There were so many more photos from the home tour on Glitter Guide that I had to dedicate more posts about it on the blog.
My living room is one of the rooms that evolved drastically from when we first moved one. Originally I painted the walls chocolate brown and did accents of white, blue and orange. That lasted maybe 2 years. It was a cozy look, which I thought I wanted, but after living with it I decided the brown needed to go! In came the palest pink paint, Magnolia Grandiflora by Martha Stewart. It will forever be one of my favorite colors. It was the perfect background for my furniture and accessories to shine in.
The perfect compliment to the pink walls was a cheery yellow. I had never really given yellow much of thought, because I always envisioned it as a pastel, but when I found this bold marigold yellow fabric I knew it would be perfect for custom pinch pleat drapes. Similar yellow curtain panels here.
Opposite the settee is my favorite vintage bamboo chairs. Years ago I picked them at a thrift store. They were a wood tone and had gold fabric on the seat. I gave them new life with high gloss black spraypaint and chiang mai dragon for the seats complete with hot pink contrasting trim around the base. Since the reupholstery was only of the seat it was a pretty easy project for me to complete on my own.
When it came time to find the perfect console table I had an idea of what I wanted, but I couldn’t find the dimensions I wanted anyway. Enter a super handy husband who was able to build me my custom parson style console covered in grasscloth. Want to build your own? DIY grasscloth console here!
One of the first purchases for the living room was a super sized white sofa. It was always the dream to have one after the big Rachel Ashwell trend. It looked fab with the brown walls and equally amazing with the pale pink. It’s been thru 2 kids and 2 dogs and it’s still going strong.
I tend to switch up the pillows quite a bit, but this combination has been going strong for a while. I love a little bit of everything in my designing style and when I added the lilac buffalo check it was the little bit of country chic that the space needed.
One of my favorite pieces in this room is this Asian sideboard. The top slides open to make a bar top and there are pretty gold accents throughout. The best part? It was free! Our neighbors were tossing it and we were those crazies out in the cloak of darkness putting it in trunk with our headlights off.
What originally started it’s life as an x-bench with a faux leather top got a whole new look when I had my workroom make a skirted slipcover for it in this fabulous ikat fabric. Complete with a rhinestone trimmed accent pillow.
It’s not always necessary to hang artwork. I love grouping a bunch of artwork by leaning them against a wall.
Another project that was done earlier on and has remained as is throughout our 10 years in the house is our staircase. I’m not normally a fan of decals, but I wanted to zhush up the stairs with something other than a runner or paint. Enter this zebra wall pop decals. It’s everyone’s favorite little surprise when then they head upstairs.
Years of collected artwork all came together on the gallery wall. I’m a big believer that if you purchase things you love it will all come together.
Another favorite part of my living room is the fireplace. I had never had a fireplace prior to this house and now I don’t think I could buy a house without one. It’s just so nice to start a fire and hear the crackling and feel the warmth. We used it all of the time. When we bought the house it was original brick, but I had my heart set on painting it white. Jon was not into it and it took a while to convince him, but he eventually gave in and immediately loved it. Doesn’t he know I’m always right. 🙂
Another favorite project? Painting the grout in the fireplace hearth area orange! I could have left it white, but I love orange and wanted to a little dose of me to it. Was I worried about resale? Not really. Everyone loved it during our open house and viewings.
You know I have to end the tour with an elephant. This is one of my favorite vintage finds a score from Elephant’s Trunk flea market.
Gorgeous photography by Erin Kestenbaum. I can’t stress enough how much I recommend her.