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Monday, January 12, 2009

Home Inspiration: Comfortable Living Room

Yesterday, we had a few friends over to play games, order pizza and watch a documentary about cocaine in Miami. (Cheery!) As everyone piled into our living room, I thought about how a living space should be warm and comfortable and inviting, above all else. Warm throws, oversized chairs, soft pillows....As an inspiration, this room above looks especially nice, don't you think?

(Photo by James Merrell)

52 comments:

Christina Lee said...

I have been trying to get to this place in my living room!

citysage said...

Ooh yes, I LOVE this look! It makes me wish I'd saved a ratty old fur coat that I bought at Goodwill years ago---it would have been so lovely repurposed as a throw! The combination of glam and rustic is just perfect in this space!

L E A H said...

Very light, bright, and open.. natural lighting is where it's at!

Lola Is Beauty said...

I think I watched that documentary recently! Was it the one tracking it from when it first started and was something of a quaint, gentlemans agreement affair, up to the 80s and that godmother woman - god my memory for names is so bad...

also, nothing like an open fire and some cosy throws.

Colour Me Happy said...

I would much rather cozy up in there than go to the gym which I'm about to do. . . in the snow. . . in January.

Kristin said...

I'd want to come over every sunday afternoon if the living room was as inviting as that photo (and I'm sure your's is!)

kate said...

love the colors.

Gretchen said...

furry animal skin AND a fire? doesn't get any cozier than that!

xx GG

Alicia B Designs said...

nice! I especially love that pelt thrown over the sofa. I'm such a fur addict lately!

MauritaMason said...

Very inviting. The window light is incredible.

Abbey Goes Design Scouting said...

I think your house is already comfortable and wonderful!!!! But I agree with you 100%, comfort is really one of the most important parts of a home.

Amanda said...

I like that it looks warm and cozy, but still bright and clean. Not too cabin-esque. Also, it makes me outrageously jealous of anyone who has a fireplace and a (faux) fur throw.

Mouse said...

Plus you definitely need some horns. (j.k.--it looks like a nice place to curl up with a game of some sort, and cocoa...)

Jill of All Trades said...

I like it especially the antlers. Could be I have a few at our cabin. Nice and cozy.

O said...

i watched that same documentary on weekend too! Love the living room. Ps our wedding pics just came through so check my blog out.

stephanie said...

cozy - love it!

cassaundra said...

looks cozy! i'd hang out there!

seesaw designs said...

yep, definitely cozy. especially the fire place.

kati said...

i love that. just the right amount of white space, eclectic items and coziness. three of my favorite things :)

a pretty pill said...

i adore this room as well! i am beginning to think that soft, oversized chairs and sofas are a must, but it is a bit difficult to find something that is beautifully designed yet cozy and comfy enough for my sunday lounging, football freak husband;)

Joanna said...

I agree with citysage. Tis space strikes the perfect balance between rustic and elegant. I could definitely curl up with a book here.

Joanna said...

^This

LJ said...

Completely agree, its so cosy and inviting. If I had a living room like that I would have to say goodbye to my social life. I would never want to leave :)

Char said...

I'm moving in to be room mates with my brother - this reminds me of all the good things that a male/female room mate can be. He has a huge pane glass front window and I'm excited for the light. Now to girl it up a bit.

Heather said...

Was it Cocaine Cowboys? i was quite surprised how engrossing that documentary was. it was a crazy time in Miami!!

I love having friends over for game time, dinner and movies!

sounds like fun!

Courtney said...

very comfy!

MelodyS said...

I love the high ceilings and organic elements.

LINDSAY said...

I love furs in photos. They look so warm and they add great texture to a room. In person though, they completely gross me out...I swear I can smell the cowhide rugs at IKEA a mile away...barf.

Live More Now (LMN) said...

As a lover of color, I have a hard time imagining white as welcoming - but this does it. Maybe it's the coziness and warmth of the brown hues and throw/fire, etc. Beautiful!

magpie said...

i love this look. my favorite kind of inviting room is the style that I always see at anthro.

Noemi Sunshine Ferst said...

I can definitely see myself in lazing in font of that fire, tuch under that gorgeous fur throw, and slowly dozing off.
This looks devine.
xx.

jane said...

Isn't that the home of Rosie Brown, the owner of Papa Stour? I love her style. I just featured some Papa Stour goodies on my blog today.

http://joy-bucket.blogspot.com/

And yes it's a lovely space. Jane

Joanna Goddard said...

i don't *think* it's her home, jane, although i wish i knew whose it is! here is rosie brown's house; it looks similar but i think it's different...

http://www.designspongeonline.com/2008/02/sneak-peek-papa-stour.html

littlewinterbride said...

oh so heavenly! great inspiration as we are in the middle of a few home re decorating projects. grazie!

julie said...

This is one of my favorite rooms, too. If you're interested in seeing the whole flat, go to http://www.remodelista.com/index.php?s=edinburgh&searchbutton=Go!

Debutante said...

That sounds like an amazing night! A documentary about cocaine in Miami would be right up my ally. lol

And this room is amazing!

jane said...

Hi Joanna,

Thanks for the link to the great photos on design sponge. Just beautiful.

Here's a link that shows the living room you found. I'm positive it's the same room with a different lamp. Looks like the lucky Ms. Brown has two homes! Jane

http://www.livingetc.com/houses/h3super_natureh3_article_99690.html#showpic

DESIGN DIG said...

yeah it does look nice and comfortable! It is stylish without being uptight and all glammed up!

.kate said...

Well I might as well have invited myself over. I just watched the same documentary this afternoon while chatting with some friends over tea.

Netflix steaming instantly is proving to be one of my favorite things!

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