We returned home this weekend after a wonderful trip to Orlando. I can’t wait to share photos from our vow renewal. If you want a sneak peek, head over to Instagram. We had such a good time celebrating our anniversary! But today, I’ve got a post that has been years in the making. I’m finally revealing our living room.
This room has been a major struggle for me over the years due to its size and many doorways. It took a lot of trial and error but I’ve finally created the look I was hoping for. Before I show you what it looks like now, I wanted to share a photo from when we bought the house.
Well that’s not pretty! I wanted this room to reflect our style, which is a bit coastal and farmhouse. The goal was to make it feel inviting and reflect our love of the beach. The space also needed to accommodate our furry friends. I’m super pleased with how it turned out after all of these years!
I think that’s a pretty big difference. As I’ve mentioned before, I wanted to create a space for socializing and an ‘entryway’. We created the ‘entryway’ a couple of months back and you can learn about that here. The sofa was a big challenge due to space constraints and our cats’ desire to shred the sofa. The Ektorp Loveseat from IKEA was the perfect solution. We’ve owned it several years now, and I wish I would have made the switch sooner. I change out the slipcover every 12-18 months depending on how badly the cats destroy it. The coffee table was another challenge. We needed something small that the cats couldn’t completely destroy. We constructed this piece awhile back, click here to read that post. The two chairs were purchased at Anthropologie, and the media console was given to us by my grandparents. It’s actually an old radio that I fixed and painted.
I chose a neutral rug from Home Depot. The hint of blue was perfect, and I used it to decide on a color for the media console (radio). The actual room color was the first thing I decided on. It’s Ashes from the Behr collection at Home Depot. I actually designed the entire room around that color. It’s such a pretty gray.
You won’t notice any television wires, because everything is in the wall. You can buy what are essentially outlets and run the wires behind the wall (I’ll share details later). I’m so glad my husband took care of that, because it’s much cleaner.
As I mentioned above, the door placement and amount of doors caused some frustrations. I went back and forth for years trying to decide what to put in the corner. I found this dresser earlier this year, and I love it. It just makes the most sense. Trust me, I’ve tried just about everything! I still haven’t decided on what color to stain the quilt hanger, but the natural look doesn’t really bother me.
I love this quilt and it really tied everything together. It only took me a couple of weeks to make, and I used fabric I already had. It adds texture to the space and was cost effective.
Below is a closer look at the ‘entryway’. I selected a neutral Ruggable that coordinated perfect with the area rug from Home Depot. We installed board and batten on this wall to help separate the space and reflect light. This was such a simple project, and I love the final result.
The black and marble end table is from Crate & Barrel. The shape is beautiful. It’s also cat friendly! You’ll notice several Kiwi birds throughout the space. They’re such a cute accessory and add a touch of whimsy.
Let’s take a look at some of the accessories. That was actually the easiest part of decorating this room. I chose clear acrylic frames from Crate & Barrel for the console. I can easily switch out photos and artwork with these particular frames. I used some of my favorite books on the media console and dresser. The turtle pictured below was made in Hawaii by a very talented gentleman. Greenery is also must in any room. Since the cats enjoy this room, I had to use artificial plants. I used a combination of metals, textures, and colors (blue & gray) to pull it all together.
One of my favorite things to mix up is this vignette on the coffee table. I always keep the lantern, but I like to change out the plant and other accessories depending on the season. This basket was a $10 steal at Home Goods.
So that’s a look at our living room in the briefest way possible. I could spend hours telling you about each and every item or detail. I’m linking up all of the items below. I’ll probably share a few more details about the space at a later date. Stay tuned. In the meantime, I’d love to hear what you think.
Wall Paint Color- Behr Ashes | Media Console Paint Color- Benjamin Moore Insert | Ektorp Loveseat | Magnolia End Table | Magnolia Console Table | Black Magnolia Chair | Marble Spoke End Table | Dresser | Rattan Chairs | Ruggable Runner | Area Rug | Acrylic Frames | Round Bronze Mirror | Wood Coat Hooks | Brushed Nickel Lamps | Vase | Kiwi Birds | White Lantern | Essential Oil Diffuser | Black Picture Frames | Navy Throw Pillows (Similar, Original No Longer Available)