The vibe: Earthy, grounded, and balanced.
The style: A mix of mid-mod, coastal, with a touch of 70s flair.
The palette: Neutral. Here, I used darker colors like grays and dark browns. These deeper colors create the grounded feeling by simulating natural elements like soil and rocks.
What I love about this room: My sofa. Believe it or not, it’s an IKEA piece (Klippan) that I’ve had for about 7 years. It’s still in good shape but most importantly, it’s still comfortable. I actually do most of my writing and blogging from this sofa, so having a good place to sit for hours is key.
What I don’t love so much: The layout. Because the room’s so narrow and you can’t block the walkway/flow, placing the TV and sofa was challenging. There’s pretty much only 2 spots I could place these. It’s a bit of a bummer since I love to rearrange, but I can always swap spaces with the den.
How this space is ME: This room is very personalized as it hosts several pieces of my artwork. Before I started writing and decorating, I was an artist. I started out drawing during my childhood/adolescence, evolved into watercolor painting for some of my adult life, and I now create occasional acrylic paintings for the sake of decorating. Each of these periods is represented in the pieces I have hanging.
Here, you can see how open the space is between the den and living room. Decorating these rooms with the same colors provides a harmonious flow between the spaces, although the colors aren’t used the in the same manner.
Where my peaceful den has an airy, breezy feel created with light woods and creams/whites, the living room has more weight to it from the darker tones. Using darker colors helps ground me and keeps my attention focused. And since I use the living room for TV/movies, writing, and my nightly wind-down routine of browsing decor websites, I need both relaxing and concentration.
To distinguish some sort of entry, I floated the sofa off the one wall. I won’t be doing a separate post on it since there’s not much to it. I will likely revamp this space in the future months to accommodate the winter. For now, it’s basic: shoes and a coat rack.
In this corner, I have my beloved jade plant and a few ZZ plants. The jade is my most beloved as my mother started it for me just before she passed away a few years ago. Plus, I always envied her jade plant, which was so gigantic it was the size of a shrub. It was glorious.
The plant stand is DIY project I made a few years ago; find out to create your own here. The painting is one I made for my former living room makeover. I wanted something with a slight 70s vibe. Can you tell what the symbol is? I’ll give you a hint—it’s related to my birthday.
Back to my favorite aspect of the living room: the sofa. All the pillows here have envelope covers I sewed in coordinating fabrics. I love using bed pillows on my sofa because they’re larger–perfect for reclining and lounging. Those are covered with a striated velvet that George Costanza would be proud of.
I also have my reverse batik pillow covers, plus one I made from a light gray fabric. I wanted to use subtle patterns and texture so as not to compete with all the artwork in the room.
The TV area has your basic components; nothing fancy here. Both tables were made with wood taper legs and wood planks I stained/whitewashed. The abstract art is made by yours truly; it was used in my last apartment’s entrance, which was decorated with the same palette.
To the far left of the TV is another painting, one from my previous “career” as a watercolorist. While I no longer paint, I can’t part with my favorite pieces. Plus, the colors in this one fit perfectly into the room.
Just like in the den, I used my whitewashed bamboo blinds to add some light texture to the room. These balance the weight of the other decor and colors. Since the living room has only the sofa, I sewed up a cover for large pillow that can be used as seating. The other pillows are also covers I made with my tutorial.
In between the matchsticks, I hung a drawing from my young creative days, when I’d draw endless magazine photos of women. That drawing is nearly 20 years old. For the top and bottom pictures, I cut out images from magazines and mounted them in cheap, basic IKEA frames.
Paint on walls: Sherwin Williams Divine White #6105
Curtains: DIY, Home Goods
Coffee table/TV console table: DIY
Coffee table tray: DIY
TV storage unit: IKEA
Storage baskets: Target
That’s it for this room. Stay tuned for the next piece, which will be the kitchen!