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Formal Living Room Progress!

Hi friends!  Sorry for the crickets chirping over here on the blog this week.  It has been a busy one for us!  Summer is winding down and we are making the most of it.  Lots to catch up on once I get my kiddos back in school.  I have loved having them home more with me this summer, but I get nothing done!  Nothing with a capital N!  :)  It will be nice to have some routine back in our days.  Maybe then I’ll be able to knock out more than one post a week.  ;)
Sharing the latest progress in our formal living room!  When I last shared pics of this space we had the rug, couch, tables and mirror.  A nice neutral palatte to play with.
Now we have curtains!  And pillows!  A bit of life has been added to this space!
You might remember when I decided on the color scheme for this room.  I tore this page out of a magazine years ago and have always loved the navy, teal, white and coral together.
These were the fabrics I selected for the drapes and pillows last Spring.
So fun finally seeing them all sitting on my couch!
I’ve been into navy lately and love this diamond geometric pattern on my drapes.  You can’t tell in these pictures, but the navy curtains pick up the navy in all of the pillows in our backyard that you can see through these french doors.  Which reminds me that I still need to share my yard pics!  I took them months ago.  I shared our outdoor pergola and fire pit and forgot to share the rest!  Too busy corralling kids in the yard to edit pictures of it I guess.  :)
I’m excited to start accessorizing now that we have the basics in.  I’ll try to pick up some of these colors in a gallery wall on that planked wall behind the couch as soon as I get brave enough to start hammering holes!
To mix it up I decided to fill the entire back of the couch with pillows instead of just one or two on each end.
The look is a bit busier than what I normally go for, but because everything else is so neutral I think it works!
This textured flower print is my favorite!  I ordered all of these fabrics from my friend/designer and had the pillows custom made.  Shoot me an e-mail if you want her contact info!  She is great to work with and I’m so glad I had her help putting these fabrics together.
I was hoping to have the chairs I ordered a DECADE ago by now, but they are still on backorder.  I’m so patient, can you tell?  :)  So for now my coral Greek Key pillows are hanging out by the fireplace.  They look lonely don’t you think?  Hoping the chairs come soon!
My book cases still look completely empty like this and I have been itching to style them!  Project #1 of 3,494 once the kids are back in school.
There’s still a lot to do in this space, but for now I’m just enjoying the fact that we have furniture in here at all!  It’s starting to look like a real room.  Even my kids (who were so sad to lose their ice skating, dance party, gymnastic arena) like the furniture.  The other night I went to check on my 5 year old in bed and he was gone!  Found him curled up on this couch snuggled in all the new pillows.  Seems we break things in pretty quickly around here.


Enjoy your weekend everyone!

p.s.  If I ever go dark on the blog you can still find me on Instagram and Facebook!  I share updates there daily.  So nice to have a way to still connect with so many of you when I don’t have time for a blog post.  You can also subscribe to get notified by e-mail each time I post (just enter your e-mail address on my sidebar).  That way you aren’t popping over too often to hear the crickets.  Not that the crickets and I mind.. or that they’ll be here for long.. but you know.

Just in case.


xoxo, Erin
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83 thoughts on “Formal Living Room Progress!

  1. It looks great Erin. I love the color combo. I am crushing on navy also. I did the Master in navy, cream and taupes. I feel you on the back orders, even though I have been pretty lucky on most things I have ordered. Hope you get your chairs soon. The room looks stunning.


    P.S. I got the Steve madden shoes today from Nordstroms for Berkley. They fit perfect. Thanks for the fashion Friday post. They were a winner. :)


    1. Yea! I’m so happy they worked Cathy! CUTEST boots! Our girls are going to be all sorts of stylish. ;) I want a tour of your house when it’s finished! xo

  2. Try using command strips to hang you gallery wall. We recently moved and someone told me about them, game changer!! They hold so well and no holes!

    1. Thank you Samantha! Love that tip! I was going to use them on my front door last Christmas and chickened out because I was afraid I’d do it wrong and peel the paint! I need to experiment with them. And stop being such a chicken. ;) xo

      1. Ok I was going to mention command strips too! Look for the velcro ones! They are seriously LIFE-CHANGING!! I did my whole gallery wall with them and they all came down beautifully when we moved last month! Wonderful for any who are indecisive (ME!) and want to readjust after getting things up on the wall. ;) Safe for paint and wood as long as you remove properly (just pull parallel to wall instead of out.) You’ll love not having holes in that gorgeous wood planking!! :)

  3. How exciting for you, Erin! This room is taking shape and looking beautiful! Well, it was pretty when it was bare bones, but you are adding lots of pizzazz with your wonderful flair and style. Those pillows look fantastic on the couch. The design in the curtains looks amazing, too. Yay for progress! I took a peek at your Instagram. Loved the photo of you and the girls in front of the door. They are getting so grown up looking! They are the same grades apart as my girls. Although, I’m dealing with one starting high school in a week and a half! Yikes! I know you are enjoying your time with them. Happy Summer lasting as long as possible. :)

    1. Thank you Jeanne! Oh my word – high school! Isn’t that crazy!? So fun you have girls the same distance apart! I love it. Something about sisters. :) Enjoy your weekend sweet friend! xo

  4. Use the Velcro command strips while doing/figuring out your gallery wall! Saves lots of unneeded holes!! Then you can use nails once you are 100% sold! I use them all the time!!

  5. Erin…Your home is beautiful and I have to tell you it has given me so many ideas and feel like I finally know how to decorate our home. We moved to Central California 2 years ago and moved into a large open style home and I had no idea how to decorate it, being so open and all with such tall ceilings. After finding you blog last year, I feel like I have been given this gift and template with how to move forward and style our home and appreciate you list where you purchase things especially since the Central Valley is lacking in stores. Thank you!! I would love to do something exactly like this room in our front area because I have a SLC temple picture with coral blossoms I got from Deseret Book last year and it would match perfectly. Anyway, I am rambling, but thank you for allowing us continued peeks into your home. Can I ask one question? Did you purchase your rug from Restoration Hardware? Thank you!

    1. Kirsten your comment made my day! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m so happy my pictures have helped you! Your temple picture sounds beautiful – I think I’ve seen that very one and I love it! And yes – that rug is from Restoration Hardware. :) xo

  6. So pretty! I love the ceiling in that room, too. Makes it look so elegant. The pillow colors are awesome. It’s really coming along. Hope the chairs get there soon! Because yeah, those pillows at the fire place look a bit….uncomfortable. They need a cushy chair to rest in!

    School starts August 25 for us, and I am really going to miss these summer days with the kids. It’s so nice not having to “be” anywhere but in our backyard, swimming…which reminds me….

    Erin, remember my pool project? It’s finally done and I’ve updated my blog with photos – finally! Took me forever because life just gets so busy. Also, I have another baby due! A boy. As you know, this is our #11 child. I’m 23 weeks along now. Unfortunately this little guy won’t be with us very long on this earth due to a fatal diagnosis we discovered at week 16. I’m heartbroken but am trusting the Lord with this. This baby will be in my family forever, just not here on earth. Anyway, can you pray for my little guy? We have named him Aaron, and his story is on my blog under ABOUT “Carrying to Term” if you would like to know more about him.

    1. Katrina – I’m so sorry to hear that. :( Breaks my heart. You will all definitely be in my thoughts and prayers. Hang in there sweet friend. xo

  7. Hi Erin!
    What a gorgeous room to work with!! Your ceiling is a jaw dropper!! I love your color scheme and the patterns!! It’s definitely a show stopper!! Magazine worthy!!???? Can’t wait to see your new chairs and your built ins all styled up! How many days until school starts????

    1. Thanks Shauna! Made my day seeing a comment from you on the blog. :) You are such a sweetheart! SO happy you like it! Means a lot coming from talented you!
      Counting down around here. ;) xo

  8. Hi Erin!
    Loving all of the progress in your living room. Especially the drapes. It’s funny – I love patterned drapes in other people’s homes but I’m soo chicken to hang them in my own!! Have to get out of my comfort zone! I also have a white tufted sofa in my living room but I go back and forth with the pillows along the back. I love the color they bring but then I can’t see the gorgeous tufting. It changes daily around here! Thanks for sharing your beautiful home!!

    1. Hi Kim! Oh my word – I’ve always felt the same way and I was so nervous when I got my first drapes in our family room! But then I loved the pattern and coziness they added so I was a little more brave when I picked patterns out for this room. :) I agree about seeing the tufting! I’m sure I’ll go back and forth with pillow arrangements too. That’s the fun things about pillows – easy to change! Thanks cutie! xo

  9. Hi,
    i’m kinda new reader but hooked from the very first time. I’m also in the process of settling in new house and making it home. Can you please tell me from where did you get the couch?

  10. I may have to rethink my avoidance of drapes–I have always thought they looked “old lady-ish” but yours are crisp and modern and add a nice accent of color and pattern.

  11. Hi Erin,
    I’m new to your blog and thought I’d say your house rocks. Wow. Beautiful.
    As for being brave enough to make holes in your plank wall, just use command hooks to be sure you like your layout, and then make those holes!
    Congratulations, enjoy your many blessings!

    1. Hi Tina! So nice to “meet” you! You are so sweet to say that about my house. Thank you! For sure trying out the command hooks! xo

      1. And you are so sweet for not mentioning that it was already suggested! Lol! Next time i’ll read the comments first. Xo,

  12. Love the progress of the room! I love this color combo as well and am especially loving navy lately. Could you tell me who makes the fabric from the floral pillow or the name of the fabric? Thanks!

    1. Thanks Kayla! I actually don’t even know the fabric name! I just picked them out and had them made. Shoot me an e-mail and I’ll send you Tritia’s info. (who I bought them through) and you can reach out to her. :)

  13. This room is looking beautiful! I love the pops of color and pattern in the pillows and love those drapes! Now for a shopping trip to fill up those shelves ;) xo

  14. Hi! I am so in love with the rug, but I can’t find it on Restoration Hardware’s site :( Can you please link to it, or post the name of it? Thanks so much!!!!!

    1. Hi Stacy! I think I just answered this in another comment section? But let me know if that was another person! Thinking it was you. :) xo

      1. Whoops! Yes, that was me! :) Sorry for the double comment…i had thought my first one didn’t go through. Thanks again for the info! I can’t wait to see what you are doing with the gallery wall you are working on!!! I’m working on one too and slowly collecting pieces as I find them. I’m sure yours will be gorgeous!

        1. No biggie Stacy! Just wanted to make sure I answered your question! Man I’m stuck on my gallery wall! The collecting part is going so slowly. You’ll have to send me a pic of yours when it’s done for some motivation! I’m sure it will be gorgeous too. :) xo

  15. I love this room! I recently started following the blog and love it! Where is your end table from? I am on the search for new end tables.


  16. I love your drapes in the formal living and family room! Would you share where they are from?

    Thank you,

    1. Hi Tiffany! Thank you! I ordered them custom from my friend/designer. Her name is Tritia (sounds like Trisha) and you can contact her at her store. The number is 858-793-7782. Tell her you are interested in the drapes in my formal living room and she can give you details/pricing. :) xo

  17. Beautiful. It is so exciting to watch your progress and share in your joy.
    I am loving the little silver side table. Where is it from?
    Keep decorating…..

  18. Oh my gosh. I just found your blog and I am seriously drooling! I’m decor challenged and your house is totally inspiring to me and fits what I think my style is more than other decor blogs. Your mud room is to die for, with a “locker” for each family member. So awesome!

  19. You may have already mentioned this, but where did you purchase you light fixture that hangs in your formal living room?

    1. Hi Lauren! I can’t find the info. on that! So sorry. I honestly can’t remember. If I ever come across it I’ll share it on the blog! I ordered too many lights all at once!

  20. Your home is stunning and your style is just gorgeous. Would you mind sharing your paint colors? Specifically your living room and coffered ceiling?

    1. Thank you so much Cassie! So kind of you to say. My living room walls are “Seattle” by Frazee and my coffered ceiling in that room is “Elf” by Frazee. I think Frazee has joined with a another paint group now.. but anyone at a paint store could find it for you. :) Take care! xo

    1. Thanks Taylor! I don’t have the name of it, but if you want to e-mail me I can send you the name/contact info. for my friend/designer who I bought them through and you can get them through her too! Let me know if you are interested! xo

  21. Can you let me know where the curtain rods are from? I love love love your living room and every other room you have showed us!

    1. Thank you so much Tina! I had to order custom curtains and rods because of the size of my doors. Shoot me an e-mail and I can give you my friend/designer’s info. who I ordered them from if you are interested! xo

  22. Erin your home is beautiful! Love the pillows and curtains. Did you purchase the curtains or did you have them made as well?

    1. Thank you so much Katrenia! My pillows and curtains were made custom. I picked out the fabrics and had them made. Shoot me an e-mail if you want my friend/designer’s info. who made them for me! You can buy the same ones through her. :) xo

  23. Love your space! We have windows that are 11feet wide & would love to know where you purchased your rods from. Thank you. If you already said I apologize I read all the comments & didn’t see it.

  24. Hi there! This is gorgeous and we have a similar ceiling in our new home. Can you tell me the color of your trim and beams? We are struggling with picking out the whites AND grays! Thanks!

  25. Where did you order the two chairs from? It looks like they weren’t ready when this post went live but I’ve seen them in your other posts and love them!

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