Our Living Room- The Design(s)

Hey Ya’ll! Hope you’re having a great week! We have been super busy at home with projects all over the house. I’ve also been trying to finalize a design for our living room. I don’t know why I can pull together a room for a client or a friend in no time, but when it comes to my own home, for some reason it takes me so much more time and effort! Is that true for other decorators??

I need to get our house painted in a bad way, I refuse to hang anything until it’s painted. In order to choose a paint color, I have to finalize the rest of the design (Tip: Don’t choose the paint color first. When you do, you end up trying to match everything in the room to the paint color which is really tough! There are a million different paint colors out there; choose it last and save yourself the headache!)

I’ve been loving the black and navy look. Iย have been considering that color scheme for our living room because we already have some black items in the room (a TV stand, lamp, and a few accessories).

So here’s a design I came up with:

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Kinda basic and neutral so I can add colors later if I want. I’m in love with the deep navy rug but the more I thought about it, the more I kept thinking I would end up hating it.

This cute little fella thinks he’s king of the household:


And all those little blonde hairs show up big time on dark floors. We currently have a dark green rug in the space as a place filler and the Ry-dog hairs, grass, and lint that shows up on it drives me bananas!

Though I love the look of a deep colored rug grounding the space, it’s just not practical for our situation (the dogs really do rule the households…or maybe at least the design!) And…the only rug I can find that looks remotely like this is either more than we are willing to spend, not the size I want, or is out of stock until next year. So this living room plan is just me trying to force something that’s not meant to happen. In my family, we call it “pulling a copperfish” I’m trying to pull a copperfish with this design plan, even though I’m trying to utilize what I currently have.

Since the rug is likely going to be the most expensive purchase for this design, I want to really love it and ensure it will be durable and flexible to use in homes down the road. I set out to find a rug that fits these parameters plus is lighter in color than the deep blue shown above.

Ballard Designs has an amazing selection of rugs. Here’s one I love, kind of a sea foam green…colorful but subtle.

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Here’s how I see it fitting in the room.

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What do you think of the new design? Think it will be Rylie approved? In case you’re wondering, it’s already husband approved! ๐Ÿ™‚ But he did ask where the gold sunburst mirror went from the previous design. I think he secretly likes it too….maybe I’ll try to fit it in the room somehow!


6 thoughts on “Our Living Room- The Design(s)

  1. afternoonartist says:

    I like the navy rug, but I, too, have dogs and it would be a bear keeping the dog hair off of it. I found that out AFTER I recently bought a navy blue couch. Beautiful but, oh boy, keeping it free of dog hair is a big job. Plus it shows dust! Not only is the paler rug more practical, but it’s a better look than your navy pick. Much more sophisticated.

  2. Katie says:

    Very nice Kel and so very “you”. I love the lighter color rug and the trunk is awesome. Where is it from?

    I can’t wait to see the finished product (maybe in person over the holidays!) xoxo

    • Interiors by Kelley says:

      Thanks Katie! I hope it looks a lot different by the time the holidays are here, hopefully you’ll see it! The trunk pictured is from One Kings Lane. I have one that looks similar already that used to be my moms hope chest when she was little.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Hi Kelley, I really like Ballard Design items; I put their Clare chandelier in my art room and love it! Plus, they have great sales, too. They are offering 15% off rugs until 10/21.

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