Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Mini Home Tour | Living Room

Here is the most lived-in room in our home. We kept the color that our landlords left in the house, a tannish-yellow. Painting this one room would result in repainting the entire downstairs because of how the walls are, plus, what renter wants to paint with those high ceilings?! 

I have always dreamed of having white couches, but I opted out of washing slipcovers and chose to go with a forgiving fabric. Our linen set has a blend of black and brown weave. I was sold because of its lines -- very similar to the Oswald and the Carlisle sofas. It has served our family well in the months that we've had it. I've found (through numerous spills) that it is nearly indestructible. We are happy with our choice.


Shortly after Ikea discontinued their Lack bookcases, I had my husband build 2 look-alikes that would fit the alcoves on either side of our mantel. We made ours a little taller and wider than the Ikea ones that I love so much. Those bookcases make all of the difference in our room!


This rooms has lots of color, and it all started with my pillows.







I love me some malachite...



I made my own "love print" in Pantone's 2011 Color of the Year, Honeysuckle. 


There's the coffee table that we got for free… still can't believe it. Also, you'll see I have made a valence for the windows. Although, drapes would look nice in the room, I wasn't willing to invest in fabric for the windows since we are renting. It works in this house for now.



Painting and repurposing old pieces that were given to us has been key. A prime example is that antique pie crust table. After a quick paint job, it was transformed to a more modern piece with its turquoise top and black base -- a look I can live with. Piece by piece, I'm evolving my home from traditional to contemporary. It's a process, to say the least.

11 comments:

A Blissful Nest said... [REPLY]

Love the fabric on the valance. Beautiful job!

Ashley Gillett said... [REPLY]

Thinking highly of myself for a second, if we lived by each other, I think it high;y likely we'd be friends. I have a house crush!

Natalie said... [REPLY]

This belongs in a magazine! Love your cowhide rug. Everything looks gorgeous!

Kate @ Daffodils said... [REPLY]

O I love it all! I especially am loving the blue velet chair in the corner. Great job!

Kristen said... [REPLY]

Almost bought the same coffee table in a local thrift, but it is definitely not FREE...you lucky girl! What color is the paint? LOVE IT!

Val Fox said... [REPLY]

I love this room so much! The pops of color are great and that coffee table is gorgeous!

JENN said... [REPLY]

i found your site through 6th street design this morning and am loving looking through your rooms - all wonderful! can you tell me how how did the valance? we're thinking of doing the same thing in our townhome since we'd like to move within the next year, also don't want to spend the $$ for custom drapes. thanks!

Caitlin at the Desert Domicile said... [REPLY]

So pretty! I love your cowhide rug! Would it happen to be from IKEA? I'm asking because I've been considering getting one of their cowhide rugs for my bedroom but I'm not sure if I'd be able to find a hide that's as big as yours!

Nicole Rene said... [REPLY]

Wow I don't even have words for how beautiful & lovely this living room is! I love every bit of it!!! You have an amazing sense of style!! Now you just need to come decorate my new home... :)

http://nicolerenedesign.blogspot.com

Suzy www.savedbysuzy.blogspot.com said... [REPLY]

I love your living room! I've been considering buying one of the LOVE prints, but I just might have to make my own! Thanks for linking to my party.

Kyra said... [REPLY]

That living room looks lovely. I like that green center table. It is so cute.

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