This room is going to take a while to fully put together. It’s all in the details, of course, but most furniture just takes ~forever~ to deliver. I wanted to live in the house for a little bit before I tackled this room. We did the kitchen and family room first. Working on the master currently. Then the living room. Then the guest room. And finally, my office.
I struggled with what direction to go with this space for a while. It’s obviously a living room, but it’s very narrow. Well, technically, it’s wide! But there’s a staircase, the opening for the dining room, a doorway into the kitchen/family room, and the front door. Because of how people would flow through the room to the various entry/exit points AND where the fireplace is located, it leaves very little wiggle room for what’s possible.
I apparently took a photo in the same spot on the stairs of the living room the first day I toured the house and the day we moved in! It’s a really lovely space, just tight width-wise. Originally, I thought I’d do the same kind of layout that they had staged. But Kira convinced me to go with two chairs instead. I had to measure and re-measure the room four times over to make sure I could get everything to fit.
For the design of the room… I had a few different initial plans.
This is what I whipped up while daydreaming of our house before I knew if we were going to actually be able to close or not. And then I went in a completely different direction with a slightly bolder rug.
But here’s the thing. I started to panic thinking that this was the room that we’d absolutely have a Christmas tree in. This sounds insane, I realize, but I didn’t want anything to potentially clash with Christmas decorations 😂. One day I was stressed out about unrelated things and you know what I couldn’t stop thinking about when I was lying in bed that night? The damn living room and a CHRISTMAS TREE. I went back to the drawing board and really tried to channel my inner Mark D Sikes. Like the watered down version of Mark D Sikes, that is. (I love his style, but I’m after a more practical “regular” vibe, ha!)
I know it sounds nuts, but not going with just blue and white feels quite outside my comfort zone 😂 Who knew neutrals could be so thrilling!
Okay so here’s the plan!
I’m not fully committed to the accessories, but including them here for the overall vibe I’m going for:
I’m kind of excited to see it come to life over the next few months as things get delivered… Here’s to hoping we actually have a living room to celebrate Christmas in!!!