As you can see below the space splits in half with the fireplace and the dining area is to the right while the living area is to the left. This area used to have carpet and the new wood floors make this open plan an obvious set up and easy to pull off (plus, I wouldn't have wanted carpet in the dining room, it just wouldn't have worked before).
The sofa is a KIVIK from IKEA and previously was split into a love seat and a chaise, but for this floor plan we put them together along the wall. (that is the awesome thing about the KIVIK, it can be added on to or taken apart like legos!). No one can ever believe that we have a white sofa, but I absolutely love it. Yes, the kids (and me!) get it dirty, but it wipes clean easily or the covers can go in the wash. And I have to admit that I am guilty of buying new white covers from time to time too (they are super cheap!). My husband is always bugging me to get darker covers from IKEA but I just don't think it would work in this room. (the throw pillows are Home Goods, the shearling throw is IKEA and the plaid blanket is from Old Navy, the coffee table is a craigslist find).
Another change we made to the living area was to put the tv above the fireplace. We had an electrician put a cable/power outlet above the fireplace and then I did a few magic tricks to get the cords to disappear! The power strip is plugged in and placed on top of the mounting bracket behind the tv and the cable and apple tv boxes are stuck with 3M strips to the wall just behind the tv so that the remotes still work, but so you can't see them. Brilliant! The mantle is simply an IKEA Lack shelf.
Here the bar cart & pillows are from Target, the animal head is from Home Goods, the chairs are IKEA and again this coffee table (one of my favorite pieces) is a craigslist find. I do EVERYTHING at home on a budget knowing that my family will be "living" in the space and that is what my budget allows.
I was like a kid in a candy store when I realized we could get a BIG table for the living room area. This table is from World Market (watch the sales, I think I got this one for only $400). I love that it can seat six or more because I really love to entertain. So far this table has stood up to the kids' use and spills etc. It's one of my favorite pieces!
The chest below is an antique store purchase, the wooden bowl is from Home Goods, the chalkboard is a curbside find - I found the frame and DIY'd the chalkboard and the racoon head I found on clearance at Anthropologie awhile back.
I hope you enjoyed this peek into my home!
see you around...