Living Room

One month after purchasing our first home we moved in with all of our furniture ~ most of which resided in the living room.  Yup, that's it above!  Like most first time home buyers, we weren't completely sure where to start, so it took us 6 months of focusing on other home projects before we re-focused our attention to this room.  First on our to-do list was to brighten up the dark khaki walls.
Before:
After:
For paint we used Benjamin Moore's Hush.  We also purchased three Allen + Roth roman shades in honey for $25 a piece.  It's amazing what a little paint can do ~ by brightening up the space, it seemed so much bigger!  Now with all that room we worked on making an area that would help keep us organized.
In the corner behind the front door, we built our Custom Ikea Expedit.
To see that project click here.
Then it was time to start updating furniture.  I knew exactly what I wanted ~ neutral pieces that could easily transition from season to season that would keep our small space feeling airy and bright.  We quickly started having sticker shock when we saw how expensive furniture can be!  So when we came across these West Elm Sweep Armchairs we fell in love with their sleek lines and neutral texture.  We completely lucked out when they happened to be on sale ~ and on top of that, our store was willing to sell their floor samples at an additional discount.
I was (and still am) ~ so proud of these chairs ~ mainly because they were by far our most expensive purchase to date.  For curtains we hit up our local Ikea and purchased two sets of sheer white.  Black cafe curtain rods were purchased from Target.
We then set out to save more pennies to purchase a couch.  I knew I wanted white and quickly decided on a slip covered couch.  Slipcovers allow for easy cleaning and would give us the option to change it out entirely in the future.  We decided on Pottery Barn's Basic Sofa in Brushed Canvas, Natural.  After reading reviews online, I saw that PB typically had an annual sofa sale.  We waited for this and purchased our sofa on sale.  We've been very happy with this for the past two years!  Surprisingly, it has held up very well ~ typically I'll vacuum it with a brush attachment to clean off any dog hairs and dirt (our pup is known to put muddy paws on it from time to time).  And when needed will throw the slipcover in the wash.
So one year after purchasing our home, our living was slowly starting to take shape.  In search for side tables I found this Crackle Lattice Garden Stool from Mecox Garden.  The exuberant price tag made me determined to find an affordable look alike ~ so you can imagine my excitement when I found one at Decor Decor here in Atlanta.  And the most exciting thing ever?!  I found this one in their scratch & dent section for $25!  It had fractured slightly during the firing process, but had since been re-glazed!  Best score ever!
The rug is West Elm's Jute Bolce in Platnum.  And the industrial inspired coffee table was another scratch & dent find from Decor Decor.  
Two lamps were purchased from HomeGoods.  The Vintage Map along with the Antique Hutch were thrift finds.  And there you have it ~ the current state of our Living Room.  
We still plan to re-do the ceiling and add a salvaged mantel to the fireplace.  
But more on that later!

Before & After




57 comments :

  1. Michelle, the guest room and living room are simply awesome. You and Brian have wonderful ideas, but it takes good decisions and lots of work too. Jane W.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Love the whole room! Just found your blog... awesome!!
    Say, would you please share where you found the baskets that are in the living room, and the footstool? Can't wait to see more room reveals :))

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Birgit! All three were purchased from the Pottery Barn Outlet, at a discount in Dawsonville, Georgia. The large round basket is Pottery Barn's Beachcomber and the rectangular one is the Bailey Basket. I believe the Seagrass Ottoman has since been discontinued ~ here's one that's similar: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/woven-seagrass-tuffet/?cm_src=AutoSchRel

      I hope this helps, and please let me know if you have any further questions!
      Best,
      Michelle

      Delete
  3. Hi,

    What fabric choice did you go with on the West Elm chairs?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Christie! Thanks for stopping by! We went with the Chunky Basketweave in Natural ~ I hope this helps & I'm sure you saw they're on sale right now at West Elm :) Have fun decorating!

      Delete
  4. just found your blog! I love what I've read & seen so far :) Just out of curiosity, what do you store in the antique hutch? I always wonder what types of things to display behind glass doors and what to hide away! Thanks!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Rachael ~ thanks so much for taking the time to say hello! In the photo above I have 1960s & 70's Gourmet Magazine Binders on the bottom shelf ~ on the top I have my collection of white vintage vases, a photo from our wedding & a seagrass rose bouquet from Charleston, SC. I do like to change what's in the hutch seasonally and always try to keep to a similar color palette or a similar collection, when displaying books, vases, etc. I like to use odd numbers in groupings. I hope this helps a bit & I'll plan to do a more in depth post on the subject this month!

      Delete
  5. I love this room! Where did you get the pillows?

    Stacey

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Stacey! Thanks so much ~ it's my favorite room in the house!
      The green trellis pillows were purchased from Z Gallerie, and are currently no longer available :(
      I bought the floral pillows last year at the Inman Park Festival in Atlanta from an interior designer ~ she said the fabric had been left over from a client project. While she doesn't sell them, I did find this Etsy listing that looks like the same fabric: http://www.etsy.com/listing/130234570/both-sides-18x18-20x20-22x22-beautiful?ref=exp_listing

      Hope this helps a little ~ and thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  6. When is the annual couch sale at PB??

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. We bought ours in January ~ but I'm pretty sure they have semi-annual & other promotions throughout the year. You may want to contact PB directly or if you live close to one of the PB Outlets you may get lucky finding one there. Hope this helps!

      Delete
  7. Very nice! Can you tell me what is the name of your curtains at Ikea? Thank you and love your blog!!:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hello & thanks for stopping by! We purchased the Aina (Article Number: 102.180.89) in white from Ikea, shown here: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80216845/#/10218089

      Delete
  8. Thank you so much!! Are you happy with the curtains?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I really am ~ we wanted something that would still allow light into the room. If you're looking for more privacy you'll want to add a fabric panel to these or look elsewhere ~ but if you want light, bright & airy ~ the texture and color of these are great! I also compared prices to other linen curtains and these seemed like the best quality at this price point.

      Hope this helps!

      Delete
  9. I really love the look. As far as the rods, I also have a big picture window like you...did the largest size rod fit? Are you happy with them? Thanks so much again... Hoping to get to Target/Ikea this weekend!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. With so many things in our house, nothing is typically a 'standard' size :) Our picture window happened to be right in between two different rod sizes, so we went with the larger of the two. Be sure to measure your window and go with the size that works with yours. I'm happy with these because they were exactly what I was looking for ~ simple, thin, black ones and the price was right for my budget. They're not extremely strong and they can scratch easily if you're not careful. So if you plan to go with different curtains, like really heavy velvet ones, this may not be the best option. Hope you have a fun shopping trip!

      Delete
  10. And also the largest size Aina curtains fit that window too? Sorry for all the Q's...thank you!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If I remember correctly I think these only come in one size. Again, nothing in our house is standard sizing and our ceiling height is just under 8 feet. If anything, these curtains were too long for us and can easily be fixed by altering the length. If you have ceiling heights like ours you'll be good, but be sure to take measurements first. I hope these end up working for you, but also check out others at Ikea, I know they've come out with quite a few new ones since we bought ours. Good luck!!

      Delete
  11. i love that picture-banner on your fireplace! so creative! it looks like its string and clothespins...is that correct? i am totally going to do that, it looks sweet!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Good eye! That is correct ~ it's just twine and clothespins :) It's my go to for parties or holidays. In the photo above Brian's Grandma was visiting ~ so I printed old photos of him & her as well as recent ones. Thanks for commenting!!

      Delete
  12. I saw your living room on Hookedonhouses today and I was wondering where you got the cool coffee table? I've never seen anything like it!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I found the coffee table from the scratch and dent section at Decor Decor ~ the link is in the post above :)

      Delete
  13. Hi! I just found your blog when your house was featured on "Hooked on Houses." Love what you've done. Did you refinish the floors, because my eye keeps going to them? I'm hoping we can get our floors to look like yours after we rip up the carpet and linoleum.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Loribeth ~ truth be told the floors could probably use re-finishing. They're original to our 1950's home and well used to say the least :) I will say that we have spent a lot of time cleaning them and using a wood floor cleaner to brighten them up a bit. Also, the before photos were taken with my point and shoot camera and the after with a dslr~ so the quality of the after is better. But, if you are looking to accomplish the same tone and color in the after photo, we just installed wood floors in our kitchen and used Minwax Natural Stain in Satin and they surprisingly matched up to our originals WAY better than we expected. Hope this helps and sorry for such a long reply :)

      Delete
  14. Hi, Michelle. I'm a new follower and I love your style, especially the neutral palettes and all the natural accents of seagrass, sisal, baskets, etc. Can you tell me where you got your dining room chairs? I have a round oak table that I am going to either restain or paint and have been debating which kind of chairs to use. When I saw yours, bingo! That was the look I was going for. I hope I can still find something similar if not the exact chairs. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Karen ~ I'm so happy to hear someone else likes those dining room chairs! I found them for a steal at a local flea market ~ they're vintage rattan cane chairs that needed some TLC. I'm starting to see rattan and wicker popping up everywhere. I would suggest checking out local listings for a vintage set. Or quite a few retailers are making new updated versions. On a recent trip to Ikea I saw these that seem pretty similar: http://www.ikea.com/us/en/catalog/products/80234019/#/60234020
      I hope this helps a bit ~ I know that oak table of yours will turn out great!! So have fun giving it new life!

      Delete
  15. Love your blog and congratulations on having twins. What is the paint on the ceiling, walls, and trim? Thank you.

    ReplyDelete
  16. In fact, lighter walls in your living room look much better. I really like this custom closet with bins, looks very modern and stylish. Now you have a really nice lounge. Greetings.

    ReplyDelete
  17. Hello! I saw your family room on Pinterest awhile back and it was like I was looking at my own living room (except yours is arranged and furnished SO MUCH BETTER). The set up is the same, and I've been struggling with how to make the room feel bigger, yet cozy.

    Question, do you mind sharing room dimensions? I'm wondering if my family room could handle the same amount of furniture (love those chairs!!).

    Thanks!
    Sarah

    ReplyDelete
  18. Great collection of living room furniture. Living room furniture choices create the initial and deepest impression of your home.
    Living room Furniture

    ReplyDelete

  19. My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!



    Breakroom Furniture
    Online

    ReplyDelete
  20. Hi there. How comfortable are the Sweep chairs? Considering for a conversation area but can't find in stores to try out. Thanks.

    ReplyDelete
  21. Its stunning .. astounding and amazing too. I 'm going to impart this post to my companions. Much obliged to you to such an extent. Keep it up !! Living Room Furniture

    ReplyDelete
  22. Thank you so much.
    Living rooms
    designs are very good.Nice blog.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Reception Best Living Room Chair For Back Pain Sufferers ​play an important role in the everyday operation of a business. The chairs used in the reception or waiting room are the source of the customer or guest's first tactile impression of the company. As important as it is to have a place of business that looks inviting and professional, it's equally important to provide guests with seating that feels welcoming.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Thank you for this nice sharing. Great post.

    ReplyDelete
  25. By blending cherished family heirlooms, DIY projects, and carefully chosen decor pieces, the author achieved a space that feels both luxurious and intimately familiar. By utilizing this code, we can access exclusive savings and make our dreams of a stunning living room more attainable.
    amy roloff net worth

    ReplyDelete
  26. I commend the author of this blog for sharing their living room retreat inspiration and mentioning the exciting cbx promo code. This code provides an opportunity to enhance our own living spaces with quality, stylish pieces at discounted prices.

    ReplyDelete
  27. I absolutely love your living room design! The way you've blended different textures and colors creates such a warm and inviting atmosphere. It's clear that you have a keen eye for detail and a talent for making a space feel both stylish and comfortable.
    tidewe discount code

    ReplyDelete
  28. Your living room is a true masterpiece, beautifully designed and cozy. I'm looking for a #blackout bingo promo code to add some finishing touches to my own space now. Thanks for the inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  29. Purchasing YouTube subscribers can rapidly accelerate the growth of your channel, painting a picture of credibility and popularity that naturally attracts more viewers. It serves as a boost, setting the stage for your content to be discovered by a wider audience. This strategy can be particularly beneficial for new creators looking to gain a foothold in a competitive space, as a higher subscriber count often influences the perceived value of your content, encouraging organic growth. Additionally, having a substantial subscriber base can improve your channel's visibility on YouTube, increasing the likelihood of your videos being recommended to potential viewers. This approach, when used responsibly within YouTube's guidelines, can be a stepping stone to achieving greater engagement and establishing a dedicated community.
    https://www.buyyoutubesubscribers.in/

    ReplyDelete
  30. I recently bought a wardrobe from Office furniture, and I'm impressed with the quality. The wood finish is beautiful, and the design is both elegant and practical. It provides ample storage space for all my clothes and accessories. Multiwood's attention to detail is evident in every piece of furniture they offer.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Purchasing YouTube subscribers can significantly enhance the visibility of a channel, creating a solid foundation from which to build an audience. This method acts as a stepping stone, giving channels the initial push they need to stand out in a crowded market. With more subscribers, channels appear more authoritative and trustworthy, which can naturally attract additional viewers and subscribers. This strategy can effectively shorten the time it takes for a channel to get noticed, facilitating quicker growth and enabling creators to focus on producing quality content rather than solely on subscriber acquisition. It amplifies a channel's appeal to potential collaborators and sponsors, opening doors to new opportunities. Investing in subscribers can also positively affect a channel's ranking in YouTube's algorithm, leading to higher visibility in search results and recommendations. This initial boost can be instrumental in setting the stage for a thriving, engaged YouTube community.
    https://www.buyyoutubesubscribers.in/

    ReplyDelete
  32. Moving into our first home was exciting but overwhelming, especially when it came to furnishing the living room. After focusing on other projects, we finally brightened the space with Benjamin Moore's Hush paint and added Allen + Roth roman shades for a cozy, organized feel.

    In case you need info about furniture collection at lowest prices, take a look at here.

    ReplyDelete
  33. Purchasing a web hosting plan is a pivotal step for any business aiming to establish a strong online presence. The process typically starts with evaluating your website's needs, such as bandwidth, disk space, and specific features like eCommerce support or WordPress optimization. From there, research and compare plans from reliable providers to find one that matches your requirements and budget. Most hosting providers offer easy online purchasing processes, where you can select your plan, register a domain name (if not already owned), and complete the transaction through a secure payment gateway. Once purchased, you'll receive account setup details and access to a control panel, allowing you to manage your website, set up email accounts, and install necessary applications. Providers usually offer 24/7 customer support to assist with any technical issues or questions, ensuring a smooth transition and ongoing maintenance of your online site.
    https://onohosting.com/

    ReplyDelete
  34. Our nursing vacancy company in India is dedicated to helping nursing professionals find rewarding career opportunities. Through a meticulous selection process, we ensure that only highly skilled and compassionate nurses join our network. We provide holistic support, from initial placement to continuous professional development, enabling nurses to thrive in their roles. By partnering with India's top healthcare institutions, we match nurses with positions that suit their expertise and career goals. Our commitment to ethical recruitment practices and excellence in patient care distinguishes us in the industry. Trust us to guide and elevate your nursing career to new heights, ensuring both professional growth and job satisfaction. Join us today and make a significant impact in the healthcare sector.
    https://dynamichealthstaff.com/

    ReplyDelete

  35. Empower yourself with knowledge and confidence as you explore the benefits of Mounjaro MOUNJARO INJECTION 5 mg for pain relief. Say goodbye to discomfort and hello to relief with this trusted solution.

    ReplyDelete
  36. The cost of breast cancer treatment in Delhi can range significantly based on the specific medical interventions required. Factors such as the type and stage of cancer, the chosen healthcare facility, and the treatment modalities employed, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, all contribute to the overall expense. Government hospitals typically offer subsidized rates, making treatment more affordable, while private hospitals may charge higher fees due to advanced technology and superior facilities. On average, treatment costs fall between INR 2 to 8 lakhs, though this can escalate with advanced care. Financial assistance programs and insurance coverage can help mitigate these costs, ensuring access to essential treatment without severe financial strain.
    https://www.breastoncosurgery.com/services/breast-cancer-treatment-cost-in-delhi/

    ReplyDelete
  37. Ahmedabad is gaining recognition for offering advanced and affordable colon cancer treatment. Treatment costs typically range from INR 2,00,000 to INR 6,00,000, varying with the procedure type and chosen hospital. The city's leading hospitals feature state-of-the-art technology, ensuring precise diagnostics and treatment. Skilled oncologists with extensive experience in colon cancer treatment lead these procedures, enhancing success rates. The cost often includes comprehensive diagnostic tests, tailored treatment plans, surgery or chemotherapy, and follow-up care, ensuring substantial value. Financial assistance and diverse insurance options are available to manage the expenses associated with treatment. This support system allows patients to receive top-quality care without significant financial strain. Hence, Ahmedabad is becoming a preferred destination for cost-effective, high-quality colon cancer treatment.
    https://drvirajlavingia.com/colorectal-cancer-specialist-in-ahmedabad

    ReplyDelete
  38. Dr. Meera Desai is a distinguished breast cancer specialist in Mumbai with over 15 years of clinical experience. She is proficient in advanced treatment techniques such as precision medicine and minimally invasive surgeries, ensuring holistic and effective care. Dr. Desai's affiliation with leading hospitals guarantees her patients access to the latest medical technologies. Her patient-centric approach involves creating personalized treatment plans tailored to each individual's specific needs. Actively involved in clinical research, she contributes to breakthroughs in breast cancer treatments. Patients consistently laud her for her detailed consultations, professional demeanor, and empathetic care. Dr. Meera Desai's unwavering commitment to patient well-being makes her a highly respected figure in breast cancer treatment in Mumbai.
    https://drnitanair.com/about/about-top-breast-cancer-surgeon-mumbai

    ReplyDelete

07 08 09 10
Pin It button on image hover