Hola guys and girls, Content Manager Ashley here! A few months ago, my partner and I bought our first home together and we partnered with Wayfair to transform our sitting room into a space that works for the both of us. I’m here to share the before and after images, and we’ll share a few registry tips that every couple should know!
1. Pothos Hanging Plant in Basket
2. Willa Arlo Interiors Tecca Bar Cart
3. Tassel Throw Pillow Color
4. Brandt Light Blue/Ivory Area Rug
5. Davis Loveseat Upholstery: Linen
6. Artisan Pillows Island Hopping Emerald Tropical Palm Leaf Outdoor Pillow Cover
7. Saint-Gratien Accent Cabinet
8. Split Philo in Weathered Clay Planter
9. Sea Grass Basket
10. Everly Quinn Alida Cube 77″ Etagere Bookcase
11. Mahanoy Round Mirror
12. Garland Decorative Sculpture
13. Willa Arlo Interiors Bosse Shag and Flokati Ivory Area Rug
14. Charley Round Tray
15. Bloomingville 3 Piece Stone Candlestick Set
16. Rattan Kim Lounge Chair with Ottoman
We picked pieces that would not only fit our current style but could also grow with us as our style changes over the years. Wayfair has an endless array of pieces to fit every aspect of your home and outdoors, so we knew the hardest part would just be narrowing down our choices! It’s perfect to build your wedding registry and cover everything you need for your first home together.
Wayfair has a group gift option, so you can easily register for furniture or bigger ticket items like appliances for your first home — shh you can leave the smaller items for your bridal shower (wink!). Their registry specialists can help you with everything you need to create a wedding registry that has something for everyone on your guest list, because we know guests love picking items from your registry, too!
The Wayfair Registry offers free shipping on all orders shipped directly to the couple, the convenience of white glove delivery for large items, an extended 90-day return policy, as well as the option to receive a 10 percent “Just-Married” discount on remaining items not purchased. You can start yours right here.
Let’s take a look at the living room when we bought the house:
I was immediately drawn to this room because THAT WINDOW! Sunlight pours right in and casts the most beautiful shadows throughout the day, and I envisioned a sitting room with no TV, just a record player, speakers, and an array of seating areas to fit various purposes. First up was to paint the room, and pink was a no-brainer for me. After the room was brightened up with a lighter color, I made my way to Wayfair’s site to pick out some key anchor pieces, like the blue vintage-inspired rug, the ivory loveseat, and the oh-man-I-need-it-now brass etagère.
I knew I wanted the etagère to be filled with sentimental knickknacks and things that could help foster creativity, like design books and pieces of artwork. Tassels and pompoms, gifts from dear friends, a couple of candles, fresh flowers and a pothos plant, plus some nods to the family — like a brass cup filled with my grandmother’s lighter collection and cute pregnant lady trophy that passed around my grandparents’ friends circle for years. This etagère is so unique to me because it has a wide variety of shelf heights, meaning I could add and create more dimension than with a traditional bookcase.
The coffee table was another easy pick — I knew I wanted something a bit softer than the blocky rectangular coffee table in our non-formal living room, and the oval shape of this table immediately spoke to me. Plus, it has a bit of brass accent on the legs, which help tie it into the rest of the room and add a little element of surprise. The tropical pillows on the loveseat and in the basket help to reinforce my love of all things jungle-inspired, while also adding an extra pop of color.
I wanted this corner to be its own sort of area, so I added a flokati rug to separate it from the rest of the room. This section is another nod to family, with an oil painting of my grandmother, a mosaic portrait of Basquiat done by my mother Pamela Goode, and the charming “Go Away” tile that belonged to my eccentric architect grandfather. This is a great spot for either of us to read a book and kind of zone out or to just pull up the chair to the coffee table when company comes over.
The curtains were another must-have item — I knew I wanted the room to predominantly have notes of pink and blue, and I loved the softness of these ombré curtains in indigo. In the shot below, we pulled the curtains out some so you can see how beautifully the light hits them as the white develops into a deep, rich blue. I couldn’t be more in love with these!
I call our worn velvet chair “Big Blue,” and though he’s seen better days, he’s too comfortable and beautiful to think of giving up. The 3-headed brass lamp was an antique mall find, and after originally passing it up, it only took one day of regret before I high-tailed it back to the shop and took it home with me.
Another one of my “anchor piece” picks from Wayfair was this oversized round mirror, which fills the room with even more light and makes such a beautiful impression — it’s a real scene-stealer. I decorated it with a colorful garland, a few pieces of artwork (including this beach hut photograph — the colors are a perfect match for the room) atop a family heirloom cabinet, and added a few more objets d’art on the marble countertop.
I’ve always lusted after rattan chairs, and this chair and ottoman pairing from Wayfair is the most perfect lounge piece for our living room. I paired it with an oversized pompom pillow for extra coziness, making it a great spot to sit and chill after putting on a record.
The white and brass bar cart was another must-have for me — even though I don’t drink, I can’t resist an array of beautiful bottles and fun glasses. This bar cart allows for lots of storage (especially for taller bottles), which means it’s got room to grow as our collection does.
Thanks to Wayfair‘s help, this room quickly became the happiest in our house. We spend so much more time in here now, and it’s the perfect room for a bit of peace and quiet or just a relaxing music listening session. Let’s take one last look at the before and after, shall we?
All “after” images by Emily Chidester Photography.
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