Hi! I hope everyone is having a great start to the fall season. I have had some requests to share some other parts of my home after I shared Liv’s bedroom and I was finally able to get my living room clean enough to photograph. And we all know keeping a house clean and picture ready with a toddler around is next to impossible. My design style is always changing with my mood but the one thing that is always constant is my love for some glamour. I guess it’s the girly girl in me. With that being said, I don’t like to go over the top with it either because I don’t want to feel like I’m sitting in the Victoria’s Secret dressing room. I recently downsized and so I have been trying to adjust some things around to make my furniture work in this space. I think it’s a work in progress but I think that’s how we all feel about our homes; the projects never end! Most of you will look at the photos below and think I’m completely nuts to have white furniture with a toddler, and maybe that’s true, but I really haven’t regretted it because I am a sucker for white and I’ve gotten really good with the oxyclean. I’ve only cried maybe a handful of times over spilled chocolate milk. Not bad, right?! In all seriousness, there are ways to keep your furniture protected and having light colors is not nearly as big of a deal as most people think (unless you have quadruplets or something). If you’re on the fence about a piece because it’s a light neutral color, I say go ahead and take the plunge. My living room has pops of fuchsia (one of my favorite colors) and it’s so easy to change out the pillows, accent rug, and art to give it a completely different look with all of the main furniture pieces being neutral.
Wall Paint color: Benjamin Moore paper white
In my opinion paper white is on the cool side and depending on lighting conditions can look like true white or faint gray. It’s a fantastic paint color if you are wanting white but not stark white and you prefer to lean on the side of a cool gray.
Crown molding color: Sherwin Williams high reflective white
I am such a coffee table book junkie and I think they add a nice touch to your space when you choose the right ones. I am sharing some of my favorites below that are both interesting (in my opinion) and aesthetically pleasing. I purchased my artwork from Ethan Allen and have moved these pieces around a few times in different spaces in my home. I am in love with them and they are pieces I just haven’t grown tired of. These particular pieces are sold out but I linked some other abstract black and white options that would give a similar look. Here are some tips if you are trying to create a sophisticated space that delivers on glamour.
Metals! Gold, Brass (which I prefer over gold), chrome, silver, etc. Don’t be afraid to mix metals (although I usually stick to 2 or 3 so it’s not too much). Incorporating metals in accents, chandelier, nailhead trim, etc. will give you that luxurious feeling.
Animal print! I purchased this zebra rug almost 10 years ago for my office originally and moved it into my living room and wow! It made a huge statement and I think it’s one of my favorite things about this space. In my opinion, one of the most important pieces in the room is the rug and I am obsessed with animal print rugs. Aren’t we all?
Glass/lucite! This coffee table was definitely a splurge and a piece I just couldn’t say no to. Little handprints do cover it all the time but, honestly, I don’t mind one bit. It’s a stunning piece and screams glamour. If I had to do it over and knew I would have a little one running around, I would opt for a glass table with rounded edges for safety and I linked one below for all the mamas with little ones. There are ways to baby proof mine as well though if you don’t mind doing it. Adding glass/lucite doesn’t have to be the coffee table, and could be a side table or the legs of an ottoman, but adding a piece of something glass/lucite adds some glamour.
Mirrored furniture! I have a love hate relationship with mirrored pieces because I think they’re beautiful but it’s easy to overdo it with them. My side table has a mirrored top with bamboo legs and its just enough to satisfy my mirrored needs. Any more than that and I think it would be too much for me personally. It’s also a piece I just love so much and purchased years ago from Wisteria and have never grown tired of. And, it’s currently on major sale so I have it linked for you below!
Coffee table books! They aren’t just good to pick through and read but they are beautiful to look at and can add color as well. I believe in finding books that truly interest you so they serve that double duty purpose of beauty and functionality.
Shop my living room:
Exact coffee table books:
Exact coffee table and more a budget friendly one I love that would give a similar look:
Exact zebra rug and similar neutral sisal rug:
Exact mirrored side table (currently on sale!):
Exact chandelier and similar lamps:
Similar style sofa, similar accent chairs, and exact chaise:
Similar style ottomans I’m loving:
Similar style black and white artwork I love that will give a similar look:
Similar style accent pillows I’m loving:
Decorative accents I’m loving: