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new home, new living room | roseville lifestyle photographer

In July we moved!  So things have been bit quieter than normal (aside from my goal to blog weekly)… In addition to the back-to-school madness that ensued last month, I have been having the best time turning this house into a home that feels more like “us.”  Now that it’s starting to get there I’m really looking forward to capturing our every day within these spaces.


I have been showing parts of the process on IG stories and I’ve been getting lots of positive feedback about those, so I thought I’d do a blog post of one of my favorite rooms in the house – the front room.  I included some “before” photos (from when the previous owners were here – I just snagged them off MLS) and the current “in-progress” photos.  These rooms aren’t done by any means, but they are well on their way so I figured I’d share.  I also have product specs and links included, as well!  As always, let me know if you have any questions in the comments!  XOXOX

*Some affiliate links below!


“Before” photo is on the left, and current (or “in-progress”) on the right.  Wall color is Bistro White by Valspar.  It’s warmer on the right side of the room than the left because the sun was rising on that side of the house.  It’s a very neutral white and I love it.  It feels SO clean!  Tweaks that I still want to do in here include woven shades instead of blinds, curtains, new light fixtures, hiding the TV cords, and a leather piano bench instead of the one that came with the piano.


Faux Fiddle Leaf Fig – RC WILLEY; Similar one HERE and HERE
Jute Rug – TARGET
Layered Rug – WAYFAIR
Futon Couch – RC WILLEY (no longer available)
Black and White Lumbar Pillow – TARGET
Blanket Ladder – PEPE AND CAROLS

2017-09-16_0003Again, “before” is on the left, and “in-progress” is on the right.  In here I want to make a few similar tweaks as the other angle – new modern ceiling fan, woven shades instead of blinds, curtains, and picture ledges for art and photos above the couch.  I’m most excited about the ledges – can’t wait to get all our pictures displayed!


Couch – RC WILLEY (it’s their super versatile “Choices” line, we chose the cushions, arms, legs, layout and fabric)
Rug – Rugs USA via AMAZON
Coffee Table – TARGET
Throw Pillows – POTTERY BARN (HERE and HERE), BED, BATH & BEYOND (HERE), and TARGET (no longer available)
End Table, Small Cabinet, Round Glass End Table – HOMEGOODS
Woven Stool – THRIFTED

2017-09-16_0004Probably my favorite view… the piano room.  “Before” on the left and “in-progress” on the right.  My middle daughter has really taken a liking to the piano.  I can’t wait to start actual lessons for her (and hopefully my son as well!).  Again tweaks in this room include new lighting, window coverings (woven shades and curtains), as well as painting the doors and trim to match (they aren’t the same shade as the baseboards and crown moulding, which we didn’t notice until we painted the room white! LOL!)

SOURCES (most of these are the same as the first photo above, but I linked any new ones):

Round Mirror – TARGET
Entry way rug + table, footstool, swivel chair – HOMEGOODS
Gold & Marble Side Table – TARGET (no longer available)

Of course this post wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the huge help I had from Erin at Kismet House.  I enlisted her help for an eDesign board for the space so that I could focus on other rooms of the house.  She had an amazing intake process where I could list any items I already had for the space as well as my overall vision… I knew I wanted to paint the walls white, we already had both the couches, the piano (which I told her about) and lots of other smaller pieces that are still in the room.  And while I haven’t followed it EXACTLY (I’ve been trying to work with those smaller things we already had), it has been such a huge inspiration in pulling the items together (for example, I never would have thought of layering those rugs! And my desire to find a leather piano bench stems from those leather stools in her design.)  She is so fun to work with and has not complained once as I message her with updates to our space!  I’d still like to eventually clad one wall with shiplap, I’m just not sure when we will have the time to do that.  Here’s a glimpse at what she provided for our space:

Screen Shot 2017-09-17 at 2.08.13 PMScreen Shot 2017-09-17 at 2.08.43 PMScreen Shot 2017-09-17 at 2.09.18 PMSO!  If you’re looking for this type of service RUN to her website and check her out!  You will not be disappointed!  🙂

Here’s a look at all three angles again, this time bigger and better!


If you like these posts about the new house, let me know!  As I mentioned, they’ve been a big hit on IG stories so if you want more of these on the blog, as well, I’ll be sure to share as I complete more spaces.  It might be a while before the next one though… mama needs a break from all this decorating!  😉

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