Living Room Update

It’s finally complete! I started talking about making some changes to this space at the start of the new year, and it’s June and officially finished! Slow and steady wins the race. I took my time really honing in on which lighting I was drawn to and the direction I wanted small details to go. It’s a bit “cottage core” meets “dark academia,” and I’m here for it! As a reminder, here’s where we started:



More organic, more earthy. Let’s talk about how subtle changes can make a huge difference! The walls stayed the same! (Benjamin Moore’s Jet Black in Eggshell- the Aura line). Although I did give the sofa wall a fresh coat of paint after the lights were installed. And I kept the glass cabinets as is- I love them! But, I did change up other things in the furniture department! I knew I wanted this room to feel super earthy, and even though the original orange chairs are fabulous and warm in color, they were a little more bold/saturated than I wanted in this space. So to start, I picked out two of the Abbot chairs from Arhaus. The chocolate brown velvet is so beautiful, and I love that it’s accentuated by subtle, gentle curves and a sleek, low profile.

I knew since the chair is traditional in shape and style, that I wanted to pair it with a contemporary side table. I totally fell in love with the Palma table from Arhaus. It’s artisan crafted in Italy and made from marble with a matte lacquer finish. It’s incredible!

Next up, since I brought in the brown chairs, I started questioning the tan couch. The perfect solution was swapping the sofa with the gorgeous olive tufted one in our office, from Lulu & Georgia. It may be temporary, because I really love this sofa in our office, but I’m loving it in the living room for now!

Gorgeous new pillow from Kings Road Home Decor!

Next up… rug change! Also from Lulu & Georgia, this Chiltern rug has a copper color I couldn’t resist. I still wanted orange in this space, but a toned down beautiful earthy copper like this was more like it! Bonus points for being extremely soft underfoot.

Let’s look up! Friends, the beams! Talk about a wow factor!! It’s amazing to me what adding these beams from Ornamental Decorative Millwork (part of Novo Building Products) did for the space. It feels like a chic lodge. These are the 5″ beams, and I stained them using this stain.

Speaking of the ceiling, how about this new Twig Chandelier from Shades of Light? I got the large- 36″ tall by 36″ wide. We have 9 ft ceilings- I always want to risk it with the biggest size light! It’s so amazing!

And we had wall sconces hardwired! This is called the Classic Vented Hood Sconce, also from Shades of Light. The finish is gorgeous and I love the lantern look.

After 13 years in this house, I finally addressed the windows! I chose this GORGEOUS plaid William Morris fabric from Decorator’s Best, and it was custom made into beautiful pleated drapes by Martha & Ash.

Last but not leasts, I have to share some beautiful accessories I have from Lulu & Georgia to finish the space!

Have you ever seen a more beautiful coffee table book?? If you know me well, you know I have a deep love for book stores and libraries, and this huge hardcover beauty is filled with libraries from around the world. So dreamy!

This set of 3 Lopez candleholders are so luxe and sculptural! I paired it with these twisted candlesticks.

Lastly, I couldn’t resist the Canaletto diptych, as it reminded me of some of the gorgeous architecture we saw during our trip to Italy last fall.

There you have it, friends! The only thing I’m still considering for this space, is painting the ceiling the same color as the walls, otherwise, I’m checking this off the list! It’s cozy and inviting, and I’m so happy with it!

Shop the room…

Thank you to the following sponsors for gifting such beautiful pieces:

Arhaus (Chairs and both end tables)

Lulu & Georgia (Sofa, rug, accessories)

Shades of Light (Chandelier and sconces)

Decorator’s Best (plaid wool fabric for drapes)

Martha & Ash (Mother/daughter team who made the drapes for us!)

Kings Road Home Decor (tree pillow)

Benjamin Moore (Jet Black paint in eggshell)



This Article Has 4 Comments
  1. Wow, your living room update is simply stunning! The choice of colors and the new furniture give the space such a fresh and modern feel. It’s clear that a lot of thought and creativity went into this transformation. Can’t wait to see more of your design journey – truly inspiring!

  2. Zuzana says:

    Hi. I was wondering where did you get the ceiling beams?

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