Living Room Upgrade with Wayfair

Our living room has made the most dramatic transformation since we purchased our house just over a year ago.  Like many of the other rooms in the house, the living room was pained a very odd color — a pea green with a grey/brown putty trim.  Here is what the room looked like right before we moved in:

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Yikes! Definitely some interesting decor to overlook, but it had some great “bones” to work with — a fireplace, bay windows, and gorgeous original hardwood floors.  Our first order of business was repainting the walls to a nice creamy vanilla color that would be a great neutral backdrop.  The room is small, so it was important for me to update the space and make it feel cozy and comfortable without overwhelming it with too much “stuff”.

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The finished room is brighter, cozier, and way less cluttered, even in such a small space. After we painted and moved in our furniture, the final touches were provided by Wayfair — a leather cube ottoman that I’ve converted to a side table, and the decorative pillows complete with a French postcard print.

The ottoman was a perfect compliment to our easy chair — I wanted something small that could just be used for a nice candle or glass of wine.  There’s no outlet on that side of the room, so anything taller or bigger, in my opinion, would have looked as if it needed a lamp. The pillows are pretty neutral, but they help brighten up the couches without being too colorful. They also are French themed, which you all know I love!

A great alternative to an ottoman is a floor poof — our Air BnB in Reims, FR had some on the floor and I really liked how they looked!  My in-laws also have a really large ottoman that they use as a coffee table. You can add a bit of color with a throw blanket, and a perfect addition since winter is on its way!

Now that I’ve sparked you decor ideas, head over to Wayfair.com to get 15% off any Pillow, Pouf, or Throw from November 20th through November 24th.  Use the code WFPTP15!

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And, of course, I couldn’t help but throw in a picture of our favorite living room resident, Zinnie! Here he is with a beak full of raspberries, one of his favorite foods!

**A few details on our other furniture: Couches are from Jennifer Convertibles, Coffee Table was a fantastic Craigslist find in Boston, Desk is an antique from my husband’s grandfather, and our easy chair and ottoman is from Overstock.

This post was sponsored by Wayfair.com, a brand and company that I truly love! All opinions and purchase choices are my own. Thanks for supporting the brands that support Rules for the Modern Girl. 


 
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A modern girl…

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Manages to stock up on winter berries for holiday decorating — whether she buys them at her local farm, or forages for them in her neighbor’s backyard!


 
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Euro Dinner

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Sometimes Doug and I will have what we call “euro dinner” which is just an assortment of meat, cheese, crusty bread, and wine. Thankfully, I recently discovered an amazing meat and cheese shop right in downtown Newburyport — the Grand Trunk Old World Market. With a great selection of meats that taste like we’re across the pond, I’m finding myself in their shop once a week to pick up some items for dinner.  Maybe not the healthiest of meals, but definitely a good one!


 
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Meditation

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As part of my coaching school studies, I have been practicing a form of meditation called centering. I must admit its pretty difficult! By the time I’m successful in fully removing all thoughts from my mind I end up falling asleep! I suppose that my mind and body is thankful for the rest, but I just can’t help but think that I am doing it wrong. I don’t think meditating is supposed to be the same thing as a nap.  Do you have any tips for successful meditating? If so, please leave them in the comment section below!

Photo above was taken earlier in September in the gardens of the Musée Rodin in Paris — The Thinker!


 
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