The living room has long been my least favorite room in the house… which is too bad for the amount of time we spend in there. Before making an decisions about things to change I decided to really try and figure out why I didn’t like it… what was making me feel like it wasn’t our space? I decided to really focus on living rooms that I loved in catalogs and Pinterest. What made them say WOW to me? And why didn’t our room feel like it fit in our house?
The first thing I came up with is that it doesn’t seem to flow from our kitchen. I love our kitchen. The cooking area of our kitchen is so similar to what I wanted for years before we designed our own space. I love the white, the marble, the brightness of the room… and generally the beachy chic-ness to the whole space. The living room didn’t have any of that. It is beige, shabby chic and more rustic. It’s an enormous improvement to what it looked like when we moved in, there are now new windows and it’s almost completely covered in new drywall. As soon as I realized the lack of continuity between the rooms was what was bothering me I had a much better idea for the direction I wanted to head in.
I want to extend my ridiculous love of marble onto our fireplace with something that looks similar to what Young House Love did to their second home’s fireplace. I’d love to see herringbone tiles over our painted brick and some square or rectangular ones on the bottom to replace the beige ones we bought two years ago. AJ and I have also talked about extending the molding from the fireplace to the ceiling after building a substantial mantle.
Gorgeous fireplace via Young House Love
Another thing that AJ and I have talked about is some built ins on either side of the fireplace. I don’t know about your families but somehow Drew and Elle have ridiculous amount of toys… they are mostly corralled places but I’d love a spot for those random ones that seem to get scattered over the floor, board games, books, etc.
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You know I love a good jute rug, we currently have one in the living room, one in Drew’s room and just got a runner for the stairway… but I’d love to bring some color into this room via the floor. I love this rug from Pottery Barn and would definitely be open to similar looking ones in blues to coordinate with the Pottery Barn rugs we’ve had for five years in the kitchen and love ( the Maliska rugs, BTW).
Rug from Pottery Barn
Remember how I posted a while back about our neighbor who was getting rid o f this fantastic giant leather chair? We love having a comfy chair in the living room, it’s the perfect spot to curl up and read a book, type emails or watch a movie but it’s dark brown and there is just one of them. The chair would be perfect in Drew’s room once we get some chairs that work with the living room better… for years I’ve adored the look of this style chair and would love to get two of something like this incredibly affordable one from Overstock.
Lastly, one of my favorite ideas for the living room (and thankfully. one of the cheapest)… Sea fan art. When my friend Bre was over recently she suggested putting four to nine frames in a gallery above our sideboard in the living room. It was the perfect solution. But I wasn’t sure what I wanted in them. I wanted something that would make a statement. As I was looking at Ballard Designs catalog recently I found some sea fans framed. I loved it and knew instantly that’s what I wanted to do in our living room. I started searching for images of sea fan art and found this from Neiman Marcus. Here’s the thing. I don’t have almost $700 to shell out for sea fan art. So, I’m making my own. Maybe next $30 Thursday?!?
Sea fan art via Neiman Marcus
Question for you:
What would you do for curtains?
I can’t wait to share more with you as we start dressing up the room. Stay tuned!