Living Room Inspiration

Since I posted yesterday about my soon-to-be house, I got all excited and wanted to keep going. Without further ado, here are my current thoughts on my future living room.

The very first time I saw my new house, I knew that the living room was going to be tricky. (Yes, even from the listing photos, I knew it was a layout challenge. So I took a tape measure with me on my tour!)

The living room is approximately 15’8’x11’8″, with the front door plus a double window and the ‘entry’ tile on one wall, the staircase and coat closet on another wall, a fireplace opposite from the staircase that juts out into the room, and a big opening to the dining area on the fourth wall. Here’s a bird’s-eye view:

living room overhead

Is that clearer? (I’ll have more photos once the house is actually mine. I ran around during the inspection trying to get shots from every angle.)

The obvious problems are the carpet and the tile. Unfortunately, the [ugly purple-brown] carpet is pretty new, so I can’t justify tearing it all out right away. The tile is ugly, too, but I’m thankful for it because it means that visitors won’t step straight onto my [ugly purple-brown] carpet with their wet or dirty shoes. Down the road, I’d love to rip out all the carpet and tile and lay down some hardwood. For now, though, the flooring will stay as-is.

I initially thought that the only possible furniture arrangement was two loveseats: one under the double window and one between the stairs and the closet. Something like this:


But then I realized that the room could hold a small-ish sofa if I floated it in the middle of the room, underneath the pass-through to the kitchen. There’s a 3’7″x8’5″ area where I might just be able to make something work. Like so:

LR_with_sofaSo that’s what I’m currently leaning toward. The cable jack is next to the fireplace, which doesn’t necessarily mean that’s where the TV has to go, but it’s kind of shaping up to work out that way.

With that general plan in mind, I’ve been online shopping for sofas. Here are my current contenders:

Or maybe something that feels more tailored, like this:

Of course, I want to wait until the house is mine and I’ve moved in before I actually pull the trigger on buying anything. I  need to get an actual feel for how much space is available in the spot I’ve mentally bookmarked for a sofa.

I’ve been really studying my Pinterest pins lately to try to see what I love and want to be surrounded by all the time, versus what I just casually like. And maybe it’s just because I’ve become obsessed with Emily Henderson in the past several months, but it turns out that everything I love is much different than I would have thought 6 months ago. I’m finding myself obsessed with white rooms with simple mid-century furniture, no clutter, and a Scandinavian feel. This from the girl whose favorite colors are 1) blue, and 2) rainbow. My childhood/adolescent bedroom was the most gorgeous royal blue — which I had custom-mixed to match my favorite t-shirt — and I’ve missed it (and wanted to recreate it in a more grown-up way) ever since my dad sold his house in 2011. So it’s going to be a challenge to navigate designing my first space. I’ve always thought I wanted color everywhere, but lately I’ve learned to appreciate the power of a white backdrop and even white furniture. Living with two kitties adds another layer of challenge.

Anyway, here’s the vibe I’m currently digging for my living room:

Notice all the white walls and white furniture?! I can’t wait to get started. My current goal is to create a blend of calm, white, and cool with just the right amount of color, warmth, and quirk. I want my house to be the happiest place on earth, made just for me, by me.

I’m beyond excited to finally have a place of my own, where I can go all-out with decorating and finding permanent homes for all the random things I’ve picked up over the years and stashed away for “my someday house.” I can’t believe I’ve finally bought it.


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