I’m so excited to share my living room with you today! I had decided before we moved that the style of our new home would be much different than the blacks and gray color palette of our previous apartment. I wanted to keep things light, airy, and bright, with hints of pinks and blues, with the wicker/jute textures bringing a slight beach-y feel.
When we moved in March, I had an idea of what I wanted to do with each space, but I quickly became overwhelmed by the sheer amount of space we had compared to our last apartment, and I didn’t know where to start. I eventually developed a system based on trial and error that I’m going to stick with as I decorate the rest of our home over the course of the next few months.
- Pick one space to decorate at a time
- Draw Inspiration from Pinterest, Magazines, TV shows, friends & family
- Create a mock-up in Photoshop or other designing software
- Use the pieces you already have in your home as a base
- Sell or donate the pieces that don’t fit the vision
- Shop for the remaining items that you need to fill the space
I chose this living space as the first project to decorate because I knew it would be our most used space and most seen when visitors come over. It’s also the biggest area in our home, so I knew it would take the most time to complete.
Once I gathered inspiration and got a pretty good idea of how I wanted to decorate, Josh and I rearranged some furniture, purged some old items that didn’t work with the color scheme, and made our shopping list!
Our first purchase (more like investment) was this leather sofa from West Elm. It’s great quality, we love the color, and it’s super comfortable! We plan to keep it forever. Hint: wait for a sale and get 25% off. It’ll save you $$$$ like it did for us!
We used our coffee & end table from our apartment, and moved my office chair and couch into the living room because we had extra space.
As you can tell, we love to use baskets for storage. We have a basket for blankets, one for tv remotes, matches, and phone chargers, and one for the Bibles & journals we use every day.
These poufs double as foot rests and extra seats when guests are over!
We got this console table from World Market to separate the living room from the dining room, and added our wedding photo book and guestbook, a coffee table book, and little knick knacks.
This entry way was pretty easy to complete, because the sweet previous owners of our home left the magazine rack and hooks. I found the artwork and bench on sale at Home Goods, and added some pillows we already had from Target.
One day, I’m hoping to convince Josh to let me paint the inside of this door blush pink!
I love this little nook on the opposite wall of our entry way, separating our dining room from our kitchen. The previous owners also left these narrow shelves, and we added meaningful photos in frames, all from Target.
I’ve added real and fake plants all over the house to add warmth. My interior designer mom taught me that. 😉
We haven’t done any remodeling to the house yet. It was left in excellent condition and the last couple of owners did a lot of remodels like adding the barn doors, nest thermostat, remote controlled ceiling fan, updating the light fixtures, and bleaching the hardwood. I think I’d like to eventually retile the fireplace to something like this, and replace the french doors with simple windows (they’re sealed shut so we can’t use them anyway!)
We love the open floor plan of our home – the living room opens into the kitchen. It’s perfect for hosting!
Aaaaaand that’s our living room! I’d love to know your thoughts and advice on what you would add or takeaway!
You can shop our living room below, and follow my home decor inspiration board on Pinterest!
Bright & Airy Living Room Tour
June 2, 2019