our living room

Our living room is by far our most used and loved area of our home. It’s spacious enough for us to really stretch out and for Watson to run around and play, but still feels cozy to me. I love how it’s open to our kitchen. It just makes my days at home with Watson so much more comfortable to be able to prepare meals while watching him and being able to peep over at the TV at the same time.

We weren’t in any hurry to put this room together, which is why I’m just now sharing it… three or four months after we moved in. I wanted us to live in this space for a while to get a good feel for what we wanted and needed. The first thing we did was get this awesome rug by Dash & Albert. It’s called the Bonnie Grey Rug and ours is 10′ x 14′. I get a lot of questions about it.

“Is it soft enough for a crawling baby?” YES! It’s soft, woven cotton.

“It’s so white! How do you manage spills with a toddler?” I know, I’m cleaning it every single day. But I’ve yet to have a stain not come out with the Resolve liquid spray (has to be the liquid, the foam isn’t worth a toot). And I mean, we’ve spilled coffee, orange cheetos, syrup—you name it. It’s so easy to keep clean and it vacuums well.

“Do you need a rug pad underneath?” Yes, for sure because it’s thin and doesn’t have any sort of rubber backing to keep it from slipping. We have the Rug Pad USA Superior Lock 7/16″ Pad, which is a game changer. It’s so cushiony and keeps the rug in one place. We use this company and style (thickness varies) for all of our rug pads and I’ve been really pleased because they’re high quality, affordable, and don’t leave marks on your floors. I’ve ruined the finish of floors before with those terrible sticky waffle rug pads… just don’t use those!

Next, the coffee table. We needed something large and substantial—and I wanted something textured enough so that I wouldn’t have to worry about scratches.

We found the perfect piece from Celadon. Watson drives his toy trucks around and around this table every single morning and does other torture to it, too, like hitting it with a plastic toy drumstick, but we’ve yet to get a scratch on it. Even if we did, it would blend right in to the distressed texture and wouldn’t make a difference. As someone who obsesses over any scratch or defect, this peace of mind is invaluable!

I also get questions about this basket a lot. It’s from a local home store called Aubergine. I always get my coffee table books from Amazon. The coral and silver tray are from Homegoods.

Our sofa and loveseat are from the Rooms to Go Cindy Crawford Beachside collection. The covers are washable, which I’ll never be able to not have now. We throw them in the washing machine all the time and they come out looking brand new!

You may recognize this black chest from the formal living room in our last house. It’s from Lyndon Leigh/Candelabra and I’m just as obsessed with it now as I was when we first got it! We planned on having built in shelves or window seats made for either side of the fireplace, but I really like the way this black chest looks next to the black slate fireplace, especially in contrast to the white shiplap.

The palmetto pillow in the basket is by Suite 33.

Our mantle is an old railroad tie, which our homebuilder provided. I don’t know the source, but I really like looking at it. The two blue and white jars are from Homegoods. I get asked about our palm branches a lot. These are real, from our yard. I do have a couple of preserved palms throughout our house that I found at an online craft store.

I’m trying to remember FAQs as I go… Both fiddle leaf figs we have in this room are real, purchased locally in Charleston at Hyam’s Garden Center. A few tips, since I’m asked for those a good bit, too… They love being in a well lit area (but not too direct) and not directly under an air vent. Brandon started watering ours twice per week rather than just once and they have done so much better with that change! He waters them until he starts to see water coming into the tray under the pots and then quickly stops.

This desk is from an antique store in Beaufort. The chairs are recliners (never would’ve thought, right?) and can be purchased online here, although we got ours at a store called GDC here in Charleston. The pillows are from Celadon and the throw blanket and lamp are from Homegoods. These frames are West Elm. The basket under the desk is from there too. This lamp is similar to the one on the desk.

We had some images from our travels framed with Framebridge. I love how each one takes us back to a special place. We took these, except for the bottom one in the picture below… that is by Roland Rose and we bought that photograph from a gallery while on Harbour Island.

This frame is also from West Elm.

This glass cabinet is from Celadon. I’m obsessed with it and feel like it just makes the whole room.

I picked up these pillows from Ballard Designs the other weekend. The big white pillows are from Homegoods. The black/white ticking stripe pillows are from this Etsy shop.

This pouf below is from Candelabra.

(You’re getting a peek of our kitchen. If you missed that post, it’s right here!)

I’ve tried to incorporate as many special things as I can into this house. The sweetgrass basket in the cabinet, which is part of the south’s deep culture, was a present that my Poppop gave my Memie back in the 50s, I want to say. He said he bought it from one of the basket stands for $9 so that she could keep all of her sewing supplies in it. It’s broken, but it means so much to me.

The ghost chair is from here and the table lamp you can see on the right is from here.

I tried to share as many details as I could throughout the text, but here are more links!

Wall Color

“Agreeable Gray” by Sherwin Williams

 

Furniture

Coffee table

Black chest by fireplace

Chairs

Sofa and Loveseat

Glass Cabinet

Ghost Chair

 

Linens

Rug

Palmetto Tree Pillow in basket

Blush/Linen Pillows

Off White Pillows on Sofa

Black/White Ticking Stripe Pillows

 

Decorative Accents

Coffee Table Books

Basket on Coffee Table

Blue and White Jars (similar) with real palms

Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees (real, but here’s a great artificial one)

Basket under desk

Frames (all but rectangular silver ones)

Frames (hanging on wall on either side of door)

White lamp on glass table

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32 Comments

  1. Stacie
    November 22, 2017 / 7:25 pm

    So pretty!! Your wall color, Agreeable Gray, did you lower the strength of the color at all (I’m sure there’s a more technical name for that process but I don’t know what it is!!). I’m thinking that would be the perfect color for the downstairs of my house.

    Thanks so much!!
    Stacie

  2. Blake
    November 27, 2017 / 11:11 pm

    So beautiful! Your home is such an inspiration! Where did you get your white couch covers? I have been on the hunt.

  3. Toniann Lopez
    December 1, 2017 / 9:43 am

    What a gorgeous home! You’ve styled it so beautifully! As far as the giveaway goes my very favorite Christmas song is Have Yourself A Merry Christmas. I don’t even care who sings it – it gives me goosebumps every time I hear it. ☺️🎁🎄🎅🏼❄️

  4. Mellody Valluzzo
    December 1, 2017 / 11:15 am

    Joy to the world!

  5. Bailey
    December 1, 2017 / 12:05 pm

    What a gorgeous home! My favorite Christmas song is “Baby, it’s cold outside”!

  6. Marley Pearce
    December 1, 2017 / 12:34 pm

    I’m always obsessing over your home decor. My favorite Christmas song is Santa Baby!

  7. Caitlin Eason
    December 1, 2017 / 1:50 pm

    Your home is gorgeous! Love how clean and welcoming! For your giveaway, my fav. Christmas song is “Oh Holy Night!” I find it so sweet and it’s really been special to me and my family for many years! ❤️🎄🎅🏼

    Xx,
    Caitlin

    @caitash

  8. Ashley
    December 1, 2017 / 3:16 pm

    Gorgeous decor as always and I would love to see how you are styling it for Christmas! “All I Want For Christmas Is You!” always gives me all the during the holidays.

  9. Katelyn Eddleman
    December 1, 2017 / 5:00 pm

    Your living room isn’t absolutely gorgeous! I love how everything is neutral, it allows you to do some much! Also love your kitchen with the gold lanterns😍! I showed this to my mom and she just ordered some for her kitchen! So thank you! Also my favorite Christmas song is “Rockin around the Christmas tree” by Amy grant!

  10. Erin
    December 1, 2017 / 7:34 pm

    Beautiful home! I always love what you come up with! For the giveaway my favorite song is O Holy Night.

  11. Jan
    December 1, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Grown up Christmas List

  12. Jessie Snead
    December 1, 2017 / 10:39 pm

    Christmas shoes!

  13. Bianca Roman
    December 2, 2017 / 8:21 am

    Those are the best looking non recliner, recliners I’ve ever seen!!! You hit the jackpot with those! I’m also loving the glass cabinet. 😍. I’m so happy to hear that the coffee table books being purchased on Amazon isn’t an insider (blogger) secret anymore haha.

    P.S. my favorite Christmas song is frosty the snowman ⛄️
    (@megatons)

  14. Mary Claire
    December 2, 2017 / 9:35 am

    Your home is beautiful! I have been obsessed with the sweetgrass baskets since visiting Charleston and watching people make them in the market. I love keeping up with your posts on Instagram and here (esp. sweet Watson pictures)!!!

    My favorite Christmas movie is The Holiday!❤️

    (@funky_mcmedina)

  15. Allison
    December 2, 2017 / 9:47 am

    You’re home is beautiful! My favorite Christmas movie to watch with family is Elf, so many laughs! Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  16. Valerie Kane
    December 2, 2017 / 9:48 am

    Hi!! My favorite Christmas movie is Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer!

  17. Kaitlin Gilbert
    December 2, 2017 / 9:52 am

    Your home is so refreshing! Favorite movie is Miracle on 34th St!

  18. Abigail Dekkinga
    December 2, 2017 / 9:53 am

    I love your home! It’s so pretty and your wood floors are exactly what I would want in a home. My favorite Christmas movie is Elf. I watch it with my family all the time! Will Ferrell is hilarious!

  19. Alysebrooke
    December 2, 2017 / 9:54 am

    Beautiful home!! My favorite movie is I’ll be Home for Christmas!

  20. Lisa
    December 2, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Love your IG!! Favorite Christmas movie: Christmas Vacation 🎄🎄😹

  21. December 2, 2017 / 10:40 am

    Love! Home Alone 🏠 🎄

  22. Halee
    December 2, 2017 / 10:41 am

    Your Home is beautiful! Definitely inspired by some of your picks! My favorite song is Holy night, love the acoustic version played at my church on Christmas Eve!

  23. Halee
    December 2, 2017 / 10:43 am

    And my favorite movie would have to be elf! I’ve seen it a million times and still laugh like it was the first time!

  24. Natalie
    December 2, 2017 / 10:45 am

    I’m IN LOVE with this! You have an absolutely stunning home! My favorite Christmas movie is Home Alone 🎄

  25. Marley Pearce
    December 2, 2017 / 11:04 am

    I could talk about how beautiful your home is but it would take me all day! My favorite Christmas movie is The Holiday!

  26. Mandy Hansil
    December 2, 2017 / 12:19 pm

    My favorite Christmas song it ” All I want for Christmas is you” by Mariah Carey!!

    Everything you post about is so beautiful!!

  27. Sarah
    December 2, 2017 / 2:25 pm

    Beautiful home 💕 White Christmas is the best movie such a classic

  28. Elissa
    December 2, 2017 / 2:32 pm

    Beautiful! 😍 SO glad I stumbled upon your blog! My fav Christmas song is “All I Want For Christmas Is You!” 🎄🎁❤️

  29. Anastasia Jones
    December 2, 2017 / 10:16 pm

    This makes me so excited to decorate my new house! So beautiful. My favorite holiday movie is Home Alone 🎄🏡

  30. Inna t
    December 2, 2017 / 10:17 pm

    Hi💛 you have such a lovely home! 😍 major style inspo! As far as the giveaway goes, my favorite Christmas movie is The Holiday. If you have not seen it, you must!! And I heard amazing things about beauty counter and would love to try it! Thank you for this chance 💛.

  31. Brittany
    December 3, 2017 / 12:17 am

    My Favorite Holiday movie is Elf!

  32. Ashley
    December 3, 2017 / 12:34 am

    Fav Christmas movie is White Christmas 🎄💃

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