Monday, July 25, 2016

My Dream Living Room

The Living Room is so properly named because my husband and I basically live and spend most of our time in our living room. We eat there, watch T.V. there and occasionally sleep there. 

It is important to me to have our living room represent our style and our comforts. 

My style is difficult to pinpoint at times. I am often a mix of farmhouse, flea market and crazy, collector chic. I love everything and can often go back and forth between being very girly and super industrial. 

I love a bit of lace and sprinkles of flowers but I also love barnwood and crates. 

No matter what your style is, just make sure it makes you happy. When I choose pieces or a style for a room, I try to stay true to my style philosophy:

  • Unique pieces make your house special.
  • The best pieces have a story to tell.
  • If the items and colors make you happy, they will all go together nicely.
That brings me to my dream living room. My husband and I have worked very hard to bring some charm and character back into our old house. We have made some major changes and added some new pieces to help with the cozy feel we were looking for. 

It was important to me to make sure this room felt lived in. I love pillows and throw blankets. I also love being surrounded my plants. Our ivy creeps along the outside of this room, making it feel like a magic garden. Our house plants also make it feel cozy.

The sofa in this room is one of my favorite pieces. For our 10 year wedding anniversary, my husband and I purchased this sofa for each other. It was a very adult thing for us to do. ;)

I was recently asked by Arhaus to share my dream living room. They have similar sectional sofas to act as a centerpiece for any living room. You can check them out here

I love adding pieces that can't be found anywhere else. This mirror is definitely unique and fun! It is reflective and adds light to the room.  You will also find a nice mix of painted and not painted wood tones throughout our home. This dresser and mirror are some of my favorite pieces that I have painted.

Our barnwood wall is our newest addition to the house. I am so thrilled with how it turned out. The blank wall above the couch had always been a thorn in my side. I could never get it "just right" and that resulted in so many nail holes in the wall. Now I can move things around so easily and not have to worry about holes! This is the perfect place to hold my collection of vintage floral oils!

Now, while most of the house is a happy reflection of my style, my husband is an active participant in the process as well. There was no way we were going to have a beautiful, photo-worthy living room without a big, fat television. It took us a while to figure out the best place for "the beast". Believe it or not, a house built in 1918 wasn't planned for a huge flat screen television. This compromise pleased the both of us. It allows me to photograph the fireplace easily and still puts the television in an easy to see space. 

Our living room leads directly into our dining room and it took time to get the look I was going for. Energetic, eclectic, comfortable and full speak to this space. 

This truly is my dream space at the moment. 

Let us not forget where we started...

Also, a special "thanks" to Dolly for sleeping through the entire photoshoot today. She is a great helper. 

See you next time...

*A Few Fun Details...
  • The coffee table, pictured above, was the kitchen table that I ate at as a child. The legs were removed and crates attached to add storage space. 
  • The cabinet under the TV has hidden storage for our vintage TV trays. The side panels pull out to reveal our secret stash of trays!
  • The large ivory blanket was won in a raffle by my mom. She gifted it to me along with a gorgeous rocking chair that is now in my classroom. 
  • Many of the house plants in our home were propagated and cared for by the 2nd graders in my classroom. My heart swells when I look at them. 


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