How does one name a post when they have been thinking and working on the room for close to 3 months? I think calling it a “living room tour” doesn’t really do it justice, but hey, I wanted to keep things simple. So here it is. It’s mostly done. With the exception of a few finishing touches, such as art for over the sofa – I am not even sure how I got here anymore. I could write a novella on each separate journey – Meagan’s Sofa Journey, Meagan’s Paint Journey, Meagan’s Everyone is Bored of Talking About Your Home Journey.
It was such a slow evolution of taking things out, bringing new things in. Bringing the original items back in. Each step was methodical, discussed, lived in. Some loved pieces stayed, some didn’t (where will my vintage yellow Eames chairs go now?!?!). The living room became a
obsession focus for me as it is the main artery in the apartment and well, it’s a living room. Let’s hope we were going to be doing some solid ‘living’ there. As always, I was striving to balance budget with style. When will I ever be able to stop talking about doing things on a budget?!?! Maybe never.
These beautiful photographs were snapped by the very talented, patient (how many Nan kisses can one individual endure while ‘working’?) and dashingly handsome Christian Webber.
I love this photo so much because it perfectly captures everything I wanted my living room to be. Stark contrasts (white/black) with monotone browns (in organic forms), metals and splashes of vintage colour.
You can read all about my painting of the living room here. The doors are Benjamin Moore’s Onyx and the walls are Benjamin Moore’s Distant Gray. I am so happy about my choices. I wake up, walk through the living room to the kitchen and think “Yup, nailed it” daily. The white is the most perfect white I have ever laid eyes on. For this space anyways. We have an east facing window so I really had to consider natural light. The use of black and white just bring attention to the little details in the room. And the choice of Onyx for the doors? The perfect way to break up the sea of whiteness that you are presented with when you initially enter the room. With so many wood tones, textiles and just my eclectic mix of decor, the Distant Gray created a blank palette for them to be showcased.
Speaking of punchy contrast, remember my beloved mid-century armchair that I saved from death at a high school a few years back? She still lives.
I try to keep her safe from the perils of pet hair with an Ikea Rens sheepskin and this Ikea pillow that I think every blogger owns (or at least Instagram would lead me to believe that).
Amanda Kleistbergs, I am so glad your family dropped your camp travelling trunk off at Goodwill. The gold antlers? Picked up for 9$ at Goodwill and updated with gold spray paint.
Our office/workstation area lives in the south/east corner of the living room beside the window. It was the only area where we knew exactly what art should live there. Interesting fact: the image of the hat and soda bottle are from an older version of a psychological test I use at my day job. I think Etsy is one of my favourite spots to get artwork from. The variety is limitless and let’s you get truly unique items for budget prices. And you know what? It’s nice to buy directly from a maker!
And that’s it. Back at the beginning (that was a clockwise tour friends).
Photography: Christian Webber
SOURCES: Paint: Walls & Trim –Benjamin Moore‘s ben line in Distant Gray (I wrote all about that here); Doors – Benjamin Moore’s ben line in Onyx. Sofa: Ikea’s Karlstad in dark brown leather. Lounge chair and ottoman – curbside find. Sheepskins – Rens Ikea. Chevron and knit throws – Target. Yellow throw – West Elm. Throw pillows – Ikea, West Elm and Homesense. Area rugs – all vintage. Teak lounge chair – snagged at a school. Teak side table – from my mom. Coffee table – my boyfriends ex’s brother made it. HA! Succulents on the coffee table: Crown Flora (in a thrifted pot). Desk – Casalife. Office chair – Ikea. Desk lamp – Ikea. Above desk Artwork: vintage hat and soda bottle cards and pendant, SMASH (Canada in 1763), Ashley G (trust your instincts) and Holy Fuck album cover. Small credenza: Curbside find from my mom. Art on credenza: Raymond Biesinger. Succulent on credenza: Sheridan Nurseries. Everything else? Thrifted or inherited.
If you have any other questions about sources let me know in the comments!
A big thank you to Benjamin Moore for kindly providing me with the paint for my living room. And another big virtual hug going out to Chris Webber who came, let Nan bother him every 30 seconds and still managed to get beautiful pictures of my home.
And when we weren’t expecting/thinking that we would have our picture taken (I wish I could remember what we were chatting about here)…..
I could have showered. Or put make up on. But I hadn’t. And that’s okay because this is us…. in quite literally, our natural habitat.Pin It