First off, although we've lived in this house for 3 years, we really haven't done a lot to put our stamp on it and have spent our money on other things like paying off our cars.
Secondly, since I am moving to a new school this year, I have an entire classroom stored in my master bedroom right now!
Finally, I'm exhausted and it's summer time, so with the kids home 24/7, our entire home is just not up for being viewed right now. So, for today, I'm sharing our living room.
Robert and I love the artist Jasper Johns, so when I was in NYC and purchased a large print of "Map" which is one of our favorite JJ paintings, we knew that we had our living room focal point.
Here's an aerial shot of our living room. Sorry, you're getting real life shots with sneakers by the door and Target bags hanging in the kitchen!
At our old house, we had a forest green couch set that just was too small for our current home. We sent that set upstairs for the kids to use in the game room and decided to purchase a leather set from Star Furniture.
It took us 2 years to find a rug that worked in the space, but we absolutely love THIS one from Target. If you're in the market for a rug, watch for Target deals- they often run 2 day sales online. I found the peacock paintings at Home Goods and felt like the colors played nicely with the Jasper Johns painting. I bought pillows at Home Goods to match some of the painting colors as well. One of the side tables is a hand me down, as well as the coffee table.
Painting the coffee table has been on my to-do list for a while now. I think I'm going to use Annie Sloan chalk paint and give it a distressed finish with the wax.
The living room looks out to the pool and is connected to our master bedroom. We have plantation shutters on all of the downstairs windows except the living room windows. WHY? I have absolutely no idea why the previous owners opted to not put the same blinds here, and it drives me absolutely nuts. I love when it is Christmas time because I can block out so much light with the Christmas tree! This is another project on our to-do list.
The room sometimes feels a little too large, but the additional space makes it easy for me to do my workouts on the big t.v.
This is a pastel drawing that Trip did in first grade, and it was picked for the district art show. I love the colors, and again, it went perfectly with our original focal point painting.
I think it also adds interest to an otherwise random wall.
I don't love our fireplace area as is and would like to do a refresh eventually, but since we never use the fireplace, it's at the bottom of our list for now.
The chairs are from Robert's Memaw's house and are actually part of our dining room set. However, we needed more seating in this area, and the dining room is very small, so we moved them out to the living room. I have plans to recover all of the dining chairs in funky fabrics one day, but I think I will recover both of these in cowhide to flow with the leather couches.
Robert built me this table from a base his Memaw bought in Mexico. It matches our dining room table bases, and we used to keep this in our front room at our old house. The mirror is from Home Goods, as is the lamp. We have a vintage tray from my grandma that Trip keeps all of his arrow heads, shark teeth, deer horns, and pretty rocks in.
This end of the couch is my command center where I usually am plugged in to blog and catch up on emails. I picked up the side table from Target in their clearance section, and then I picked up the faux log lamp at Home Goods.
They may be a pain to dust, but I love the built ins. I definitely don't follow the interior design rules about how many books, picture frames, or tchotchkes you're supposed to have on each shelf, but I kind of love it as is.
I promise to share more of our house in the future. You can see how I decorate my home for Christmas HERE! And my Easter decorations can be seen in THIS post!
What is your favorite room in your house? Are there any projects that have been sitting on your to-do list for too long? Tell me about them in the comments below!
Did you notice my weights and yoga mat out? It's time for another round of Tuesday Training! Check out week 26 HERE! I'm back tomorrow for a wrap-up of June for What's Up Wednesday! See you soon!
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