Hey, everyone! Today I’m sharing our living room as part of a Fall Home Tour blog hop hosted by Meg of Green With Decor. If you’re visiting from My Creative Days, welcome! My name is Sharon and I’m a former attorney turned blogger turned interior decorator. This blog is where I share projects going on in my home along with decorating tips and tricks.
Our living room is the forgotten room in the house, not because we don’t use it, but because I have several high-end wish-list items that won’t be happening this year (window treatments, built-in cabinetry, and new upholstered chairs). Like a petulant child, I chose to ignore my living room for the past 2 years rather than work with what I had. Here’s what it usually looks like:
Not awful by any stretch of the imagination, but certainly not what I have in mind for a long-term solution. I decided to set a budget of $100, which wound up being $110 in reality, because overages, y’all–they’re real. To make the room feel more cohesive and warm, I spent money on new pillows, a herringbone wool throw, and 2 new coffee table accessories. And voila!
I painted the formerly distressed tray black and added a little gilding to the inside of the handles. I found the brass lantern at HomeGoods and the decorative box on clearance at Pottery Barn (available in-store only). I also removed all the book jackets from my coffee table books–a little thing, but it made a big difference.
If you have a lantern that can double as a vase, put a clear glass inside to hold the water. I added some cut branches, my favorite free accessory. Sure, you might have to dodge hairy spiders that are the size of your hand while profusely sweating in the Texas heat, but it’s totally worth it.
You can see that I did a little bit of tweaking with the end table decor. I switched out the blue and white lamps with the lamps that were in our bedroom. I also added a few of my necklaces to one of my vintage silverplate bowls, which I hoard because they’re the best things ever.
The other end table received an accessory make-under. I removed a few things I didn’t love and switched out the picture frames so they’re all silver(plate–I’m not made of money, unfortunately). The addition of the velvet pillows and wool throw provided the warmth I was after without being so literal–I’m not big on decorating for the seasons.
I’m really happy with the outcome and feel like the living room is ready for cooler temperatures. I also like how the room finally blends in with the kitchen and mudroom. The flow always felt off to me because of all the blue (a holdover from when I thought we were moving to Ponte Vedra–cue the ugly cry), but not anymore.
Next up on the tour is Vicki of 2 Bees in a Pod–I’ve met her in person and she is just lovely–I know you’ll enjoy her beautiful home. And please catch up below with the days you’ve missed.
Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day!