living room updates

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I was looking around the living room yesterday and realized I have never really talked about some of the changes I have made in here.  This post is picture heavy, but you’ll now be in the loop.  I’ll stick a source list at the bottom.

We finally pulled the trigger on the chairs late last year.  We decided on the Pottery Barn Carlisle upholstered chairs in Metal Gray twill.  I love these things.  Dirty 2-year-old boy hands don’t stand a chance.  They are extremely deep and so in all honesty they are slightly awkward for sitting upright in, but they are perfect for lounging back and curling up in.  They’re also wide enough that Izzy or Sam can snuggle up next to us in them (although both at the same time isn’t out of the norm).
As a reminder, here’s the lone chair we had been working with.  While I luuuurve me a wingback chair, this one was so old and the seat cushion was pretty much non-existant.  Mike and I always fought over who would get to sit on the couch.
You can also see the old black coffee table in that Christmas photo.  You couldn’t really tell how beat up it was in photos, but trust me, it was.  You can only glue legs back on so many times and after a while black permanent marker doesn’t hide gouges like it used to 😀  So once the new chairs came in it was glaringly obvious that a new coffee table was in order.  If you give a mouse a cookie…
We went with RH’s Dutch Industrial coffee table because A) I’ve always loved it, and B) it’s darn near indestructible.  I’ve always got to keep that in mind with Sam slamming toys into and onto everything.
Another update I never showed you the final product of is the TV gallery wall.
Here’s what the space looked liked before.

Some of my favorite piece are the black and white water colors (painted by my aunt) and the sketch of my great-grandmother done in New Orleans in the 50’s.  It freaks Mike out, he thinks he’s always being watched, lol!  But I absolutely adore it so it stays 😉

And just because I don’t think you’ve seen the room from this angle and how it flows into other areas of the house.

Also, I get a lot of questions about the natural fiber rug, so I’ll be answering the FAQ’s later this week.  It’s a love hate relationship.
SOURCES:  chairs // sofa // lumbar pillow // coffee table (similar look here) // metal accordion table // rug (no longer avail – similar here and here) // bamboo blinds // white drapes // DIY mudcloth pillows // DIY lacquer tray // 3 round mirrors (sold out – similar here) // DIY sunburst mirror // DIY leaning floor mirror // DIY striped candles // wall color (PPG Palomino Grey)


  1. Cassie @ Primitive & Proper Avatar

    love it all- it's soooo you! the touch of zebra in that chair is perfection!

  2. Carolyn@Sweet Chaos Home Avatar

    It looks so pretty! Love the new chairs! I had to laugh about your husband's reaction to the painting of your great grandmother. I have a painting of my grandmother in our guest room, and it creeps my siblings out when they stay overnight 🙂

  3. Freckles Chick Avatar

    Absolutely awesome space, my friend! The updates are perfecto. Major chair envy over here. And I especially love the addition of great grammy's portrait to that fantastic gallery wall. Does it help keep Izzy & Sam in line? Maybe even the Mr? 😉

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