I don’t know about you, but our kitchen is the heart of our family living. But living rooms tend to be the second heart of the home.
Our living room is a cozy haven with a set-up where we convene and watch tv, read, talk by the fire or play scrabble.
It was a challenge, a FUN challenge, to figure out what to do with it.
Renovating our house was a major undertaking: A federal case, actually. When it was time for decorating (the fun part) we started a wish list. When it came to the living room, the only thing for which My Michael wished? A BIG T.V.
So, I projected what I thought would make him happy: A room which would be warm, welcoming, masculine and cozy. It needed plenty of seating so our family and friends could join to watch the game. The seating had to be big enough for him to relax. He is 6’4″!
All in all, a
man person-cave. And COMFORTABLE.
So this is what we came up with:
- A BIG TV. See above. Obviously
- Warm and dark colors to make an expansive room more intimate and warm. We chose Taos Gray and Cabernet.
- Two seating areas: One for watching TV and one for reading, board game playing and gathering by the fire. The occasional chairs are from CB2.
Linen Sofa, Armchair and Leather chair and ottoman from Restoration Hardware Mirrored table from Crate and Barrel. Yellow tray from West Elm.
- Neutrals work great especially when you add a pop of color. We worked around this fun yellow lacquered tray from West Elm which I bought for my Boston home.
- I love the mix of funky, classic and with some antiques thrown in for good measure. The steamer trunk immigrated from Ireland with my Grammy in 1915. We elevated it on wooden blocks that My Michael cut to get it up off of the floor. I found the antique silver pitcher at an antique store in Essex, MA.
- Layers of different textures: Leather, linen, granite, shag, wood, cashmere and wool.
- I integrated a mirrored side table which served as the nightstand in my Beacon Hill bedroom.
- The oversized linen sofa is from Restoration Hardware (9′ Belgian Classic Roll Arm Slipcovered Sofa.) The arms on the occasional chairs and the leather chair are different but they work together. You don’t need to be matchy-matchy. Mix it up.
- The oblong leather ottoman is from Jordan’s furniture
- This is a multifunctional room. On nights when it is just My Michael and me, we build a fire and have dinner at the round stone table (which was a hand-me-down from his best friend!), sitting in the occasional chairs. On family movie night, we sit on the deep sofa with Dexter the dog.
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