Tuesday, September 13

Our Living Room Tour

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Well... it's finally time to share more completed rooms in our house!  I am SO EXCITED about how I've transformed some of these spaces.  I've been wanting to keep the cozy/eclectic vibe that I feel is very "Katie" while trying to not do the same old things I always do.  I'm happy with my space so far!  Here's a peek at where our living room started:

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(Photos by Sarah Rhodes)
This room would traditionally be used as a study, but the light is so good in here that I wanted to figure out a way to make it work as our living room.  My first tasks were painting over the black and picking wallpaper for the shelf walls.  Once I got that far, things started coming together!

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eliseabigailphotoskunkboyhouse-9 Johnny and I have never spent the money on a new couch before, so we decided it was finally time to treat ourselves.  I scoured the internet and local shops before I discovered Article.  I knew I wanted leather with kids and a cat, and this Sven sofa in Oxford Black is so comfy and easy to maintain.  I'm so glad we went with this couch!

Hosting get-togethers is one of my favorite things to do, so setting the room up with plenty of seating was important to me.  I went through idea after idea for the bay window, but ultimately came up with the idea for the window/storage seat.  We keep all my vintage quilts and blankets in the drawers and it seats multiple people comfortably.  Win!

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We ended up loving our couch so much, that we got the matching Sven arm chair in Grass Green from Article in green velvet.  Talk about my dream chair!  If I could have all green velvet furniture, I totally would.  Obviously, I have invested stock in lint rollers considering Google thinks this is his cat bed, but I don't mind.  This chair is swoon worthy.

One of my biggest projects in here was finishing out the window seat.  After we had the unit built by a professional carpenter, we had to have special foam cut for it.  I spent weeks and weeks picking the right fabrics for the pillows and bench.  I'm really happy with the way it all turned out, so all-in-all it was worth the headache.

The door behind this chair isn't functional, so I ordered custom acrylic shelves, painted some basic brackets gold, and filled it with plants.  I make it sound easy, but that door really did stump me for months.  I would just look at it and obsess and brainstorm and scrap those ideas and start again.  This final solution is one I'm really proud of!

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I've lived in houses with very textured walls all my life, so you can imagine how excited I was to be able to play with some wallpaper.  The cream chair was one we had in our old house, but the seat was ripped up beyond repair.  We took it to a local upholstery shop that a friend recommended and they did an amazing job!  The fabric has small flecks of gold in it and it's one-of-a-kind.  I love that!

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There you have it: our living room!  It's a bright, happy place to be able to call home.  It feels amazing to finally have some more rooms finished in our house!  Hooray for progress!

Special thanks to my dear friend, Elise Abigail Randolph, for shooting these photos!  Check out her site for some seriously beautiful photographs.






Source list-- Couch: Article. // Rug, Table, and Chandelier: Wayfair //  Wallpaper: Wallpaper Direct // Bison Head: White Faux Taxidermy // Green Chair: Article. // Acrylic Side Table: TJ Maxx // Pillows: Society6, Target, and Handmade // Custom Acrylic Shelves: Online Metals // anything else that isn't listed is most likely vintage

27 comments:

  1. Your space looks so bright, light, and airy! Love it. Did I read that you have a cat name Google? Haha! That's awesome. I love all of the little personal touches and how open everything is. Has a feel good vibe to it :)

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    1. Thank you! Yes, we do have a cat named Google! The girls named him that because he has "googly eyes". :)

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  2. So, so, SO adorable, thank you for sharing! I have a 6 year old and between his toys and my arts and crafts projects, my living room doesn't even have potential to every look this cute. Your acrylic shelves are kind of epic!

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    1. I totally understand! We had those cabinet doors built to give Poesy a place to put her things every evening. It has helped immensely.

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  3. It looks SO good! I love the pink. The black leather sofa balances it all out, and that floor lamp is ace.

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  4. These pictures are incredible! Major living room envy xx

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  5. I am obsessed with your plant door! Also that light fixture is everything!

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  6. Oh wow your home is so gorgeous! Everything looks like it has it's right place. I'm in love with your green velvet chair too, it reminds me of a green velvet couch Ikea had not long ago. Glad you & the kiddos are enjoying your living space!

    Alison - http://alisonpate.blogpspot.com

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    1. Thank you! I REALLY wanted the green velvet couch from Article, but thought the chair was much more manageable with kids and a cat!

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  7. It's so beautiful, feels like such a mixture of brightness, happiness and warmth. I really love how everything came together!

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  8. Looks great. Just wondering if you could share the pink paint colour? It's gorgeous. Thanks. :-)

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    1. Hi! I BELIEVE it was called Atlantic Peach. I found the color at Lowe's!

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  9. Those blush colored walls are everything! I love how your living space looks tidy but there is still lots of personality. ♥

    mooeyandfriends.blogspot.com

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  10. Such a beautiful space! I absolutely love your little bit of magic print! x

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  11. Your room is stunning!! Great job Katie. I really like your style and can't wait to see the rest of the house. The couch is my favorite piece.

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  12. It's awesome, and such a transformation! I love the clear shelves on the door Also the couch is fantastic and their site is great! I've been looking for a leather sectional thats not $8k and love the Sven sectional. Can I ask you about the arms, are they padded too or is the only padding the bolster pillows? The signif other is very particular about arm softness for couch napping! thanks, xx

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    1. The arms are NOT padded. I'm also a couch napper and with the height of the arms, I can't imagine using them for neck support even if they were. I use the bolsters a lot for that!

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  13. I love everything about this room! The pink, the wallpapered shelving, the acrylic shelves and plants on the door. Really fabulous. My favorite redo of yours!

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  14. Your space is amazing! I especially love the color. What color is it?

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    1. Hi! The color is called Atlantic Peach! It's a nice, subtle, peachy pink. I love it!

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  15. hey there! this is probably a long shot but do you know what brand the gold chandelier is? i've searched high and low on wayfair and don't see anything similar! thanks in advance!

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    1. Hi! I logged into my Wayfair account to access a direct link for you, but it just gives me the general chandelier page. I'd say there is a chance these are sold out. Here is the page they are directing me to in case you want to dig through: http://www.wayfair.com/Pendants-C215420.html?redir_sku=CST26828

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  16. I love your Jenny Lewis print! Did you make it? I want one :)
    I've been reading your blog for a few years! So fun! Check out mine if you have a chance.
    Marah
    Blog: ajandcjplay.com

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  17. Did you make the Jenny Lewis lyric print? I AM IN LOVE~

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  18. Did you make the Jenny Lewis lyric print? I AM IN LOVE~

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