We finally got our living room to a point where it feels cozy and comfortable and like us. It didn’t happen overnight. In fact, it took almost a year and a half so I thought it would be fun to share the different variations here, as well as where we are now!
Here’s what our living room looked like when we moved in June 2019:
Fall/Winter 2019, we started renovations–Moving the fireplace to the other wall, making the screened in porch into an official part of our home and optimizing the view out of the arched window:
By Spring 2020, the major renovation was done, and the room felt like it was at a great starting point. Bare bones, very little furniture (we sold all of our furniture with our last home) but it felt exciting to have this new, usable space that already felt so much more like us.
As we got furniture, we tried a lot of different layouts:
I got a leather ottoman for our closet that we were working on, but stored it in the living room until it was done.
Next, we added art above the fireplace, and a different bench as an ottoman, but moved the leather chairs downstairs.
Then in late summer 2020, we tried a whole different layout and liked it quite a bit! It really opened the walkway to the dining room, but it closed off the path from the breakfast nook. It felt cozy, though. I also realized I really loved the blue couch in front of the window because the tone one tone was a lot easier on the eyes.
And that brings us to today. We went back to sofas facing each other, brought in a coffee table (at last!) and the leather chairs to really optimize the seating. We unrolled a new rug (the Lagoon/Brick from the Jules collection of our CLJxLoloi rug line!), added a cabinet and lamp and art in the corner and I realized right away–layered furnishings feel like home to me. Give me all the lamps and stacks of books and art and pillows and throws. I’m home!
I’m sure it will continue to evolve over time, but this is the first time I don’t walk into our living room and immediately think something feels off. Home takes time and I’m so grateful for the time we’ve put into this room, both renovating it and making memories in it.
Wall Color: Alabaster by Sherwin Williams
Trim Color: Accessible Beige by Sherwin Williams
Floors: Ingrid by Stuga Studio
Navy Sofa, Plaid Pillow, Pom Pom Pillow, Navy Throw Blanket
Linen Sofa, Light Throw Blanket, Dark Throw Blanket, Cream Pillow, Navy Pillow, Tan Pillow
Coffee Table, Round Woven Tray, Vase, Faux Fig Stems, Candle, Made for Living Book, Still Book, A Tale of Interiors Book
Woven Leather Ottomans, Plus Throw Blanket
Marble Side Table, Table Lamp, Candle
Double-Arm Floor Lamp
Shade Floor Lamp
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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