8 November 2012

Updated Living Room Reveal + Searching For an Area Rug!

The sun was finally shining yesterday, giving me an opportunity to snap a few shots of my updated living room! 


If there's one thing I've learned while blogging this past year it's that my style is constantly evolving. Here's a look back at our first living area in our old apartment.


As I've explored my style a little more I've had fun changing things up. Here's what our living room looks like now!





I found the handmade wool cushions from Kashmir at the CNE - an annual fair in Toronto that includes an international market. I wanted to incorporate more eastern elements into our home and I really liked the colours and patterns in these pillows.


I hesitated a LOT before adding the zebra pillow and other animal patterns in the room, they felt a little too wild for my tastes...but I'd been crushing on animal prints for months so I finally decided to embrace it - in small doses! The pillow and coffee table tray were both from Winners/Homesense.



The hanging lantern was from World Market on our last US visit. The curtains are the same no-sew curtains from our old apartment. Between the chairs, I also added a little brass accordian table from Urban Outfitters.


The tall plant was a serendipitous find :) I went into Home Depot for some poly and stumbled across it hidden in a corner. It looked pretty neglected with lots of brown spots, but it was still love at first sight! It was more than half off and I'm hoping to nurse it back to health, but it had no tag so I don't know what it is - any plant enthusiasts out there have an idea?


See the before and after of my campaign dresser makeover here. I think this is probably my favourite vignette in the whole space :) On the opposite wall is my latest DIY, a gold-leafed etagere IKEA hack. You can also see more about the gallery wall here.


I love that this space reflects more personality now and a bit more of a collected feel. 

It is still a work in progress though, I've already blogged about wanting to change out the coffee table for an ottoman, and I'm also keeping my eye out for a pair of side tables. I'd eventually like to add a different rug, hopefully something a little bigger. Here are a few I'm loving lately:

 1. I'm crazy about this black and gold hemp rug, a bit pricier but here's hoping for a sale!
2. Had my eye on this pretty + graphic navy rug for awhile
3. LOVE this eastern overdyed rug, although it's about 5x my budget..but a girl can dream!
4. This deep oriental rug is a decent price, although on the darker side

It'll definitely be awhile before we're adding anything major though, for now we're just enjoying the new space!

17 comments:

  1. Loving this layered and collected look. It's coming together really nicely! Love your plant find and I'm totally crushing on that gold mirror above your campaign chest. Swoon!

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    1. Thank you soo much Alyssa! Means so much to me :) I'm crazy about the mirror too, when I found it at Homesense I bought 2 - one for me and one for my mom! They restocked it again recently in a lighter champagne colour and I was totally tempted, but I have a few too many mirrors :)

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  2. Your room looks so good! I love the gallery wall and your campaign dresser! I like the animal print -I think I would be like you, I would totally hesitate but it looks really good! I love animal print but I am always scared to go for it haha!

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  3. LOVE IT! Your living room looks so cozy and I love the amount of light you get too!!!

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    1. Thanks Dehdee! Its funny bc there's actually huge tree right in front of our place so all summer I felt like we didn't get enough light, but now that the tree has lost most of it's leaves we get so much! I guess that's one of the few perks of winter :)

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  4. Beautiful living room Samaa! I am loving #4 & 6 - I think matches your current pops of red with your pillows. But hey, any of the rugs you chose are lovely, and I'm sure with your excellent taste, you can tie it in no matter what you choose!

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  5. I just wanted to let you know I nominated you for the Liebster blog award! Love your blog & I'm a new follower. Come by and check out what this award is all about & I hope you will pass it one

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  6. LOVE!!! I have the same brass table from UO..we have similar taste!

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  7. LOVE!!! I have the same brass table from UO..we have similar taste!

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  9. I love how things are coming along in here! Love the zebra pillow and the green pillow, and the green chest, and the photo wall and the... ok I think you get the point! I love it. : )

    Smiles!
    Sammy ~ Renew Redo

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    1. Hahah thank you SO much Sammy! I'm so glad you love it too :)

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  10. That's a fiddle leaf fig tree.

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    1. Oh my goodness thank you SOOO much! That's amazing to know - I kept googling different plants but I still couldn't figure it out for sure. Now I can hopefully take better care of it with more specific care instructions :) It's doing okay so far though, one leaf fell off the day after I brought it home but since then it seems healthier.

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  11. You've been nominated for the Liebster Award!
    http://southernchiclove.blogspot.com/2012/11/liebster-award.html

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  12. Wow - you really have a talent for interior decoration, mashAllah! Congrats on being featured in Toronto Star today!!

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    1. Aww thanks Sikandar! Means a lot to me that you came by :)

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