Here & Now: Our Living Room

I don't know if you can tell from this photo, but energy levels are pretty low here today.

I find myself in the mid-holiday doldrums, and since we polished off the last bits of Ferdinand last night, I can't blame it on the tryptophan! After a lively weekend with my family, I'm downright exhausted. But, before I add a shot of espresso to my hot chocolate and start lighting this place up for Christmas, I thought I'd give you a few peeks at our living room.

I used my family's visit as an excuse to shuffle the furniture, and I'm pleased with how it turned out! As you might remember from my Where We Blog From pictures, my desk used to be situated by the window, an arrangement that wasn't terribly welcoming to guests. I switched the positions of my workspace and our petite sofa, and finally the living room looks just right. My desk is now nestled into a corner with our bookcases, creating a snug home office. The settee now has a better angle on the television and the perfect vantage point for our busy street view. There's more floor space for Phinney's antics and more wall space for art!

If you're an astute observer, you'll notice I've got new art on the walls. The large piece is actually...

My beloved feather placemats, aka my blog header! Daily use had caused them to molt heavily, and they were looking pretty pitiful on my table. The frame and matting was a freebie from an old job, and I'd never found artwork that was a good fit- but I loved the antiqued gold edge on the frame, and it was the perfect focal point for my new gallery wall above the couch. So, I simply layered in the placemats for an abstract look that compliments my soft neutral color scheme!

I'm using a neutral palette for my holiday decor as well, with lots of silver and gold. Adam and I are getting our very first Christmas tree tonight, and I can't wait to show it off!

4 Have Spoken.:

andrea despot said...

i love your space! you've done a really wonderful job decorating it! it's so lush and i love all the textures and how neutral everything is! neutral, but not boring :)

Maggie Rose said...

I love the idea of framing the placemat! A beautiful piece of unique art!

Last summer we moved my desk out from under the window too, because Thisbe was on it all the freaking time. Now she just harrasses Ryan. Much better. Your kitties look so sweet and sleepy!

Elizabeth said...

Andrea... Thank you! I think the key to going neutral is to avoid going monochromatic. Warm and cool colors get equal space in my house!

Maggie... I can't believe I didn't think of it sooner, I've only had that empty frame for 2 years now (shame on me!). My desk, even in a boring corner, still gets plenty of cat traffic. They drive me crazy!

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