I’m excited to share the first room on this year’s fall home tour, my living room! This year I kept my overall neutral palette with pops of pale pastel and gold throughout. I also restyled my coffee table with some new pieces and overall simplified the shelf decor too. I always love how cozy the addition of fall decor makes a living space feel!Read More
’m kicking off this year’s holiday home tour with my favorite room of the house, my living room. Last year I started going with more neutrals and all-white for this space during the holidays and this year I continued with that theme. I also added in some more blush and pale pastels which I love. I usually do a real tree in here, but decided a flocked tree would fit even better with the overall colorscheme so I got this one from Wayfair (find more of my favorite flocked trees here). It is beautiful and great quality and a perfect size for this space. I also added a few new touches from Anthropologie like my faux fur tree skirt and mauve pom pom garland (shopping links below).Read More
The next space up on my fall home tour is my living room! I have been steering more towards all neutrals and pale pastels in this room lately so I decided to keep that feel for fall instead of adding my usual pops of orange and browns. I used lots of layered velvet and knit pillows on the couch in all different shades of cream. blush, and magenta mixed in with my favorite gold leaf pillows from Homegoods. I layered up the mantle a bit more than I usually do for fall by adding some eucalyptus garland and then piled up some neutral pumpkins on the threshold too. I always add lots of pumpkins to my built-in shelves, all white and metallic this year, and also added a few vases with simple fall stems.Read More
The time of year that is most challenging for me in decorating is definitely the January and February months. I've packed up all my holiday decor but it's still a little too early for full-blown spring colors and accessories. This year I was able to bridge the gap a little easier by incorporating some pale pastels and lots of layered neutral textures into my living room to bridge the gap between January and the beginning of spring. As spring as crept closer, I've continued updating and adding more spring touches and accessories throughout the space. I'm loving the feel of all the pale neutrals, layered textures, and pops of green- a little boho and a little farmhouse style overall. I also got a new coffee table which I'm loving as it totally has the perfect modern farmhouse look. Below I've listed a few easy eays to update your living room decor for spring while still keeping it super cozy! Take a look at how I gave my living room a little mini makeover to wake it up after the winter months!Read More
I've been dying to share this design project ever since the install a few weeks ago! The finishing touches are what made the biggest difference in this space and I think the end product perfectly emulates this couple's style and vision for the space. I was also lucky to start with a pretty clean slate and had some great base pieces to work off of (the couch, ottoman, and built-ins). Take a look at some of the before photos below:
We added some more furniture pieces like the leather recliner, baluster style sofa table, and mirrored accent table to fill the room better and make the layout feel complete. I also restyled the built-in bookshelves and added quite a few new framed photos and prints, more books, + small accessories. To fill the large open window on the left side, we added a long oil rubbed bronze rod filled with several gray wool curtains from West Elm. I created some custom Kentucky map wall art to fill the large, empty wall above the couch and the barnwood frames perfectly tie the rustic, modern, and industrial elements of the room all together.
The overall color scheme of the space is neutral but with a few pops of green and blue (like these glass bottles, greenery stems, and lots of plants). I tried to tie in lots of distressed wood, recycled glass, and industrial metals to give the space that refined farmhouse feel but also lots of texture and warmth. The styling of the sofa table behind the couch did stump me at first because I'm so used to just placing lamps on these to anchor each side. Due to the location in the middle of the room, there was no way to plug in lamps without having a cord strewn across the walking space. So I went on the hunt for something tall to add some height here and the glass bottles ended up being the perfect choice (found these at HomeGoods and Hobby Lobby)! Since they are clear, they also don't block your sight lines into the living room or the natural light coming in from the windows. I placed some faux stems inside them to add color and they will last forever without wilting or watering! The super simple combination of the white pillar candles on the oval tray in the center ended up being one of our favorite elements of the entire space too. Adding a cluster of candles like this is such an easy way to make any tray, crate, or dish into a chic arrangement.
Above you can see a closer look at some of the frames and prints I chose to fill in the built-ins. They had lots of new pictures to frame since they just got married a few months ago, and I wanted to layer lots of different styles and sizes of frames to add dimension on these shelves. We also added a few Kentucky/equestrian themed prints from my shop to break up all the photos and add some unique character.
When we first met, this couple mentioned getting some type of map art to fill this wall and they really liked the idea of the divided style with multiple frames. I was able to enlarge an old Kentucky map and then divide it between four 16 x 20 barnwood frames from Hobby Lobby (the larger sizes are only available in-store but I linked some of the smaller sizes at the end of this post). I was thrilled to find these frames because they are all unique and completely made from reclaimed wood from barns and farm fencing across the U.S. I love the texture and warmth the frames add to the room and they fill the open space above the couch perfectly.
The couple also chose this mirrored side table from Ballard and I love the character it adds to the room, especially with all the mixed metals in the space. Once again, I wasn't able to use a lamp here due to it being in the center of the room, so I added some height and color with a tall pillar candle, plant, and an antique book to accessorize the table. I also added some antiqued mirrored frames to the built-ins to pull that old-world antique style throughout the room a bit.
Another favorite accessory would be this giant wood tray I picked up at HomeGoods. It is the perfect size for this oversized leather ottoman and I love that it has the industrial metal handles too. A plant and old book add a pop of color in the center of the room and make the sitting area feel complete + cozy.
I just love the timeless, cozy, and refined feel of this space and I know that this couple will be able to enjoy it for years to come. They chose so many pieces of the highest quality that will last forever, and the neutral color scheme will allow them to add in pops of color whenever they want to. It is amazing how much of a difference a few accessories and finishing touches can make to a room (which is why that's probably my favorite part of the entire design process)! I have linked most of the furniture and accessories that I used in this space at the end of this post for you to shop, but if you have questions about anything I didn't mention, just ask! If you would like more information on any of our design services, just head to our Design page and fill out the inquiry form there.
Our fixer upper is continuing to move along despite a few road blocks this week. In true "fixer upper" fashion we came across a major unexpected problem in the kitchen. While the plumbers were working on the plumbing, having to pull up all the sub floor, it was discovered that there was not a proper foundation under the back wall of the kitchen. This is where all our cabinets and appliances will be so it is important that it can hold all that weight. We don't understand how this came to be (this part of the house might have been an addition), or how the previous owners got by with it so long without any serious problems, but we are going to go ahead and have it fixed correctly while the floor is pulled up. The last thing we would want is to get brand new floors, cabinets, and appliances in and then have a major problem where they could be damaged or destroyed. Thankfully we were already running on schedule and they can start pouring and framing the new foundation for this area right away. It is frustrating to have to spend so much money on "not fun" things like foundation and plumbing, BUT it will be worth it in the long run to hopefully not have any serious maintenance problems. Now on to the fun stuff! I'm excited for our living room because we have some amazing built-in bookcases, a fireplace, and it will be a relatively easy project. Here's what it look's like now:
I'm so excited to have all these built-ins! One of my favorite things to do is style shelves with all my collections, trinkets, and treasures and I can't wait to do that here! We are going to mount our tv above the fireplace and I'm hoping to remove that outdated brass fitting around the fireplace as well and just have brick. A fresh coat of paint will do wonders for these built-ins!
The living room is right off the kitchen and here is the entry into that space. I don't know if I really need this door and I may take it off just to open up the space. The walls have some lovely old wallpaper and border that will be removed and the walls will be painted.
Our electrician has already done a ton of work in this room running new plugs and wiring for the tv above the fireplace (so no cords will be showing!). You can also see the giant plugs sticking out on top of the wall in that left hand corner- he has removed all of those and remounted them inside of the bottom molding flat against the wall like they should be.
Another great floor to ceiling window in this room with amazing original molding all around. I can't wait to get some bright white paint on these moldings to freshen them up and make them look brand new.
Here's the other entrance of the room that goes into the front entryway. Below is a map of the first floor so you can get an idea of how the house is laid out.
I'm going to be able to use most of the decor from our current living room in our new living room, which will make it super easy to decorate. I'm going to keep both couches, side tables, lamps, coffee table (hopefully it's not too bulky for the space), and my large white mirror for the back wall. The gray workbench that our tv is on now is going to be used in our kitchen, so I don't have to worry about fitting that in.
via The Painted Hive
Another cozy living space with a leather couch- I love the light walls and am hoping to do a super light color on the walls to open up this room.
I love the shelf styling, white washed brick, and overall comfortable and collected feel of this room. I'm torn between having all white walls and built-ins like this or a contrasting color on the built-ins.
via Garden and Gun
I love the traditional southern feel of this space. It's just a touch more formal than I would do for our living room but I love the overall colors and mix of textures. That wall color is such a perfect neutral without being too boring.
via Nell Hill's
White built-ins with a slightly darker color on the back is a subtle way to add even more interest to your shelves. I like the neutral tones that they used for the shelves in this room.
via Emily A. Clark
More contrasting shelves with an even darker color- I think something darker like this would be super striking and add a modern twist in our living room.
via An Urban Cottage
I've been obsessed with this dark charcoal gray lately and love the way it looks on the back of these bookshelves with the bright white on the outside.
Another example of the dark charcoal but on the entire built-in instead of just the back. I'm undecided because I do like how this looks too and think it would define the space well.
Shiplap! We are planning on doing a shiplap wall in this room (probably on the wall opposite of the fireplace, but maybe on all 3 walls excluding the built-in wall). I love the way the shiplap looks painted white and I think it would add even more character to the space and definitely fit in with the feel of the rest of our decor.
via Home Edit
Another super cozy yet eclectic space that embodies the overall style I'm shooting for in our living room.
via Splendid Sass
I love the super chic look of these gray walls and mantle- another perfectly styled Southern living space.
via Pottery Barn
I love the way this medium gray paint color looks with the rich leather tones. This whole space full of neutrals looks incredibly cozy and pulled together.
via Domino Mag
I love this beautiful traditional living room with pops of blue and tons of artwork. Here are some of the pieces I have picked so far to build the living room off of:
So now all that's left is deciding my paint colors for the built-ins and walls- what color scheme do you like best?