First off, I want to thank you all for the comments and suggestions on my last post! You guys had a million ideas. I started responding to all the comments and World War 3 started in the basement over a yellow Lego (apparently the last yellow Lego in the universe completely intrical to each of my two angels current Lego creations). Many of you wanted my oars from the old house back, and I actually have a plan for those over the stairs now. I’m just waiting on something I ordered to arrive and I’ll keep you posted!
Ok, onto this beast of a living room. I know I have kept you all waiting on this one with good reason! This room is so unbelievably hard to photograph because I don’t have the right equipment. I really need a wider angle lens to be able to fit the entire room in the frame, and I think I’m going to have to break down and buy an external flash because of the crazy amount of light that bounces in here; every photo is blown out or pitch black. I’ll quit boring you with my photography woes and just show you what I got for now to give you an idea of the room, but photographers hit me up if you have a favorite wide angle lens you suggest or ideas how to shoot this room.
Let’s talk about this couch. The Mr. had like zero requests for this house and really let me run with what I wanted except he put his foot down on one thing – a comfy couch. Our living room furniture at our last house was pretty, but we never sat in there. It really wasn’t comfy and there wasn’t a place for all of us to sit. He wanted a huge, deep sectional that he could actually sit on in person/lay down on for an hour in the store like a couple of weirdos and make sure it was comfortable. There are not a ton of furniture stores near us that had anything that fit the bill.
We had a thrilling date night furniture shopping a few months back and could not agree on anything. Enter a couple of margaritas at the mexican restaurant next to the furniture store and all of a sudden this couch seemed fantastic!! ;) The Mr. loved this couch and couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t get on board. I will say it is unbelievably comfortable. And enormous. Our whole family can actually lay down on it at the same time and I would say it would seat 6 adults totally comfortably. It’s not my dream couch because I would rather have more of a linen fabric vs. this has a bit of a micro-suede feeling, which makes it super practical being white and every muddy paw print washes right off. It does fit the space perfectly though so it might grow on me. The Mr. was right again, just don’t tell him ;)
Ok, enough about my couch buying experience (I just thought I should warn you all not to drink margaritas and couch shop) I do really love how this room turned out and we totally live in here when the weather stinks.
I don’t have it totally styled perfectly, I sort of just threw some old stuff in here so it doesn’t feel so empty and cavernous. One thing I do love and will be staying is our Dash and Albert rug. I had this rug picked out before we even broke ground on the house. The stripes look black in the pics, but are actually navy. I wanted something with a classic feel and pattern on the floor, but the jute makes it really practical and it hides sand and dirt really well.
It’s hard to pick if the ceiling or the windows are my favorite – it’s a pretty close race. I have gotten a lot of emails asking me to share the exact dimensions of the ceiling situation and honestly guys, it would not be helpful to you unless your room is the exact same dimensions and the pitch of your roof is the exact same, my best advice is to hire someone who knows what they are doing (or drink some margaritas and give it a go)!
This next photo looks totally weird and shadowy (well all these photos are a bit weird and shadowy), but it was my best photoshop attempt at showing you the view out the windows. I really need to figure out a video tour to capture it better.
I realized I didn’t grab a great pic of the fireplace builtins, but I’ll let you in on a blogger secret – typically when I shot my last home I moved my entire couch out of the room so I could get an unobstructed shot. I basically take my whole house apart and put it back together to get nice photos which is why everything looks perfect and not cluttered or messy. This is not that, because it’s summer and #reallife I just pulled my camera out and took 20 minutes worth of pics.
I hope to do a more detailed post on the cabinet and how the tv is hidden inside this fall maybe.
Ok, I’ll stop rambling. Can you tell most of my conversations this week have been with a 6 and 9 year old and I’m in need of some adult conversation?
SOURCES (affiliate links):
Rug – Dash and Albert
Couch – Art Van (local store in Grand Rapids, Michigan)
Chairs – Hand me downs from my mom
Tan striped pillows – Target
Blue Striped pillow – Target
Jute Pillows – Target
Ticking stripe pillow – Pottery Barn
Coffee table – thrift store find
Fireplace stone – J&N Stone Quartz Style, Color Price
Mirror – DIY
Lights – Find all my light choices in this post here
Paint Color – Extra White by Sherwin Williams
Wood Flooring – BuildDirect