A neutral living room

Today, I want to offer you a sneak peek into my living room.

This room is probably my most favorite in the house so far (we moved here a little over a year ago). When I designed the color and furniture scheme for the space, I was very particular about what I chose. Since we live in the woods near a lake, my goal was to keep it casual, using colors and materials found in nature. I like to call this style rustic chic.

Before we moved in, the living room looked like this:

The pink walls and odd furniture arrangement did nothing for this beautiful home. (Maybe that’s why it took nearly two years to sell!)

As soon as we got the keys to the house, we painted the walls Behr’s Iced Coffee and the crown molding semi-gloss white. The fireplace mantel had too much of a purple tint to it (in my opinion), so I glazed it with an espresso stain. Now it matches the other wooden furniture in the room, which we brought from our former home. The curtains are from Walmart.com.

We purchased our couch new online from JCPenney. Our goal was for the entire fam to fit on it comfortably and for me and the hubs to be able to snuggle. I love this piece!

I’m planning on using the hope chest my dad made me as a coffee table. I just haven’t brought it downstairs yet.

The brown upholstered chairs were purchased on the cheap at a local furniture store’s going-out-of-business sale.

This leaf wall tapestry was bought at a furniture store for $15 because it was missing the rod at the top that helps the tapestry keep its shape. I filled the space with paint stirrers and, now, the piece is as good as new.

I use this trunk — purchased at a discount store on clearance — to house all our remote controls.

Here’s the hubster’s favorite wall.

The slipcovered chair was $5 at a hotel auction. The big basket on the right holds all my snuggly blankies. I don’t have to fold them. I just toss them in the basket. Genius, right?

That pretty much sums up our living room. We could probably use some more artwork, but I am super picky about what I put on my walls. I’m still milling around in my mind what might work.

Oh. I almost forgot. Tiny wanted me to show you the tiger mask she made over the weekend.

Have a grrrrreat Monday.


I’m linking up to:

Beneath My Heart’s “Best DIY Projects of February”

Thrifty Decor Chick’s “Before and After Party”

Our Delightful Home

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32 Responses

  1. Cyndi Spivey says:

    I pinned your living room! I hope that’s okay. 🙂

    • Susan says:

      No problem! I’m glad you liked it. I only had about 10 minutes to take the photos. That’s about how long I can keep the fam (and our dog, Howie) from messing up the room!

  2. Great transformation! I would love for you to stop by and link up at my linky party via: ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

    Mrs. Delightful

  3. Marilyn says:

    LOVE your transformation. What a serene room you have now!

  4. Ellie says:

    I love your living room! the neutral colors you used help make the room welcoming and relaxing. And it’s pretty too!

  5. Kristin says:

    Love your transformation! Hiding your blankets in the basket is genius. Thanks for letting us know where the curtains came from – I’m on the lookout for something like that!!

  6. Great job, Susan! I love your sofa with the chaise. I have actually been looking at that style this week for our sunroom {where we have our tv}. We have been in our new place almost five months now and I have taken my time adding things to the wall, too. I don’t want to have to be changing things because I rushed to get something on the wall {and also have to deal with any holes left behind!}. Great drapes and I love the whole lay-out of this room!

    Visiting from Tuesday’s Treasures : )

  7. Melissa says:

    I’m SO glad I found you! You have not only a beautiful home but also a beautiful spirit! I’m off to look around some more…..

    Many Blessings,

  8. Sharon Hines says:

    Susan, the room looks so cozy! You have a great sense of style.

    Sharon @ mrs. hines class

  9. Marilyn C. says:


    Came to your blog via Traci @ Beneathmyheart.net (Love that girl) She talked about meeting you at Blissdom and I just knew that I had to check your blog out. Love the post about your living room and I have been looking for a neutral wall color to repaint my living room, will definitely check color out. Thanks so much for the great inspiration.

    Marilyn C.

  10. Kelsey says:

    Great transformation 🙂
    So classic and beautiful

  11. Rebecca says:

    I love your living room! It looks so much like what I want mine to look like. ( we are in escrow! ) Can you please tell me the name of your curtains or forward a link? I absolutely love them and have been looking everywhere for some!

  12. Theresa says:

    Your room is great….love the peacefulness about it. Can you tell me where you got the pillows with the writing on them, or the fabric?

  13. Where did you get the end table?

  14. Whoa, I can’t even believe this is the same room. You did an incredible job.

    Warmly, Michelle

  15. michelle says:

    Love the cozy look to your living room! I’m going to show hubs and hope he falls in love too. We like color, but I also like the fact that a neutral background can be changed easily for seasons or holidays with pillows and little decor bits. We have similar curtains from Walmart in our dining room, but are red, gold, and green that go great with our mustard walls.

    • Susan says:

      My living room is my favorite room in the house (when it’s not crapped up with stuff). You hit the nail on the head when you mentioned that it can be easily changed for the seasons. That is one of the major reasons I went with the palette. Thanks for the feedback, Michelle.

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    He continually kept preaching about this. I most certainly
    will send this information to him. Fairly certain
    he’s going to have a great read. Thanks for sharing!

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