From picking the wall colors & area rugs to selecting furniture & art, here’s how we reset our formal living room during the renovation of our 130-year-old home.(Before images for comparison)

Since completing our home renovation a month or so ago, I’ve received a ton of inquiries, questions, and compliments on the finished product. “Where do you source your products?”, “How do you even go about starting a renovation of that scale?”, “How do you visualize and decorate such a large home before you even physically see the finished space?”. But, probably the question I’m most frequently asked is, “How do you design such a beautiful space that is still family-friendly?” It’s really no big secret.

  1. Splurge on the things the kids can’t ruin like light fixtures, wall art, etc.,
  2. Select the most wipeable fabrics like leather and performance materials. STAY AWAY from linens and wools.
  3. Go with the darker color options for furniture and area rugs; when it comes to rugs, busy patterns will ALWAYS hide the spills and stains best. 

Formal Living Room Reset Ideas

I’m going to take you through my home — room by room — and share my design process, helpful tips and it will all be shoppable. Let’s kick things off with my formal living room – I’m so excited to finally reveal my home to you! 

A Formal (Yet Family-Friendly) Living Room

From picking wall colors & area rugs to selecting furniture & art, here’s how we reset our formal living room during the reno of our 130-year-old home.These oversized throw pillows on my entryway bench make a big impact, but they’re from Target! I got them all for under $30 each. Below are some of my favorite oversized throw pillows for under $30.

 

From picking wall colors & area rugs to selecting furniture & art, here’s how we reset our formal living room during the reno of our 130-year-old home.Create Balance With Wall Colors, Window Treatments & Area Rugs

The first thing I do when designing a room is select my wall color. Once I had the color selected, I moved onto my window treatments and area rug. Knowing that the walls and ceiling would be darker, and I would most likely go with darker furniture selections in here, this is where I knew I had to bring in the balance: warm up all the cool tones, and add a little bit of softness to the masculinity of the room.

I chose to go with a beautiful Safavieh rug with bold colors and a busy pattern (to always hide the spills and stains that are inevitable in a house of small children and pets. (This one is currently sold out, but I have linked other similar options below!)

For the drapes, I knew I wanted something lighter, and again, a touch more feminine. I found these beautiful dusty pink drapes from west elm on clearance. I thought I was getting them for a steal! But now, they’re even further discounted to $19.99 for the 96′ panel AND west elm is taking an additional 20% off everything ending in $.99 with code JUST4YOU. I decided to go with brass accents in this room, and I found these brass Umbra rods for a great price! I love how they work in the room. I wanted to make sure I went with a rod that would be pretty, but wasn’t going to take away from the drapes or compete with my chandelier choice. These were the perfect selection.

From picking wall colors & area rugs to selecting furniture & art, here’s how we reset our formal living room during the reno of our 130-year-old home.Select A Coffee Table For Your Lifestyle

This coffee table is from Restoration Hardware, and is my absolute favorite piece of furniture in the house. I knew I wanted and needed something big in here, because we do not have an eat-in kitchen, so I had to get creative with table space when it comes time for entertaining and having guests over. This table is 60×60. At least 8 people can sit around it on the floor! I’d say for the quality and size of this piece of furniture, it was a good deal (I got it on sale for around $850, it’s now a little over $1,000 for RH members), but I found a few very similar ones for a better price (like this one from One Kings Lane).

From picking wall colors & area rugs to selecting furniture & art, here’s how we reset our formal living room during the reno of our 130-year-old home.From picking wall colors & area rugs to selecting furniture & art, here’s how we reset our formal living room during the reno of our 130-year-old home.Complement With Furniture & Lighting

Next, it was onto furniture and lighting. I teetered back towards the masculine side with my furniture choices. These Faux Leather Barrel Swivel Chairs from Target are probably one of my favorite purchases for the house to date! They are very comfortable, the kids love to play on them since they are swivel, and they were a great price! They definitely look pricier than they actually are! These Christian Lacroix pillows are so much fun I couldn’t help myself. I think they add yet another artsy element to this room. 

From picking wall colors & area rugs to selecting furniture & art, here’s how we reset our formal living room during the reno of our 130-year-old home. From picking wall colors & area rugs to selecting furniture & art, here’s how we reset our formal living room during the reno of our 130-year-old home. From picking wall colors & area rugs to selecting furniture & art, here’s how we reset our formal living room during the reno of our 130-year-old home.The Lucca Brass Chandelier from Pottery Barn could not have worked more perfectly for this space. It was the perfect scale for the room, and I love how the arms extend so wide out, it is honestly the perfect fixture for over our massive coffee table. But because it’s more simple in design, it’s not too distracting and doesn’t compete with or take away from anything else in the space!

From picking wall colors & area rugs to selecting furniture & art, here’s how we reset our formal living room during the reno of our 130-year-old home. From picking wall colors & area rugs to selecting furniture & art, here’s how we reset our formal living room during the reno of our 130-year-old home.Style With Art, Accessories & Accents

Styling the coffee table and the shelves were the last thing to worry about. I had a really fun time accessorizing this room! My favorite piece is this Vito Bust Statue from CB2. All of my coffee table books are either on topics of art or interior design. You can shop some of my favorites below!

From picking wall colors & area rugs to selecting furniture & art, here’s how we reset our formal living room during the reno of our 130-year-old home. From picking wall colors & area rugs to selecting furniture & art, here’s how we reset our formal living room during the reno of our 130-year-old home.Pretty much all of the artwork in my home is from Art.com. I order the Giclee prints, and then I take them to Hobby Lobby to have them custom framed! If you can’t tell, I have a Frida Kahlo obsession. I knew this Autorittrato was going over my mantle as soon as I got it back from being framed, and the Portrait As Tehuana is on the opposing wall! I finished off my mantle by making a beautiful faux arrangement (I got the silks from Michael’s and A.C. Moore) and I think it’s the perfect finishing touch!

From picking wall colors & area rugs to selecting furniture & art, here’s how we reset our formal living room during the reno of our 130-year-old home.

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Which room are you hoping to see next?

Xo,

Tori

11 COMMENTS

  1. This is such a great post; you really make designing feel accessible and seeing what you’ve done give me great ideas. Your living room is lovely! Can’t wait to see more rooms

    • Thank you so much!! I am so glad that you feel that way as that is my goal in its entirety with sharing my home! IT truly is doable with a family and on a budget! Stay tuned for more! xo

  2. Dang, girl — I can’t get over how gorgeous your home is! I love the bold choices and yet it still feels so inviting and livable. Can’t wait to see more!

  3. in design blogs, it’s best to not misrepresent items. The Target chairs for $300 are assuredly NOT leather. They are vinyl.

    • It was supposed to say faux leather! My intentions are never to misrepresent as I am proud of all of the pieces I have sourced affordably for my home! I have updated the wording. Thanks for pointing out!

  4. I love seeing your home. Lately my Pinterest has been some kind of combination of scandi-meets-cabin-meets-industrial, so it’s really cool to see something a bit more maximal and colorful!

    • I am a total maximalist! I know white and light and airy is what’s most trendy right now, but its not what I feel most comfortable in! I think it’s so OK to go against the grain and make bold design choices based off of what you love and what speaks to you, not what’s most popular! Throughout my design process I had so many people look at me sideways when I told them my ideas… once they saw the house completed they were all blown away by it and applauded me for following my heart and not what everyone else thought I should do!

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