Fall Home Tour–Living Room

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:

fall home tour, Sharon Joyce Interiors

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!

traditional living room from Sharon Joyce Interiors

Traditional living room with eclectic touches from Sharon Joyce Interiors
Velvet Pillows / Red Silk Ikat Pillow / Lantern (similar)

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.

Cut branches in a brass lantern from Sharon Joyce Interiors

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.

Sam Moore ottoman with leather sofa in a traditional living room from Sharon Joyce Interiors

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.

Silver bowl with beads from Sharon Joyce Interiors

Traditional living room from Sharon Joyce Interiors

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.

Traditional living room and white kitchen from Sharon Joyce Interiors

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.

Fall decorating ideas from 34 talented bloggers


Green With Decor

Craft and Tell

Little Bits of Home

Love & Renovations

Newly Woodwards

Simple Nature Decor

Our Crafty Mom


My Life From Home

House by Hoff

Wife in Progress

Knock it off Kim

Average But Inspired

Lehman Lane

Pocketful of Posies


My Creative Days

Sharon Joyce Interiors

2 Bees in a Pod – Vicki’s house

Iris Nacole

Up to Date Interiors

Seeking Lavender Lane

Casa Watkins Living


The DIY Mommy

The Honeycomb Home

Two Purple Couches

2 Bees in a Pod – Jenn’s house

Go Haus Go

Love Your Abode

Live the Fancy Life


Pretty Real Blog

This is Our Bliss

Designing Vibes

Shabby Grace Blog

Southern State of Mind

Our House now a home

Thank you so much for stopping by, and I hope you have a great day! 

59 thoughts on “Fall Home Tour–Living Room

  1. Your living room doesn’t feel like a ‘neglected ‘ room at all! I love the simple touches you added for Fall, that lantern is gonna be a very versatile piece! Love it!

    1. Thanks, Stephanie! I have big plans for this room but not a big budget right now, so I was happy my quick fix improved things enough to get me through next spring. 🙂

  2. Sharon!! $110 — what?!! It looks like a million bucks!! I did, in fact go HomeGoods hunting for that brass lantern, but no luck. Your space looks beautiful. I love the jackets off the books and those draped beads… lovely! Thanks for sharing with us 😉 – Rachael

    1. Thanks, Rachael! The beads were a last minute idea. I never wear the necklaces so I was glad to put them to use! I checked HomeGoods today for another lantern with no luck. I’ll keep my eyes peeled!

    1. Thank you, Samantha! It was hard for me to take my own advice about switching out pillows and accessories, but it made a huge difference. I’m such a cheap-o. 🙂

  3. Well I’m impressed Sharron! You created such a cozy Autumn space and a small budget but it looks like it was much more. Don’t miss the Texas heat but we are getting our fill of Okinawan humidity!

    1. Thanks, Emily! I love little touches of black and gold. The pillows made a huge difference and I’m kicking myself for waiting for two years to change them out. Thanks so much for stopping by!

    1. Hi, Kim! The spiders where I live are terrifyingly large. Harmless, for the most part, but just really, really big. I have to want my free greenery really badly, because I’m usually too worried about critters and would rather buy from the grocery store. 🙂

  4. WOW, what a difference that made!!! The lighter pillows and throw totally brighten the space and blend with the kitchen. Love that lantern vase and tray update! Well done, as always!

    1. Thanks, Sara! It completely bugged me to have the rooms not flow with each other. This was a perfect quick fix until we can start on the big (and expensive!) changes I want to make. 🙂 I know you can relate!

    1. Hi, Jenna! The lantern as vase was because I couldn’t find a vase that I liked, but the lantern was perfect for the look I wanted. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Hi Sharon! I’m so glad to be visiting your home tour!! Everything is so pretty and I especially love your light fixtures in the kitchen! I’m also a lawyer turned blogger! Nice to meet you. 🙂

    1. Hi, Bre! Nice to meet you, too. 🙂 The kitchen fixtures were on my wish list for about a year and a half but totally worth waiting for. Does anyone ever stay a lawyer? It seems most of us move onto second or third professions!

    1. Thanks, Tara! The living room is a constant thorn in my side, but I’m getting closer to liking it now. Dreaming of the day we have built-ins installed–it’s going to be such an improvement!

    1. Thanks, Amy! I’ve hated that tray ever since I bought it–it was one of those, “the shape and price are right so I’ll buy it” situations. Who knew that a 10 minute paint job would make me finally appreciate it?! 🙂

  6. Another great example of big impact for little money and I can see why you love adding black elements to a room. Painting the distressed tray black adds sophistication to the room. Also, I am in love the lantern and so going to copy it.

    1. Hi, Nadine! Just a little touch of black makes a room look more sophisticated–it’s one of my favorite tricks. I almost walked away from the lantern because I really needed a vase, but I loved the look of it so much that I decided to improvise. Pottery Barn had some similar lanterns–with a sale, they’re not too much more than what I paid at HomeGoods for a similar size. Enjoy what’s left of your weekend! 🙂

  7. I definitely had a few scares with creepy-crawly things while cutting some fresh greens for my home tour. But you’re right…totally worth it! Your home looks beautiful!

    1. Hi, Roxanne! Me and nature don’t mix. You should’ve seen me shaking the branches off because I was so afraid a critter would show up a couple days later. No thank you!

    1. Ha, yes–I saw that when I was reading your blog last week! Mine’s a PB knock-off from Overstock. The colors are a little darker but the pattern is identical. Great minds think alike! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Amanda! It’s still awfully warm to be using a wool throw in Dallas, but I know in a couple months I’ll be so glad I bought it. Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by!

  8. Sharon, you always crack me up; “acting like a petulant child”. Believe me friend, I have some rooms like that too. haha But it is truly amazing how much more cohesive the room is with the new pillows and blankets. And, I love the lantern vase. Such a great idea!

    Your home looks gorgeous as always and I enjoyed checking it out.

    Much Love,
    Designing Vibes

    1. Thanks, Erica! I’m such a cheap-o that it nearly killed me to buy the new pillows, but I’m glad I did–it bothered me how the kitchen and living room didn’t work well together. Of course, I didn’t show you the fireplace and television wall–those are both works not yet in progress. 😉

    1. Thanks, Cat! I’m not a huge fan of the leather but it sure is durable against kids and pets. Good thing pillows can help lighten it up a little. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

    1. Thanks, ladies! Pottery Barn has similar lanterns and they were on sale this past weekend. You know HomeGoods is hit or miss for that sort of stuff. Hoping you get some cooler temps in GA soon!

  9. love it! looks like fall y’all. if only the cool weather would now arrive. it feels like july here in houston and for my forty something hormones that are already going nuts this heat and humidity is no bueno in my book.

    1. YES! The heat has been rough. Paige’s game yesterday was another scorcher and I soaked through a camisole onto my t-shirt. The girls are no doubt wondering why their coach is always a sweaty train wreck. Middle age and 30 extra pounds is no good in the heat.

    1. Thanks Sharon. I enjoyed meeting and talking to you too! Hope to see you again soon! Have a wonderful week!

    1. Thanks, Deb! I’m so glad I snatched the lantern up–I usually resist impulse buys but I knew I’d be sad if I left that one behind. We’ll get some fall weather in the next couple of weeks and I can change out my porch a little bit–it’s still way too hot!

  10. It’s a beautiful space and you packed in a lot of bang for $110! I can’t get over the idea of dodging giant hairy spiders. I may have had to abandon that. But your efforts are worth the risk!

    1. Hi, Kim! Thanks for your kind words. The spiders where I live are terrifying, but harmless. My husband assures me that they eat the mosquitoes for us and I should be grateful. I’m working on it! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. Thanks, Michelle! It’s hard to get in the fall spirit when the heat index is over 100 degrees. We are roasting here in Texas! Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

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