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Moodboard Monday: Cozy + Rustic Living Room

As wonderful as vacations are, they always take you awhile to get back on your feet afterwards.  So today, I thought I’d keep it short and simple and share a little moodboard I put together awhile back.  This was originally for a client, but the overall vibe and color scheme is what you can expect to see in our living room.  I love the combination of sleek + cozy, and the look of this room just makes me want to curl up by a fire.  Except we don’t have a fireplace…yeah, about that…
Through-the-Front-Door-Living-Room-Moodboard

Rebecca Trunk
potterybarn.com

Console Tables
westelm.com

Cable-Knit Throw
potterybarn.com

Mercury Glass Lamp
grandinroad.com

Go Bold or Go Home.

I think I’m going to start calling this house the surprise house, because there have been so many things that have genuinely surprised me since we’ve moved in.  And no, I’m not talking about bad surprises.  I’m talking about good surprises.  Like Noel’s reaction the first time he walked into this house.  Or Noel loving so many things (like the table or the bed) that I never would have dreamed he’d like.  I’m starting to sense a common theme…maybe I should revise the name to “The House Where Noel Likes Things I Thought He Wouldn’t.” 

The reason I bring this up is because Noel surprised me once again.  The weekend after Thanksgiving, we were doing some furniture shopping, when we stumbled upon this beauty, the Tailor Sofa, at Crate & Barrel.  Thinking it was far too classic for Noel’s taste, I was floored when he saw the couch and exclaimed “this couch is awesome!”  I don’t know if it’s the bright color or what, but for some reason, he was oddly excited about this couch.

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And don’t get me wrong: I’m not complaining in the slightest.  I love the couch.  The clean, classic lines with a little bit of a modern flair, that’s exactly the look that I’m going for in our house.  But Noel liking it?  So strange.

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Anyways, we almost bought it that weekend, but decided to wait a little bit (since our main level is still a construction zone).  Plus, I wasn’t 100% sold on it, because to tell you the truth, I was a little uneasy about the color.  I adore the actual color itself, but the entire couch being that color?  That’s kind of scary.

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Normally, my style is to keep it really simple and neutral with the big pieces, and then to add in pops of color in things you can easily change (like curtains, pillows, and accessories).  So if we were to go bold with the couch, it would definitely be out of my comfort zone.  But 90% of the time, when I push the boundaries of my comfort zone, that’s when awesome things happen, and I end up being OBSESSED with the room.  And let’s be real, how gorgeous are the rooms above?  Umm…very.

So, what do you think I should do, take a risk and go bold, or play it safe and stick with neutrals?  After all, it does come in gray…

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I guess we shall see where we end up.  Which route would you take?

our second home!!

You guys!! We have a home!! We’re so excited, and Roxy can’t wait to chase all the squirrels (if you can’t tell by her face and tail that’s blurred from wagging).

After selling our townhouse nearly a month ago, it feels so good to finally have a home we can call our own.  For those of you that remember, we went through quite the process to get this home, and we actually didn’t think there was any chance we’d be in it as soon as we are.  On Friday, I was talking to our loan officer just to get an update, and from the way she was talking, it sounded like we’d be able to close in a week and a half or two.  Well, she’s awesome and made calls to the right people because late Friday night, we got a call asking how we’d feel about closing Monday.  How would we feel?  Um, we would be ecstatic!

 So now to the fun part…the house pictures!!

The picture above was from the MLS listing (all the pictures I have somehow managed to get Noel blocking half of the house).  As you can probably guess, we have much bigger things in store for this currently ugly colored packer home.  Noel is trying to make me wait until next spring to paint it.  I’m not sold on that idea. :)  As for what we want to do to it, I would love love loooove to have the outside look something like this (don’t mind my super janky photoshop job – I did it in the car):

But as much as I love that stunning craftsman door, stone, and cedar shingles, we can’t justify the extra couple thousand dollars it would cost (the door alone is $1000!) as it isn’t worth the investment, so we’ll probably end up with something like this..which in reality, is just fine by me.  Swoon.

Now if I could only figure out a way to get the house to paint itself…. :)
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