I am so pleased with how our living room has come together in our new home. I’m even more pleased that with a few exceptions, everything here is thrifted or secondhand. I really enjoy searching for the perfect pieces that can marry old and new to complete a space.
I wanted a beachy vibe now that are so close to the beach (well, three hours away. But that’s still nine hours closer than we were previously!) And I wanted our cream walls and oak floors to complement and not compete with our larger furniture pieces. The rug is a Wayfair find (size 9’ by 12’) and the coffee table is similar to my favorite one from Crate & Barrel but smaller and from Homegoods.
We had this island in our previous home and I knew it would work well as a bar cart. I’ve been taking a lot of inspiration from Studio McGee and in their So-Cal shop, I know they had a kitchen island styled similarly to this. I love layering handmade with vintage and new (the vase and the ceramic planter) with pieces I’ve had for years.
My husband was pretty adamant about having his very large television mounted. My goal was to balance it with this large vintage buffet (painted in Magnolia chalk paint in the color Silverado) and to keep the electronics to a minimum. I’m pretty proud of the fact that everything I’ve styled on it was thrifted or I already owned! There’s really nothing more fun than finding a bargain or shopping your own home.
For the sofa and chair, my priority was comfort. Ironically, I never even sat in or saw in person either one before they were delivered! But I knew that both had the reputation of being plush and I knew the quality would be top-notch so I went ahead on faith. I’m so glad that I did! The sofa is a dream and I think I’ll love it even more over time as it develops a patina. And the chair? All the heart emojis for this guy. If you know me in real life, you know I love and adore John and Sherry from the blog Young House Love. And this is their Pivot Chair from their furniture line! It’s huge and incredibly comfortable and it’s already survived an incident with a chocolate chip muffin completely unscathed so I think it’s a winner.
All the art is a mixture of my own encaustic photography pieces, vintage or thrifted paintings, or pieces by the incredibly talented Leigh Montgomery Crady, an artist based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Her husband Shane made our bourbon barrel floor lamp! This painting of her horse, Catch, is one of my favorite things.
I found this dresser and both bamboo chairs in the sweetest vintage shop called Cottage Grove Vintage and they really fit perfectly in this rather strange space while providing some much needed storage. I really love this sweet little clock (an At Home find) and lamp (thrifted). And don’t underestimate the power of something green—even if it’s a faux succulent.
Paint Color: Sherwin Williams Paperwhite
sofa: West Elm
pivot chair: Wayfair
buffet: thrifted from Facebook Marketplace
kitchen island: Wayfair
paintings: personal collection; thrifted; from Leigh Montgomery Crady
candles and candlesticks: thrifted, personal collection
plants: personal collection
cutting boards: vintage personal collection
books: personal collection
crystals: personal collection
faux succulents: At Home
clock: At Home
table lamps: thrifted
bourbon barrel floor lamp: Tall Cotton Trading Co.
glass vase: World Market
ceramic planters: a mix of Target, World Market, and At Home
sofa pillow: Freckled Hen Farmhouse
dresser and bamboo chairs: Cottage Grove Vintage
coffee table: Homegoods (here is a similar one from Crate & Barrel)