Welcome back to the House of Navy home tour! We’re rounding out the tour of the main floor with this living room renovation. You can check out the previous rooms here: Kitchen, Laundry Room/Mud Room, Sunroom, Dining Room.
It has taken a while to get the living room just right, and we took our time doing it, since this is where we spend so much time together as a family and it is central to the home. We wanted it to feel fresh and clean, light and airy, comfortable and cozy.
Here are the before pictures of the living room renovation:
One of the first things we did was rip up the carpet to expose the beautiful hardwood floors underneath (less than an hour after closing on the house.)
Fortunately, this room gets a lot of natural light from the bay windows and the sunroom.
We continued with the neutrals, whites, creams, golds, navy, and stripes in this room as well to continue the flow from room to room. I often describe my style as coastal modern. I really wanted to have a white couch to brighten up the room even more and contrast from the walls (painted Benjamin Moore Brandon Beige), and this ikea sectional has been perfect for us. While it is risky to have a white couch with small children and red wine, the covers come off these cushions and can easily be washed. This couch will likely transition into a basement hangout sectional in our next home, and we can update it then by purchasing new colored covers for it in gray.
We opted to remove the built in bookcase in the corner of the room so that we could hang the TV there.
The entryway table, mirror, and rope light is a favorite combination for me.
We chose some vintage accent furniture like this chest with lion pulls I scored at an estate sale in Saugatuck one summer and this side table found at Blue Door Antiques just down the street. The bookcase is an ikea hack, spray painted gold to give more contrast and color to the room. I decorated with books, frames, plants, and momento boxes filled with souvenirs from our trips: shells from Mexico, admission tickets to Versailles, train tickets in Rome, winery guides from Carmel, etc.
I love the layered rugs look that is trending right now, and decided on a natural jute rug underneath a tan and white striped Dash & Albert rug for under our coffee table.