My living room is one of my favorite rooms in the house even though its not intentionally decorated. It’s just a mix of stuff that I already had placed together. It’s simple enough: a neutral base, black trimmed curtains to add a little formality, a mix of textiles to add a little color and fun, vintage pieces to add a little soul, and family heirlooms to add a little heart.
It’s not my vision, its not some kind of design thesis statement, but its a happy comfortable space. I didn’t style anything when I snapped these pics- this is literally just the way I live. So if it doesn’t look perfect, like something out of a magazine, you’ll just have to understand that I’m not going for that. It’s all just a work in progress that I tweak and move around on a continual basis. But for now, here is my living room, plus a few snaps of what it used to be.
My sofa, with its mid-century lines, isn’t sink-into-it comfortable, so I replaced my coffee table with my ottoman/bench. Putting your feet up makes everything more cozy. I’m pretty anal about damaging the delicate La Fiorentina upholstery, so I layered a vintage suzani over it. I like the look and the practicality of it.
On the right side of the sofa I mixed Caitlin Wilson’s coral fretwork pillow with an embroidered steal from Urban Outfitters. (No longer end available.) The end table is a great brass/wood/white mid-century piece that I won at an auction awhile ago. (I used to be obsessed with furniture auctions… I guess I still am, but no longer have the free hours to stalk.) The Indian piece of art is one my favorites- it’s actually 3D, with fabric and beading embellishing the piece. I like to mix brass, gold and silver and you can see that clearly in this vignette, with the brass elephant (a thoughtul gift from Miss Tobe,) silver tray, brass sconces etc. I like that it feels more collected.
The original living room was quite teeny: 10×15 with the front door opening right into the space. When we removed the half walls it felt so much more open!! The front store is still right there, but it works. It’s cozy.
I painted my front door black. I love it. When in doubt, paint it black.
The left side features a vintage round table loaned to me by my sister, Megan. My family is often rotating furniture around among ourselves. I traded this piece for my wicker stools. The pillows are different over here, but balanced out by the use of the coral fretwork again. I have a few general rules for pillows- 1. Don’t match patterns exactly- ie do one the same, and one different. 2. Don’t match the quantity of pillows on each side. I lean towards the 2-3 combo.
On the other side of my front door is the fireplace. It has yet to be used, but I’m really hoping I light her up this winter! I gave myself a few coat hooks and built-in some shelves in what used to be an awkward alcove. I keep my keys, dog stuff and various trinkets right there. It’s pretty handy.
Ain’t it great what a coat of paint can do?
I was extremely insistent that a mirror go above my fireplace instead of a television. One, because I wanted to reflect the light from the windows and two, because I didn’t want the TV to be the first thing you saw when you walked in the door. So I mounted it just to the left instead.
I surrounded the TV with art. Just stuff I already have. I’m still tinkering with this area, particularly what’s on the bar cart. It’s kinda lame right now… but I’ll get around to it when I feel inspired. Maybe I’ll add art, maybe I’ll take some away. I like that many people don’t notice the TV at first… that was the idea.
Wide shots kinda suck in this format, but here’s a better perspective of this wall’s before and after… Ugly old fireplace again:
New configuration with half wall gone, stairs re-built, fireplace painted and shelves installed.
And that’s the end of my tour! This space will continue to evolve for sure. I still want to find or refurbish to chairs to go to the right of my sofa. I do entertain quite regularly and there never seems to be enough seating. Fingers crossed that I stumble upon something good that works with the space. xx
Hope you enjoyed the long post. I’m finishing up a vacation and it seemed the easiest time to share something. What do you want to see next?