…about our upstairs living room {a tour}.

one of our biggest oversights that we didn’t notice until, well, now, is that in our initial home tour {see the bathrooms, the kitchen and eat-in area, L’s room, the master bedroom, the laundry room, the guest bedroom, the exterior and the lower level}, we never showed you our upstairs living room!

this room has gone through a TON of changes since we moved in last summer, but here’s the current state of the room (and my, does it make us happy!):


this is the view of the room as you walk up the stairs and turn to your left; the kitchen is completely open to this room, and is located behind the couch in this photo.

we recently mounted our 40″ television on the wall upstairs, and while we plan to conceal the cord inside the wall (much like this), we haven’t had a chance to get this done yet. the antique grey-washed desk (below the television in the corner) was a recent find at a local small-town collectibles shop. i have yet to style this desk – ideas, anyone?

the large bookshelf in the room is a workhorse, and it’s from IKEA – it’s one of the Expedit pieces, and it’s one of our favorite inexpensive but hard-working storage pieces in our home. i’ve recently restyled the bookcase – it’s still quite cramped and a bit busy, but it’s certainly better than it was; i’ll be giving more details on my inspiration for restyling this bookcase soon!

the grey furniture (complete with button detail, as you’ll see in the photo of the chair a few pictures down) is a find from a local furniture mart – i fell in love almost instantly with the vintage lines of the pieces. the rocking chair and the footstool have been transferred from L’s nursery to this space; both were given to me by my mother when L was born.


pictured above is the blue console table that i told you about in this post; we previously utilized this versatile piece as L’s changing table in his nursery, but we repainted it (in BM’s Blue Lake) before moving it into this room.


See the button detailing on the chair back? I love that. The rug below, which was also originally in L’s nursery, is an inexpensive rug from Urban Outfitters.



here’s a closer look at the rocking chair and photo vignette in the corner; the fridge is on the other side of the wall of the large black scroll frame. Also, how cute were Jord and i on our wedding day? {for more wedding pictures, see our wedding page!}

as i mentioned earlier, this bookcase has been such a hard-working storage piece for us, ever since we brought it home from IKEA three years ago. the four bottom “cubes” are all reserved for L’s books and toys – he used to require the bottom eight “cubes,” but we’ve done some purging and rearranging, so his toy collection is more manageable. surprisingly, he largely leaves “mama’s books” alone (the ones on the third tier of “cubes,” which are in his reach), but it’s only been a few weeks since we’ve changed the layout of the bookcase – we’ll see how it goes!

one final “corner” of the living room to show you, and it’s all L’s:



L’s grandparents gifted him this adorable Melissa & Doug wooden table and chair set for Christmas, and L’s had a complete blast sitting down and leaping up out of the chairs. he has already shared a meal with his cousin (who is older by just four months) at the table, and it was the ideal size for both boys. he enjoys having a space that’s just his size!

of course, i wouldn’t be me if i didn’t have a wealth of plans for this space, including repainting the walls from the (boring!) shade of taupe to something deeper and crisper (knowing me, it’ll be grey!) and adding a built-in window seat in front of the window, but this space feels more finished than any other room in the house (apart from L’s room, which is coming along nicely as well). i’d love to someday install hand-scraped hardwood floors and replace the graphic area rug with something larger and more natural (jute?), but the current flooring situation is ideal for our growing family; with little L on the loose (and hopefully more to come someday), it’s nice to have soft carpeting to shield their tender, crawling knees.

what’s the most “finished” room in your home? are you a person who feels like your home is never truly “done,” or have you thrown up your hands in victory already? i swear, i’ll still be tweaking things when i’m ninety years old…

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  • i am loving that framed wedding picture like that! So classy! And I love the rocking chair – funny enough, I am usually turned off by rocking chairs but maybe it’s the wood grain on most because your painted black one looks perfect there. (also jealous that you can leave stuff within L’s reach and it stays put…)

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