Hello, friends. Welcome to my living room. Last fall our formal living area got a bit of a makeover, but I got side tracked form sharing it with you. Today seems like a good day to take care of old business, right?
First and foremost, would you look at my fiddle leaf fig tree? It’s been alive for almost an entire year!?! (Knock on wood.) I can’t grow basil in an herb pot to save my life, but for some reason this gorgeous giant of a plant has held on. I’ve been sending loving vibes to him ever since I brought him home. Secretly I’m even scared to type these words for fear of some sort of black thumb curse.
I am really bad about taking “before” pictures of rooms in my own home, especially because I’m always “shopping my home” and changing things up. This room has been evolving for so long that I can’t even remember how far back I’d have to go to give you a true starting point.
THE PERFECT GRAY SOFA
The biggest addition to the room was this Freeman sofa by Volo. Yes, ironically it bears our last name. Maybe it was because I was cross-eyed from looking at umpteen gray sofas for weeks on end, but one night at 2am this seemed like an unavoidable sign that it was “the one”.
I picked it because I wanted something with clean lines, but not ultra modern. The fabric is so yummy and textured, so the color doesn’t feel too flat. I like that there is just one seat cushion too. So far it’s held its shape really well and avoids looking sloppy. It’s a fairly low backed sofa, which works well with the placement in the room, so it doesn’t block too much light from the window. I also considered a modern Italian sofa.
As far as comfort level, I’d rate it about a 7 out of 10. It’s great to sit on for a couple hours and read, however it’s not super conducive to lounging for longer spells, which we do A LOT around here. Fortunately we have a den with a very comfy sofa (read: slouchy microfiber), so I felt like this was a good compromise between style and comfort for the formal living area.
I replaced a sharp edged coffee table for a round ottoman with storage. This thing may not win a beauty contest, but let me tell you I LOVE it. A toddler can pretty much nose-dive into it and bounce right back, no tears involved. I picked it for its child-proof appeal, and it’s not letting me down.
PS-Closed storage ottomans should be somewhere in every home. Bold statement, I know. Honestly, they are SO practical for hidden storage, they can double as seating if needed, and easily convert to a table top space with a simple tray. I use them in clients’ homes all the time.
Oooohhh, the throw pillows. Let’s just talk about the throw pillows for a little bit, okay? I only played around with 300 different combinations, but this was the final cut. (Looking back, part of me wishes I had used the floral Designer’s Guild fabric with my large squares and green velvet as the lumbar. Then the other part of me (the part that pays the bills) says to shut up and love it.
I was drawn to the look of this open shelving unit when I found it on Overstock. I wanted something that would almost blend into the background and be visually light. I like how high it is, and the only downside is that the shelves are a bit narrow. I’ve restyled it 3 or 4 times since I wrote this post on styling book shelves.
The original upholstery was a deep navy that had acquired more than a couple stains. I had them reupholstered in a bright ivory twill fabric.
I know what you’re thinking, “White? With a toddler? Are you crazy?”
Maybe…For sure. So far we’ve avoided any major Crayola attacks and juice spills.
STILL NOT “DONE”
I wanted to replace the drapes in this room too last year, but the budget went way too fast. I bought them on a whim 4 years ago, and they really aren’t large enough to fully cover the windows, which happen to be on the street side of the house. Lord knows what pedestians have seen through the window gape…
I’m not totally sure what direction I want to go with the drapes. Should I go bold with a black and white pattern? Stick with something solid but more color? I’m going to hunt for some good options and will probably be asking you guys to weigh in at some point.
A TOY-FREE ROOM
This room definitely feels the most “grown-up” of any in our house. It’s the one space where plastic toys aren’t coming out of every nook and cranny. I’m all for kid-friendly spaces, and designed this room to be safe for our toddler. But I decided that ONE room gets to be completely toy-free.
We read to Gemma, drink coffee, have “dance parties” (to JT and Usher. There’s nothing cuter than an almost two-year old dancing to “Bringing Sexy Back”)…and more than just a few glasses of wine have been enjoyed in my toy-free zone.
I’m sure some very opinionated mommy bloggers would say that this isn’t a really kid-friendly space if I have glass objects lower than 3 ft and banish all the toys. Oh, well. This isn’t their blog. Or their living room.
-Pillows: floral, green velvet, black & white
-Mantel art: marbled paper art DIY, “Be True” print
-Wood chairs (vintage)
-Mirrored console table- (similar one here)
–Acrylic nesting tables