I never finished our old living room off the way I wanted to, but I did rather like the direction it was going in.
When we moved in, there was a rather dominant red wall, complete with huge mismatched patches where the landlord had tried to cover damage left over from the previous tenants.
The stripes helped balance that side of the room, too, because there was a lot going on everywhere else – we had one gorgeous brick wall, an industrial concrete ceiling, exposed duct work and floor to ceiling windows. (Oh how I miss it!)
I scored the rug on major discount at a Black Friday sale. I’m only about four years too late for the chevron trend but whatever, I dig it. The rug turned out not to be a fantastic buy in the end – more on that here.
The scale definitely took a bit of getting used to, but in the end we loved it. J said it was his favourite thing in the house, and it might have been mine too. It was amazingly practical (it had two huge storage drawers that we filled with blankets and board games) and it was virtually indestructible. It helped with the masculine/feminine balance in the room. I’m sad we had to sell it but it wouldn’t have fit in many English houses.
Styling in a house with toddlers just isn’t really practical, so I just kept a few bits on a tray that we could easily move whenever the kids were around.
I found the wicker tray at the Crate & Barrel outlet – I wanted something big and natural to counteract the coffee table. Much as I would like there to have been pretty decorating books adorning it, Walking Dead comics are more how we roll in this house. The vase and bowl were from Target, and the paper roses were from West Elm. I planned to cover some books in pretty paper but never got that far.
There is one major project in this room that you can’t even see. Which is the whole point. We started with a major tangle of wires everywhere, linking the desk to the media area. J did an awesome job hiding them by running them through covers like these, and I finished it off by running cord clips like these along the back of the desk to keep them out of view there too.
The desk concealed all of the computer-related stuff nicely and, although I never found a decent media cabinet (the limited dimensions of the space there made it tricky), this Ikea cabinet was a neat little stand-in for the rest of our gadgety things (that’s a technical term).