Ah, the long Thanksgiving weekend was just what we needed. Yummy food, a few nights of much needed sleep, full bellies, and warmed hearts. Did you have a good one, too? I hope so. And the sun actually came out for a bit and I was finally able to get some shots of my finished living room.
Above is a view of the whole space, looking into it from the dining room. The walls are the same pale bluish-greenish-gray color they've always been but I changed the red chair, got rid of the olive green curtains, and removed a rainbow of other colors that used to be in here. I like things a little more calm and monochromatic, apparently.
Sofa and chair: Macy's
Pillows: Made by me and IKEA
The long and narrow shape of this room has always made it difficult to decorate but we've finally figured out how we like it. We put the sofa perpendicular to wall, going across the center of the space, and use it as a room divider. The front of the sofa is the sitting area, and behind the sofa is the piano and the entry. It's amazing how much this layout keeps things contained and not sprawling aimlessly towards the front door.
Curtains: Made out of a bedspread from Urban Outfitters years ago
Sculpture: Bronze, made by Michael
To the left of the sofa (or to the right if you're sitting in it), is the fireplace. Michael made the silhouettes of the kids for me for Christmas a few years ago using wood from an old shelving unit and black spray paint. It makes a comfty little reading nook.
Round end table: IKEA
When we pulled the sofa into the middle of the room, the space behind the sofa looked a little empty. I didn't want it cluttered but I did want something tall to fill the space. This hutch was the first piece of furniture my parents bought when they were married and it fits in here perfectly. Actually, I think it kind of sets the tone for the whole room. My mom was happy to get it out of her garage and we were thrilled to have a new, super pretty piece of furniture.
On the other side of the hutch is a painted portrait of my grandmother. It was painted by an artist in 1964 during one of my grandparents' many trips to Las Vegas. Another much-loved family heirloom.
And last but not least, I took my ceramic pieces off the mantle. They just weren't working for me anymore. It's a pretty narrow mantle, isn't it? We want to make a new one someday but until then, a few interesting white pieces up here will have to do.
Rabbit candle holder: Anthropologie, a gift for Arden from my sis
Well, that's it for now. My new finished living room.