Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Roomspiration Blog Hop

Today you should head on over to A View Along The Way.  Kelly is hosting a link-up of living rooms as part of the Roomspiration Blog Hop and Link Party.  Kelly is hilarious and who couldn’t use a little more room inspiration?….but first take a quick glance at our living room. 

Our living room is one of my favorite rooms in our house and yet it gets very little blog love.  I think that’s because I haven’t changed anything in this room since I started blogging.  This post may be a slight repeat for those of you who were early readers.  Ok, just my mom. Nevermind.

Room info

  • Wall color: Macademia  by Sherwin Williams
  • Furniture: Ethan Allen Retreat sofa, love seat, and chair
  • Shelves: JCPenney Leaning Shelf
  • Coffee table and end table: American Furniture
  • Rug: Pottery Barn rug bought at Tuesday Morning for over half off (BONUS!)
  • Accessories on shelves: thrift stores, Gordman's, gifts, TJMaxx, Marshall's
  • Dog: breeder from northern Iowa

We have someday plan to install built-ins.  I think we will leave this to the professionals (say what?) but you just never know.  I want cabinets on the bottom and shelves on the top.  Something fancy.  We also want to make the mantle more substantial.  I also wish I knew how to decorate a mantle with a tv above it.  It baffles me.

Is this room perfectly designed? No.  The furniture is matchy-matchy and the rug is probably a little too small but the furniture is super comfy and I love the rug. Comfort and love are more important than design “rules”.  Don’t you think?

Be sure to head on over to View Along the Way.  Let me know if you linked up so I check out your living room so this isn’t a creepy one way street. Actually don’t worry about being creepy.  I’m totally that person that looks into houses at night but I do it for non-creepy reasons.  I’m checking out paint colors and furniture…not naked people.  Although I did see naked people once.  I did stop for peeping after that viewing but I’m back at it again now.  True story.  Welcome new readers. Good-bye new readers.

**I’m also horribly behind on blogging.  I try super hard to comment back if someone comments here but I’m about two weeks behind on that…and I have about 5309 unread things in my Google Reader.  I will catch up. Pesky day job.**


  1. I love it every time I see your living room!
    Heading to the party!

  2. I like your living room, the couches are my favorite part! Don't be hatin' on them ha. I think built ins would look awesome there too.

  3. Your living room is so open and airy. I love how the black contrasts with the walls & furniture.

    Ike is like where's Waldo in this pic! Hahahah! I didn't see him until I read his hometown stats ;)

  4. I love how soothing your living room is, and how you styled those bookshelves. Beautiful!

    Thanks for the link love, friend! :)

  5. Your living room is gorgeous. All those windows make it feel like you're sitting outside and it's so private and cozy. Awesome!

  6. What a gorgeous space - it is so peaceful

  7. hahaha least the naked person wasn't a clown? Or maybe it was? I don't think I wanna know, either way. ;)

    Comfort is absolutely more important than design rules. I will never, ever disagree with you on that. :)

  8. Send me your ladder shelves when you have those built ins done!! Lol

  9. I want your sofa, love seat, and chair, but I'll need them in a darker color. The joys of having a black, shedding dog.

  10. Haha, if I go for a walk at night, I glance into windows, too! :) Totally furniture reasons. Love the sofa! Fabulous and comfy. I hadn't seen this room before, so thanks for sharing!! I linked up, too.

  11. I love your room! We have a lot of the same decor challenges as you do! Our TV is mounted so my mantel is pretty weak now, but I like your so far! There is only so much we can do althoug this becomes a real bummer at Christmas! I miss blog party link ups! I hope to start blogging here again soon. Have a great weekend!

  12. Beautiful room! Love the name of your blog too. We would love to do some built ins at some point and I just moved the tv from over the fireplace to another wall but it still doesn't seem right. I love how bright and open your room feels.

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  14. I love it, girl! Rooms that are actually comfy and *livable* are my favesies (c: That cable knit lumbar is fantastic...I've been going back and forth on one for a while and you might have just convinced me (c:

  15. looks so warm and inviting! I'd cozy up for a movie for sure! Have you considered tiling up the whole fireplace and then mounting the TV over the tile? A beautiful iridescent or glass tile would be awesome!

  16. I am new to this site! Was actually looking at the leaning shelf at JCPennys for our living room, and came across your blog that way! I was wondering which one you exactly ordered? I need the same size, so was wondering if you could post the dimensions and the name of the one you got! Lovely living room! :)

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