Hello! Today I am sharing my living room with you. I must say, I am so delighted with this room. The way that the house is laid out, we go through here several times a day going between the kitchen and bedrooms, and it always makes me smile. There aren’t a lot of windows in this room, and left to its own devices, it tends to be a bit dark. Since the front exterior of the house is stone, I immediately dropped all ideas of installing new windows – it just wasn’t worth it. Thank goodness the sun room is adjacent and is all light and bright. But I still wanted to find a way to help brighten the room. This goal brought me to the first DIY project that I tackled here at the new house, and it was a doozy. Can you guess what it was? Before we launch into all the afters, let’s take another look at the “before” photos:
I am so happy with how my furniture has fit into this house. I’ve kept the decor very neutral and light, lots of white and of course touches of my favorite blue & white with hints of green and a splash of yellow.
This is one of my favorite views – looking through the room into the sun room. This was the view that originally made me fall in love with the house!
Last year when helping my mom with a decorating project I found this lovely ornate art piece, and when I found this house, I knew it would need to come live at my house instead. Fortunately she agreed and it now happily resides here.
Please notice Mr. Darcy is snuggled up on the chair. It was tricky shooting these photos, he kept popping up in so many shots! Finally I decided to just let him be in some.
As you may have guessed, I have lots and lots of books, while it’s nice to have them on shelves, I also like to use them in decorating. Sometimes I set them right on a table…
… other times I think they are nicely presented in a tray. Books make a lovely pedestal for these apples nestled in a favorite blue & white cachepot. I think this is an especially charming presentation for my collection of Carolyne Roehm books!
My bookshelves have yet to be properly organized, that’s ranking pretty low on my to-do list right now.
A few favorites are front and center though…
I love the cover art on this copy of Alice in Wonderland, isn’t that tiny “Drink Me” tag so adorable and enticing?!
Of course this luminous copy of Pride & Prejudice is front and center! Plus, it’s blue & white!! Oh, happy day!
This cabinet was a happy find at an auction a year or so ago. I think I got it for $20 or $40… I started fixing it up, but haven’t finished it yet. It has one coat of Miss Mustard Seed Milk Paint on it. I like the “shabby” look it has, and the green is wonderful, but it still needs knobs. In the meantime, it has become the perfect home for our DVD collection, and it anchors the sofa so well in the room.
Which brings us back around to the big DIY project. I have actually done two decent sized DIYs in here. Can you guess what they were? #1 – Painting the fireplace! I took lots of photos during the process and will be sharing a post on that soon.
Painting the bricks made such a difference in this room, it tremendously lightened and brightened the room! Plus, it made a perfect backdrop for my ginger jars!
I am always on the lookout for pretty blue & white vases and ginger jars. I found this beauty at Home Goods last Fall.
This one is from Pier One about a year and a half ago.
This pair of “Double Happiness” ginger jars fit perfectly on the mantel along with a serene piece of modern art from Target. I like how the art doesn’t overwhelm or distract your eye.
My TV cabinet fits in perfectly next to the fireplace. I particularly enjoy showcasing my collection of bee skeps on top.
I have several silver trays and always keep an eye out for them when I’m out bargain hunting. I like using them to corral items, like this collection of trophies. They add a charming equestrian vibe to the room.
I like to keep a couple of books on my fabric ottomans turned coffee tables. The books that live here are ones that I reference a lot and change with either the season or my interests. Currently as I dream and wonder about what to do with our new yard I am reading and re-reading Garden Inspirations by Charlotte Moss. I am very inspired by this book! (affiliate link) I am so inspired with how she transformed a blank lot into a space that feels as if it were there for generations.
The other ottoman is holding a new book which was gifted to us at the house blessing, it is an annotated edition of Emma. (affiliate link) I am positively enchanted with this book! I had no idea that an annotated version of this book existed, much less in such a gorgeous coffee table edition! It is the ideal addition to our Hartfield library! 🙂
The second DIY project that I tackled was removing the wallpaper border. Stay tuned for a post on that DIY project too!
I hope you enjoyed this tour and maybe found a bit of inspiration in my eclectic mix of living room decor. There’s a little something for everyone: there’s a bit of chinoiserie chic, equestrian style, shabby chic, even a bit of beach flair with the light colors, all rolled into my most beloved English Country/Cottage style.
Thank you so much for joining me!