Hey guys! Let me officially welcome you to our new crib! 😉
You’ve been with us through the entire building process and now you get to kick back and enjoy those fruits of our labor. This post kicks off the home tour we’ll be sharing over the course of the next few months. Each room will be linked and photographed and I’ll do my best to recap my design process with you, so hopefully you’re inspired to pull some ideas for something you do! First up is our living room. This is more of a “great room” since we have an open floor plan on our first floor. This room is the grande finale to the kitchen and dining areas with the huge vaulted ceilings and amazing views of the marsh. With all of that going on, it was important to me to keep with a neutral palette that really lent itself to the natural and coastal elements of our home. So let’s just get right into it starting at the beginning of the design process.
My friends Ash and Jess are the founders behind the incredible virtual interior design company, City & Shiplap. The two interior design cousins came together as City & Shiplap, to offer affordable e-design to the masses and help bring your vision to life. You can design a room or even an entire home with their services from your house, all done online. I shared with them my Pinterest boards and photos of the unfinished space and we got right to work. There were already very distinct pieces of furniture I knew I wanted, so we started from there and built the rest of the room around it. After a few revised options, we landed on this one!
final room design from City & Shiplap (above), working revisions (below)
The entire process from start to finish only lasted a few days and they helped me so much when it came to taking what was in my head and actually seeing it placed in the space! We worked on this a little early on in the home build, so I ended up editing a few things on my design boards as the other rooms in the house came together. I finally found a mirror that I really loved (and purchased!) as well as some side tables. I also needed a clear visual for myself on the styling of certain decor items, like the blanket and planter or coffee table, so I went ahead and plugged those in. Here’s what I ended up with when all was said and done –
Final purchased products and blueprint for the room.
Installation was literally the easiest ever! Selecting the right furniture is key to making the room feel “right” and being able to see it via photos prior to move in really helped ease any issues we may have had. We used Urban Walls Speckled Desert removable wallpaper for a large feature wall and it’s made such an impact on this space. It’s understated, but brings a really great texture that breaks up the incredibly high ceilings. I envisioned a neutral grounded room that was both elegant and casual for the adults, so this print nailed it. Our kids have a loft upstairs that ultimately is our “media room”, so I wanted this area to be as boring as possible for kids. *turns a blind eye to the wiggle cars* The Samsung frame tv, that can work as a piece of art, pulled the look together. I didn’t want some huge television in this area, because honestly that’s what upstairs is for! I really saw friends sitting around enjoying time together with a glass of wine, not a room full of men cheering on their favorite team, so the design was intentional in that sense. I may put a few sconces on either side of the tv for it to feel more finished, but for now I’m pretty happy!
This chandelier was a must have for me. When we first started the design process with our builder, I went back and forth on beams for the vaulted ceilings. Unfortunately, the overall cost wasn’t really worth it in my book, so I immediately started looking for the perfect light fixture that would really make a statement. I really loved the aesthetic of Pure Salt Interiors, Eye for Pretty, and Studio Mcgee. When I saw Eye for Pretty installing the Quinn Chandelier in one of her more recent projects, I knew right away that I had to have it for our living room. I was so happy to partner with Clayton Gray Home on getting this piece into our home. Did you all catch the install on stories?? She’s massive, yet so beautifully intricate with her natural coastal vibe. Clayton Gray Home carries the best selection of designer home decor & furniture and they always offer free shipping on every order, which is so helpful when you’re furnishing an entire house like we were! They’re always one of the first sites I go to when I’m on the hunt for something special to fill a void in our home. Which reminds me – headed on there now to find some items to style our office shelves! BRB.
So, I know what you’re thinking. WHITE couches with four kids?! Girl, you crazy. If you haven’t been around for long, let me fill you in! Almost everything I own is kid-friendly, but the best part is, it doesn’t look like it. These incredible couches are slipcovered, so if I ever need to wash them, I can. Also, they’re stain resistant, so so far the magical Folex has been my best friend. My kids also know that food stays in the kitchen and they’re pretty good about catching each other in case someone forgets. The couches are feather down and the covers are linen so they’re astonishingly comfortable. We also got the extra wide seat, so each one holds like a million people. Comes in handy for our large family and I can’t wait to celebrate the holidays in here!
SHOP THE LOOK: COUCHES
The teak root coffee table I purchased at a local home store, Celadon Home.
Overall, I really love the mix of highs and lows among the decor. Some pieces are clear investments, but others I just purchased at Target. If it’s good design and the quality is there, I try not to discriminate. The fact of the matter is, a couch is definitely something you shouldn’t pinch pennies on. It’s where you’ll spend most of your time when you’re home! Linens tend to also be a splurge for me and I loved these Turkish pillow covers from The Loomia. You can find them on Etsy, but lucky for us, they have a brick and mortar store right here in Charleston. They’re the sweetest family and I love being able to support small business whenever I can. Another important note is our curtains are the Ikea Ritva and we used Select Blinds for our custom bamboo roman shades in the color Antigua Natural. ( Of course, I still need to hem the curtains!)
SHOP THE ROOM
Dining room light is the Abaca 5-light chandelier
While I may seem like the big bad mommy wanting an adults only space, it’s important to note that I’m still a fun mom. The only toy my kids keep downstairs are these wiggle car ride-ons. Since we do have that open floor plan that I spoke of, they have a blast riding these things all over the first floor. They have races around my kitchen island and because boys are boys, they’ll inevitably turn it into a game of bumper cars. They have a blast and I love that they’re doing something that doesn’t involve a screen! Even Kami hops on her G-wagon and lets them know who’s boss. 😉
I’ve linked all the items I could in the shop the room below, but if I missed anything, feel free to DM me on Insta – Next up in the tour is Hudson’s room. Stay tuned! Also, a BIG THANK YOU to the partners who came together in this room: Clayton Gray Home, Urban Walls, City & Shiplap, LampsPlus and Boutique Rugs.
SHOP THE ROOM