Tuesday, February 4, 2014

All images via CB2.

After a Friday night party at a friend's perfectly decorated house (who also happens to be an interior designer) and a Sunday afternoon Super Bowl party at a super hip-looking loft, I've realized just how far we have to go before our place looks "finished."  And for some reason, that really stresses me out.

I spent the evening after Alice went to bed last night looking at different home decorating websites and taking screen shots of living rooms that I found interesting.  None of these pictures are exactly what we're looking for in our living room but what I like about them is that they look cohesive, which is what I've always struggled to achieve when trying to decorate by myself. 

We did make a major decision last week and got rid of our beloved Crate&Barrel couch that my cats had basically destroyed.  And along with being torn to shreds by cat claws, it was a little too big for our living room space anyway.  

Now that we're down to one couch (this one that we bought while living in Boston) and now that we have more space to work with, Alice and I spent some time this morning rearranging furniture!  And just by moving a few things around, I am starting to see how our living room will eventually come together.

What do you think?  Do these living rooms look too perfect and not-lived-in?  Obviously, these living rooms would only stay looking this perfect without a toddler and two cats living there.


  1. Briana, I have a friend who is an interior designer and whenever I go to her place for events, I too, get somewhat depressed. My husband and I have been trying to "collect" things to make our home look unique and like "us" and sometimes I feel like the whole process is too overwhelming. I read an article featuring homes of various interior designers and I recall one of them said that decorating one's home or space is a never-ending project. That helped take away the stress of trying to go out and buy everything to make a room perfect. Now I just buy a piece here or there with the plans of using that piece to help build an ever-evolving space that reflects our taste. Good luck with modifying your living room!

  2. Thanks, Marnie! It's nice to know I'm not the only one to find home decorating overwhelming. And that's a great thing to keep in mind in thinking about a room as an evolving project. Thanks for that! XO.

  3. Rugs make a huge difference. They can add color, warmth, and tend to bring a room together. Also, one thing I've learned is to buy things you love, you'll always find a place for it. I've never been one to buy an entire matching set, it's just not my style. And I try not to buy something as a place holder until I find the right thing to replace it. Instead, I make a mental note of pieces I would like to have in a room and then I go on a hunt to find just what I'm looking for. Sometimes I find it right away and sometimes I don't. I almost went crazy searching for a round end table that was taller than 24", it took me months and then I randomly went into a store in Gardner Village and BOOM...found it.

    West Elm & Pottery Barn offer design specialists to come to your house for free and help you come up with ideas for your space. Of course, I think they like it when you buy their product after they put in the time. But, it looks like you're on the right track. Having pictures of rooms and styles you love helps a lot when it comes to actually shopping. The good thing about decorating a house is we have so much available to us now. IKEA, West Elm, Home Goods, Pottery Barn, etc.


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