Shacking Up With the Styleses {Living Room}

Heehee. Sorry (but not really) about the title of this post. Couldn't resist. :) I thought this week I'd start sharing some peeks at our new home now that things are a bit more settled. I've mentioned before that I am absolutely in love with this place. It has so much character to it since it was built in the 1890s, and we've been having a lot of fun decking out the little nooks and crannies that abound.

I think the biggest adjustment has been not feeling overwhelmed by all the space. Those who have lived (or still do) in California know that square footage is expensive, and most normal people live in tiny apartments or duplexes. So we went from a two-bed, one-bath, one-floor "condo" that was about 800 square feet to a three-bed, two-bath, two-floor 2,500-square-foot place that also has a basement, a garage and a backyard.

Needless to say, it's been a major blessing to have this extra space. We have a room for people to stay in when they visit from out of town; a formal dining room that seats eight, so we can have friends over for dinner; and we turned the third bedroom into a craft room/creative space for me, which is a dream come true.

Today, however, we're going to start in the living room — because it's the room that's farthest along. Please pardon my camera-hungry pooch. She can never resist a chance to be the center of attention. :)

View from the entrance hallway

View from the dining room

Wider-angle view from the dining room

Right side of the room from the dining room

Left side of the room from the TV

View to the left from the corner on the right of the windows

View from the other corner (where the plant is)

The New

> The couch is the first new piece of furniture the hubs and I have ever bought. We definitely lean more toward a mid-century style, and we loved how clean the lines of it were. It was on sale at Macy's and it's a beautiful pear color.

> The 5x8 white shag rug came from Home Depot. It's a great length (as far as pile) and it's not bright white, which helps dirt stand out a little less.

The Thrifted

> The coffee table and matching end tables came from a St. Vincent thrift store, and they were a great score because we had coupons for 50% off. They were manufactured by Lane, and they go perfect with our mid-century style (I love how long and narrow the table is).

> The end table next to one of the yellow chairs is from Craigslist. We went to pick up a record cabinet and she also had this. It has sliding doors and I luuuv it.

> The chairs are originally from Crate & Barrel, but I poached them off Craigslist in L.A. for a ridiculous (as in ridiculously good) price. The couple had only had them for a year and were redecorating, so their style change was my gain. They're well-made and super comfortable, so I don't think they're leaving us for a while.

> The mustard ottoman came from another St. Vincent thrift store, where I also used a coupon (I think it ended up being $7). It's on wheels, so it's a great go-between for those two chairs.

> The white lamps came from an estate sale and were a great score because it was a Sunday and everything was half off.

> The corn plant next to the exposed brick was one a rescued from in front of a dumpster in Santa Monica. The previous owners had apparently given up on it, so I dragged it home and nursed it back to health. It's kind of like my child, and get a lot of jealous glares from the hubs. :)

The Gifted

> The clock was a wedding present from my brother and sis-in-law. It's originally from Crate & Barrel, and it is sooo perfect there because it covers this weird cement obtrusion that exists from when one of the previous owners closed up the fireplace (that's what the exposed brick is).

> The antique steamer trunk was given to my parents from one of the sisters in my great-aunt's convent. They had it in their basement and were nice enough to let me poach it. Not sure if that's where it's going to stay, but it works great as a TV stand for right now.

So clearly the room is far from finished. Right now I'm trying to figure out what the heck to do with all that blank wall space in the last photo. Possibly a collage of photos/art prints in frames. I also have this beautiful (and large) piece of fabric I bought when we went to Kenya (and a canvas that's the perfect size for me to staple it to). But I just don't know until I play around with it.

What do you think? Maybe shelves would be more helpful to display some knick knacks? I would seriously love your thoughts and ideas!

Until tomorrow! 

{Images by me}


  1. Your end tables and coffee table are all a part of Lane's "Acclaim" Series. Searching Lane Acclaim can give you a lot of great information on them. (I run the Lane Acclaim Flicker Group)

  2. Awesome! Thanks for letting me know. I shall search it as we speak!

  3. The new place is looking amazing!! Love the exposed brick walls. And...I think that Sadie has real promise as a dog model. I'm just sayin'. ;)

  4. Thanks Camille! Yeah, that exposed brick made my heart rate go up when we first saw this place...love it. I'd like to say I'll pass your compliments onto Miss Sadie, but I don't know if her ego can handle it. :)

  5. Hey!!!
    I love your living room and am looking forward to reading your whole blog..
    You have clicked great pictures so that I can sit here and imagine being in your home..
    looking forward to more and more...


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