Last week in our home tour, we introduced you to our home and toured the sunroom. We hope you enjoyed it! This week, we’re heading into the living room. Like many of you, our living room is the heart of our house. We watch tv in it, eat in it, and just generally spend most of our waking hours here.
Our house was built in the 1800s and the floors in the living room are original to the home. Right before we moved in, our landlord had the floors refinished. They’re a little squeaky in parts but they’re gorgeous and bring so much character to the space.
Immediately upon entering the living room from the sun porch, we’ve created a “hallway” by placing our sofa table (aka- dining table) behind the couch. This Holly & Martin Drop Leaf Dining Table was a house warming gift and we LOVE it! It has two fold down leaves so that it can fold to console table size but, when unfolded, the table comfortably seats 6 which has worked great for Holidays and other get togethers!
The iridescent globes decorating the table were Pier 1 Import finds and the “vases” for the flowers are bottles that once house fresh squeezed juice. Repurposing is always a great option.
We wanted to bring interest and color to this corner of the room. Originally, we had an accent chair here but, who wants to sit in a chair that’s behind the couch and away from all of the action?
The mirrored table was a cheap-o find from Ross and the floral arrangement was created with items from JoAnn Fabric. The key to making this decor work is adding interest with both variation of height, color and texture.
Honestly, these bulbs serve no practical purpose other than being really cute and something to put on the coffee table. But sometimes it’s nice to have some stuff that has the singular purpose of being visually interesting. The bulbs were on mega sale ($.99 each) at Pier 1 and the multi colored glass bowl is from Home Goods.
This is where we moved the accent chair to after deciding that “No One puts baby in the corner!” The green and purple ceramic pots were a indoor flea market find and cost us a whopping $2 each!
The storage ottoman is a match to the smaller one found in the sunroom and was redone with the same fabric. We’ve found this chair and foot stool to be a great place for putting our shoes on in the morning.
“That’s such a cool bookshelf!”
We’ve saved the BEST part of our living room for last. The HIDDEN DOOR!!! When we saw this door, we knew this was the house for us! How cool is it to have a hidden doorway in our house???!!! We wish we could tell you the secret door was a passageway to someplace mysterious, but alas, it is just to the guest room. But we don’t care, it’s still crazy awesome and always a conversation piece for new guests. Since the “bookshelf” moves quite often, we had to make sure that we placed items on the shelf that wouldn’t fall. We chose boxes of varying sizes and colors to use as storage and added color and scoured our book collection for books that matched our color pallet.
We hope you enjoyed the tour of our living room. Next week, we’re flinging the french doors open into our master bedroom. Since our home is small, we made the conscious decision to keep our color palette cohesive throughout so, you’ll continue to see vibrant greens, turquoise and purples.
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