This is easily one of my favorite rooms in the house – there’s just something about that lovely built-in. I love books and having them so lovely appointed is enough to make me squeal. The orange backdrop was my husband’s idea and I was skeptically onboard. He was right!
When we moved into this house, this area was being used as a dining room, but with my open concept mind and ideas for the kitchen renovation, I knew this was going to be or living room. We lived with that hanging chandelier for about 3 days before my husband ripped it down in a tall-man fit. He’s 6’7″.
Small space living means stacked laundry units in a closet, but I don’t mind. I keep detergent and other supplies in the hall utility closet adjacent the units. The couch serves as a great place to fold and organize and the girls love to “help” me, so it’s a family affair. Plus, I don’t have an extra room for clutter and laundry overflow.
I purchased the sofa for a previous house – the Crosby Sectional from West Elm – and as much as I love it, it just doesn’t work in this space. Since we’re still saving for our kitchen renovation, we haven’t officially begun the new couch search, although we do have our eyes on the Hamilton Leather Sofa from West Elm.
Nooks are important and I love to hang surprises from the ceiling. That ladder was originally hanging over the dining room table in our old house. I repurposed it as a blanket ladder here and I love it even more. The branches were found on a lake in Maine, where my family has a camp on a lake. The paper mobile is from Denmark and is an old family heirloom.
I have a bad habit of hanging pictures and art before fully committing to the layout, because I hate living in spaces without stuff on the walls. For our paper anniversary, my husband bought me the Charleston and New York art prints from Roam Press, so I’m “living with” the Charleston print by having it hang with painter’s tape (it’s killing me).
We have a fun project coming for the wall adjacent the couch, which is why it still has the original paint color. The TV stand will be moving out, as we plan to mount the TV. You can see our Nest peeking out at the top. Best purchase we ever made.
That little wall that juts out on the right is part of the kitchen, but he will be gone once we renovate in there. My dream is that one day when I stand here (the back of the house) I will be able to see everything in front of me.
Sofa – Crosby Sectional from West Elm | Capiz Pendant – World Market | Built-in – DIY | Penguin Clothbound Classics – Penguin Classic at Amazon | Laundry Closet Curtain – DIY | Coffee Table – Upcycled | Liquid Intelligence Coffee Table Book – Amazon | Death & Co Coffee Table Book – Amazon | Blanket Ladder – DIY | Woven Market Basket – Charleston Farmer’s Market | Pendleton Blanket – Pendleton | Quilt – Handmade from a friend | Paper Mobile – Antique | LED Tree – Pottery Barn | Love Pillow – HomeGoods | Striped Pillow – H&M Home (similar) | Cross Pillow – H&M Home | Compass Pillow – H&M Home | Charleston Print – Roam by 42 Pressed | Small Children’s Rocker – Antique | Vanity/TV Console – Antique | Snake Plant Basket – HomeGoods | Rocker – Antique | Foot Stool – DIY | Punched Metal Star – World Market | Wall Paint Color – Valspar Signature Sapphire Glow