Great Room/Living Room Tour

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I’ve been getting the house ready to go on the rental market in a couple of months.  There’s SO much to do, but as I’ve been getting each room cleaned and decluttered, I’ve also been snapping pictures for the listing photos.  I worked on our living room last week and realized I’ve never showed you this space.  Maybe because I haven’t done much with it, like I tend to to with our other rooms.  I didn’t even paint the walls–they were already a color I liked (Fawn Brindle by Sherwin-Williams, by the way).  But, since it’s the room where we do most of our, well, living, I thought I’d let you see what it looks like.

It’s a big room and the rear wall is two floors worth of windows, so the light’s a little tricky.  Here’s a wide shot:

living room at 11 Magnolia Lane

The white built ins and the serious trimwork around the fireplace were all here when we moved in, and to be honest, they were a selling feature for me.  I love built ins!  The other houses in the neighborhood that are the same floor plan don’t have these, so they were obviously added as a custom feature by the original owners.

Here’s a shot from my stairway–it’s tough to capture a wide shot of both sides of the shelves.   The stained glass window is my most precious possession; it’s from the church in which my parents got married back in 1969.

Living room at 11 Magnolia Lane

I won’t lie, I struggle with keeping the shelves clutter-free.  I removed quite a few items and like it so much better.

Built in bookshelves at 11 Magnolia Lane

Stacking the books horizontally adds visual interest, and turning them pages-out creates a more neutral color palette.  My husband laughed at this idea, though, because it’s so impractical–who can see what book they’re after?!  It’s only temporary, though…

Stack books horizontally and pages out

The Barcelona chair is the real deal, from the 70s.  We’ve got pictures of me in a ballet tutu with this chair (and green shag carpet) in the background.  They’re apparently still pretty popular, although a bit contemporary for my style.  It mixes things up a bit, though, and I love the pillow I found at Home Goods to jazz it up a bit.

Barcelona chair in living room

I moved my children’s silhouettes to the shelves for awhile; I love the black and white colors with the gray walls.  One of the silver cups was my dad’s when he was a baby; the other is from Goodwill.

Bookshelf styling at 11 Magnolia Lane

On the other side, you are correct, I don’t have a photo yet in the harlequin diamond frame.  Better get on that, huh?!  The TV is a necessary evil, but I disguised the DVR and other components on the shelf below with a curtain.

Built ins in living room

Here’s a close up; it’s just blue and white ticking stripe fabric on a tension rod.  I had the curtains previously in another house, covering the white wire shelves in my laundry room, and I just cut them down to fit this little space.  Now I don’t have to stare at all the electronics!

Curtain on tension rod hides TV components at 11 Magnolia Lane

I do love when the pillows are all fluffed.  They’re not normally like this; my kids usually have them strewn all over the floor!

Pillows in living room

By the way, our sofa and chair are the Charleston collection from Pottery Barn and are almost fifteen years old.  The white slipcovers have been washed dozens and dozens of times and are still holding up.  Given the many moves that we’ve had and the long lives that they’ve lived, I have to say that these two pieces have been worth every penny we paid.  This isn’t a review, by the way, I’m just giving them a shout out for a great product!

And, of course, we can’t avoid my husband’s “man chair.”  Currently, it’s a leather recliner, although it’s on its last legs and he’s going to let me pick out a new one for him soon.  I’m hoping we can compromise and get one of those recliners that doesn’t really look like a recliner.  Anybody seen one of those?

Living room chair at 11 Magnolia Lane

The little square table on the side of the sofa was my grandmother’s.  My grandfather made it for her when they were first married so she could put her typewriter on it to write.  Isn’t that sweet?  It’s pretty rough, but it’ll be in my house forever.  Sitting on top of it is a bust (of David, I think) that I scored at the thrift store.  And I swear I filled that silver sugar bowl with conversation hearts yesterday, but they’re already looking kind of picked over!

Living room vignette at 11 Magnolia Lane

I guess the only angle I didn’t take was a full-on of the front of the sofa, but I honestly forgot.  This gives you an idea, though, of where we hang out.  We have a bonus room upstairs and a little sitting room in our master bedroom, but this is where we spend the bulk of our time.  And it’s usually a full-blown mess! 🙂

If you have a minute, please click HERE to vote for my black and white polka dotted pantry in our old house in North Carolina.  It’s up against some stiff competition at, but I just know it can win best pantry.  It’s the “$50 chalkboard pantry” and you vote at the bottom of the page.  Thank you!!

Thanks for stopping by!



  1. We love our Bradington Young recliner. I have included a link to some fabric options.

  2. I’d rent your house in a heart beat. Impeccable taste. Voted for your pantry. Good luck!

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