So, today’s the big day! The living room is finally ready for its reveal! I am actually feeling a little nervous, especially after showing you my inspiration. You will quickly notice that our living room doesn’t have anywhere near the amount of books, charm or character to truly compare. Right now I am just laying the foundation for the room that will hopefully evolve over time and one day have that cozy library feel that I was so inspired by. Our plans include adding some type of architectural detail to the ceiling, replacing the columns with built in floor to ceiling bookcases, plantation shutters and of course more books.
Here’s a reminder of the bookstore that helped me find my decorating inspiration. Click here to see the full tour.
So….what do you think? Now I realize it looks pretty different, but I never set out to duplicate, it was simply my inspiration which was not so much visual as it was more of a feeling. I also wanted to give our living room a purpose and to be a place that was comfortable and one that we would want to spend time in. What I took away from our visit to that wonderful bookstore, was to create that feeling of warmth and coziness in the room I would need to add four elements: layers, textures, patterns and colors. I tried to mix these elements throughout the room.
I am way too much of a neat freak to have books scattered around the room, but I do enjoy having them neatly stacked in piles and easily accessible. I put some of our favorites and ones we plan to read on the tray.
This is more clutter than I’m used to, but in this room it works. Now that we are actually using the room our furniture is well on its way to looking lived in, worn and loved. I know I won’t be able to keep from fluffing the cushions and pillows though.
The larger ottoman can easily be moved from the chair to the sofa when we want to put our feet up and get comfy.
I first shared this chair with you here. It’s super comfortable, was a perfect fit for the spot and gave the extra seating that the room was missing.
I fell in love with this bird pillow when I saw it at Pottery Barn. It was one of the first accessories I purchased for the room. When I brought it home I was so happy with how the colors coordinated so nicely with the upholstered pieces, accessories and wall color.
When I first purchased this chair I had two places in mind where it would work, the family room or my husbands office. The living room never crossed my mind, until I noticed how perfectly it worked with the chair cushions in the dining room and then I instantly knew where it belonged.
Here’s the view from the dining room. Creating two unique and separate spaces in one big open room that still work together was definitely a challenge for me.
This is the only picture I could find of the living room when we moved in. These rooms were in great shape, had wonderful natural light and tons of decorating potential. We have had most of our furniture for years. Sometimes I think it would be so nice to start from scratch, using existing furniture can sometimes be really frustrating to have to work with in a new home. With the addition of a few new pieces and accessories that worked with our furniture in this space, these rooms now finally have a more cohesive look.
I don’t think we ever had a living room we have actually used. This time, in this house I wanted the living room to have a purpose and to be a room we would want to spend time in. This was one of several failed decorating attempts. The coastal vibe just wasn’t working with our more traditional dining room space. You might recognize much of the decor which ended up being a better fit in the family room.
I wanted the room to feel warm and cozy, so I added larger pieces like the frames, the tobacco basket and the natural fiber rug to fill the space. I definitely felt like I was breaking all sorts of decorating rules on scale, but I didn’t care. Once I owned that attitude the ideas were seriously flowing and the whole design process became so much fun and those larger pieces actually made the room feel bigger!
I’m always amazed how accessories add so much warmth to a space and make a room feel complete.
Well, it may have taken me a few years to pull it all together, but I am so happy that we now finally have a living room we use and enjoy!
So how did I do? Do you think I captured the “look”from my inspiration?
Valspar (Lowe’s): Withered Moss (wall paint color)
Bassett Furniture: Matching sofa, chair, ottoman, wool rug
Weir’s: End table
Home Goods/TJ Maxx: Green lamp, tall table lamp, green vase, assorted tabletop frames, boxwood topiaries, ivory throw, baskets, glass bowl
Ballard Designs: Cheetah lampshade
Target: Floor lamp (spray painted gold and the lampshade is from the table lamp), green pillow, small side table, striped throw
Rugs USA: Natural fiber rug
Pottery Barn: Wall frames, pair paisley pillow shams, pair ivory and jute pillow shams, bird pillow sham, curtains
Etsy: Prints (rachellelevingston.com)
Lowes: Curtain rods, plants
Perfect Piece (consignment store in Cary, NC): Tufted velvet chair and ottoman
Craigslist: Windsor style chair
Pier One: Wood tray
Melville Trading Company: Tobacco basket