HI, friends! I’m back from my trip to Austin, TX last week and I will have a few things to share from there later on this week. It’s fun to travel, but nothing beats home and I was happy to get back to my sweetheart and our house.
I hope you enjoyed the home tour last week, it sure was fun to finally get the camera out to take some decent pictures. We get a lot of light in our home and it’s so nice to have this beautiful sunlight flooding in from both sides during all times of the day. In the morning, our living room and front of the house is bathed in light and in the afternoon, the back side of the house gets sunlight streaming in through our large windows.
I shared some of these photos with you in the home tour, but I took a lot of detailed photos of our living room and didn’t have room to share them all, so today, I’m sharing just the living room. It’s such a small space, but packs a lot of color and punch to our home. It’s the first room you see upon entering the front door and I love all the color and texture it provides.
I’ve mentioned this before, but the gray green wall cabinet was Mark’s and
We did end up flipping the sofa to this doorway instead of in front of the windows and it’s so much better after all. I got that garden stool at Homegoods and I really wanted to keep this room pretty spare and uncluttered, so that’s how it will stay.
Of course, fresh flowers help to make a home welcoming and inviting and it’s not spring without fresh flowers so I sprinkled them through the house.
My grandmother’s side table has been with me for many years and I love the vintage touch it adds. Not an expensive piece, but rather a family piece that I’ll hold dear. The gallery wall is a grouping of collected inexpensive thriftstore artwork and I love how it all works together on the navy wall.
The wall color in here is Ben Moore Spellbound.
Looking towards the dining room.
This coffee table is a Pier One piece from years ago and I like how the glass just diappears.
Perfect spot for a few pretty things.
It is so much better after moving the chairs in front of the windows. These chairs have a new life after I dyed them chocolate brown from the golden leather shade they were originally.
It’s a pretty and happy room, perfect for a first impression. I can see reading a book in here or sitting with friends and catching up on conversations.
I love how these tulips looked with the colorful pillows on the sofa.
The light fixture in here is from Lamps Plus, I partnered with them on many of our fixtures and we love them.
Here’s another fun little project Mark completed in the last couple of weeks. A company wrote to me about their LED undercabinet lights and so I asked if we could try them out. They sent me a 6 pack set of LED lights which were perfect for this project and Mark got them all installed and working great. He plugged them all into each other and then into an outlet behind the cabinet and he has a remote that turns them all on at the same time, which is really neat. I love the cabinet all lit up and now we can see what’s in there!
The lights came from Home Ever and you can find these LED undercabinet lights here (affiliate link). Mark liked the way they went together and he had enough length in the cords that they all plugged into each other and then into the power source in the back. He did have to drill small holes at the back of each cabinet top to install the wires.
We both have some dishware collections, so we both added some things in here for now. The very top cabinets have some blue and brown transferware that are mine. This colorful, but muted dish set is from Mark’s family and belonged to his Nanny whose son (Mark’s uncle) bought them in Korea years ago when he was in the Korean war. Someone just told me Moriage Dragonware is the name, but Mark said they were from occupied Japan. They have dragons on them so are very interesting pieces. Have you ever seen anything like these?
These black/deep mulberry transferware dishes made from 1834-1859 in England, Mark and I bought together in Nashville at an antiques store. We both loved the color of these and thought they were so pretty. They seem to be pretty rare and this was our first purchase together for our new home. They are Staffordshire Washington vase dishes and this collection was from a collection from an individual home. We only bought 3 of them.
Those pink glass dishes are Mark’s highly prized Val Saint Lambert from Belgium that he’s been collecting for years, they are from the Art Deco time period. He loves Art Deco and these dishes are so pretty. He has many pieces of them that he’s been collecting over the last few years. How many men do you know that like glass collections? He’s a rare one in that department and has his favorite things that he loves.
So, that’s a look at our living room as it is now. You may notice in the last picture of the lighted cabinet that the sofa is missing. Yes! It’s getting recovered now at a local upholstery place and I can wait to get it back. I’m using fabric from Crypton, a high performance fabric and it’s going to be a little bit lighter in color now. That sofa is about 14 years old and it was time for new fabric, so it’s going to look so fresh and new! Of course, I’ll share it all when it returns to our living room.
I hope you all have a wonderful week!