New Apartment - Living Room Design

For anyone who has been following this blog from the beginning, you know how much I enjoy putting together design boards to help with the early stages of a new room design. So of course, over the past week, I've started working on some design boards for our new apartment in Park Slope. These are by no means complete, and have not been husband approved yet, but I thought it'd be fun to start sharing some of my ideas over the next few weeks as we approach our move-in date. Let's start in the first room visitors will see when they walk in, the living room. 

The only piece of furniture that we kept for the living room is our gray wingback chair. It's really comfortable, got regular compliments from guests, and is easy to clean. So it checked off all our requirements on whether it was worth keeping and is kid and dog friendly. Other than that, we also brought our widescreen tv, surround sound speakers, dvd player, some of our wall decor and West Elm throw pillows. As additional decor, I'm thinking about hanging long, slim shelves behind the couch to display our European postcard collection. Originally I planned for these to be on display in the travel-themed nursery, but that room is so small, I don't think there is enough room. We collected a postcard from every town we visited on our six-week backpacking trip, and I think that collection would be a really meaningful focal point in our new home. 

This space is basically a blank space, so we're very open to couch styles but to start off, I found a tufted, tan loveseat from Joss & Main that I thought was a good statement piece. The two most important qualities in our next couch will be comfort and durability, so we may wind up going with something much less formal. The other important aspect of this room will be storage, so we can easily hide baby and dog stuff when we have guests (or also just for our sanity). We're planning on figuring out some storage and pantry ideas for the space closer to the kitchen (our breakfast nook area), so for this room I'm planning on baskets and storage ottomans. The other good part of ottomans vs coffee tables is no baby bumpers on hard corners. I know we'll have to do some baby proofing eventually, but our current goal is to limit that need. I have yet to find a large storage ottoman to go in front of our couch that I like the design of, so the current board has a stand-in. I've gone back and forth on trying to make one myself, and if I go that route, I'll of course share tutorials.

The main furniture re-do I'm definitely planning for this room is the tv stand. I've been looking at a lot of ikea hacking ideas and will also shop thrift stores to find the right piece. I want something with doors to keep baby hands away from wires and movies, but also a piece we can add some character to so it fits the look of our new place. Since we're moving into an apartment for the first time in four years, and losing green space (our first apartment in Austin had a backyard), we're liking the idea of trying to incorporate plants as much as possible. Keith thankfully has more of a green thumb than me, but if we do wind up doing any large plants on the ground, I'll have to do research on dog/kid friendly ones. Also, since this is a space that I assume the baby and our dog will spend a lot of time, I'm hoping to find a comfortable and fun indoor/outdoor rug for durability and easy cleaning.

As a starting point, here's the first version of my vision for our new living room (click to see larger if viewing on computer or tablet). Stay tuned for more design boards over the next few weeks!

Sources: Rug from Rugs USA. Curtains from Pottery Barn. Throw pillow and basket from West Elm. Armchair from World Market. Ottomans and couch from Joss & Main. Lamp from Crate & Barrel