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Hi Friends! Can you believe summer is almost over? My kids start school tomorrow and I know I am going to miss having them to myself every day. Even though, they are so ready to go. They are counting down the days with excitement. Hazel will be entering second grade, Owen first grade, and Violet turns two in November. So it’s sure to be a busy, fun filled year.
I have continued working away at making our new house a home and finally have made lots of progress in our main living room where we spend most of our time. Today, I am excited to show you what we have done.
But before we head in there, I have to show you the gorgeous cabinet I found to fit in our entryway. I am seriously in love with it and was glad to find a piece that fit in here without making it feel cluttered and cramped. I have filled it up with our shoes, so it also keeps the area clear too. Win, win!
I love the carved details of the wood and the whitewashed finish. It is definitely a piece I know I will love for a very long time.
Now, we will head on in to the living room so you can see the changes a year has made. Hard to believe we have now been in this home for that long!
Here is how the left hand side looked immediately after we moved in (sans furniture). It definitely had a lot of potential, but took me some time to figure out what would work best for our family in here.
And here is how it looks now:
When I was deciding on new pieces for this room, I wanted a rustic yet modern vibe. I chose most of the new pieces on Raymour & Flanigan’s website without seeing them in person. I did go to my local R&F showroom to check out the in stock items and place my order with an associate. I love spending afternoons furniture shopping by myself, even if I am just browsing!
The Lorenzo Sideboard was one such piece that I found online. It was actually in the dining room section on the website and is not a TV console, but I loved it so much for this space. Make sure to do your research and check the measurements if you choose furniture online. I made sure this piece would fit perfectly on the left side of the fireplace with our television mounted above. It offers tons of storage, perfect for our dvds, video games, and even changing supplies for Baby Violet. This piece is definitely a multi-tasker for me!
The wood has texture and imperfections to the finish which make it fit the rustic style, but the angled lines and smooth front give it a modern feel.
We already had the Hayden chair and sectional sofa from R&F, which are kid friendly and offer lots of seating when we have guests. We decided to add the Hayden ottoman in front of the chair since our old one had seen better days.
This side also needed some better lighting and a spot to put down our coffee cups, so I added the Drexel table lamp and Global Archive accent table (from the same line as the accent chest in the entryway).
I absolutely love the finish and design of the table legs. Both of these pieces together give the modern rustic feel to the room. It’s such a cozy spot now. May favorite for drinking my morning coffee and cuddling with the kids reading books or watching a movie or the wildlife in the yard. It’s so interesting to me how many deer and rabbits we see in our suburban neighborhood! I thought that would be something we would miss leaving our country home.
Behind the chair, we previously had an old shelf I have had from my college days, that I definitely wasn’t loving. We needed storage for Violet’s books and I wanted some more shelf space to style with my favorite finds.
I spent days searching through various bookshelves online and the Lean Living bookcase was the winner. It fits perfectly in this small space and the wood coordinates really well with the sideboard.
That side was fairly easy to figure out, but since we have moved in, I have struggled with what to put on the right side of the living room. Here is how it looked a year ago (after I took down those awful drapes from the 70’s!):
With our sectional in here, the far right is blocked off a bit, so it has basically become an area that gathers toys. The kids and I do our nightly bedtime reading together on that side of the sectional, so I really wanted to have more light behind us. And because I have always wanted a sofa table….actually put behind a sofa… (just one of those decorating dreams I could never let go of!), we got the Nora sofa table to put behind the sectional.
Then, I found the Laurelie shell table lamp set and knew they would be a great fit in the room. Even though it’s a small detail, the curtain rods have the same mosaic shell design.
The lamps provide great light for our evening reading and the console table is the perfect spot for my record player. I still wanted to find a solution to store toys, books and offer more space to decorate on this side, thus began the hunt for yet another bookshelf.
The Dover Bookshelf had the look I was going for in here and offered lots of room for our belongings. The kids can use the bottom shelves for toys and their favorite books. Then, I get to have fun styling the top few shelves with my own favorite books, décor pieces and family photos.
The toys still gather over here, but I don’t mind it as much, now that it actually has some style 🙂
And finally, a couple of rustic wooden accent tables next to the sectional provide another spot for my beloved coffee cups 🙂 They can easily be moved around the room wherever a small surface is needed.
All of the new furniture from was delivered directly to our house by Raymour & Flanigan. Some pieces were special order and took a couple of weeks to come in, but it was definitely worth the wait. The transformation of the room was like breathing new life into this home. It has come a long way since we moved in and definitely feels like a comfortable, homey place to spend our time in.
I still have more plans for this space, like painting the fireplace and walls, adding a rustic wood mantel, putting up wall art and photographs, and perhaps, one day, when there are no toddlers in the house, ripping up the white carpet and revealing the hardwoods underneath. Even though I have never been much a fan of carpet, the softness of it and extra padding it provides to kids who tumble and fall (a lot!), makes it a keeper for now.
I hope you enjoyed seeing what I have done in our entryway and living room so far. I hope to be back blogging (about miniatures and dollhouse progress!) in the coming weeks. Blessings!
Till next time…