MY NEW LIVING ROOM!
here’s what my living room looked like the day i moved all the stuff in. nothing looked right. isn’t it wild how you get a new space and it feels like so much of the old furniture just doesn’t work anymore? (maybe i was buying the wrong things?) our loft was so industrial. tall ceilings, dark colors…i knew we had a big job ahead of us and i didn’t even know where to start.
i wanted to do a post about my last 5 living rooms in los angeles (to show the hilarious progression and style shifts) but the past photos are so terrible i don’t know if i can bring myself to do it (who knows, maybe i can be swayed.)
so this is the place where i hang out on the couch for hours now.
my friend emily and i struck up a trade…she helps me design my living & dining room (because i know what i like, it’s just hard for me to decide where everything goes. and i felt overwhelmed with the task. and she’s also the vintage furniture queen. i knew she could make my place much better than if i did it myself!) she needed a new blog design so i helped her out with that on my end. we created pinboards for each other’s projects and went to town. i finally had to accept that investing in furniture is…hard. but worth it. we found affordable vintage pieces but also splurged on items we loved.
when i first walked into this place before we rented it i was sold immediately on all of the light streaming in the windows. it was something i really missed when i was living in my loft (there was only one big window there.) and the PLANTS! that is definitely my favorite part of the space. they add so much life and calmness to the room.
you may remember that couch from my loft tour last year. it used to be brown tweed and it was ready for a makeover. emily convinced us (which wasn’t difficult) to turn it into a bright color. i chose this teal color and we love it. it makes the space feel more open and airy. when we moved here we had a ton of really dark furniture and a lot of it felt very industrial. it just wasn’t working in our new house. see, this photo was taken shortly after we moved in. yikes.
she also decided to reupholster a few vintage chairs and ottomans (the pink stool and that black and white tribal print chair above) it turns out covering your chairs in new fabric is what all the cool kids are doing, glad i finally got the memo. it was affordable and made the room special.
something i can say makes me very happy is that this space feels finished. in the past it always seemed like i would get 75% there and just stop. and then move. i joke that it feels like a grown up house, there is a place for everything. no gaps.
and check OUT this credenza. my boyfriend insists on keeping this ginormous television in our living room…which is offensive to my eyeballs, but i will admit, it’s nice on movie nights. we needed a credenza that fit the tv and the space (it’s a very long room) and we kept coming up on dead ends or credenzas that cost more than an automobile. those things get expensive quick. so emily decided to have this one custom built for us. it’s white lacquer and wood and i’m in love with it. somehow the tv doesn’t bother me so much anymore and the extra room on the sides allows room for decorative items. AND i can close the drawers to hide all the ugly cable boxes and cords. he’s stoked about the new jbl speakers and i’m stoked that they look good.
arian says his favorite thing in the room is our new jonathan adler floor lamp in the corner from lamps plus. it’s funny the things boys choose, huh? it’s definitely one of my favorite lamps i’ve owned too, so i can’t really blame him.
so let’s talk about that planter, eh? emily found that at the LA flower mart and painted it white. it’s pretty perfect and adds so much personality to the room.
i am really into the subtle graphic pattern on our new moroccan style rug from rugs usa. it doesn’t shed like crazy and makes the area very cozy.
one thing i was a little scolded about was the amount of gold. ok ok, so i love the stuff. and so does emily. we had to pull it back to a happy medium for my dude. i would be like “babe, but look at this bowl!” and he’s all “i thought we talked about this.”
the prints above the chair are from my bestie jen gotch. they make that corner really come together.
a few months ago i was in danish modern LA admiring this table and my mom convinced me it would be a table i could keep for 10 years and i needed to just invest in it. i cringed at the price, but took the plunge. luckily months later i still adore it. i wanted the rugs underneath to be unique and colorful (turns out i am very picky about rugs and art) we stopped in the store lake in silver lake and bought two of these striped rugs and layered them. love at first sight.
the massive beach print is by my pal max wanger. (unreal, right!?) i have always wanted a giant piece of art in my home. we sit here for breakfast and it seriosuly feels like we are on vacation in tulum. it’s the first thing i see when i walk in the house…it makes it hard to be stressed out when you look at it. we used dana at hotel deville for the frame and she did such a quality job (seriously, nice job dana. it’s exactly what we wanted!)
the bar cart is from crate and barrel. it’s brass plated with glass shelves. and it makes you want to throw a party.
and lastly, the entryway. i wanted a very simple, thin white console and blu dot had just that. (we also bought the white coffee table to sit the plants on.) like i said, i really wanted to keep the room very airy so it was important to me to have some of the furniture just stylishly disappear. those blue lamps from mod pieces on the other hand stand out quite a bit and i like it.
we are really pleased with the outcome…hope you all enjoyed a little look inside our place! emily, high five. thanks for making it look exactly how we envisioned (but couldn’t execute ourselves)
a lot of what you see in the room is vintage but here are some shopping credits…
birdcage on the dining room, gold cage light, dipped candle holder, yellow candle holders from A + R | gold martini side table c/o west elm | black/white throw from ikea | bar cart c/o crate & barrel | beach print by max wanger | chandelier by brendan ravenhill | teal lamps c/o mod pieces | shag rug c/o rugs usa | dining table from danish modern LA | tv speakers c/o JBL | white frame in dining room by hotel deville | jonathan adler floor lamp c/o lamps plus | toro chair & ottoman, white coffee table & console table from blu dot | dining room rugs from lake | vintage coffee table from the vintedge co. | living room polaroid prints from oh snap jen gotch | abstract art in bookshelf by michelle armas