Vision for the Living Room {My New House}

Cozy White Living Room with Built Ins Around Window - Mark D Sikes
Mark D Sikes – House Beautiful – built-ins inspiration

When we first saw the living room in our new house, we were quite pleased that it had several things going for it!

Fireplace Before Photo - Living Room
This is the living room on the main floor. It is bigger than any of the rooms at our old house, so it will have plenty of breathing room and space for furniture! That was a big plus for me since I love furniture :). More space gives me a bit more freedom. Yet at the same time, the room isn’t so big that it won’t ever feel cozy. I plan to have one main conversation area and a few other small “zones” around the room for conversation, relaxing or function.

Window Before Picture

It has a bank of giant windows across the back side of the room and around a corner. The windows allow glorious light to flood the space! It’s so bright and inviting that I am always drawn to sit in this room. The windows also connect the room to the outdoors, with views of trees, the Puget Sound, mountains and Bainbridge Island in the distance, spectacular sunsets in the evening and beautiful expanses of sky during the day.

The room also has a stone fireplace with built-in bookshelves, and hardwood floors.

Family Room Before

This room is open to the dining room and kitchen beyond, so it feels open to other living areas while remaining a separate space.

From Dining Room to Family Room - Before

The room is currently painted a warm white, which will serve us well at least for the time being. There is also a hint of swine paint on the ceiling. Of course there is. :)

It has limited moldings and trim work, so that is an area we can improve!

It has no wired in lighting, but we only really need lamps for light at night and for charm and ambience.

The living room currently has no window coverings, which it really doesn’t need for privacy and is awesome for letting in light. But it gets extra bright for a short period of time on a super sunny day, so adding some window coverings would help control glare as needed. It would also be nice for adding a layer of warmth and softness to the room.

View Into Entry - Before

You can see in the image above how the living room relates to the entry hallway, be sure to see the post I shared about our entry vision last week!

While we have lots of ideas for this room, we are still dreaming up exactly what this room might look like style-wise.

Here’s what we know we want in the room:

  • We want a window seat to snuggle up on to watch the sunsets. We may create a small corner window bench, or one that goes the full length of the window flanked with built in bookcases. See below for window seat inspiration!
  • We want to add lighting, built-ins and millwork to increase character.
  • We want to do some updating around the fireplace, but haven’t nailed down exactly what we want to do yet.
  • For now, we are using several of the same furniture pieces from our old family room, with a few additions and changes. We still intend to use a mix of neutrals and colors and continue with our same style.
  • We want to add a rug to this space for another layer of warmth and coziness.

Pretty Window Seat - Corner Windows

Corner Window - Built In Window Seat
New England Home – corner window seat

Liess Home
Lauren Liess – window seat and built in

Cozy Corner Window Bench by Carpenter and MacNeille
Carpenter & MacNeille – window seat
Cozy Window Seat - New England Home

Small Space Window Seat
House Beautiful – window seat

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design - White Fireplace and Window SeatJessica Helgerson Interior Design – window seat

Built In Cabinetry by Carpenter and MacNeille
Carpenter & MacNeille

We don’t yet have the full vision for the fireplace wall, and we may just work with it. But if we do decide to change it at all or add any trim work or cabinetry, isn’t this the coziest (above)? It’s so charming!

I cannot wait to work on this room! For now, I just really love being in it. The view has been such an unexpected gift, it almost doesn’t matter what the inside looks like when you are so drawn to the view outside! But layer by layer, we’ll enjoy making the inside cozier and more charming!

If you missed the other posts about this house (including our house tour video), check them all out here!

Cozy Fall Nesting {Settling In}

The Inspired Room - Moving In - Fall Nesting

I‘m extra excited about fall this year! Not that I’m not always excited about fall, but you know. Every fall is new and exciting :). Even though we are in that awkward and less than pulled together state of being all in moved into our house but not at all set up, I still am loving that I can putter around the house and start to cozify it.

The Inspired Room - Fall Nesting

There’s something so comforting about creating a cozy place to call home for your family in the fall, the best season of all! Even just pulling out the warm plaid blankets and the plush pumpkins has been a good reminder that in time, layer by layer, this house will become our home.

Plush Pumpkins - Fall Nesting

You can find this mirror hereThe lamp seems to be sold out everywhere I check, but it’s called the Safavieh Color Swirls Lamp in Navy! I got it on Overstock.

The Inspired Room - Fall

It’s the layers that will add the warmth, the character and the personality that will make this house feel less like real estate photos and more like a reflection of the people who live here now. Nesting takes a bit of time, trial and error, patience and happy experiments, fails and wins. Little by little more of the pieces of the house-puzzle will start to fit and soon the whole picture of what our home will become will start to be revealed.

Jack the Goldendoodle - The Inspired Room

The deeper joys of nesting don’t just come from setting up the most perfect vignette or decorating with seasonal elements, but rather through the process of settling into a new comfortable rhythm of life. Puttering around the house might seem like a frivolous or even unnecessary pursuit, but the fact is that nesting in the fall isn’t wasted time at all. It’s a comforting way to welcome us home.

The Inspired Room blog - Nesting in the fall isnt wasted time at all

Plush Pumpkins - Neutrals - Velvet Linen and Leather

Today my friend, Chris Ann, from the LoveFeast Shop, is giving away a Velvet Pumpkin Large Set of Six! These are not just ordinary velvet pumpkins, they are heavy weight works of handmade art. Those stems! That chubby plushness! If you win, you can select the color of the set that will look best in your home, or give a set as a special gift. Just leave a comment below to enter! One winner (U.S. only) will be announced Friday.

The Inspired Room - New Coffee Table Book

PS. Exciting news! I have a copy of my new book in my possession right now! Eek! I can’t believe it! It’s so surreal to see it sitting in my new house. We are so proud of how it turned out, it’s absolutely gorgeous in real life. In a couple days I’ll share some more details, show you a sneak peek of the interior and do a giveaway of the very first signed copy! :) You can pre-order it now for about $19 at Barnes and Noble or Amazon!


*Don’t forget to enter the Plush Pumpkin giveaway by leaving a comment below!*

Are you beginning the fall process of settling in and making things cozier?

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