Finally! Living Room Reveal

I know I teased the new living room rug more than two weeks ago now… I’m sorry to leave you hanging for so long! My laptop has been on the fritz so it hasn’t been easy working on the blog from home, and I’ve been really busy at my 9-to-5, too, so I haven’t been able to sneak in much Urban Nesting time in the office.

Plus, it turned out not to be just a new rug, of course, so I needed a bit more time…

So here goes! This was the living room before, right after it was painted:

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During the rug back-and-forth…

DSC00909And finally, now!

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Thank you to everyone who chimed in on the rug choices! Your advice was much appreciated because it was no easy decision. As you can see, I ended up going with rug No. 3! I really wanted No. 7, but I couldn’t justify the cost when the bf has a cat that barfs just about every day… Gross.

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I’ll post a “Shop This Space” next week because I have new curtains now, too! That round tray on the coffee table was a thrift store score, but its paint job is a bit of a work in progress. More on that later.

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I’m absolutely smittten with the calm, cool vibe of the space, and I think the mood of the room will really be swayed by artwork. It’s still pretty bare in there right now. The three “prints” above the couch now are just drawings I made and threw up there so it didn’t look so bare at the Garden Party. I’m planning to replace them eventually, but art isn’t something I like to just buy to fill space—it’s expensive, so I want to love it with a capital L!

DSC01036So what to do you think about how the space is coming together? I hope you like it as much as I do—but I’m always open to suggestions!

Shop Stop: Jayson Home

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I swear I’ve covered Jayson Home on Urban Nesting before, but a quick search of the archives doesn’t produce a thing so… here goes!

IMG_1374Jayson Home is amazing. Truly. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever been to a home store where every single display speaks to me, which makes me sad for you non-Chicagoans because you can’t experience it in person. There’s only one physical location, on Clybourn in Lincoln Park (though you can order their furniture, lighting, art and more online).

It’s such a layered environment that it honestly feels like someone lives there (hell, I’d live there). The first layer is usually a beautiful modern couch or chair, then comes maybe a vintage rug or set of nesting tables, add some elegance in a metallic vase or tufted ottoman, sneak in some global bazaar with a copper lantern or jewel-toned throw pillow, and finish it all off with some nature-inspired art… basically it’s heaven.

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To top it all off, Jayson Home is also a nursery. Boom.
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Jayson Home, 1885 N. Clybourn Ave., Chicago, jaysonhome.com

Design Inspiration: Scandi Inspired

A new issue of Adore is out! I don’t even remember how I first came across this online-only mag—it’s out of Australia, after all—but the most recent issue is stunning. (Did I mention that it’s free?) I’m a huge fan of the home feature, “Scandi Inspired,” which shows off the home of designer Michelle Halford. (She has a beautiful blog of her own, The Design Chaser, that’s worth checking out.)

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 2.45.29 PMI love that she so obviously has a vision and sticks with it. Anybody could tell that just by looking at the pictures, but she mentions it in the story too:

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 2.36.44 PM“I definitely have an overall vision, which is of a home that is white and bright, with clean lines and an elegant, pared-back aesthetic. Functionality is also really important, as is a home that grows with our family as we plan on being here a while. My sense of style can be seen in the finder details, such as the subtle addition of colour and texture, artworks, sentimental items and the mood board in my office.”

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 2.39.04 PMI guess I’m attracted to commitment as I still struggle to determine what my design style is. (I can’t be too hard on myself though; I have come a long way in a year or so!) But her repeating color scheme and lack of “stuff” certainly invokes a sense of calm.

Halford’s minimalist vision is especially refreshing at this time of year when everyone’s home seems to be chockablock with (often tacky) decorations, presents, kids, dirty dishes—you name it. I’m not saying I’m not guilty. Maybe I’ll steal that washi tape tree idea for next year…

Screen Shot 2013-12-16 at 2.37.54 PMClick here (and turn to page 91) to see more of Halford’s home in Adore!