I'm really excited to share the progress we've made in our living room today. This room has been a puzzle for me. I'm STILL in the process of imagining what I want it to be… but it's also one of my favorite spaces for so many reasons.
It's the first room you see (beyond the entryway) when you walk into the house. It has turquoise color washed floors, beautiful vaulted ceilings and a giant window. Until this past week, it had zero furniture (except for the piano). I would stand in there often and just try to imagine all the different layouts we could do. But I knew that ultimately, the only way to REALLY imagine it was to get a few of the big pieces of furniture in there and build from there.
But first, a little time travel! Last May, our living room looked like this…
(See the full BEFORE post here.) I wish I could show you how it looked when we viewed it the first time (fully furnished) because the previous owners fit a LOT of furniture into the space. I'm glad we experienced it in that way because when we came in on closing day to an empty room, it felt much smaller.
It's weird how furniture can make a room feel bigger OR smaller.
We lived with it empty for about four months, and I'm glad we did because now we have a much better idea of how we'll use the space and what the flow of our daily lives is vs. having guests and entertaining… and we can design the room for both!
I have ZERO regrets about this choice. It makes the room so custom and special, and now we get to decorate with all neutrals, which I LOVE. I envision a lot of layered neutrals, whites and texture. I want it to feel super comfortable and cozy, but also bold and unique.
I feel like this house really is a fun way to explore different parts of my style. A lot of rooms are mid-century and Palm Springs inspired… lots of white, brass, marble, fluffy blankets, plants… I'd say that's like 75% of the house. But then in a few rooms I get to explore different sides. The dining room is so much more Hollywood Regency and BOLDER than the rest of the house… a style that I love in small doses, but if every room were that style, it would be way too much. In this living room I feel like I can explore my more rustic side, which is inspired by my grandmother Corina. She loves Wyoming, farm life, and the southwest. One of her most prized possessions is a ranch oak sofa set that was inspired by something she saw in one of the Kennedy's houses. She's definitely my muse for this room, and I am excited to incorporate some elements with that inspiration.
I knew I wanted light tan leather sofas. They are the perfect color to compliment the turquoise and really the only natural color of leather that I feel fits our vibe. We looked at lots of options and ended up choosing the Sven Charm Sofa from Bryght.
I first heard about Bryght because my friend Katie had just bought the same sofa (in black) for her home. I got to test it out at her house, and it was super comfy, so I was sold. I'm not totally against buying things online without seeing them in person (I've done a lot of that), but it's always a BONUS when you can try it out in person.
I love that they are comfy (I will totally be taking a random Sunday afternoon nap there) and look worn in and a little aged. I like that because I feel like they will age well over time because that's how they are supposed to look.
Something I noticed after stalking the Bryght Insta is that this sofa seemed to photograph as different colors in different lighting. And it's TOTALLY true. I've already noticed that it can look much darker or lighter depending on the angles. As someone who is DAILY taking photos at home, I kind of love that.
From this angle, I still feel like the room looks awkward. This is what you see from the entryway. I want to put a cute table behind that sofa. On the hunt for something super light wood and a great shape!
Oh—and you can see the big window from here. We had it replaced, and it's so pretty, fresh and OPEN now. Plus it doesn't leak anymore—woohoo!
I'm not sure why, but I've been avoiding gallery walls so far. And the one I have is all black and white. I think I just did SO many in our last home I kind of want to try other things this time?
What would you do above the sofa here?
Other things—we'll be shopping for a neutral rug, a coffee table and some other small pieces. Not in a huge rush, though. I also need to find a BIG, awesome pot for our cactus.
Whew! What a process! This is a FUN room to work on. I'm glad we have the chance to decorate it slowly.
By the way, I'm about to start sharing ROOM TOURS! I made a schedule for all of 2016, and I'll be sharing about one room a month. There are quite a few that are already very close to being ready. I'm glad I have my sharing schedule to keep me motivated throughout the year… thanks to YOU guys! Haha!
Have a great day! xx- Elsie
Credits//Author and Photography: Elsie Larson. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess Actions.