My love for old homes began at an early age due to the fact that my dad used to be obsessed with watching “This Old House” with Bob Villa. So, I was really excited when my husband and I decided to purchase a 1930’s home last year. You can read more about our decision here.
Unfortunately, a lot of the work we have done so far has not blog-worthy (brand new foundation, cutting down a tree that was growing into the house, etc.). So, I am excited to finally be able to share something fun on the blog: our living room reveal!
My favorite thing about this room is all of the original wood trim. We knew we wanted to choose a paint color that would accent all of the woodwork. You would not believe how hard it was to choose a white paint! After at least 3 trips to Sherwin Williams, we decided on Alabaster (it is Joanna Gaines’ favorite white to use). I love how it turned out.
One of my favorite pieces of furniture in this room is the side table. My mother-in-law and brother-in-law were at RoundTop (an amazing antique festival) and picked out this table for us. It is literally the perfect size for our couch and I love that it is the first thing you see when you walk into our house. My in-laws also gifted us with these beautiful antique wingback chairs. We had them re-upholstered in a very neutral fabric so that we can hopefully use them for years to come!
The couch and coffee table used to be in the formal living room at our old house. I felt like the colors in the couch and coffee table matched the wood trim really nicely and I was excited to not have to purchase new furniture. However, with all of the brown in the room, I knew I needed to lighten it up. We found this rug at World Market and I absolutely love how it looks. However, it sheds like CRAZY.
I was excited to randomly find some coordinating blue pillows at my local Target. We can’t buy nice pillows because our two dogs (Monte and Mellie) have a knack for totally destroying them! If you look closely, you will see where Mellie also destroyed the corners of our coffee table!!
I’ve had this TV stand for years. I found it at a local Austin furniture store (Four Hands) and it was black. We had a lot of dark furniture in the room so my husband and I used Annie Sloan Chalk Paint and painted and distressed it! I love how it turned out.
I love to display a few sentimental pieces throughout our house. This photo is from our wedding day and it brings back such great memories. Another favorite piece of mine is this duck. My grandpa actually hand-carved AND painted this duck. We have a few of them in our house and they make me so happy.
Another very sentimental item is this piece of artwork (I had to take it off the wall to photograph it because I am too short!). My grandma made it in 1952!! It started as a doodle in one of her college classes and once the teacher saw it he actually told her that it was so good that she HAD to finish it! Everyone in our family has a copy of it in their house. I took a close up so you can really see the detail.
For the curtains, I knew I wanted to go with something very neutral. I like most of my furniture to be neutral so that I can change out my decor (pillows, books, etc) whenever I get bored and know that they will go with everything. We also had a really hard time finding any curtains for this room because the ceilings are so tall.
One of my favorite purchases were these curtain pull-backs from Anthropologie. They actually ended up being more expensive than the curtains but totally worth it in my opinion!
For the rest of the decor, I tried to incorporate very feminine elements to offset some of the more masculine features of the room. My grandma (hi Mamma!) actually had been storing that piece of artwork in her closet for YEARS (it was in my sister’s room when she was little) and I love how it perfectly tied together all of the pinks, purples, and blues in the living room.
Overall, I really really like how our living room turned out. I will admit that sometimes I do get jealous of the bloggers with the fabulous houses that are all white, gold and very feminine. “Unfortunately”, I am married to a very masculine man and have two crazy dogs. So, this is the type of furniture and decor that makes everyone happy. I think there is a really good balance between masculine and feminine and this room is very much a symbol of our marriage!
Couch: Pottery Barn | Coffee Table: Pottery Barn | Rug: World Market | Pillows: Target (similar) | Throw Blankets: World Market | Basket: Target (similar) | Louis Vuitton Book: Amazon | Frame: Home Goods | Curtains: World Market | Curtain Pulls: Anthropologie (no longer available, similar) | Tray: Pier One | Flowers: Target | Coasters: Anthropologie | Candle: Nordstrom | Coffee Table Books: Amazon here, here, here, here, and here.
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