Room Tour: Anne’s Living and Dining Room

Dining Room

I am so excited about today’s room tour! Reader Anne enlisted the help of my lovely and super-talented friend Lauren (who is due with her third baby any second now!) for some eDecorating advice. I LOVE how these two collaborated to make Anne’s home bright and cheery and polished. It’s a nice mix of modern and traditional and I think they did a beautiful job of putting money where it counted. Here’s Anne… 

Being a graphic designer is a blessing when it comes to creating a look on paper, but translating our style into home decor proved to be, well, challenging.

So when I stumbled across Lauren Liess from Pure Style Home, I knew I wanted her to help me. With a brief over-the-phone consultation, she was able to give me direction on the larger paralyzing decisions…like “Buy something modern for the second buffet,” or “Fill this wall to the ceiling with art.” She’s a genius! 
I then spent the next ten months collecting furniture and art (Lauren also helped us with our master bedroom) and putting the pieces together to create a look that truly reflected our style. My husband is traditional and I like a bit of quirk. Voila!
When we started this transformation, many of the larger items were in place, but the rooms felt unfinished and off balance. Lauren’s advice to create symmetry (around the picture window and couch) and filling the space with ‘pretties’ proved to be the key to making it feel cozy and inviting. 
My husband was afraid that filling the walls with art would make the space feel smaller, but in fact your eye is now drawn up and around the rooms, creating the illusion of more space. 
And adopting the mindset that ‘it might get broken, but it’s worth having out and not hidden for the next ten years’ helped with creating table tops suitable for a toddler (we have since moved the cactus-ha!). As long as we have a few things out that our two year old son can touch, he is happy to leave the breakables alone.
Another key piece to pulling things together was a color ‘theme’. I wanted the rooms to connect, but I didn’t want to be matchy-matchy. The pillow on the sofa (which I just LOVE) was a gift from missionary friends in Bosnia and it became my ‘go to’ when I was tempted to purchase something. If it didn’t jive with the pillow … I had to pass. 
The conversation starter in the room is definitely the large black and white image in the dining room. It’s an image of my dad as a boy and we just love it! I sat for months on the couch wondering what do with that space and now having it filled with a little piece of family history is a treat. 
In fact, if you look around, animals play a theme in most of the vignettes. A happy accident I guess, but we love the subtle ‘lodge’ feel. 
Well, there you have it. Our living and dining rooms. Thanks for looking! 
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P.S. I added a photo of our nursery here too. It was finished when I spoke with Lauren and I told her ‘THIS is our style’. Amazing how nesting will kick you into gear to get a nursery ready while the rest of the house sits undone. :)
Sofa –  Ethan Allen
Rug – West Elm
Drapery – JCPenny
Club Chairs – Thrifted
Round End Table – Overstock
Campaign Side Table – Urban Outfitters
Three Drawer End Table – Antique
Coffee Table – Overstock
Lamps – Target/JCPenny
Living Room Art – Collected over the years
Sofa Pillow – Bosnian rug turned pillow (gift)
Pink Throws – West Elm
Coffee Table Baskets – Target
Coffee Table Tray – Target
Elephant – Thrifted
Floor Lamp – Antique
Chandelier – Antique
Dining Table – Thrifted
Dining Chairs – Ikea
Wood Buffet – Antique
White Buffet – Ikea
Buffet Lamps – JCPenny base with Target shades
Books – Thrifted
Art – Collected over the years
Large Print – Photo printed at Canvas On Demand
Vases – Thrifted
Dog – Thrifted
Buffet Tray – Target
Bar Glasses – Williams-Sonoma
Silver Cheese Server – Thrifted
Cigar Boxes – Local Cigar Shop
What did you think?
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64 thoughts on “Room Tour: Anne’s Living and Dining Room

  1. I like how you have displayed the art so your eye is drawn up and around the walls…as sometimes too many prints on the walls can make the room feel enclosed and 'busy'. I like how the cupboards use sliding doors as this saves space.

  2. Behind me sits the exact buffet which was featured here. I inherited it from my grandmother and have it mixed with contemporary items. I'm so happy to see others also have this classic piece of furniture from Drexel.

  3. We just put an offer in on a house that has this exact layout and even many of the same features. Same window positions, leaded glass, radiator positions, etc. so this is amazing inspiration for what the rooms can be. I agree with everyone else, this house is totally magazine worthy. Fantastic work! Now let's see more of that nursery :)

  4. Just lovely. Not a thing about it I didn't like. All the details work so well. I especially like the enlarged photo of her dad. I think I will be stealing that idea.

  5. This is a great post. Love Anne's house and all the L.Leiss ( we love her) touches that are evident. Such great gallery walls, that make all the difference. A little old, a little looks so well curated.
    xo Nancy

  6. Great pictures, tons of inspiration here! I agree that it looks lovely and cohesive but not overly "designed" and uptight. I feel like my toddlers would still knock over many of the pretty vignettes but even without those, the bones of the design choices/furniture are good enough to keep the room looking well done. Love it.

  7. Lauren's talent is amazing as are these rooms! I especially love the vignette with the oversized photograph – almost makes me want to sort through the boxes of old prints in the attice to find one for our wall. Thanks for sharing these inspirations, Cynthia

  8. This room is my very favorite tour to date. It is just beautiful. I love that it feels lived in and personal rather than just "decorated." I would love, love, love to see more of Anne's home.

  9. Anne's home just begs for guests. And I'm grateful to be one of them from time to time. Her home reflects her love for hospitality. I especially love the adorable little boy running through the pictures.

  10. It's a beautiful place for beautiful people! I think it points to our Creator in lots of different ways. It's a slice of heaven on 22nd Ave. -Erica

  11. Please please please, what is the gorgous white paint color? Amazing tour. And the nursery is lovely as well. Great Job!

  12. I immediately thought of Lauren upon viewing the first image but I still didn't get that she was the Lauren who e-designed it until Anne explicitly said so. I am a huge fan of Pure Style and Lauren's intuitive approach to design. Her spaces all share a certain quality / aura and yet they are all so individual. Loved this little tour – hope to see more. Master bedroom by Lauren?

  13. What a beautiful space! Really relaxed and inviting, yet very polished, too. Thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Thanks everyone! I'm humbled by all of your comments. Since a few of you have asked…the paint color is Benjamin Moore Decorators White…the perfect white in my opinion.
    Anne G

  15. Thanks for sharing this lovely home. I really liked the 'lodge feel' of the dog ceramic (?). At least it wasn't painted all-over white + left as is.

  16. Thank you for all the wonderful pictures! We bought at the start of the year a "new old house"! It's very old fashioned, still set in the 60's! I want to keep some of the look but really get rid of the horrible old wallpaper! We want a modernized rustic look, if there's such a thing! You're pictures inspired me to not hold back on the decorating, it's what really brings a room together!

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