Good Morning! I figured it was about time to give you a tour of my Living Room and share my process of decorating this space. Please come on in and make yourself at home 🙂
When our realtor showed us this townhome, I immediately fell in love with this space. This is the room that won me over. The living room is open to the third floor, so we have 20 foot high ceilings with tons of natural light coming in from wall to wall windows above and a tall glass sliding door opening up to the patio.
As I’ve shared before, I really struggled deciding what I wanted to do in here. I’m still trying to find my style. I love modern and industrial farmhouse, and a little bit of glam contemporary. The finishes in my townhouse lean to be more modern, but we have these really cool black metal industrial stair rails, that I decided to use as my inspiration.
You know how when you watch those HGTV shows and a house just magically is decorated and comes together within a matter of days? Ya, that’s totally what I was wanting when we first moved in and that is completely unrealistic! I wanted to get it decorated quickly and have everything be perfect, but I’ve learned that it takes a bit of time finding my style and finding things that work together. If my husband would have let me, I would have went out and bought everything to decorate the living room within a matter of a week and I know I would have hated it all after a few months. At first, I tried so hard to match the style of what I thought this place was. When I finally gave up on that and went with things I loved, I realized it all still works in this space and I love it way more than I would have liked what I was originally going with. My point is that it takes time in a space to figure out what you want and time to build and layer pieces to make it absolutely perfect for you.
We bought this couch and ottoman right before we got married a few years ago. Although I love this couch and it is super comfy, it isn’t perfect for this space, but it works. It was a purchase that didn’t really have a lot of thought into, but now I know for next time 🙂 Moving into our townhouse, we purchased the black metal nesting tables and the other side table at a really cool industrial home decor store locally called Wrare. We happened to catch them on a weekend where everything was 40% off and if you know my husband and I at all, then you know we can’t pass up great deals like that! These tables tie into our stair rails perfectly!
The walls in here sat empty for months as I tried to figure out what I was going to do to fill this massive space. The first thing I hung on the walls, was this DIY barndoor that I made. With the concrete floors and grey walls, I really think it helps warm the space up. I also really wanted to have a place to hang a wreath on and I feel like this is the perfect thing for it. I can easily switch out wreaths throughout the seasons to keep things fresh.
From top down: Shelves | Test Tube Rack | Ceramic Watering Can | Assorted Vases | Vintage Books | White Ceramic Vase (Magnolia Market) | Air Plant (Trader Joes) | Terrarium | Sage Bush | Candle (From Anthropologie -Similar one linked)
For the shelves, I found some inspiration from Oh My Dear Blog. I absolutely love her floating shelves over her end table on either side of her couch. I also was really wanting to put pipe shelving in somewhere, so I thought what a great idea for this room! On Pinterest, there are several DIY Piped Shelf tutorials and I was so close to making my own, until I found these on Decor Steals for probably the same or less than it would cost to make my own and I immediately jumped on them. My in-laws also graciously gifted us with a Magnolia Market gift card for Christmas right after we got these shelves, so I was able to go crazy at Magnolia Market and style my shelves!
I snagged these books from my great-grandmothers. I love pairing plants with vintage books. Something about old things with new life draws me in.
Pillows (DIY) | Sequin Pillow (Target) | State Prints | Let’s Stay Home (DIY)
Two of the turquoise pillows came with our couch, along with some orange floral print ones. Although they were very pretty, they just didn’t fit with the theme in here. I searched high and low for pillows that tied in the grey and turquoise but still looked good with my tan couch. I ended up deciding to go with solids and make my own. My grandmother patiently taught me to sew one evening and helped me on the first pillow cover. After I got going, they weren’t too hard to make. It was so rewarding making my own pillow cases and way easier than I thought it would be! I also really wanted to add a little gold in here, so I snagged this beaded pillow at Target. I think they turned out great!
For the wall space over the couch, I really wanted to bring something more personal and meaningful into it and still keep it within my budget. I found the state prints on Etsy and made the “Let’s Stay Home” piece myself. I also couldn’t find the right gold frame, so I ended up buying a basic black one and spray painting it! Art work does not have to be expensive. With Etsy and Pinterest now, you can easily find cute prints for just about any occasion, room or style. You can also find free printables on Pinterest as well!
That wraps up my living room tour today. Thanks for coming in 🙂 If you have any questions or challenges you are facing right now decorating your own space, I would love to help you. Comment below!