I’m excited to get back into sharing decorating updates on the blog now that we’re back in Connecticut for the foreseeable future. You can see the majority of the house projects we’re hoping to tackle in the next few years on my new 101 in 1001 list, several of which involve decorating decisions for our living room. I shared our new (reupholstered) chairs at the beginning of the summer and since then I’ve been toying around with different ideas for artwork, a proper ottoman, a larger rug, window treatments, throw pillows, the list goes on! While I love the satisfaction of a good room reveal (like this or this) I think it’s also fun (and more realistic!) to share photos of rooms that are still very much in progress so we can one day look back and see how they’ve taken shape over time. You can actually see the original before photo of our living room in this post from when we moved in last summer!

design darling living room quatrefoil mirror lee jofa sameera chairs

casey chalem anderson prints oomph edgartown side table serena & lily jetty pillow cover

Casey Chalem Anderson prints one, two, three, and four

similar quatrefoil mirror  //  similar blue and white porcelain lamps

Oomph side tables  //  Pottery Barn sofa  //  Serena & Lily throw pillows

Lee Jofa chair fabric  //  Serena & Lily woven x benches  //  Serena & Lily rug

The wall behind our living room sofa had been empty since we moved in a year ago and I was having trouble finding a piece of art that was large enough to really make a statement on such a large expanse of white space. My mom gave me this antique quatrefoil mirror close to a decade ago and it’s been put to good use in many places I’ve lived since, but I originally hung it on the opposite wall in the living room because I loved the architectural interest it added above the fireplace. But it was so high off the ground it reflected nothing but the blank white wall across from it so we decided we’d try it above the sofa with a few prints we’d had in our previous rental home et voilà! I’m so happy with the result and I’m even happier that I didn’t spend a fortune on a huge new piece of art just to fill the space.

antique nantucket map on design darling

william welch painting design darling living room

similar map  //  William Welch painting

similar ginger jars  //  One Kings Lane armchairs

Above the fireplace we instead hung this antique map of Nantucket that was in the dining room of my childhood home. It was one of the first things you saw when you walked in the door of that house and I love that we can now see it from our kitchen! It’s one of two pieces in the living room that we’ve been joking are “on loan from the Horan collection” as my parents also didn’t have a home for this William Welch watercolor that also hung in our childhood home. They’ll hang here for as long as my parents live with us and the sentimental attachment I have to each piece makes this room feel even more like home!

anne bohne art doodle painting

The last piece of art we hung this weekend was this adorable  Anne Bohne watercolor that closely resembles our cockapoo Rory. I first discovered her work on Instagram a few months ago and I love the style of her paintings! It’s a piece I’ll likely move around as it would be pretty in several spots around the house, but for now I’m loving it between the windows on this wall!

Officially crossing #56 off the list… on to the next!

casey chalem anderson prints and quatrefoil mirror in design darling living room

casey chalem anderson prints oomph edgartown side table and serena & lily jetty pillow cover

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  1. Beautiful! Would you mind sharing which fabric your Pottery Barn sofa is upholstered in? When I hit your link it seems to pull up a Performance Boucle in Oatmeal.?. If it is the boucle, do you have any issues with the fabric getting picked/pulled? We have 2 dogs and I worry that it might get damaged. Thanks!

  2. you ve made a good job since last summer !! Ilike how the blue mixes well with wood color and a bit of orange .you re a good decorator and I m eager to see the rest of your rooms once it s done .

  3. Long time reader of your blog and first time posting! I have loved watching the progress of your new home and everything you have done. The pictures you have in your living room look so charming. I am really excited to see how everything looks once it’s all together, espically your laundry room. Dying to see the wallpaper!

    I also enjoyed reading your 101 in 1001 days. It has made me want to create my own list as well!

  4. Long time reader of your blog and first time posting! I have loved watching your progress on your home and love what you have done so far. All the pictures look amazing.

    I also enjoyed reading your new 101 in 1001 days! Makes me want to create my own list of long-term goals for every aspect of my life.

  5. Hi Mackenzie! Love, love the room–especially how you put the prints on either side of the mirror! Question about the S&L pillows…I’ve been debating the Jetty style but it says spot clean only, and with our dog (cockapoo, too!) I only buy pillows where I can wash the covering. Do you have any experience laundering any delicate styles that are spot clean only? Figure I’d toss it in the machine on hand wash with Laundress detergent, but curious if you have any experience here!

    Thank you!! 🙂

  6. Those reupholstered chairs are just so good. Pretty sure I could have only them in my living room and feel totally complete! I also love that you’re able to borrow art from your parents—I have a vintage menu board from an iconic (now defunct) restaurant on MV, on loan from my mom’s collection. We found the board while vintage shopping on the island together, which makes it all the more special.