Living Rooms You’ve Never Been In Before

Living Rooms You've Never Been In Before | hm.com/gb/department/HOME | design-vox.com

For many people including myself, the living room is the most lived-in room of the home (so I suppose it’s rather aptly named, har har). Obviously we want every space in our homes to feel decorated and personal, but if you’re short on time, funds, or inspiration, it’s always a good idea to focus first on the room you spend the most time in. And yet how many living rooms have you been in that feel decidedly un-inspired, not bad just not very good either. Where’s the interest, the personality?

Living Rooms You've Never Been In Before | oldbrandnewblog.com | design-vox.com

I’m not trying to knock people who genuinely are just most comfortable decorating in the basic, “safe” way that they’re used to seeing. Not everyone cares as much as I do, ha. But if you’re reading this blog you probably care at least a little bit. I love this collection of living rooms today because when I look at each one I think, “I’ve never visited a home that looked like that before.” That’s not say there aren’t hundreds of homes out there with styles like this, but it certainly isn’t common and you can tell that these homeowners have gone out of there way to create lively rooms with interesting details.

Living Rooms You've Never Been In Before | lonny.com | design-vox.com

This last one is certified cray and not something I would ever copy, but if I walked into a home and this was their living room I would bow down to their decorating gall. It’s traditional granny with a liberal use of leopard print and a Chinoiserie/Asian influence. Who on earth thinks to combine these things? This sort of unafraid, highly personal design is what I find most exciting in interiors.

I challenge you to find something to decorate with that you love but that your hypothetical neighbor would never consider. Plop that down in your room and just see how much of a transformation it makes. It could be something as simple as a wildly colored throw pillow or a big fine art photography print on the wall. Or maybe you’re a more subtle chap and something like pom pom fringed drapery would send you over the moon (I know I love it). Bottom line: go with what makes you happy!

one | H&M Home via 79 ideas
two | Old Brand New via desire to inspire
three | Lonny Magazine

Snazzy Living Rooms

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I suspect many of you are looking that photo thinking, “What the heck?” I certainly don’t love everything about it but the spirit of it is insane, in a good way. A mostly good way. I mean first of all just the architecture of this room alone is killer, and I particularly love the art all nicely framed by the moulding, and the way the pieces get progressively smaller as you go down the wall. I don’t really care for those specific modern art pieces in the center, but I do like that they mixed in modern art. I love the leopard print chairs against the wall and the chandelier (of course). I have mixed feelings about the hand seat because while I think those are awesome in a way I also think they’re creepy in a way. I’m leaning towards creepy at the moment. What do you think? Things I don’t like in this room are the carpet, the floral print on the chairs and floor cushions, the color of the sofas or any of those pillows really. Marilyn’s a little weird too.

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Mmm so cozy and vintage. I really need some plants.

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This is my favorite. Rustic architecture filled with modern furnishings. A hit of pink and red but otherwise neutral. Love it. The reason you see tags on the pillows and stacks of identical books is because this is the Design Files Open House.

one | Jorge Elias via Architectural Digest
twoJessie Artigue via Design*Sponge
three | The Design Files Open House

Winter. I hates it.

Have I ever mentioned how much winter sucks? I just… hate it. I mean yeah sure softly falling snowflakes can be pretty. But I spend no more than 3% of the winter months cheerfully watching snow fall outside. More often I’m glaring at the driving gusts of whiteness and the poop colored slush on the roads and the layer of ice on my windshield. Not only do we have to put up with freezing temperatures and dangerous driving conditions for several months here in Michigan, the sun decides to set at freaking 5 o’clock. This is not acceptable. I can not be a functioning adult under these conditions. This is me during winter:

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(These drawings are from Hyperbole and a Half, the best blog ever.)

We’re not even half way through December yet, it’s not even Christmas yet and I’m already bumming hard over this weather. All I have the energy to do is look at pretty things online. Pretty rooms and pretty wedding ideas. And honeymoon locations in Italy that I probably can’t afford.

Hotel Onda Verde

Hotel Onda Verde

Villa La Massa

Villa La Massa

Gorgeous, right? The Amalfi Coast + the Italian Countryside is pretty much the stuff of dreams. Now how about some dreamy dark living rooms that look just perfect for curling up into a little ball on the sofa and hibernating the winter away.

Dreamy Dark Living Room | realestate.com.au | design-vox.com

Dreamy Dark Living Room | paulraeside.com | design-vox.com

Dreamy Dark Living Room | jhinteriordesign.com | design-vox.com

one | realestate.com.au via desire to inspire
two | Paul Raeside
three | Jessica Helgerson

Living Rooms with Personality

Living Rooms with Personality | thedesignfiles.net | design-vox.com

What’s my most favorite thing to decorate with? Personality. I hear you saying, “But Christina, personality is an abstract concept. You can’t plonk a personality down on your coffee table.” But you know what I mean! Exactly what objects qualify will of course vary from home to home, because it’s personal. It’s easy to yawn at this concept but truly, the best designs always seem to radiate with the personal flair and character of the homeowner.

Living Rooms with Personality | insideways.com | design-vox.com

I love how this room is modern but with almost a grandma twist in the details. And so cozy! Fiddle leaf fig trees have been the darling of the design world for years, and now suddenly I badly want a cactus too. It’s so sculptural and interesting and likely hard to kill which is a major plus.

Living Rooms with Personality | elledecor.com | design-vox.com

I am mildly obsessed with how daring and FULL of personality this room is. I just noticed that the wall color is very similar to that of my bathroom, and I’m thinking I need to take notes on how to inject some maturity in there. (It reads a little too baby blue sometimes.) How do you feel about the very worn-in look of the seating? It takes a certain kind of home and a level of commitment to make that look deliberate. How about that bar cart? Ready for a party I’d say! Finally, to me the stars of this room or those portraits. Any kind of portrait but antiques in particular are a weakness of mine. Just the right dash of creepy. They have a way of saying that this homeowner doesn’t take themselves too seriously, which is ironic considering how serious their faces are!

one | Suzy Tuxen and Shane Loorham, photo by Eve Wilson for The Design Files
twoJennifer Bewerse via A Beautiful Mess
three | Elle Decor via Trendey

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