Home DecorEclectic Cottage Living Room Reveal October 18, 2017This post is done in partnership with Wayfair. All product selections and opinions are 100% my own. Today, I am so excited to reveal our new living room over here at The Buffalo Stone Cottage. This has been one of the craziest seasons we’ve had as a family and there were days I thought this room might not ever get done! But here we are and she’s a beauty. We are so happy with how it turned out and are enjoying it so much as a family. Before we get into the reveal, you can catch up on the progress of this room here: Living Room Befores Living Room Plans Living Room Progress – The First Layer Okay, we’ve all waited long enough. Let’s dive right into our new space! Oh what a difference some paint and layers can make! [show_shopthepost_widget id=”2859437″] The first thing I nailed down for this space was the fireplace. You can see in the before photos above that we had a stone fireplace and mantel. I’m all about having the fireplace be a focal point in a living room. It’s such a natural thing to turn into a focal point, but it also just immediately screams cozy! We built in columns and trim above the existing mantel to make the fireplace stretch to the ceiling. I heard the tip long ago that anytime you can stretch something floor to ceiling, the ceilings feel taller and the room feels bigger. It is so true! That made such a difference. I knew I wanted it to be a contrasting color and I have really been feeling this blue/gray (Benjamin Moore Templeton Gray). I love how the white antler chandelier we’ve always dreamed of contrasts against it. I’m going to do a separate post about this white buffalo picture above the fireplace, but this moment here makes me so happy. Not only does this art have a ton of meaning for me, but I also love the style and how it all mixes together. I talked a lot about our layout and small-scale furniture choices in the progress post, so I won’t rehash all of that here for you guys. Finding furniture and a layout to fit this small space with a lot to work around wasn’t easy. But despite all of the rooms challenges, it really has turned into a space we love to be. The function is maximized for us and while I had to compromise on some style things I love like symmetry in places, etc., I truly love everything about how the space turned out and most importantly, it works so well for us. While a love seat might’ve been the best choice to maximize floor space, it was a horrible choice for how our family lives and lounges together. We also love filling our home with people, so as much seating as possible was key. This small-scale sofa fits that bill perfectly, but also fits well in the space. While the large pieces of furniture are all new to fit the space, we were able to use a lot of things we already had in other places. This wicker bookcase is a great example of our goal for this house: don’t buy something new when you have something that can serve the needed function. It provided exactly what I needed it to: a drop spot for our bibles, journals, and books we use on a regular basis so they aren’t strewn all over the coffee table. I love the coffee table so much. I wanted something kid-friendly without super sharp edges. I wanted it to add a bit of modern edge. Also, I was worried about this room feeling too jammed with furniture, so the clear table with the rug showing through is perfect! It provides the function we need without taking up much-needed visual space. I love these leather chairs against the fireplace so much, and tufting is always a win in my book. The size of them is perfect for a tiny space, but they’re still super comfortable! I really didn’t want to go with a small, uncomfortable accent chair, but knew we needed super small and these are awesome for that. The table in between came from a yard sale years ago and I still love it so much! Plus, it’s narrow build was needed here. I put a basket underneath to store our seasonal kids books. I want this to be a space our children feel completely at home and welcome. We all pile up on the couch and read a lot, so having our fall books in here and handy made a lot of sense. I had a lot of plans for the other side of the room where you enter the house. First up, this area had to function as an entry and that meant hooks to hang purses, coats, etc. My friend, Eileen, has double racks like this in her house for kid stuff on the bottom and I loved the idea! I wasn’t even thinking about Rosie being able to use it when we installed them! I was just thinking about maximizing the storage capabilities here, but she loves it so much! This often has about ten little girls’ purses on it. She piles absolutely as much as she can on it! Now, let’s talk about that huge gallery wall. This is one of the only large blank walls for art we have in the house! We opened up so many walls and there are so many large windows, which is a win in my book! But, it leaves little to no space for artwork. And we were determined to have a ton of family photos in this house! One of our main goals was meaning and purpose and not just design, so photos of who lives here is huge. We’ve always had some, but they’ve never really been the focus. It was time to change that! So, I decided this would be a family gallery wall. But then I started thinking about how many meaningful, favorite pieces of art I have that wouldn’t have a home in this small house and the idea for a “Favorite Things Wall” was born. Since there won’t be a lot of art in other places in this house, I decided to take up the entire space. What art got picked? Anything that had meaning….that when I look at it, something is sparked. I’m going to break down this wall in another post and talk about the meaning found here later, but this is a super inspiring thing for me. You may remember this entry “console” is made up of our two nightstands in the last house pushed together. We didn’t have another place for them and while I loved the look of them with the leather pulls (they bring in another hint of modern in the space), I most of all loved the storage! I’ll break down exactly where we’re storing everything in this small house later, but in summary, these drawers are holding a lot of kids’ supplies (coloring stuff, art stuff, our learning games and toys) so that Rosie can easily pull it out, play with it in the room, and then put it away. They’re also holding my work stuff since I often work on the couch these days. This vintage kids’ rocking chair tucked in the corner gets a lot of use and I love it! Already, this is a space Rosie is playing a ton in and that makes me so happy! This home is already seeing life lived as I envisioned. What I love most about that too is finally realizing and accepting that a space can be welcoming and accessible for kids without compromising a look you love. I spend my mornings here on this couch, drinking coffee, reading and watching the sun come up out the window. I was so worried that this space just wouldn’t work for us, though I was determined to try and lately, my mornings spent looking around at the house I never dreamed we’d live in with two kids has made me feel so many things. I’m grateful for how our hearts and life visions are being shifted. I’m grateful for the provision of a beautiful, special home to raise our family in, regardless of its’ size. And I’m reminded of the beauty of creativity…you can make something marvelous out of anything. I put together a before and after video for you guys to really see the space and get a more realistic feel for it! Plus, I talk a little bit more about the design process and choices we made here. A huge thanks to Wayfair for catching our vision for this cozy, collected, and functional space and for joining with us in this journey! Here are all of the sources used in this space: [show_shopthepost_widget id=”2859437″] Navy Sofa – Wayfair Tufted Leather Armchairs – Wayfair Modern Brass Sconces – Wayfair Lucite Coffee Table – Wayfair Mexican Blanket – Yard Sale (had previously) Cowhide Pillow – Wayfair Floral Curtains – Vintage Vintage Persian Rug – eBay (had previously) White Antler Chandelier – Wayfair White Buffalo Print – Jet Woven Cream Fringe Pillows – Target (had previously) Weathered End Table – Yard Sale (had previously) Wicker Bookcase – Yard Sale (had previously) Wooden Stool – Final Cut (had previously) Entry Console – IKEA (had previously) Marbled Navy Lamps – Wayfair (had previously) Art – Vintage, Collected, Family Photos White Letterboard – Amazon Entry Hooks – Amazon White Desk Lamp – Target (had previously) Let me know if I missed anything or if you have any questions at all! We’re so happy to have this space to welcome us home and enjoy!