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Our Living Room Update

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When we decided to embark on a kitchen renovation late last year, we saw an opportunity to replace the hardwood floors throughout the main floor of the house as well. And since I had already replaced the floors, I thought it would be a good idea to repaint them… Having done so, it seemed like a good time to give my beloved living room a little update too. I was. I think you can see where this is going. This is what I affectionately call “scope creep”.it’s real and it happens every day time.

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If you’ve been reading for a while, you may remember I tackled the living room many years ago as part of the Studio Challenge (here!), and that version is still a space I adore. , as our lives have evolved, so have our living spaces. It’s been a few minor iterations over the years since bringing our daughter into the world, but this recent living room update has been the most dramatic. It was a treat.

We ended up keeping all of the main furnishings, doing a few minor iterations, and actually updating the finishing touches. Accessories are enough. It never ceases to amaze me how much difference these changes make…and I am delighted to continue to prove that starting with a neutral base layer is a great way to design a space. There are plenty of opportunities to tweak and edit to fit life’s ups and downs without having to start from scratch.

We have restored the sofa with more family-friendly and forgiving fabrics (This one! We love it!!) And it really was the biggest expense. I bought the house for the gallery walls (thus the “new” art) and accessories. Found in my mom’s basement (she claims she bought them at Ikea in the 80’s, but they’re solid brass and pretty solid, so I’m skeptical). The soft ottoman was an update for her daughter when she felt more mobile.And the rest remains the same.I still love this piece as much as I did when I got my hands on it nearly 7 years ago. Enjoyed it and highly recommend it. Love love our home If you’re interested, I’ll share all the last sources below.

{cherry blossom branch}
{sofa | | sofa fabric | | green landscape painting | | black abstract art | | blue landscape | | flower oil painting | | poetry}
{blanket | | similar vase | | read (very good) | tray}
{sofa | | sofa fabric | | velvet toss cushion | | green floral toss cushion | | striped toss cushion | | check toss cushion}



Wall Color: Benjamin Moore – OC-17 – white dove
Ceiling and Trim Color: Benjamin Moore – OC65 – Chantilly lace
Flooring: Fusionon – Outer Banks – Caravan
Drape: Custom
Drape Hardware: tonic living
Crown: metry


sofa upholstery fabric: tonic life
sofa: Wayfair
Ottoman Empire: Old – Similar here
Area Rug: Elte (Old – Similar here & here)
chandelier: Crystalama


Vase: old – similar here
Sakura branch: Crate & Barrel
Velvet toss cushion: tonic living
Green Floral Toss Cushion: tonic living
Stripe Toss Cushion: tonic living
Check toss cushion: tonic living
Floral Block Toss Cushion: Etsy
White Plaid Toss Cushion: SWD studio
Ottoman blanket: Annie Serk
Gray/Lavender Blanket: Annie Selke (old) – resemble
Mug: fable
Tray: West Elm
Black taper candlestick: Amazon


Taper Candle Candelabra: Vintage – Similar here
Black Shadow Research: Jane Petite & flame: Wayfair (w. custom mat)
Gold Frame Landscape: mint
Black framed abstract: mint
Landscape: Joss & Main
flower oil painting: Etsy
Sketch: my own this frame
Poetry: From Our Wedding (free download, instructions here)

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