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Happy weekend!  We are continuing our home tour this week with our living room.  This room (and the kitchen) have changed the most since we first bought our home three years ago.  I love how all the changes we made along the way really modernized and opened up our home to make the best use out of the space.  Opening up the walls has creating a brighter space that makes our modest home feel bigger.

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Photographed by Jenny Antill

When we purchased our home, the current dining room was completely closed off to the living area (and used as a formal living room) and there was another separate sun room (where the navy chase lounge is today).  In our renovations, we opened the wall between the dining room and living room and combined the living room and sunroom for one big, open floor plan.  Our house is ~2,500. When we moved from New York City this sounded huge, but after adding two kids and a dog, anything to make it feel bigger is a good thing. 😉

We have also made a lot of cosmetic changes in this space in addition to changing the layout.  The fireplace was originally red brick with cabinets to the left and an entrance to the kitchen to the right.  (You may remember this project when I shared it here.)  Since we added built-ins to create a more symmetrical look on both sides of the fireplace, we also decided to remove some built-in shelves on the back wall of the room that looked dated and were just challenging to style around.  In the process, we also took down the paneling on the walls in the living room and refinished the original hardwood floors.

See some before pictures below for a better visual:

I partnered with Jawda & Jawda on the interior design elements of this space.  I wanted our home to feel warm, but I also wanted it to be a place I was proud to entertain friends.  But most importantly, at the end of the day, it needed to be a place we all loved coming home to and would feel comfortable truly living in.  The sofa and coffee table you may recognize from our NYC apartment, but we had to gradually collect the rest of the furniture since this house is obviously much bigger than our apartment was.  The chairs have both been recovered from their original form – I love how a new coat of paint or quality fabric can completely transform a good piece of furniture that may just need a little love.  The antique sconces on the back wall use to hang in my grandparent’s dining room so they are one of my favorite details in the room.

There were a lot of details to cover in this post, but I think we have everything linked below.  Please feel free to ask anything in the comments we may have missed! xo

Living Room Details: white sofa: Pottery Barn | accent pillows: custom, similar herehere | gold pedestal: Longoria Collection | blue sofa chairs: vintage, similar | ceramic stool: Furbish Studio | suede chairs: One Kings Lane (re-upholstered & painted), similar | furry accent pillows: Williams-Sonoma Home | marble table: Anthropologie | coffee table: Safavieh | accent tray: Aerin Lauder | gold vases: ARTERIORS  | rug: London Grey Rugs, similar | gold framed art: Minted | white console table: Mecox, similar |art: Saba Jawda | chandeliers: vintage, similar | blue velvet chairs: Safavieh | gold bowl: Aerin Lauder |

-Shop the Living Room-

chaise: One Kings Lane | pillows: custom, similar here and here| wooden side table: antique Canterbury Court, similar | rug: local, similar | credenza: Maison 55 c/o Candelabra | mirror: Wisteria | lamps: Longoria Collection, similar | art: One Kings Lane | orchid: One Kings Lane | baskets: Michaels, similar | curtains: custom, similar | curtain rod: Restoration Hardware, similar |

-Shop the Sunroom-

 | light fixtures on shelves: Visual Comfort | gold bowls: Homegoods, similar| blue & white vases: Homegoods and antiques, similar here and here | knot figurine: Longoria Collection, similar | boxes: Aerin Lauder | tray: Aerin Lauder | gold frames: Target | bookend: One Kings Lane | porcelain box: antique, similar | vogue living: Amazon | bazaar: Amazon | when art meets design: Amazon | beaches: Amazon | american fashion: Amazon |

-Shop the Shelves-

paint: ‘Balboa Mist’ and ‘Super White’

More of our Houston home:

Video Part IEntrykitchenDining RoomOfficeOutdoor Spacepowder room, + Master Bedroom