Our living room – like much of our home – has been an evolving process…
When we moved into our big 1940 colonial fixer upper three years ago, we didn’t really have any furniture that fit the scale of this room. So we did what I always recommend: taking our time to find and layer pieces we truly loved.
Now it is an eclectic mix of old and new (there is a full source list at the end). A traditional rug and a big modern brown leather couch (which, for the record, would not be my first choice aesthetically, but this is one of those instances when family – i.e. what husband wanted plus the mess of two boys and a baby girl – comes first… and I think this is proof that you can decorate around something that may not be your favorite and still love the space in the end).
My love of Paris is reflected in these French-style armchairs and my DIY Vintage map of Paris.
Oh, and we can’t forget the antique chest I scored for my husband at the flea market in Paris; that, my friends, is a story you’ve got to read.
The art deco mirrored dresser is an actual antique vanity that belonged to a late far distant cousin… I love how it adds a little elegance and modernity to the space.
And it balances our super traditional buffet from my great grandmother on the other side of the room. The brown is so heavy, but the tiger striped wood is too lovely to cover up just yet… We’ll see how long I hold out. 😉
The most useful space in the room might just be the game table; I know I’ve shared this before, but I really do believe it has been so helpful to have a designated place to play table games (because, naturally, card games get eaten by the baby if they are played on the floor… don’t you have card-eating babies terrorizing your house? 😉 )
Again, the antique spindle chairs that I spray painted and distressed years ago contrast the more modern tufted linen chair, whose mate is acting as a desk chair in Mr. Pax’s office currently.
My favorite recent addition is the tufted ottoman*. It used to sit at the foot of my bed in our master bedroom until I replaced it with this linen one*. It weighs almost nothing, so it can easily be moved back and forth to act as a coffee table or as extra seating. It can also easily be slid around the room with one or two young boys riding atop – don’t ask me how I know this…
It really is the perfect coffee table when you’ve got a little one learning to walk. Speaking of that little one, today is her birthday! I can’t believe she’s one already.
I could go on, but I think I’ll save you my nostalgia. Since we are moving in about a month (and a big thank you to all of you who have been thinking of and praying for us in this process!), I really could go on forever about how special this home has been: our first home in the states to raise our family, the place where I brought two of my three children home from the hospital… You get the idea. All that to say, it has been a huge blessing in our lives, but we are equally thrilled to see what God has in store for the next chapter!
All tangents aside, here’s that source list I promised. Feel free to ask questions!
-wall color: Barcelona Beige by SW
-curtains: DIY smocked drop cloth curtains
-chandeliers: Habitat Restore (tutorial coming soon!)
-mirrored dresser, tiger oak buffet, both trunks, game table, black chairs: antiques
-couch and rug: The Dump – a discount furniture outlet
-armchairs: Restoration Hardware – in fog army duck fabric
-ottoman: World Market*
-tufted linen chair: store out of business, but I like these* for a similar feel
-blue media cabinet: El Paso Import Co
-gray side tables: DIY project
-throw: gift, similar here*
-pillows: Homegoods (blue) and DIY project (white)
-lamppost: Lowe’s, 10 years ago
-wreath on antique window frame: diy eucalyptus wreath
-mercury glass vase on mantel: Hobby Lobby
-rest of mercury glass accents: Marshall’s, a few years ago
-demijohn on brown buffet: Hobby Lobby
-mercury glass lamp: HomeGoods
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