A modern meets traditional meets farmhouse summer living room with ideas for decorating a light, airy space using budget solutions.
When you give a mouse a cookie, he’s going to want a glass of milk. When you give a decorator a new rug, she’s going to want to redecorate the rest of the room. That’s a fact.
Well, I’m not redecorating our entire living room, but after swapping our gallery wall back to our summer botanical print set, throwing in new pillows for summer (a.k.a. reused from different rooms thanks to that good ol’ decor capsule), and placing an order for new sofa/chair slipcovers (which I’ll be sharing soon), this spot in our house feels like a brand new freshened up space.
I mentioned on Instagram Stories a couple of weeks ago that we were planning to replace our old rug we brought from our last house because it had seen entirely too much puppy training for me to feel comfortable about a baby crawling around on it within a year.
Look how pretty now!!!
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The rug looks so much more expensive than it really was.
I’d never ordered from eSaleRugs before, but I always drove past their warehouse every day when dropping off Olivia at preschool, and I was always curious. They’re located right in our old hometown.
I already have my sights set on another one for the nursery Robert and I are planning (if we can ever stop dabbling in other rooms long enough) because it’s so comfy. And it lays totally flat, which I never seem to have any luck with when it comes to most rugs. (Why is that?)
Every summer, I always seem to crave light and airy in our living room since the South Carolina summer heat feels like you’re swimming in sticky humidity the second you walk outside. It’s like my subconscious says, “If I surround myself with lots of white and gray and blue, my brain will almost, for a second, think it’s a cool calming spa around here.”
Doesn’t work. That fan is always on full blast no matter what colors I use in here, but a girl can try. 😉
It really is amazing to me how different this room looks from just a year ago. I’m still totally smitten with this brick fireplace we limewashed.
That basket on the hearth has a dirty little secret; it hides a bajillion chew toys for the pups, and I just throw a blanket on top so no one will know. Sneaky sneaky.
And since I kill everything anyway, those two little green plants from HomeGoods are completely fake. Ha! (Listen, I can either keep the kid alive or plants alive. I can’t do both.)
Last summer, we built this window seat from a kitchen cabinet too, and it has been the BEST for hiding all of our TV components so that we don’t have a jumble of cords and cable boxes flung around.
It would be deceivingly peaceful in here if you didn’t know that just to the left of this living room is Olivia’s playroom filled with toys now that school is out for summer. #truth
Also, in case you didn’t already know our ottoman’s secret past, it used to be a thrifted coffee table. I don’t think I’ll ever hand tuft upholstery ever again but it was worth every second of work. I was worried that after all of that work it wouldn’t blend well with the new rug, but it does! Yaaaay!
This spot right beside our back door is really the only place that hasn’t changed at all in the past year, other than the botanical prints I swap out with every season. That $35 Craigslist bench always ends up with pool towels and flip flops tossed all over it.
And just beside it is our breakfast nook, where we actually eat every meal of the day unless we have company over. I found those two old banister pieces in a junky little antique shop and turned them into a wall planter (complete with fake IKEA plants because that’s how I roll). It’s fun to change up with the seasons too.
But the one thing I do like to have hanging around that’s real… flowers. They’re sunshine in a vase. I dipped the ends of the stems of these buds in alum hoping they’ll last a couple of weeks. Live, little blooms, live! That’s all the effort I’ve got.
If you want to know about any of the sources, in our living room, you can find them all here:
- Wall color: Benjamin Moore Swiss Coffee
- Door/window color: Benjamin Moore Wrought Iron
- Trim/ceiling color: Benjamin Moore Simply White
- Ottoman coffee table (thrift find – DIY tutorial linked)
- Ceiling fan
- eSaleRugs Berkshire area rug
- Nesting tables (thrift find – DIY tutorial linked)
- End table
- Hearth basket
- Mercury glass candle
- Summer botanical prints (printable post linked)
- Biltmore art
- Bench (similar – mine was a Craigslist find)
- Concrete flower statuette (DIY tutorial linked)
- Pleated blue throw pillows
- Cream medallion throw pillow
- Jute rug
- Breakfast nook French bistro chairs
- Lantern pendant light
- Wall planter (DIY tutorial linked)
Hope you have a beautiful summer, friends!