Each week on Tuesday I will reveal a different room in our apartment– the series is called “Tuesday Tour”. Last week, I showed you the first room in our home–the entryway. This week I will share our living room with you.
After coming into the apartment from the elevator foyer, you enter the living room. The color scheme for the room is red, white and blue. The walls are painted Benjamin Moore Linen White (912). It is a neutral, creamy off-white and the trim is painted in high gloss white. The wool oriental carpet was our first purchase for the apartment almost 20 years ago and I am still very happy with it. It is so durable and warm and incredibly forgiving of spills (important when living with children!).
Sadly, the fireplaces in our building are only decorative–a shame considering how harsh our Chicago winters are! We purchased the sunburst mirror over the mantle at an auction many years ago–I love its shape, color, and concave glass.
You will notice lots of Chinese blue and white accessories in this room (it is a common theme in our home as you will see)!
I love incorporating natural elements into a room–I think it makes the space a bit less formal and gives it a slightly bohemian feel. Natural elements include the bamboo roman shades, the wicker stool, wicker trays and baskets, the piece of driftwood on the mantle and the various houseplants. The fig plant has been thriving for years in this space but is stubborn and insists on growing horizontally rather than vertically!
On the sofa side of the room you will notice a variety of patterns–I always like a mix. The ottoman was covered in red velvet like the chairs but I recently covered it with this navy and white ikat fabric. The fabric is simply stapled to the bottom of the ottoman so I can switch it out whenever I feel like a change. As you know from my entry I adore animal prints so the tiger-striped pillows are a favorite. The antique ship prints above the sofa fill the large space. They are from Ebay and I simply framed them myself.
On the wall opposite the windows is a gallery wall that I have been adding on to over the years. It is made up of black and white prints and antique mirrors. I found the 2 antique chairs flanking the table in our building’s dumpster and recovered the seats with the same material as I used on the ottoman. It is amazing what people will throw out!
In this small corner of the room you will see a secretary desk that we purchased on Craigslist. It is a sunny and quiet spot to work. I love having window seats–it provides so much extra seating when we have company.
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Tuesday Tour!