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Winter Living Room & Foundational Layers

Design — January 5, 2023

I am so excited to finally share our winter living room with you today- if you remember, we photographed (and filmed) this space a couple of months back, but with the busyness of the holidays, we wanted to wait for things to calm down a little bit before sharing this space with you. Before we dive in, I want to remind you what our living room looked like the last time we shared it.

Living Room Layout Before

We have kept this layout for nearly ten years… I mean, we have tried different variations of this layout but ultimately always keeping the sofa in the same spot (facing the TV and fireplace). It wasn’t until our new sofa and rug were delivered that on a whim I said, “let’s just try the sofa on this wall”… honestly, thinking it would be a definite no. So, we rearranged and it completely opened up the entire room and made it so much more enjoyable… we are still so surprised how much we love this layout and can’t believe we didn’t try it sooner.

Living Room Now

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Now, our sofa faces outward into the room which makes for much better conversation. And if you are thinking that watching TV might be difficult, it isn’t! This sofa is deep enough that we just move one large back cushion to the arm of the sofa and we both lay side by side while we watch a show or two.

Speaking of this sofa, it is a slipcover and so very comfortable. White can be intimidating with children and pets, but having a family-friendly performance fabric makes spills/messes much easier to clean. At the end of the day, messes are going to happen and being able to easily unzip the cover and throw it in the wash has been so nice! With three young kids and two dogs, we will always have a slipcover sofa.

Let’s Talk Foundational Layers

What are foundational layers? Foundational- fundamental (base or core), Layers- quantity, one of several, covering a surface. Foundational layers are the layers within a room that help to set the tone, mood, aesthetic, and feeling of a room. By applying layers such as the rug atop of flooring, window treatments on the walls to elongate the ceiling height, pillows to bring color in and tie the tones together and accessories that add warmth, we are slowly and intentionally building a space to become more than just a room- it becomes a story.

The warm brown stripe in this rug really pairs well with our vintage vases and wood furniture throughout this room.

I love how these earth tones can easily be carried throughout the entire year, not just for winter. When choosing layers for your own room, keep the foundation in mind- when it comes to pillows, invest in quality linen pillows that you will be able to layer with and add to throughout the year.

We chose a Bronze linen pillow cover and also an Ivory linen pillow cover to tie in our Ivory linen curtains.

I know we shared this area earlier this week, but I wanted to add it into this post for you to see how all of the tones are working together in this space.

What do you think of the new layout? I hope this inspires you to try a new arrangement in your own home and to keep foundation layers in mind next time you are investing in your home!


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  1. Jessica says:

    Hi! I love the color of the fireplace against the white wall! Is this painted brick? If so, would you be open to sharing the paint color? I’d like to do something similar.

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