Bare Natural in the Living Room

With my focus pointed in 14 different directions, I don’t intend to finish my living room for awhile.  I have big ideas, most of which feature fancy designer fabrics and even more custom projects.  Let’s be real, I don’t have the funds or the energy to deal with that and I just want to enjoy my space.  Luckily I have a lot of great pieces and have been able to fill in the room so I can live comfortably.  Here is the first iteration, 1 week after moving in.

design manifest living room neutral

Chocolate oak floors, a cowhide layered over a jute rug and a linen-slipcovered sofa create natural, neutral space.

Vintage finds including a live-edge wood table,  Asian chairs and a brass and wood end table.

design manifest neutral living room

Curtains have been made, art will be hung, furniture will be re-arranged and I’ll be experimenting a lot with pattern and color.  But at this very moment… I’m really just digging the simplicity of the bare natural room.

I’m signing off for the week.  I have a lot to get done before my first house guests arrive.  Later Gators.

{Living Room Before}

  1. Tiffany

    It’s the perfect base for your fun color experimentation, but in the meantime, the neutrals are lovely. I can’t believe how good everything’s looking just one week after moving in!

  2. That will be so fun down the road to be able to look back at all the different iterations of the room. Love it now but am super excited at whatever color ideas you have up your sleeve. Have the best time this weekend!

  3. I’m kinda loving the natural simplicity of this room. Thanks for sharing this stage of the decorating…it will be fun to see you transform the room further with fabric and pattern.

  4. Cathy

    Looks fab and I am sure your friends will love it! Enjoy your time off…

  5. Oh yeay!! I love it!! And for the first itirationa nd having jsut moved I’m very impressed! Have fun with your guests!

  6. Leah

    i think it looks great already! everything is turning out so well! love seeing the progress.

  7. I LOVE neutrals, so I’m loving this look! Those chairs are fabulous! Have fun with your first guests!

  8. This room is simply gorgeous! Love the furniture pieces and layered rugs. Can’t wait to see what happens next, but I could enjoy it just as it is.

  9. Kristen

    It actually feels very warm and homey. Sometimes understated is so refreshing.

  10. Love it, you have some great pieces…jealous!!

  11. Becky

    It looks great! The wood table might be too tall….just a thought, may be the angle of the photo.

    • Naomi

      Nope, its pretty perfect in terms of coffee table height. 18″ or so.

  12. Rosie

    It looks lovely! Looking forward to watching it evolve.

  13. Naomi! When I first saw this room on IG I assumed it was from a magazine shoot and you were using it as an example. How silly of me! I should have known it was your gorgeous home. I think it looks really beautiful now, and it can only get better from here. I’m so happy for you!
    Abby

    • Naomi

      Thanks Abby! I only ever use my own photography on instagram. Isn’t that point of it?

  14. sarah

    this is my favorite style…i absolutely love what you have done!

  15. i’m usually bored by neutrals, but this i love! i have no doubt the colors you bring in will be perfection, but thank you for providing some neutral inspiration in the meantime!

  16. Kim Macumber

    Like you I love Color. Yet this room and the simple textures gives such a warm feeling. Can’t wait to see how you punch it up. In the meantime I think you should revel in this space!! xo

  17. perfect! you can start realxing and then playing around with colour.So happy for you- and I absolutely love those floors!
    XX
    Bea

  18. Hi Naomi,
    The space looks great! I’m actually looking for a linen slip-cover myself. I’m assuming you used someone local. Would you mind sharing your resource? Seriously, the room looks so relaxing. Great job!

  19. Sherry

    The room looks great. I really like your sofa, where did you get it?

    • Naomi

      Sherry, my sofa is the Martin by Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams. I Had a custom slipcover made in linen because I wanted a softer look.

  20. Susan

    Love the cowhide over the jute. Such a great look!
    Susan
    simplymodernhome.com

  21. I haven’t seen the layered rug with the skin like that before and I must say that I really like it. PS, the floors are amazing. I love the chocolate with the lighter walls, gives great contrast.

    • Naomi

      thank you!

  22. Kathy

    The room looks great! I love your jute rug. Where is it from?

    • Naomi

      I bought the rug a long time ago, Kathy. I think it was from Overstock!

  23. Hilary

    If I may say so….
    GURLLLL, you’re house already looks better than MOST! You’re on your way to quite the palace, and in the meantime, you’ve got the most “enjoyable” space on the planet! Do enjoy all of your layers of hard, hard, work! It’s absolutely lovely!
    Thank you for sharing the journey with all of us, it’s a lot of fun to see your process.
    HDW

    • Naomi

      Any time!

  24. You are such an inspiration! Having amazing, innovative taste is a curse at times because you a never satisfied!!!! Enjoy this room and your friends because it’s beautiful! Hope you had fun!

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