Formal Living Room

Blue and White Living Room

Rug + Pillows c/o Lulu & Georgia

One of the first things people say when they come into our house is, ‘why do you have so many living rooms’? The answer is, we have one formal living room (formal-ish), a sun room for morning coffee and puppy snuggles, and then Anel’s man cave in the furnished basement which has turned into the place where we watch movies or TV together because it’s just so cozy.

Although this space isn’t actually all that formal, it is compared to the the rest of the house. Growing up, we had a formal living room where my parents entertained and us kids rarely entered. There’s something about the idea of a space like that, that makes me feel grown up. The next step is to finally host a wine night for my girlfriends in a few weeks.

I wanted the formal living room decor in this room to feel coastal yet comfortable, formal yet cozy, and with the help of Shelby at The Havenly, I think we accomplished exactly that with the formal living room decor and layout!

I knew that I had to have this rug from Lulu & Georgia and Shelby planned around that perfectly. We have a matching rug in the other half of this room (not pictured) under our dining room table. It’s the best rug I own hands down because it’s jute, my favorite, but it’s also super soft on the feet. Boots loves to lay on it and I love walking around with bare feet and feeling softness instead of scratchiness.

So take a tour of the space below and let me know what you think! I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. Scroll down for all product details.

Coastal Living ROom

Ficus Plant

Gray Malin Positano

Lulu & Georgia Living Room

Society Social Bar Cart

West Elm Accent Chairs

LS Living Room 8

Minted Art

Brass Hand

Shop my room:

Design: Havenly (Take 20% off their services with code LEMONS20)
Rug + Pillows (on chairs) c/o Lulu & Georgia
Lamps– Lulu & Georgia
Coffee Table + Side Tables– Pottery Barn
Brass Hand– c/o Kathy Kuo Home
Small Ginger Jar– Williams Sonoma
Round Mirror– Z Gallerie
Bar Cart + Nailhead Table + Palm Pillows– c/o Society Social
Chairs– West Elm
Custom Sofa– Society Social
Sheepskin Stools- CB2
Paint– c/o Farrow & Ball
Blue Prints– Minted
Gold Tray– Mark & Graham
Beach Photo– Gray Malin
Ficus Plant– Terrain
Curtains– c/o Loom Decor

LS Living Room 4

Thank you to The Havenly for designing this gorgeous space and to Lulu & Georgia for gifting me product.

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  1. This is a gorgeous space! I absolutely need that blue watercolor art print.

    Xx Taylor

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  2. Brenna Kelly said:

    I love the way your living room turned out and after following your blog for quite awhile, I like your taste in home styling a lot! I live in Massachusetts so I feel like how you style your home is more relevant to me than someone living on the west coast. Also want to say that I like how you have a formal living room in your house, I had that growing up as well but I feel like younger people are buying homes and do not care about having a formal living and dining room! Glad to see your keeping that alive!

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  3. Love your chic yet cozy set up! We also have a formal living room where my kids know is off limits. But they have a playroom plus a family room so I don’t feel too bad! Love all the pops of blue and the palm pillows and that bar cart is so pretty!

    Taffeta & Tulips

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  4. Katie said:

    Love it! A few quick thoughts – would you consider adding a smaller formal bookshelf or a few small prints to the wall behind the two matching chairs? My aunt made her apartment more formal by adding tall gold candlesticks, faux flowers, and hanging up some antique prints.

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  5. Meg Hall said:

    Looks fab lady! Can’t wait for my invite to wine night 😀

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  6. Emily said:

    Love it! We have a formal living room and I got to start from nothing. It has been so fun to build a formal living space. It really does make you feel like more of an adult.

    Love all the colors you chose! Glad to hear this jute rug is soft, I am on the hunt for one!


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  7. Ohh you have an amazing home style! I love all the gold and blue details! It looks so planned and thought out!

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  8. Maggie said:

    I love these colors! So, so gorgeous!

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  9. Katie said:

    Oh my goodness, your Living Room looks amazing- so gorgeous!


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  10. AvgGirlsGuide said:

    Absolutely love the space and have been so curious about this type of service — I have a few rooms about 60 percent there but need help pulling them together. Maybe this is the answer! Thanks.


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  11. Tabitha said:

    Love it!

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  12. It turned out so gorgeous! I LOVE those chairs. I plan to sit in one very soon hehe!

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  13. It looks great!

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  14. Natalie said:

    I just started transistioning into blue and white with Kelly green. I love it!

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  15. graceatwood said:

    beautiful – love it so much!!!!

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  16. Shirley jo said:

    Love, love! Only thing I would say is the two big prints on the couch pillows are a little too busy. Keeping it to one large and one small or one large and one solid, would be a little more pleasing to the eye. Still, one wonderful space!

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  17. John Winston said:

    Fabulous! Love this stunning living room, organized so beautifully with decorative accents like, golden figurine, throw pillows, cushions covers and ceramic vases. It’s blue and white color scheme goes perfect together. You have an amazing living space Julia!

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  19. Beautiful pillow covers. ……

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