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Home Interior: Living Room/Dining Room

July 23, 2013

After almost 30 days with our furniture, we finally are getting rooms set up! The first area we got settled is a place where we spend a lot of time: The living room!

This house is different than our last in that there isn’t a defined ‘living room’ and defined’ dining room’, its all one open place with open access to the kitchen. I think we did a good job of defining each space though, and we’ve certainly made it comfortable for us!IMG_2803For the wall, we went with Behr Green Tea. Its a greyed out pale green that looks great in the open area and will help keep the room looking bright during the darker winter months.


IMG_2809For the dining room, we kept the same furniture we had back home. The table and chairs are from World Market, the rug from Lowe’s, and the table runner and accessories are from Target. The total cost for the dining room was less than $600, and I think it has the same look as some of the more expensive dining room sets you see from Restoration Hardware and Pottery Barn.

Pottery Barn Table

Pottery Barn Dining Table

This same style  Pottery Barn Farmhouse Table with white legs costs $1,599 – for just the table!

Restoration Hardware Dining Table

Restoration Hardware Dining Table

This version from Restoration Hardware costs between $1795 and $2965, depending on size. This just proves you can find great pieces that are on trend for lower prices if you just search around.

For the living room, we wanted it to be cozy. A lot of pillows (and plans to add more!), along with a Pottery Barn throw blanket make it the perfect place to cozy up – especially when it gets cold.

IMG_2805The couch is Ikea, the leather ottoman from Pottery Barn Outlet, and the white oversized chair from Costco! The leather ottoman is one of my fave pieces – I got it from the PB Outlet for only $200 – in the regular Pottery Barn stores it was over $900! I was able to get it so affordable because there were scratches to the leather. Since we’ve got dogs, the leather was going to get scratched anyways so I thought it was worth the discount. It has been an amazing addition to my home for several years now, even doubling as a chair when we have a lot of people over.

The only thing I’d like to add to this room is an oversized rug to help define the living space. Here are a few styles I like:

from HGTV

from Pinterest

I think a dark, patterned rug would be great in this space!

We also got some wall decorations hung in the kitchen area as well. Our oversized Pottery Barn clock fits perfectly in a space overlook the living area.


You’ll notice in the kitchen I put up my “E A T” letters again – it’s something I saw on a TV show once and thought was cute.  IMG_2806A lot of my inspiration for decorating comes from ideas I see on TV and in magazines (as I’m sure most everyone else’s does too!) The kitchen on Cougar Town had the EAT letters up, and I loved the way it looked!

image courtesy of LaptopstoLullabies

As we continue to put the house together, I’ll be sure to share with you what we do. I’m sure as we continue to put away our things, we’ll find new places for items, and build or buy pieces to fit a need. It is so fun having a new house to play around with!

How have you revamped your furniture arrangement? How do you maximize use in an open floor plan?






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  • Reply Madre July 23, 2013 at 07:55

    The house looks great, Emily. You really have a talent for decorating!

  • Reply Randy Stewart July 23, 2013 at 12:21

    The house looks great!! I cant wait to see it in a few weeks.

  • Reply Bryan McDewell July 26, 2013 at 04:17

    The house is looking awesome1 I know who I’ll be having decorate my house when I buy one.

    • Reply Emily Stewart July 26, 2013 at 12:10

      Thanks Bryan! How is to going with your new place? I’m sure the commute in the morning is so much better!


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