November 21, 2017
our living room

Our living room is by far our most used and loved area of our home. It’s spacious enough for us to really stretch out and for Watson to run around and play, but still feels

Our living room is by far our most used and loved area of our home. It’s spacious enough for us to really stretch out and for Watson to run around and play, but still feels cozy to me. I love how it’s open to our kitchen. It just makes my days at home with Watson so much more comfortable to be able to prepare meals while watching him and being able to peep over at the TV at the same time.

We weren’t in any hurry to put this room together, which is why I’m just now sharing it… three or four months after we moved in. I wanted us to live in this space for a while to get a good feel for what we wanted and needed. The first thing we did was get this awesome rug by Dash & Albert. It’s called the Bonnie Grey Rug and ours is 10′ x 14′. I get a lot of questions about it.

“Is it soft enough for a crawling baby?” YES! It’s soft, woven cotton.

“It’s so white! How do you manage spills with a toddler?” I know, I’m cleaning it every single day. But I’ve yet to have a stain not come out with the Resolve liquid spray (has to be the liquid, the foam isn’t worth a toot). And I mean, we’ve spilled coffee, orange cheetos, syrup—you name it. It’s so easy to keep clean and it vacuums well.

“Do you need a rug pad underneath?” Yes, for sure because it’s thin and doesn’t have any sort of rubber backing to keep it from slipping. We have the Rug Pad USA Superior Lock 7/16″ Pad, which is a game changer. It’s so cushiony and keeps the rug in one place. We use this company and style (thickness varies) for all of our rug pads and I’ve been really pleased because they’re high quality, affordable, and don’t leave marks on your floors. I’ve ruined the finish of floors before with those terrible sticky waffle rug pads… just don’t use those!

Next, the coffee table. We needed something large and substantial—and I wanted something textured enough so that I wouldn’t have to worry about scratches.

We found the perfect piece from Celadon. Watson drives his toy trucks around and around this table every single morning and does other torture to it, too, like hitting it with a plastic toy drumstick, but we’ve yet to get a scratch on it. Even if we did, it would blend right in to the distressed texture and wouldn’t make a difference. As someone who obsesses over any scratch or defect, this peace of mind is invaluable!

I also get questions about this basket a lot. It’s from a local home store called Aubergine. I always get my coffee table books from Amazon. The coral and silver tray are from Homegoods.

Our sofa and loveseat are from the Rooms to Go Cindy Crawford Beachside collection. The covers are washable, which I’ll never be able to not have now. We throw them in the washing machine all the time and they come out looking brand new!

You may recognize this black chest from the formal living room in our last house. It’s from Lyndon Leigh/Candelabra and I’m just as obsessed with it now as I was when we first got it! We planned on having built in shelves or window seats made for either side of the fireplace, but I really like the way this black chest looks next to the black slate fireplace, especially in contrast to the white shiplap.

The palmetto pillow in the basket is by Suite 33.

Our mantle is an old railroad tie, which our homebuilder provided. I don’t know the source, but I really like looking at it. The two blue and white jars are from Homegoods. I get asked about our palm branches a lot. These are real, from our yard. I do have a couple of preserved palms throughout our house that I found at an online craft store.

I’m trying to remember FAQs as I go… Both fiddle leaf figs we have in this room are real, purchased locally in Charleston at Hyam’s Garden Center. A few tips, since I’m asked for those a good bit, too… They love being in a well lit area (but not too direct) and not directly under an air vent. Brandon started watering ours twice per week rather than just once and they have done so much better with that change! He waters them until he starts to see water coming into the tray under the pots and then quickly stops.

This desk is from an antique store in Beaufort. The chairs are recliners (never would’ve thought, right?) and can be purchased online here, although we got ours at a store called GDC here in Charleston. The pillows are from Celadon and the throw blanket and lamp are from Homegoods. These frames are West Elm. The basket under the desk is from there too. This lamp is similar to the one on the desk.

We had some images from our travels framed with Framebridge. I love how each one takes us back to a special place. We took these, except for the bottom one in the picture below… that is by Roland Rose and we bought that photograph from a gallery while on Harbour Island.

This frame is also from West Elm.

This glass cabinet is from Celadon. I’m obsessed with it and feel like it just makes the whole room.

I picked up these pillows from Ballard Designs the other weekend. The big white pillows are from Homegoods. The black/white ticking stripe pillows are from this Etsy shop.

This pouf below is from Candelabra.

(You’re getting a peek of our kitchen. If you missed that post, it’s right here!)

I’ve tried to incorporate as many special things as I can into this house. The sweetgrass basket in the cabinet, which is part of the south’s deep culture, was a present that my Poppop gave my Memie back in the 50s, I want to say. He said he bought it from one of the basket stands for $9 so that she could keep all of her sewing supplies in it. It’s broken, but it means so much to me.

The ghost chair is from here and the table lamp you can see on the right is from here.

I tried to share as many details as I could throughout the text, but here are more links!

Wall Color

“Agreeable Gray” by Sherwin Williams



Coffee table

Black chest by fireplace


Sofa and Loveseat

Glass Cabinet

Ghost Chair




Palmetto Tree Pillow in basket

Blush/Linen Pillows

Off White Pillows on Sofa

Black/White Ticking Stripe Pillows


Decorative Accents

Coffee Table Books

Basket on Coffee Table

Blue and White Jars (similar) with real palms

Fiddle Leaf Fig Trees (real, but here’s a great artificial one)

Basket under desk

Frames (all but rectangular silver ones)

Frames (hanging on wall on either side of door)

White lamp on glass table