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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Home makeover: Our living and dining room

Thank you so much for all your sweet notes about our home makeover! I'm really excited to share the final photos. As I've mentioned before, we were lucky enough to work with the fantastic Emily Henderson. Here are the before and afters of our living room, if you'd like to see...
Here are the photos of the empty apartment, when we moved in. (You can see the floor plan here, if you'd like.) The living room is nice and bright, and the kitchen and dining nook are off to the right.
Here's the dining nook after Emily worked her magic!! It's actually the first time we've had a dining room table (our old apartment didn't have room, so we'd just eat at the coffee table) and it's amazing and life-changing to have a place for family dinners and pancake breakfasts.
Alex LOVES the Clash, and he's had this poster for a thousand years. To his great delight, Emily thought it was cool and hung it front and center! I also like fairy lights, so we strung some up instead of using lamps.
We're psyched that the chairs are family-friendly—if a certain three-year-old spills spaghetti sauce (check) or wipe peanut-buttery hands on them (check), they just clean right off. :)
And Anton has his little Stokke high chair so he can join in, too.
FURNITURE: Oak dining table from Design Within Reach (now sold out), dining chairs from Design Within Reach, high chair from Stokke, side table from Canvas, blocks from Land of Nod. ACCESSORIES AND LIGHTING: String lights from One Forty Three, vintage candle holders from Monki Vintage etsy shop, white scallop vase from DwellStudio, mug from Canvas, small plant pot from NYC flower district (similar), rug from Design Within Reach.
Between the living and dining areas, this yellow console—which was the TV stand in our old apartment—now holds a bunch of trucks, planes, crayons and instruments. We also have bins scattered around the apartment for the boys' toys, including this one from West Elm. It's funny how even when you have a bigger bedroom where your kids can play, they still want to be in the main room where all the action is! It's so sweet.
During one of our first phone calls, Emily asked what vibe we wanted our place to have, and I explained that our top priority was for things to feel comfortable—like a soft rug for playing with toys, and cozy chairs for watching movies and chatting with friends. And she totally gave us that—the sofa is comfy enough for naps, the chairs are super soft and ergonomic, and walking on the rug feels like a foot massage.
Here's the room from the other direction. Emily had the great idea to install our own bookcase from the Container Store. The cool thing is, you can choose how far to space out the shelves if you want to leave room for photographs or a lamp, like Emily did here.
During this makeover, one of our goals was to get rid of our ratty old furniture and start fresh with some upgraded pieces we could cherish for the rest of our lives. So we figured we'd give away our shabby old glider, which is peppered with milk stains and crayon marks after three years of daily (and nightly) use. "Aw, I nursed both my babies in that chair," I told Emily wistfully. "It means so much to me." After sweetly listening to me absentmindedly wax on fifty times about how much I loved it, she ended up insisting that we work it into the room. We just love that chair so much! I have a suspicion that in a few decades, it will still be my favorite chair, like Marty Crane's old armchair in Frasier.
Here's the TV and art wall, which was really fun to put together. Although they're not family photos, the prints feel so personal—from the Beatles and Rolling Stones photos that Alex adores to the car drawing that makes me think of my dad and brother's car obsessions to the New York prints since we've now lived here for more than a decade. Here are all the prints: Deer bed photograph by Katherine Wolkoff (here's the story behind it), Beatles photo from Sonic Editions, Rolling Stones photo from Sonic Editions, New York buildings by My Guide To, flower photo by Keri Herer, triangle print by Nan Lawson, car print by Hugo Guiness, indigo watercolor by Renee Ann, green-and-pink abstract painting from Leif, pink-and-purple abstract painting from DwellStudio, building collage was a gift from Danielle Krysa.
And here are the other credits, if you're interested... FURNITURE: Sofa, coffee table, white chair and white side table from Design Within Reach, walnut TV cabinet from Room & Board, leather chair from DwellStudio, white side table from West Elm, wood and brass side table from West Elm, vintage Franco Albini rattan ottoman from Gallivanting Girls etsy shop, glider from Crate & Barrel. ACCESSORIES AND LIGHTING: Solid rug from ABC Home, colorful vintage rug from Fossik, branch floor lamp from Canvas, window treatments by Decorview, vintage Egyptian pillow from Loopy Mango, wooden desk lamp from Anthropologie, flying car photo by Matthew Porter, vintage copper bookends on bookshelf from Monki Vintage etsy shop, vintage gold lamp on bookshelf from Gallivanting Girls etsy shop, brass ball from Me & She etsy shop, geometric pillow from ABC Home, navy linen pillow from Canvas, white pillow from Canvas, pink stripe pillow from Anthropologie.
Thank you so much, Emily!!! It's now such a beautiful place to come home every day. Looking forward to sharing the nursery tomorrow and the master bedroom on Thursday...Thank you so much for reading! xoxo

(Photos by the wonderful Ryan Liebe for Cup of Jo. Thanks to Emily's senior designer Samantha Gluck and two awesome interns, Will and Alex. And huge thanks to Design Within Reach for partnering with us and helping with some of the furniture)

246 comments:

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Lauren Ringdahl said...

Loving the photo of you and Emily both leaning on the couch! It seems to suggest the nice relationship you must have developed while working on this project.

-Lauren

Gloria said...

Feels so lived-in modern and bright! Can't wait to see what's next with the bedrooms. :)

Sarah D said...

Joanna, it looks very homey and inviting. Nice job. I love that this is space where the whole family is clearly welcome. Usually when I see designed homes, my first thought is "beautiful, but my kids would break/wreck that in 10 minutes"! lol!

I don't really understand the criticisms about where you chose to purchase or the costs. Obviously this is a public, for-profit blog and stores are going to work with you, in exchange for some good publicity. That's not that hard to figure out. And, you have higher end taste in many, many things- clothes, furniture, etc. So be it! This is posted for inspiration. If others have the same budgets, buy the high end stuff. If budgets are tighter, take the inspiration and go to ikea, which has a similar modern/spare Scandinavian aesthetic for less. Of course Joanna's appeal is that she's approachable and "normal". But, she's also a highly successful and public personality, living in NYC for goodness sake. Clearly her budget is not the same as everyone's! Good grief.

Michelle {lovely little things} said...

I love the colors in your room, the bookshelf, the couches together, it looks warm, cozy, and welcoming.

Patty said...

Can anyone answer to me about art walls, please? Is there a way to hang pictures except drilling the wall for each one? I live in a rental apt with concrete walls, drilling so many holes would mean loosing my rental deposit. Joanna, how did you hang yours?

Joanna Goddard said...

patty, sorry for the delay!! i'm going to email emily & her team right now! :) i'm not sure how they hung the art, but i'll find out....

Katie said...

So chic and homey! Lovely. Thanks for sharing these photos of your home. Also, you got the deer bed print ... I've loved it since I first saw it on your blog in a photo of your friend's flat in NYC. Enjoy.

Joanna Goddard said...

patty, emily said: "We used hooks for most of them (estimated the weight and then went well over) and screws with anchors on the heavier pieces." our building is pretty relaxed about hanging art—i actually called the building manager before the makeover because of the bookshelf installation, and he was cool with it, amazingly. i know that other buildings can be much stricter. hope this helps!!

sumslay said...

So funny, because I actually used Emily's tutorial a few months ago when I was hanging my gallery wall. Check it out: http://stylebyemilyhenderson.com/blog/how-to-create-a-focal-wall/

Stephanie Sadler said...

Love it! Really welcoming and cozy feeling.

Thrift & Brick said...

Very New York. Very, Woody Allen movie. Love!

Patty said...

thank you for the answer!

Amanda said...

This looks AMAZING!! So inspirational and you must be absolutely delighted. Wow!!

Lisamarie said...

How about the deer bed picture? I am dying to purchase a large one on my own and can't find it anywher!

Caroline Shields said...

I think this room is my favorite! Love a beautiful bedroom. What a lovely space to live!

Anastasia said...

everything is so wonderful! Wish I could fly Emily to Australia to help me style up my rooms haha! Just gorgeous - enjoy your apt!!

his little lady said...

Oh gosh, I wish I had a decorative eye like this! You did such a great job, your place looks imaculate!! :)
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PenelopePitstop said...

Great apartment for NYC! Love the dining table chairs and will head on over to DWR to buy some after the new year. Perfect for my house.

One comment that IS nice, whether you like it or not. You probably don't knowingly want to glorify smoking to your kids. I doubt that you want them to equate smoking with being cool. If you think that I'm overreacting, okay, but do your research and my guess is that you'll have that poster outta your house in a flash after you've read a couple of studies.

http://www.tobaccofreekids.org/facts_issues/fact_sheets/toll/tobacco_kids/

Mina said...

I love your dining room and living room. Emily did a fantastic job providing a balance between adult savvy and kid friendly. So many sacrifice style because there's kiddos in the mix. But, I've always believed you can have both! And Emily proves me right! It's awesome!!

Sarah said...

Design within reach? Not within MY reach...that stuff is expensive! But your home does look amazing.

Sarah said...

Design within reach??? What a misnomer -- that stuff is expensive! Your home is beautiful though.

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Tracey Nolan said...

I haven't been by the blog in a little while and GASPED when I scrolled down in this post and saw your dining nook. I had already pinned it, not realizing it was yours. It was like seeing an old friend, lol. Wonderful stuff!

Monica said...

I realize you already have 223 comments saying how wonderful it looks, and it truly is fantastic! The funny thing is you pretty much have my dream-living room, my Pinterest pinboard pretty much has every piece there....I love it!!! and well it confirms that I was on the right track! So your living room may eventually be re-created in Montreal!!

Monica said...

I realize you already have 223 comments saying how wonderful it looks, and it truly is fantastic! The funny thing is you pretty much have my dream-living room, my Pinterest pinboard pretty much has every piece there....I love it!!! and well it confirms that I was on the right track! So your living room may eventually be re-created in Montreal!!

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Lovely! Maybe I missed it but what is the resource for the Union Jack print/framed flag? Many thanks!!

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