Laura Eliese

Musings on Life & Designs

Our Living Room

This past month has flown by and, my! has it been busy! Sorry for the absence. My hubby and I just returned from an amazing trip to Riviera Maya, which I will post about soon. Today I want to share a tour of our living room that was featured over at A La Mode last month.

When my husband and I bought our first home over three years ago, we fell in love with the character of our home! One of the things that sold us on the home was the view of our pool through the French doors.  Our style has evolved many times since we moved in, so the living room is truly a work in progress. All of this room has been decorated on a budget.

When we moved in:

As you can see, the room is very sparse and the rug is too small.
Now, here it is in its current state:

The couch and ottoman were one of our first purchases as a married couple, over 4 years ago.  While the couch has been serviceable, I actually have plans to replace the sofa with something more our style.

The French doors open to the patio and pool, where we spend much time during the  summer. I love being able to look out and see the water. Since this is the only living area in the home, this room gets a lot of use. As you can see, one of our three dogs enjoys lounging in the living area too!

The rug is a faux sisal and is very soft underfoot. I chose it because of its practicality and also wanted a soft surface for when we have little ones. We love being able to prop our feet on the ottoman while we watch movies.

Another feature we love about our home is the fireplace. It is open on all sides, so our front door is actually behind the fireplace.

Our bookshelf holds family pictures and knick-knacks. We house media components on the lower shelves of this bookshelf.
A few details…



I hope you enjoyed the tour of our living room. Stay tuned for some big changes to the space!!


Couch & ottoman : Rooms to Go
Bookshelf : West Elm
Lamps : HomeGoods
End tables : TJ Maxx
Accessories : Home Goods, Goodwill and various antique stores
Rug : Home Decorators
Curtains : JCPenney
Side chair : Marshalls
Duncan Phyfe antique chairs flanking bookcase : family hand-me-downs