The Room We Use Most

Navy and White Living Room

When we moved into our house, there was a random room off of the kitchen that had just been put in. It felt like an afterthought, and had very little heat and no insulation. We at first thought of it as a nuisance and kept it empty for months. It was dark and cold and empty for that first winter.

My plan was to use it as a dining room because of it’s proximity to the kitchen, but Anel convinced me that it would make the perfect den/hangout room and it turns out he was right!

The first iteration was a bright sunroom¬†with lots of white details… until we got a dog. Then we realized that it was going to get dirty really quickly and we needed it to be a bit more durable. I loved how the space looked so bright and beachy, but it just wasn’t practical. We updated it last winter, and while it looked awesome again, the rug would shed all over our clothes, and the coffee table wasn’t quite baby friendly or comfy for putting our feet up.

In our third and final iteration of the room, we switched the rug one last time and added a softer ottoman from Birch Lane for a cozy space that is much more comfortable for all four of us. It finally feels perfect, which is good because we spend more time here than any other room in the house!

I sit in the corner of the couch to feed Amalia, and we use it watch movies (TV isn’t pictured here) and play with Boots on the floor. While it was first an annoying space that I couldn’t fill, it’s quickly become the most used room in the entire house. I can’t wait to see Amalia crawling around and playing in it soon!

Total side note but I’ve been living in this Cuyana sweater lately. If you’ve been following along for a while, you know it’s probably my favorite clothing brand, so I try to pick up one new piece each season. The sweater is loose and not too heavy or bulky.

Sorry if you’re tired of seeing this room but I always get a ton of questions on Instagram about the couch and ottoman, so I thought I’d share it one last time!

Preppy Sun Room

Ottoman c/o
Rug c/o
Tray c/o
Sectional c/o
Electric Fireplace
Striped Ginger Jar
Small Ginger Jar
Striped Throw
Braided Basket
Mirrors c/o
Curtains (similar)
Curtain Rods
Striped Pillows
Wall Paint Color
Dog Bed c/o
Sweater c/o
Earrings c/o

Photos by Courtney Ann Photography.

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  1. I love that you’ve made changes to this room so many times. Design is always evolving and sometimes what we like in the moment doesn’t make sense for the long haul. I think it’s nearly impossible to get the design of a room perfect on the first try. I love the way you have this room set up now! Looks so cozy and comfortable.

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    • Totally agree! And bringing a baby into the mix changed a lot too.

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  2. Alex Doak said:

    Hi Julia! I absolutely love this room! I’m in the process of buying a new couch for our living room, however the world of couches is pretty big and daunting. This one reminds me of a Crate and Barrel couch that I’ve had my eye on though. That gray and the deep seats are almost exactly what I’ve been looking for. Can I ask what made you pick this one or what you love most about it? Anything you don’t love about it? Thanks for any input!

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    • It’s super comfy. I picked it during a project I did with Raymour and Flanigan but we’re obsessed. Everyone who comes over says it’s the most comfortable couch they’ve ever sat on. Two of our friends even bought it after sitting on it!

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  3. It looks like a cozy, warm and welcoming den/hangout room! I love the colors!

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  4. Amy said:

    I’ve been eyeing that sofa online. Any feedback after having it for a bit? Looks super comfy and the cushions seems to hold their shape. Droopy cushions are a MAJOR pet peeve – they make the whole space look messy.

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    • It’s SUPERRRRR comfy but I have to flip the cushions every few weeks to hold the shape. It’s also really deep so you have to like that!

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