I’m so excited to share the updates we made to our living room since buying our house in June! Starting with a blank slate is always a fun, albeit challenging, task. Because we spend the majority of our time in the living room and eat-in kitchen area, it’s the first place I wanted decorate. My challenge was figuring out a color palette that worked with our existing pieces and decorating the large wall that spans one side of the house connecting the rooms. Here are a few pictures of the space before.
We also were interested in doing a few quick updates that would make the space more like ours. For example, swapping out the light fixture and adding trim to the window frames. We haven’t started painting just yet, but these small changes really made the room come to life.
I found the perfect area rug from Lulu & Georgia that played off of the blue tones in my pillows and artwork. It’s by far my favorite piece in our house now. I just love the colors so much! We also wanted a leather chair to add a fun texture and color to the space. This beauty from Article is just what the space needed. It’s so comfy to snuggle up in and we get so many compliments on it.
I picked up this basket chandelier at IKEA for $10 a while ago and we quickly hung it to get rid of the dated piece that was hanging when we bought the house. We will eventually replace it, but for now, it’s a lot better! We are still on the hunt for a dining table (this table is my old office desk). Also, I think I’m going to paint those wooden chairs, but for now, the room is coming together. I was so happy to finally own a buffet—and have a place to store all of our wedding china and delicate stemware. We added trim to the windows to make the room feel a little more finished. Next, we’ll paint the walls and baseboards.
The biggest challenge was figuring out what to hang on this bare wall that would distract from the TV and make a statement (i.e. take up space). Minted now offers an amazing new service for people who struggle with where to hang their art (ME!!) and you can send them photos of your space, art preferences and pieces you own that you’d like to include. They then create renderings with suggested artwork for you. It relieved so much of my decorating stress to try out this service. I’m thrilled with how our gallery wall turned out. My favorite piece by far is the photograph of the roses. I wish I could hang it in just about every room in our house (it would look so great above our bed!).