In our last home, we shared how our living room evolved over the years and I expect this one to do the same. Although, it has taken a few months to even get this room to a starting point! This living room has seen one, two, and now three layouts since moving in. Besides recently rolling out the new Polly Slate Ivory rug, everything else in the room we brought with us! The living room hasn’t exactly felt like “home” until now. If I’m being honest, it’s probably because this is very similar to the living room layout in our modern cottage. And right now, that feels good.
This very first rendition, I hung art on a nail that was already there and I placed whatever furniture made it on the truck in the space.
Painting the room Farrow & Ball’s Pigeon really set a mood for the space! I love the darker tone, but it has taken some getting used to. We’ve never had a darker living room! More of our furniture arrived by now (including those leather chairs!) and we tried a different arrangement that felt so much cozier and allowed for more conversation.
We still haven’t purchased any new furniture for the living room, but we pooled a bit more our furniture together and it feels so much better! I love the more graphic touch that the Polly rug brings in. We brought our velvet navy sofa and two swivel chairs in from the music room (that is serving as our current kitchen now lol) and it creates such a lovely conversation square with our leather cube ottomans.
It feels like me. This rug is the chameleon rug of the Polly collection. If you look closely at the pile, you can see tans, blues, and warm grays, all making for the perfect neutral gray. I think this rug could adapt to most room colors, pulling warms and cools depending on what it’s surrounded by.
For now the leather sling chairs that were in here are upstairs! I don’t love mixing two leather colors in the same space so it was the woven cubes or the sling chairs and we went with the merlot leather cubes because they look so beautiful against the gray green paint color.
I really wanted to show you how nicely our Polly pillows can mix and match. The patterns are subtle and compliment each other AND the rugs nicely. Also, stay tuned for more pillow content coming soon. Here’s a shot from above thanks to the Juliet balcony.
This Slate Ivory rug is a 8’6″ x 11’6″, and we added a larger size after I sampled this one so I honestly I think I could size up here in the future. Finding the right sized rug is key when purchasing a rug, so definitely refer to our rug size guide post for tips. Full transparency: Chris and I have been trying to decide if we want to take out the fireplace, move it the wall behind the tan sofa, and put in a big window. The biggest pro would be that it would bring in a lot more natural light. The con, would be losing the fireplace if moving it isn’t an option–I love the fireplace, but I think more natural light in here would be a game changer. What do you think?
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We designed the Charly line of sofas, chairs, and ottomans with perfect proportions for comfort — with wide arms, a loungey depth, and stylish and practical lumbar pillows. Available in 70 kid-friendly, pet-friendly fabrics, this line was created with families in mind.
Our wood grain Shaker cabinet fronts were designed for busy, high-traffic homes like ours. Clad with durable textured thermofoils, this line is compatible with Sektion, Akurum, Godmorgon, and Besta cabinets from IKEA. It's the perfect, practical way to add the warmth of wood to all the rooms of your home.
We have teamed up with Loloi to create a line of rugs that are as affordable as they are beautiful. This collection houses a great mix of traditional and modern rugs, in cottage-y colorways, as well as vintage-inspired beauties that you’ll want to roll out in every room.
We partnered with Stuga on a line of hardwood floors — The Ingrid is really livable, and the color is very neutral. It doesn’t lean warm or cool, it’s that just right in-between. We have really loved putting it everywhere in our house. It’s the best jumping-off point for design, no matter your interior style. In addition to being beautiful, Ingrid is really durable — we have three kids, and we always have a home construction project going on. Ingrid stands up to it all.
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