Most days I'm too busy, broke, and/or lazy to care that much about keeping up with home design trends, and it takes a lot for me to commit to anything decor-wise. After four years of staring at the same blue Moroccan trellis rug in our living room though, I decided it was time for a change. Replacing the rug triggered a few other tweaks that changed the look and feel of our living space.
Whatever we opted for had to work with the splashes of primary colour and the warm, inviting textures of the pieces we already have. The brown overstuffed couch, the vintage side table, and the arm chair were all staying. Accessories-wise, so were the blue lamp, striped throw, the sheepskin, and lumbar pillow. I wasn't looking for a complete decor overhaul or anything, just a slight refresh.
In the end, I chose a berber-style rug from Overstock, my favourite site for affordable area rugs. Berber rugs are very popular right now, but I think the pattern and colour are versatile enough to transcend trends and I wanted something subtler than blue Moroccan trellis. The dense shag felt so good underfoot—not at all like the thin scratchy wool we had before—that I was beaming as soon as we rolled it out. The only downside was that the newly neutral rug drained the living room of any colour.
That was solved with a few new throw pillow covers from West Elm. Now, I have issues with throw pillow covers and it took a long time and a lot of searching to find these ones. First, they had to have some blue in them and a heavy enough fabrication to complement the couch and work as year-round pillow covers. No beads or sequins because they're scratchy. Nothing too trendy; I'll probably be keeping them for at least five years, if not more. No faux fur because it gets gross quickly and never looks the same after a wash. No inspirational quotes either—I don't want my pillows telling me dreams need hustle when all I want to do is eat chips and watch a movie. The Wallace Sewell x West Elm collaboration and blue silk hand-loomed pillow cover managed to tick all the boxes, adding textural richness, colour, and pattern without any of the design tics that would trigger my obsessiveness.
New pillows and a new rug don't exactly go with a dying plant. The jade plant on the side table was nearing the end of its life, so I replaced it with a leafy tropical (only $7.99!) from Canadian Tire. Fingers crossed I can keep this calathea alive. (The grey chalkboard pot was a sale find from Chapters Indigo.)
And that concludes our living room tour! As much as I love looking at photos of perfectly designed and curated spaces on Pinterest, I love how warm, inviting, and eclectic our living room is even more. It's the perfect place to (literally) Netflix and chill.
- Arm chair
- Blue lamp (similar)
- Striped throw
- Maple leaf pillow
- Blue pillow
- Triangles pillow
- Brushstrokes pillow
- Plant pot
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