*Wall color is Witching Hour by Benjamin Moore in high gloss*
The Living Room
Living room decor is, by far, the most difficult the get right. It’s the one room in the house that is “most formal”, used for “special occasions”, sometimes called the front room or the sitting room. It’s usually the first room that you see off to the left or the right of your foyer. In the past for various clients I have styled the living room as a sitting room, library, wine lounge, piano room, and even a pool table room.
What Do You Need?
First of all, there are endless ways to make your living room work for you and your family. Just because, back in the day, our parents kept the living room off-limits (furniture wrapped in plastic) doesn’t mean we need to continue the tradition. Begin by imagining how, if given a 12×12 empty room, you would use the space.
Second, What do you “need”? More storage?
Once you can answer these two easy questions you can put a plan in place for how best to use your space. So, now you that you have rearranged your direction of thinking let me help you move forward.
Perhaps you could use a reading/library room! Add built-ins to highlight your books, drop a fun chandelier and move in seating. Maybe you need a play room? I get it- this isn’t the best place for a play room. The fear is that it will look messy, even destroyed at times. While it’s true that a play room is difficult to keep organized, there are some great ways to encourage peace and order in the world of play. For example, add a play table to the center of the room and hang a large chalkboard. These two items not only create a platform to play, but they visually take up two giant areas of space. As a result, when cleaned, they alone can make the entire room seem less messy. Labeled storage bins and a full console with doors allows you to store items out of sight.
How We’ve used Our Living room
To start, our living room has evolved over the last 7 years. It’s always been a sweet little cozy space to escape with a great book or magazine. However, not long ago I used it every morning as my personal “watch-tower”. LOL With coffee in hand, I would sit perched on the sofa staring out the window for the big yellow school bus. At first sighting I would notify the kids that they had 5 minutes to gather at curb side for pick-up. Nowadays, my kids no longer take the bus, so I have retired my watch-tower duties. Most often still, I head back to this room for a quiet break from what can otherwise be a very busy home. I love the endless natural light the room boasts. It’s walls are textured in orange peel and painted a high gloss in Witching Hour by Benjamin Moore).
The Room’s Decor
The console piece is from Pottery Barn (similar one here) and it stores some of my seasonal plates and decorations. Additionally it displays a couple of Arthur Court pilsners (similar ones here) along with a beautiful crystal set Mike and I received as a wedding gift…20 years ago…Yikes! Similar in style, I found a great set available at Pottery Barn here. The decanter and the glass jug are both from Pottery barn and letter “S” is from Anthropologie. The two picture frames are manufactured by Roma moulding, an Italian company with gorgeous handcrafted pieces.
Opposite to the console is the cowhide leather recliner from Bradington-Young. The stacked wooden trunks are from Uttermost and the urn is from HomeGoods. The chain link navy and cream rug, mercury vase, rustic Tuscan urn and faux magnolia stems, faux fur throw and pillows are all from Pottery Barn. Most noteworthy is the sweet little brown ceramic bunny sitting atop the stack of books. It is hand-made by my daughter when she was just 9 years old!
How Our Furry Babies Use the Room
Finally, not all of us are sitting in this room reading a book while treating ourselves to a steaming cup of coffee or a glass of wine. There are two very important family members that choose to use this room quite differently. I believe that if they could speak English they’d call this room the Puppy Lounge. My little boy, Whiskey, pictured above, loves to sleep on the sofa. He snuggles up to his faux fur throw from Pottery Barn and blends right in. Whenever he is not napping he stands guard with a view of the front door and the street.
My sweet little girl, Remington, likes to sit right at the window. Her stoic character always has me wondering what she is thinking. She is very calm and super loving. Weighing in at 80 lbs on a good day, Remington believes that she’s a little lap dog. Whether your living room is in need of a redirect for a new purpose or just a little freshening up, I hope that I have inspired you to reconsider your space and make the right changes . In the meantime, happy decorating!