Elsie’s Entry Living Room Reveal

Hi everyone! I am so excited to share our entry and living room with you today. It’s the first room you see as you enter our home. This room was a huge selling feature to us on this home because of the 1960s windows and vaulted ceiling. We knew it had a ton of hidden potential right away!

As you can see, I had a little doggy helper and she was VERY into being in photos on the day we shot this. See how many times you can spot Dolly (and Suki too!).

Before we begin … how about a walk down memory lane?? Here’s the living room when we purchased the home.

When we first saw this home, the curtains on the front windows made it feel much darker. And since this room doesn’t get much direct sunlight because of the hill it’s built on, the curtains were not necessary. I also knew the ceiling needed some detail. It was great to have a big lofted ceiling, but I knew it needed to be planked to add warmth and charm. I wanted to make the ceiling and the windows really shine, since they are some of the best original features our home came with.

OK … back to the AFTER photos …

After removing the curtains, we painted the trim a fresh, bright white. We used Ultra White by Behr for the trim and Bit of Sugar by Behr for the walls. We replaced the front door (which was from the ’80s or ’90s, with dated stained glass and a barely functional storm door) with this modern front door. We painted it Green Balsam by Behr. It’s a perfect sage green with a bit of blue that almost plays as a neutral.

I also redid the marble floor grout by hand using Grout Renew in the color Snow White. This took the most time out of probably any project in the whole house. Since I was turning dark grout super light, it ended up taking about four coats, which translated to six nap times (or more than 10 hours.)  Eeeek. But it looks so good in the end, so oh well!

(P.S.—did you spot Dolly?)

We had the floors refinished (and also added wood to match in certain areas) and it’s so nice to have the entire home matching and cohesive. We used FGL flooring in Nashville (highly recommend).

Let’s talk furniture!

The fuzzy white chairs are from Article. I saw one at Laura’s house and fell in love (we have an ongoing curse of buying the same furniture, even though we try not to!). They are comfortable and beautiful. The pink sofa is from Jonathan Adler, and is my absolute dream sofa. The rug is a Hygge rug by Loloi that I purchased locally from Apple & Oak (if you message her she can order any Loloi rug for you in any size). The coffee table is from our old sunroom. The mirror is from Rejuvenation. It’s so huge and beautiful. I really love it. It opens up the room a lot.

The pillow is from here and the beige and white moroccan blanket is from Lucky Collective Shop.

The cactus print is from our new print shop—find it here. And these flowers are from our yard—how cute is that? We have a tree full of these tropical flowers right now.

Source list// Pink Sofa: Jonathan Adler, White Chairs/Article (c/o), Standing Mirror/Rejuvenation, Hygge Rug/Apple & Oak, Pom Pom Pillow/ Winnoby, Stripe Blanket/ Lucky Collective Shop, Yarn Wall Hanging/ DIY, Chandelier/Wayfair (similar here).

Thanks so much for reading! xx- Elsie

Credits//Author: Elsie Larson. Project Assistant: Collin DuPree. Photography: Amber Kelly. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • Oh wow, I love the transformation, especially the soft muted color palette. It looks and feels so relaxing.

  • It’s so beautiful! What paint color did you use on the walls? Sorry if that’s been asked somewhere, I looked through comments but didn’t see it!

  • This is just dreamy! My favorite part though was playing “Where’s Dolly (& Suki)?” hahahaha

  • Dolly!!! ???
    Amazing job on this room. It’s no wonder you were able to sell it so quickly. Your attention to detail on the ceiling and floors has me rethinking EVERYTHING about my house! ? Wow.

  • Hi, the upper part of the windows have something to filter the light. Is it right? What is it?

  • Elsie, your living room is a pure dream. How do you keep clean the rug & furniture with having dogs and kids? Please, don’t take my question as criticism, I really would love to know.
    Best Regards,

    • Hi!
      No worries I get it. I am REALLY good at spot cleaning. I choose fabrics I know I can spot clean. For rugs I choose natural fibers for living areas (they clean up nicer) and for sofas I prefer leather, velvet and textured fabrics. I mainly just avoid linen actually. :)) Most importantly- I don’t let a small stain or imperfection ruin a piece for me because it’s worth it!

      Hope that helps!

  • Love it! I have lofted ceilings, the wood plants look beautiful!
    I love the sweet little gold horseshoe above the door– but I haven’t found a good substitute on etsy. Do you remember where you got that?

  • I can’t get enough of the door. It fits the space and style sooo much better! I painted my grout a few months ago and it really makes such a difference. I love the photo of Dolly in the mirror! 🙂

  • Adorei como ficou o espaço estilo um design maravilhoso lindo! e aconchegante e acolhedor! realmente gostei muito a cor da porta. Acho que gostei de todas as transformações do seu quarto

  • So beautiful and serene Elsie! Every element is just perfect. That rug is SO AMAZING!!!

  • Stunning, I love how you renovated the space to meet your design style. I especially love the wood ceilings. FYI, your flowering tree is a Rose of Sharon. Here in NC, they self propagate all over our yard. I definitely love their pretty flowers, so do the bees and hummingbirds.

  • Hello Dolly and Suki! Hope we can see more of them and Emma’s pups on the blog. 🙂

  • I just love how soft and bright this room is, and the texture from the chairs and rug is so dreamy.

  • they do well outdoors anywhere warm where it doesnt frost! like zones 10+. they can be outdoor plants for the summer in other places though!

  • Do you have a tip for how to safely lean mirrors with children around? I love the look, but worry about kids (not to mention the fingerprints!)

    • We always mount our big mirrors to the wall for safety. This is 100% a must with small kids around. 🙂 Both the big mirrors we have came with mounding hardware.

      And yeah- I just ignore the finger prints. 🙂 That’s just life with little kids!

  • Looks lovely. Do snake plants do well outdoors? I assumed they were indoor plants

    • They do incredible outdoors, but they will need to come in for the winter in our region.

      But we have a bunch on our porch and they barely need watering compared to our other plants and are thriving!

  • Such a huge transformation!! You did amazing job with this whole house, I can’t help but just stare at all your rooms ???

      • Hi Joy- the coffee table is a cheap one I got from Amazon a few years back. It’s faux marble (you could probably search “faux marble”) It’s cute if you need something that’s not very expensive. We used it in our sunroom at our old house.


  • It’s beautiful! So cozy and welcoming! I really like the door color. Also, I don’t think I would have had the patience to paint that grout. 6 nap times!?! I guess it’s a nice chunk of time for listening to audiobooks and podcasts, though! I’m really enjoying seeing all your room transformations!

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