Home Tour | Living Room

Yesterday, I shared some updates to Joy's room.  Click HERE to check out the post.  Today, I'll take you on a tour of my living room.  

**Remember:  Blogland is filled with homes that look like something from a magazine.  Goodness!  Some of those pics are found in magazines--books even.  I enjoy making my house a home, but I'm no interior designer--though I aspired to be one early on in college.  That being said, I also took a few courses on the route to becoming a dental hygienist, too.  So...yeah...I'm no more an interior designer than I am a dental hygienist.  Decorating is fun for me. I break many of the "rules" and fake it a lot!  I'm learning to embrace my home--imperfections and all!

All of that to say, I'm trying to give you an honest glance around our home. Not every room in my house is "done", but frankly, it'll never be done.  It's constantly changing and evolving as my our needs/likes/wants change.  

Here's my living room:

In March, we completed a major and much needed home update.  Every single stitch of carpet and most of the tile was ripped up, tossed, and we added Pergo MAX throughout the entire house minus the bathrooms and laundry room.  We've been very happy with the flooring we chose.  We looked into hardwoods, hardwood-style ceramic tile, vinyl, but the best choice for our family was Pergo.  Pergo is really resilient and very hard to scratch or damage so that was one of the main reasons we went with it. 

When we added new flooring, the dark gray walls made our living room feel like a cave.

Below is a pic of the wall color before I repainted:

Valspar:  Wet Pavement

I loved the old color, but it really didn't work with the dark floors.  

Below is a pic of the lighter, brighter wall color:

Sherwin Williams: Tapestry Beige

Notice how the wall decor really pops with the lighter walls!?  I'm in love with it.  

I love to decorate with items that have a story.  That's why I love my wooden bowls.  Graham brought me the larger bowl back from one of his trips to Nicaragua and the little wooden bowl is made from a pecan tree that stood in front of Graham's grandparents' home.  

I love the mix of traditional, rustic, shabby, simple country, with  a touch of glam.  I guess that's my take on eclectic style.

I found this old window at Canton last year and it originally hung above the fireplace.  After repainting the walls, I moved it next to my piano and used it to display some of my favorite Instagram shots.

After some thought and your suggestions, I painted the tile on my fireplace....


Thanks for the input.  Click HERE to see the before pics.  

I am not finished with this project, but I am pressing "pause" until after the holidays.

I'd like to add ship lap above my fireplace and replace the woodwork with a natural wooden (more rustic) mantel.

Here is some of my inspiration:

I hope y'all are enjoying my little home tour--imperfections and all.  Like I've said over and over on my blog, I'm learning to love our home and embrace it.  Too often, we compare our homes to photos from Pinterest and design blogs of picture perfect spaces.  Fight the urge along with me and try to enjoy your home by adding your touch, your style, your likes, and your story.  

wall color: Sherwin Williams Tapestry Beige
wooden end table: Home Goods
coffee table: junk that I refinished
buffet lamps: Kirklands
TV buffet: Annie Sloan chalk paint -Versailles
antique "sofa table":  Waverly Chalk Paint - Oatmeal
curtains: TJ MAXX
flooring: Lowes - Pergo MAX Manor Hickory Handscraped
pillow shams: IKEA

larger sofa table; update fireplace with new mantel, tile and shiplap

cowhide rug

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