where appropriate. I want the space to be streamlined yet comfortable. I like couches that have clean lines but are soft to sit on, and I also like a touch of femininity without being "girly." I am in my early 30's and would like the decor to reflect that (nothing traditional).
The color palette I want is neutral: light gray/dark gray/white/ivory with black in small amounts if necessary, and I don't want color accents. I would like to use texture variation as accents in the space, and am open to metallic or fur as an accent, but no bold colors. The only color I'm open to is a blush pink. In addition, I would like plants as accents (green plants, white flowers, orchids, branches).
The dining area can have a table for 2 or 4, whichever fits best with the space. I prefer a rectangular table, but am open to a circular table as well. I think I'd like to maximize on storage with a buffet. I also would like mirror(s) that make the space feel bigger, where appropriate.
In general I need to be smart with storage in this space and do not like any visible clutter. I would love to add a mounted electric fireplace for ambiance, but only if there is a way to add it without interfering with media table storage by the tv.
I can hang pretty much anything on the walls, but I do not have the ability to hang light fixtures in this unit (floor and table lamps only) and can't make any structural changes.
Ideally, I would like specific information on the pieces you recommend (brands/stores/price). Please keep in mind this is a rental, and I will likely not be here more than 2 years. Therefore, I do not want to invest a ton of money into it but still want it to look really good. I would like a mix of stores from which to purchase, with most being in the West Elm/Z-gallerie price range, and select pieces from Room&Board/Restoration Hardware level. For accessories, I'd like to get more inexpensive ones that still look the part, if possible.