Now that we’re into February and I’m down to the last two of my Top 10 organization challenges, I’m itching to get back to decor and interiors and new ideas on that front. Our living room has evolved over the years and right now it’s got some Spring touches happening that I wanted to share with y’all. This is the place we spend so much time, watching tv, having friends over, playing games and my son with all of his toys. Even though we’ve cleaned and organized James’ playroom, he still likes to be down here with us most of the time.
I’m still pleased with our coffee/table ottoman and it just fits the space. I had the ottoman at the end of our bed for awhile, but it was really too deep for that space. Here in the living room, I keep a tray on the table for decoration and function- to hold the remote controls. I often switch the tray out, but this mirrored tray is from Target. It was a steal at $40. The green ombre throw blanket breaks up the beige color between the couch and ottoman.
I’m all for real flowers, but for simplicity, typically keep two faux hydrangeas in this ginger jar that I spray painted black for contrast. (It was white). I wish our rug was still available. It’s held up really well and is pretty soft as far as these kinds of rugs go. It was from Crate & Barrel.
Other than the sectional (Pottery Barn Pearce) that I reviewed here, the biggest functional piece in our living room is the media cabinet. We debated about having a fireplace instead, but practicality won out given we live in Houston and figured we’d get much more use out of the storage in the media cabinet. I think we made the right decision, but every so often, I’d love to have that fireplace and mantel to decorate.
The media cabinet was built in when we built the house, so I can’t give you a source to buy one. I would recommend the combination of open and behind the door shelving as well as the drawers. We keep everything from games, puzzles, DVDs, art supplies, diapers (once upon a time) in the storage compartments. A couple years ago, I painted the back wall Sherwin Williams Urbane Bronze. The cabinet itself is Sherwin Williams Divine White.
I’m loving the layered look of the bamboo shades we hung, even though we still have regular blinds. In retrospect, I would’ve gone with different windows/casings so the windows would’ve looked better with just the roman shades. I had the drapes made with fabric I purchased (Windsor Smith Pelagos Fabric in Mist). I’ve made drapes before and it’s no picnic, especially drapes this long. I think they are 120 inches.
The greek key pillows I picked up at Homegoods and the colorful pillow is from Festive Home Decor. The zebra pillow is from West Elm years ago. The real fiddle leaf fig we had in here years ago didn’t fare so well. I think they need lots more light that this little corner gets. So, this faux fig is a good compromise. It’s not as tall as I’d hoped, but I still like it. I got mine at Overstock but the price seems to have gone up- looks like this is the same one from Walmart.
Styling the bookshelves is a fun way to showcase your books, photos and other decorative items. I’ve come to like more actual books on the shelves and since we have quite a few, am glad to have the space to store them. I ended up mixing colors and just try to keep the heights about the same, then turn some on their side or pages facing for variety.
I still adore our elephant bookends from Homegoods. And the framed photo of my son at 2 months old is one of my favorites. I can’t believe he’ll be 5 next month!
Hope you have a great day!