A comfortable, light and fun living room
Time for a good old fashion room tour. Today I'm showing you around my upstairs living room. This is one of the primary rooms we use to do all of our living. I cleaned it up and wanted to share it with all of you. It's one of my favourite rooms in the house and it's always changing. I'm a tinkerer. I'm always moving things around, getting new stuff and trying to make the room feel like us. Cus that's the most important thing. The room has to be comfortable for me and my brood. That's one of my mood words for this room actually: comfortable, light and fun. That's my style in a nut shell. Here's the latest iteration of our living room.
This whole post reads like a love letter to my living room. How do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Why do I love this space: giant windows (that are almost floor to ceiling), cathedral ceilings, exposed beams and original gymnasium style hardwood floors. This room has amazing bones from when the house was originally built in the early 1970s. My husband always jokes that we bought the whole house just to get this one room. He's pretty much right.
The first things we bought for this room were the two Natuzzi pieces of furniture. We got the Aquila sofa in yellow and the Florence chair in white. I love this furniture. It still looks good three years later. The couch especially, it looks brand new. We got them both at Sears (sadly Sears is no more so I can't link directly to each piece). The last big piece we added was the grey recliner. I got it as a Father's Day gift for my hubby last year. You'll notice that all the pieces are different colours. For some reason, I can't stand matching living room furniture. I've never bought a set of furniture and I doubt I ever will. The uniformity has always looked boring and generic to me. But that's just me and I know that's an unpopular opinion. So we buy our pieces separately.
The coffee table came a bit later and my hubby actually picked it out from Amazon. He'd been in love with it for awhile and when we moved into this house he jumped at the chance to get it. It has tons of storage and hides all the toys nicely while still leaving room to display my many magazines. The end tables I got secondhand. They're from IKEA and I love them. They're so easy to keep clean and they're deep enough to hold a fair amount of stuff. The drawers provide good toy storage for my 4 year old.
The lighting in the living room and kitchen is all black. The living room, kitchen and dining room are all open concept so I wanted to keep it consistent when it comes to lighting. The sputnik style chandelier came from Kent, which is a hidden treasure when it comes to lighting. Who would have thought a hardware store would have the best lighting?! The floor lamp is from Bed, Bath and Beyond. Once the sun goes down I can't stand overhead lighting. It feels too bright so I need floor lamps and table lamps. This one is bright and gives a nice soft light in the evenings.
Can you tell I like textiles? There's one on almost every surface in the living room. I just love the pattern and texture that textiles bring to a space. They're tactile and add warmth. On the grey recliner is a blanket I picked up in Mexico. The purple wool throw on the yellow couch is actually a vintage Pendleton Beaver State blanket that I found thrifting one day for $13! Honestly, the things that people throw away! On the white chair is a faux sheepskin from IKEA. The faux cowhide rug is from HomeSense. I go back and forth about this rug. When it's clean I love it but when it's full of crumbs I want to burn it. The fibres hold every spec of food and dirt. So I vacuum it a lot and because it's faux it's actually machine washable which is a big bonus. The wall tapestry is from Society 6 and I love how big it is. Because the walls are so tall it's a real challenge to fill them with art. I wanted a big piece that would show off the height of the walls and ceilings and went with this palm print. It's light and airy and looks so good in full sunlight. And finally, because I live in the great white north known as Canada I have to have a faux fur throw tucked into a basket. It's from Chapters and I feel like a Stark when I wear it.
I'm really happy with how the gallery wall over the yellow couch turned out. Collections of artwork can go wrong in a big way. They can wind up looking generic and kitschy. Or worst of all cluttered. I hate a chaotic cluttered gallery wall. So I wanted to keep this one simple and have all the pieces on two rows on straight lines. Meaning I wanted all the bottoms of the frames to sit on the same visual line. I hoped this would make the pieces easier to look at. The top row includes a sonogram of our first born printed in florescent red, a mini Guinness poster we got on our honeymoon in Dublin and two framed mini tapestries from Colombia. The circular piece on the bottom left is a Laura Blythman print. It's fun, bright and colourful so it speaks to me on a deep decor level. The middle bottom piece is a print from Mary Pratt, an iconic Canadian painter that I adore. And the last piece on the bottom row is the obligatory Tragically Hip tour poster (there's one in every Canadian living room).