Living Room Planning + Inspiration

It’s almost move in day, and we are so excited to share a little sneak peek of the room we plan to spend the most time in, our living space!! This room totally sold me on the house from day one, the tall ceilings, skylights & the big open windows looking over the deck & horse pastures in our back yard. I thought I would share a little bit about our planning process, and a bit about what we want to see in this room once it is finished!

In this living room, since the layout is quite different from our old one, we knew that our side chaise sectional wouldn’t look quite right in here. We decided to move that one upstairs to our media room, and since we wanted to use our gorgeous charcoal Jonathan Louis chair in this room, we wanted to find a matching sofa for it. We ordered a few swatches, thinking maybe a complimentary light grey or cream would be a good fit, but just couldn’t get over this cozy charcoal linen, so we opted for that again in the coordinating Clarice sofa. It is beyond my wildest dreams, and I can’t even handle how well it works in this room. I was a little worried that it would be too dark, but I absolutely love it & feel like the durability of this color is going to be such a great fit! Thinking a few of these pillows & a soft jute rug would accessorize it perfectly. Or better yet, maybe I can get Brandon to agree to something pink! πŸ˜‰

I also love that the wiring for cable is on the opposite wall, and not above the fireplace, which makes me so excited to decorate (especially for the holidays!!!) with mirrors and greenery and such, instead of a television that is most likely displaying a brightly colored image of doc mcstuffins. My media cabinet I thrifted a few weeks ago, and my parents found me this 36 inch vintage bread bowl on the mantle while they were scouring flea markets across the midwest last week. Still torn on what to do with the brick, part of me wants to add some thick white grout, or maybe paint the brick white or black, but until we move everything in, I think it will stay as is. I do love it! Curtains will go up this weekend after we move in (officially!!) and I am excited to do a large gallery wall behind the tv to help it blend in a bit.

So, just for fun, sharing a few of my favorite living room/family room inspiration photos, I am on a mad hunt for this chandelier at an affordable price, if you have a suggestion, pleeeease let me know. I am in love!

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I feel like the style of this house is so much more ME than the one we currently live in, although I am having major goodbye issues and really feel like I will love our current house for EVER. I’m so excited for our new journey, even though we really feel like we are in way over our heads right now. And I don’t think I say this enough, but thank you all for your constant streams of support & encouragement, you’ll never know how much it means to me & my family, but it is so appreciated & we just love you all to pieces.
XO
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  1. You should consider "whitewashing" the brick! We did that and love it! It leaves the characteristics of the brick (subtle color and texture changes) but you get the brightening effect without permanently painting the brick! if you don't like it, you can always paint over it, but you can't take painting it back!

  2. Love your living room! So pretty! Lamps Plus has a similar chandelier that I was looking at for our dining room and they work with bloggers! http://www.lampsplus.com/products/robert-abbey-bling-collection-large-deep-bronze-chandelier__v4910.html I have a contact if you'd like to get in touch with them to partner πŸ™‚ Feel free to email me kaitlynbird@optimum.net or DM on Instagram @thebirdsnestblog. She's super nice and opening to partnerships for the fall.

  3. Not sure if this helps you or not, but there's a similar 32" chandelier on Overstock, with free shipping. If you go to retailmenot first, look up overstock and click on the "11% off sitewide for new customers" deal (or the 10% if you're not a new customer), it will bring you to the Overstock page with the coupon already activated. From there, just search "Celeste chandelier" and there are 3 different color/mounting options — there's very limited stock left though. With the discount code, it's the best price I could find for you. I don't know if you'd consider $650-$750 an affordable price, but it's definitely better than $2,000 for the real deal! πŸ˜‰ Good luck!

  4. Cannot wait to see the finished room!! Love your style and getting inspiration from how you dress your little girls! We are expecting baby girl #2 in 9 weeks! Have you checked out Shades of Light for light fixtures? We built our house a year and a half ago and I got a lot of Pottery Barn/Restoration Hardware looking fixtures from
    there at a much more reasonable price! Good luck ☺️

  5. Your house style is so similar to what I want in a dream house so it's been so fun to watch both of your houses shift and change on the blog! It'll definitely be a source of inspiration when my husband and I buy our first house (hopefully by this time next year!!)

    xo Marie
    Chocolate & Wine

  6. I'm so thrilled that you're blogging about your new home and transition. We are in the process of selling and hope to be in our new house by the end of the year. I'm looking for ALL the inspiration!

  7. I can't wait to see your finished spaces in this new house! I felt the same way about our first house too- it was a little less my style than our current one, but we brought both our babies home to it and truly made it our own. Even though we outgrew it, I still have pangs of missing it from time to time!

  8. These ideas are all so fun! Especially that last one with the bookshelves. I totally understand the moving conflict, we have 1 under 1 & want to change locations before kindergarten but every time I think about leaving his sweet first room I fill with emotion.

  9. Congrats on your new house, so exciting!! I really love the idea of painting the brick white, inspiration pic #2 looks like it would work well in your new home. Can't wait to see what it looks like when it's completed!

  10. Jessica – my dad owns a lighting store (we are in NJ) – spivaklighting.com

    I'm sure we could find something for you! Feel free to message me with your budget and I can see if I can find something. I have a few ideas!

  11. Love the look so far and can't wait to see it finished! My advice (for what it's worth) is to stay away from a jute rug. It creates so much dust/dirt that settles through the rug. We had one and were constantly moving all of our furniture and the rug to sweep and vacuum under it.

  12. We are so on the same page, my first thought when I saw your Instagram post of this picture was, "oh my gosh decorating that mantle for the holidays would be my dream." lol! πŸ™‚ Happy personalizing!

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