I know what you’re thinking. Didn’t we JUST see this living room? Certainly seems that way, doesn’t it?? I did make some upgrades that I shared at the beginning of the year {refresher here}, but as I put together our new master bedroom/nursery, {did you catch the reveal??} I realized I couldn’t confine all things baby to our bedroom. Our entire space needed to evolve, but that’s ok. I just read this great quote in Lonny: “The clothes you wear constantly reflect where you are in life, how much you make, what geographical area you live in, what your style is. That is what your home should be. Your home should be constantly be evolving.” Well, we just experienced one of the biggest evolutions life can can through out at you so it only made sense that we let a few baby things invade our living space. Can you spot them??

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I’m truly hoping your answer is no! We made very subtle updates to our living room in the attempt to make it more homey, but a little more sophisticated at the same time. It all started with the large-scale art over our fireplace. I’d been hunting for a piece that would work with our 20ft ceilings ever since we moved in here, but framed art that large is very difficult to find – let alone afford. That’s why I was thrilled to learn that Minted.com is now offering over-sized art! I jumped at the chance to showcase this piece by fellow blogger and crazy-good painter Emily Jeffords. I’ve long admired Emily’s work so it’s pretty fab to have her print in our loft. And at 40″ x 54″ it definitely fills the space!

We also had to say so long to our lovely but impractical modern accent chairs to make for…a glider! Yes, I am now the proud owner of a glider, but I love that no one notices we have one until I actually start to make the chair rock! Mission accomplished You can snag this gem right here.

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I’ll also take any excuse to refresh my accessories game so we added some sophisticated pillows in linen and deep shades of gray {those textured ones were hand-knotted in Argentina!}. I also brought out all my design books – I want to be able to enjoy them before they have to be out of reach of little sticky fingers!

The gallery wall running up our stairs also got a little refresh. I was thrilled to add some new family images – and I’m loving the monochromatic color palette, of course.

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While the changes in our living room are subtle, I just the love the way the space feels these days. Warm and inviting, relaxed but also curated. And I really do take pains in keeping it this way. All baby accoutrements are put away every night before bed. Incognito baskets are now my best friend. Sinking into our couch, wine glass in hand, to survey our seemingly adult space is very satisfying indeed!

living room resources: room & board wells leather sofa // loloi rug // vintage coffee table, similar // west elm glider // jessie black knit throw // jessie black accent pillows // rebecca atwood pillow // leather stool, similar // framed photography c/o framed & matted // favorite design books

original photography for apartment 34 by aubrie pick

This post is in partnership with Minted.com. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. Thanks for supporting collaborations we’re excited about and that keep Apartment 34’s doors open! 

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8 Comments

  1. That quote is making me feel real quilty but in a good way. I just opened up all my blinds. It feels good to let all the light in. Thx for the inspo!

  2. Hi! Can you please tell me where you got the shelving for the gallery walls going up the stairs? I love this! Thank you

  3. LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS ROOM….ESPECIALLY THE LEATHER SOFA ! PLEASE PLEASE TELL ME WHERE YOU PURCHASED THIS ?

      1. Thank you ! I just made up my mind. I’ve been eyeing the WELLS for some time now…it’s that one isn’t it ?