Happy Saturday! For my first several posts I thought I would share different rooms in our little home. The rooms that are complete anyway! Our home is still a work in progress. Most of our projects end up taking a backseat to life–you all know what I mean! Kids. School. Homework. Extracurricular activities. Baseball tournaments. Lots of baseball tournaments! But we love those things, and we get back to renovating our home during the brief times when life settles down a bit. I don’t think a home is ever really complete though! There is always something to fix, change, or refresh. It’s better not to stress about getting everything in your home complete, but just simply enjoy the process and the changes ahead. That way, there is always something to look forward to.
Okay, on to the living room.
We have a small entryway, so this cute little bench is perfect for guests to sit and remove/put on shoes. It looks perfect under the framed art and ironstone plate. I like that these simple items fit the small space nicely, without adding clutter.
You can see we have board and batten and lots of thick white trim and door casings in here, and we have carried that look throughout our whole house. Like I said in my previous post, white millwork really is the ideal starting point for any farmhouse room. Unfortunately, most newer homes these days do not come with this kind of detail, and unless you can find yourself an old farmhouse, it will usually be a feature that you will have to end up adding yourself. You can find all types of trim and moulding at Home Depot or Lowe’s, and there are many books and tutorials out there on how to properly cut and install it. My husband Jaime has installed lots of trim in our home, and has become quite good at it. It can be a tedious process when you are first starting out. However, it will make a HUGE statement in your home. It is truly worth the effort, and will give your home that bright, airy farmhouse feel.
I anchored the room with this jute rug from World Market–the same one that’s in our bedroom. I just love the chunkiness and texture of this rug, and have a few smaller ones throughout our home. Natural fiber rugs like jute or sisal are a great choice for any farmhouse style room. The runner in our entryway is sisal.
I went with a slipcovered sofa in here–actually all my sofas and chairs are slipcovered, come to think of it! Slipcovered furniture just goes hand in hand with farmhouse style. It’s casual and comfy, and the best thing about it? You can take off the slipcovers and wash them when they become soiled. Very kid and pet friendly!
I purchased the glass jug lamps from Target. They are rather simple and modern looking, but they contrast great with the older decor, and bring freshness to the room.
This cute round coffee table was actually espresso colored when I purchased it, and had a very glossy sheen. I decided to paint it white since the floors and end tables were already dark. I roughed up the finish a bit with sandpaper first, and then gave it a couple coats of Annie Sloan Old White. Then, I distressed it with sandpaper to give it a sweet, worn look and sealed it with Annie Sloan wax. I have had this little table for a while now, and I still love the way it looks in my living room.
I found this set of wingback chairs several years ago on Craigslist–only $50 for the pair–and then had custom slipcovers made in a light robin’s egg floral fabric I found at JoAnns. I am still in love with this print–I just swap out the throw pillows now and again when I need a change. I currently love the tan ticking stripe and farm animal pillows that are sitting on them right now.
One of the wingback chairs sits next to some stacked baskets (I love my baskets!) beneath our mantel. I wish our mantel hung on a true fireplace, but it still makes a nice focal point on the large wall, and it gives us a place to hang our stockings at Christmastime. It is the perfect spot to showcase our family name sign that I made a few years back, and it’s fun to style with antique finds and photos.
My old farmhouse cabinet sits on our long wall and houses a good chunk of my white ironstone collection. I am in love with ironstone pottery–I’ll save that for another post! The cabinet is surrounded by our family photo collage, which fills up the large wall nicely. I love how the black frames really pop against all the white in the room. I am a big fan of photo collages and have a few more throughout our home.
Well, thanks so much for hanging out with me in my living room. I hope you found some inspiration here and will come back soon to meet me in the next room. As always, I would love to read your comments and questions. See you soon!