March 28, 2013

Life w/ J&M: Living Room Update

Now that the craziness of the tour & conference season is finally winding down, we have just really been enjoying being home. And doing all those things that we take for granted, but we really miss when we’re out on the road all the time. Things like grocery shopping, doing laundry and actually putting it (and the suitcases!) away, and just sitting on our couch. These are simple things, but man do you start to miss them when you’re living out of airports and hotel rooms!

One of the best things about having some time at home is that it’s given us a chance to start doing some of the things with the house that we’ve been meaning to do for ohhhhh y’know…..the last year or so!! Last summer, we decided to invest in our first piece of art as a couple. Whoa, talk about feeling grown up! :) But it actually had really special meaning, because the photographer that Justin originally came to CT to work for, the incredible Jody Dole, was having a show for his new wet plate work. Had Justin not come to work for him, he never would have moved to Connecticut and we never would have met. So we couldn’t think of anything more perfect to have hanging on our walls. We made the leap and bought a print of one his light bulb images. And then about a week later, he surprised us and sent us an ever larger print of his sailboat work (that one had been out of our budget! :) So we got both of them framed this past Fall, and we finally got around to picking the spots for them this past week. We move at light speed I tell you! :)

When we were getting the prints framed, we also took in some cool old newspaper pieces that we found in an antique store on one of our weekends away and got those framed as well. And since we were going to be hanging all of this new stuff, we decided to just go ahead and do a mini-living room makeover. We added curtains, nautical pillows (Ikea), picture frames (Pottery Barn…and Jose Villa!), a new lamp (Ikea), blankets (Pottery Barn), and a card catalog we found at another antique store.

Here is the before:

And here is the after!

Happy Friday (and an early Happy Easter)!!

  1. Vanessa Chupp

    You guys! This is soo great!! Love how cozy and YOU this looks! Enjoy xox V

  2. katie yuen

    LOVE the makeover! I can’t wait to have my own home to decorate!!!

  3. Frank DiMeo

    you guys look great! The living room does too :)

  4. Tiffany Farley

    Oh my goodness. Love! I mean the framed newspapers?! Perfection. :)

  5. Trent

    Love it Justin & Mary! What a wonderful update and love the story behind the artwork!

  6. Emilia Jane

    Love it!!

  7. bethany cox

    cute guys!

  8. Gail

    Beautiful and so inviting! LOVE those pillows!

  9. Lauren Rosenau

    ..and now I’m going to print out these adorable pics of you guys in YOUR cute living room and hang them in MY living room. That’s not creepy at all.

    Seriously though- the room & you guys look fab!

  10. Anna Sawin

    Gorgeous decor, and gorgeous you guys! And Mary, you are wearing THE dress I have been looking for, please please please tell me where to find it! Looks FAB on you!

  11. MM

    @Anna: It’s from Banana Republic!!

  12. Tricia

    I love how inviting and home-y it looks! is that a table behind your sofa or a wide window ledge? Love the mix of pictures of you and the pictures of art, though I’m partial to the one in the silver frame! :)

  13. Tricia

    I love how inviting and home-y it looks! is that a table behind your sofa or a wide window ledge? Love the mix of pictures of you and the pictures of art, though I’m partial to the one in the silver frame! :)

  14. Alicia

    LOVE it all!!! Especially the pillows. I have been eyeing those at Ikea for a while now but they don’t seem to fit with my apartment.

  15. Christy Tyler

    Love this and love your style!! Also- this is reinforcing that J & I need to get professional pics done!

  16. Luke

    Can I come visit and lounge around?

  17. Alli McWhinney

    Beautiful! Love the nautical theme! It looks straight out of a catalogue :-)

  18. sharon elizabeth

    totally loving that dress!!!!

  19. Girish

    The room looks beautiful :)

    Well decorated. Excellent selection of props :)

  20. Lauren

    Looks great! Love how neautral it is, and I always love the look of draping white curtains. However, go get yourselves a Logitech harmony remote! It will replace all those remotes! Even the apple one!

  21. Christa

    Love it!!!! What a great looking room, I just want to curl up on that couch with a good book and a cup of coffee :) So comfy and welcoming.

  22. Emily Koska

    LOOOOOVE your sense of style :) I’m obsessed with interior design and I must say you did a fab job!

  23. Cindy Habel

    This room looks amazing Mary…totally love your decorating skills!

  24. Anna Sawin

    MM–totally shopping today, ty! xo

  25. rich

    the new space looks super inviting! sweet!

  26. Shauna Ploeger

    Ooooh. I love this! I especially like the wet plate prints and the nautical pillows. Uber cute.

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