The Living Room: Redesigned!

So remember when the living room looked like this:

Then it looked like this:

Well now it looks like this:

And another view of before:

Stage 2 where we were using our older furniture and had the tv downstairs:

And how it looks like this!

For Christmas this year we bought each other new living room furniture. We have agreed that we have officially become old because we got super excited about new furniture. The lounge, couch, and loveseat were all part of our Christmas to one another. We knew when we moved in that we wanted to update our furniture and get pieces that reflected our personality better. We also wanted lighter pieces. the leather couches were super comfy but with our dark floors the couches were overbearing. We absolutely love the new pieces and the style! Even though our house was built in the 80s it still has a feeling of a Mid Century home. Since moving in we have done a tone of research in architecture and design and we really want our home to reflect the Mid Century Modern style. If you haven’t noticed we are minimalist and that fits right in with the Mid Century feel. We’ve also come to love the Scandinavian Modern approach to decorating and we are trying to implement it consistently throughout the house.



This little area is now my new favorite spot in the whole house! I’ve wanted this chair for as long as I can remember and the day we finally purchased it I was a very happy lady! It is a replica of the original Eames Lounge Chair and it can be found here.

I built the light art piece a couple weeks ago and I can’t be happier with it! We really wanted to make the living room a place that was slightly more formal. To use that meant taking the tv and gaming system out of the room and moving it upstairs. When we did that we ended up with a large wall that was completely bare. For the living room we really wanted it to be a room that was about conversations and community.Β  Some of our best time with friends have been when we sit around and talk about life and the arts. The Crane brothers (yes Niles and Frasier πŸ™‚ ) are two of our favorite tv characters and we love the diversity of their knowledge of the arts. Ok the Crane brothers are a little higher class ( and snootier) than we are but we do love the desire to be immersed in the arts… We also spend a lot of time just playing games with our friends and talking about nothing… yada yada yada… all those aspects were what we were thinking about when we were planning on how to use the bare wall. We over think things just a little πŸ™‚ We knew we wanted a functional art piece and this is what we ended up with.

I originally found an art piece that was similar to this in an architecture magazine and I customized it to our wall space. I’ll be posting later on the process of building the art piece.


I’m so glad that we took out the third large piece of furniture and now have an open entry into the living room from the front door. It opens the room up so much more and allows a better flow through the room. Also we took out the ceiling fan and I’m so glad we took it down! We had no clue how much it would open up the height of the room by just taking out a fan (plus it was a hideous fan that was made of leather and deer antlers… yep antlers. Ha not our style one bit!). Now we just have lamps to light the room and the sky light. We greatly enjoy havingΒ  more ambient light and not over powering overheads.

I also love our lampskin rug. Yes I’ve named it, Eleanor Rigby, and it is the softest rug I’ve ever stepped on. I’ve been known to move the coffee table at times and take naps on Eleanor with Amydog πŸ™‚



So with the new furniture and art piece we finally are starting to feel like we have a room that we are finished with and can full enjoy! We’ve already had several gatherings in the newly designed room and we both feel like we have achieved our goal of having a Scandinavian Modern/ Mid Century Modern room that lends itself to conversations. πŸ™‚

What do you think of our newly designed living room? What type of conversation would you have in a living room like this?


Happy New Year

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Happy New Year! I seriously can’t believe that it is 2013 already. The past year went by so quickly! It feels like we were just beginning 2012 and now it is over.

This past year was a great one for us. We purchased and almost completed renovating The Square House, we grew closer to each other in our relationship, we strengthened relationships with friends, we made new friends, I ran my first half marathon, and we had a great year with all of our couples that we had to honor of photographing their weddings.

Around here we aren’t much for resolutions but we both have some goals for the upcoming year that we would like to achieve.

– Philip and I both are seeking to grow in our personal art work. He will be doing more fine art landscape photography and I will be starting a side company from Ava Grace Photography that will devoted to boudoir photography and fine art portraiture for women. We’re both looking forward to branching out and doing more personal work.

– We plan on spending more time enjoying Square House and not working on the house πŸ™‚ After 6 intense months of renovations and working on the house we are tired of seeing tools and paint brushes… Thankfully we are just about done with all the projects we want to wanted to do and we can enjoy our home. We’ve enjoyed opening our home to our friends and family and can’t wait to host more in the future.

-In 2011 we traveled to some really amazing places. We visited Hawaii, Ireland, Amsterdam, Vegas, and half a dozen other great cities. 2012 rolled around and we didn’t make it out of Memphis that often. Part of that was due to our schedule this year and part was buying Square House and working so much on it. We absolutely love traveling and being home so much this past year really made us sad. So world, we are coming for you! Hopefully we will see a ton of new places this year and experience different cultures πŸ™‚

So here is to a fun, happy, full 2013! We hope that your New Year brings greatness to your life!

What are some of your goals or resolutions for 2013?

From the Kenneys (and our uncooperative pets)