Our Christmas Living Room

And finally some pics of our basement living room! (I still managed to sneak in the dreaded white feather wreath! haha) I had posted this a couple of days ago & then unposted it thinking I woud tweak it a bit more & put it back on when ppl were blogging again but you caught me! :)

Here's a quick before picture so you get the idea. My parents used it for a catch-all:

The hutch (below) is from that salvage yard I always talk about, Lucketts. It is so insanely practical & the back is solid oak beadboard. It's huge & the bottom is filled with baskets of Christian's toys that we can just shove inside. It makes for such an easy clean-up!

Here's out little entry area where we layer lots of family photos & mementos:

Luckily when we moved in, I was able to use drapes & shades I already had. The first thing we did was repaint the paneling:

My mom gave us this little cubby shelf from Target which has ended up being so useful! All the magazines coming in get tossed there & we've still got room for books & toys. I also tucked in some silver accents in there for winter which hide toys & crayons. The lamp was my mom's & used to be blue but I painted it to match the puddy-colored walls.

Here's our tuckered-out pup, Ashby. The shelf behind her is from Ikea & houses my samples & catalogs.

Here's the view in from the back entry:

And, here's our tree! I've still never really figured out what to do up top so I threw up some white roses temporarily. Anyone have any ideas for next year?

Well, hope you had a very Merry Christmas!!!



LindsB said...

LOVE LOVE LOVE your living room, you have such great style and taste!

I need to know where you got those moss balls, I need some- thanks a bunch!

High-Heeled Foot in the door said...

Ah! Lauren! I love everything.

I love that feathered wreath. You keep on defending it and putting it up. So chic.

I love the wall color you picked with the paneling.

I love love love that hutch. It's amazing. It completely makes the room.

You should be so proud of yourself. The space looks amazing and nothing like a basement. It's a complete transformation.

Oh also love the new header. Fab!

Haven and Home said...

I can't believe that is a basement, so pretty! Your space is so calming, I love it!

No.35style said...

Yay, it's back up! I love what you have done and it's such a transformation! That hutch is amazing and the IKEA shelves are neat. What is the color/brand of the paint on the lower part of the paneling?

Lauren said...

Thanks so much guys!! :)

#35: The puddy-colored paint on the bottom of the paneling is Ralph Lauren's 'hopsack' and it's such a go-to paint. (It's really rich but still subtle)

Linds: I got the moss balls from a florist that went out of business. I'll try to google them & see if I can find the exact same ones. (That brand is awesome because I even leave them outside in the rain!)

Lauren said...

Ok Linds,

here is one of the kinds I have in a small size:


I'm having trouble finding them larger & finding the other variety I've got. If I can find them, I'll let you know!


Anonymous said...

Omg what a before and after!!!!! looks so beautiful and relaxing. Happy new year to you and the family.

Lauren said...

Thanks - you too!!! xoxo

Catherine said...

Hi Lauren
You have created such a beautiful room out of a basement - amazing!
Love you squishy couch, it looks quite like mine.

Love your blog. I found it via Things That Inspire, who found me via Windlost. Like you, I started my blog in October 2008. I'm loving every minute of it and have met some fabulous people on the way.
I look forward to more of your posts this year.
Catherine xx

Cote de Texas said...

this is amazing! it is such a great before and after - just wonderful!!! I assume you live with your parents - in the basement, great idea, it that is what it is!! I"m going to continue reading to find out.

LISTEN: emaail me as soon as you can, I need to talk to you asap!!! ok???????


Sarah said...

I'm loving your sofa...did you buy it new? Find it like it is or slip cover it?

Lauren said...

We found it at the Restoration Hardware outlet. (I already had a beautiful sofa but this one was so much more practical!!- my poor husband!) It is so insanely washable- muddy dog prints come right off! love it.