Hey, friends! I hope you’re having a great week so far. I can’t believe it is already Thursday — this week is flying by for me. I’ve got my eyes set on Fri-yay! 😉
When we first moved into our house back in November of 2016, our living room looked like this…
Cute and cozy… I can tell by looking at these pictures that I was busy loving on this house all the time during those first few nesting weeks. 🙂
Lately, I’ve begun to realize how this room has transformed so beautifully over the course of just about a year and a half.
I’d be lying if I said I didn’t wake up every morning and pinch myself that I live here. It’s kind of crazy… we hoped and prayed for a house for so long, and now this one is ours. And it’s adorable! I figured eventually we’d have a house, but I didn’t realize it would be quite this cute. 😉
I’ll let you in on a little secret, though… This room is starting to evolve in all the ways it’s been meant to, and I am so excited about it. You might be surprised to find out that our zebra rug has been relocated to our kitchen, and that we have a new rug in our living room now that is inspiring a new color palette. It’s not that I didn’t love the zebra rug — I did and do! What I was having trouble with was my design direction as far as colors go. I wanted a consistent pop of color, and the zebra rug made me all confused because it is black and white.
Our house is very small. It’s just over 1,000 square feet. Which made my brain think…wouldn’t it be nice to have a consistent color palette all throughout the house so that each room flows nicely together? We learned this in design school — it’s a good way to keep everything cohesive, especially for a small house.
My taste is super eclectic — I like a whole mix of styles and I love putting modern with traditional. But as far as colors go, I knew I needed a rug to do the hard work for me by showcasing colors that inspired me so that I could pull from them (full post on how to do this coming soon — I have a good tip for you!).
I’ll start with a disclaimer…this isn’t the rug we chose. But you can see what I want my pop of color to be — dark blue! I’m a water girl, and blue is the color that makes me feel most calm and soothed. Oh, and Greyson likes it, too. 😉
A lot of these pieces we already have. The lamps are sourced from one of my trade accounts and they’re on the pricier side, so I’m open to finding something that I love that is less expensive. This board is mostly about the ideas. I just want to prioritize simplifying, elevating, and pulling this room together a little more.
When we moved in, I was so excited about filling it up and having a space to decorate that was all ours, I brought some things into our house that I’m not in love with and didn’t really give time to let my design ideas brew and direct me. Mostly all of the furniture is staying — except I do very much want that gold console table with the marble — that is from a trade resource and I see that in our future. It’s mostly just about adding accessories that work well with the colors in our rug, which we found at HomeGoods on a random trip there.
SO! If you’ve made it all the way to the bottom of this post — thank you! Coming soon I’ll be sharing a really simple way to take colors that are in a rug, artwork, etc. that you are using as a springing-off point for your design and carry them around with you while you’re shopping. Stay tuned!
I hope you have a great rest of your week!