The Living Room + a Giveaway



I posted a sneak peek of the kitchen last week, but this time it’s the real deal. I’m finally beginning to share how my new (old, built in 1900) house is shaping up. I think I’ve said before that I bought this home knowing that it was a flip, and fully expecting all of the weirdness/issues that normally accompany such a project. We’ve already done some updating to a few things – roof repairs, a plumbing issue, bringing outlets up to code, etc – and there are of course still things that need done and yet others I want to do aesthetically. But I’m really starting to feel like this house is much more me than the last one in Oklahoma City. There’s character, there’s charm, there’s quirks. I plan on being here for years to come and I’m so happy to share a bit of the journey with you.





The living room is directly to the left of the foyer area. One of the main attributes that had me laying down my money for this place was all of the lovely light – 31 windows! – and openness. My last home had 11 windows and it was a big problem area for me.




The fireplace isn’t functioning, but I’m hoping to change that once I talk to a professional about what the deal is. I really love the stonework. You can’t tell from this photo, but it’s not all flush and they stick out randomly for some fantastic texture. The interior is black which works really well for featuring other pieces (aside from that MIA fire). My old home had a gallery wall in the living room and it feels really nice to be able to break up my collection a little more here.




Before I made the move from Oklahoma back to my home state of Pennsylvania, I sold and donated several things that were no longer my style or not what I saw working in this space. My photographer, Quelcy Kogel, asked me while we were shooting whether minimalism came naturally to me and I had to admit the answer was no. However, I’m loving this more pared down lifestyle that I’ve aspired to for years and am attempting to make it my mindset going forward.




I keep going back and forth on whether or not to remove the shutters on the windows flanking the fireplace, but settled for ripping out the old greying lace curtains that came with the house before the movers even had a chance to arrive. I have an unspoken rule that there will always be fresh flowers in this room because they add such life.




Another old house quirk – the floors are most definitely not even remotely close to being level, as my bookshelves can attest. While I still find it charming and funny I’d eventually like to invest in some sort of built-in for my library collection that would be slightly more sturdy and, well, level.




This is my view every evening as I settle down with the pups and attempt to unwind. There’s a beautiful fir tree just outside the window there and I can’t wait to see it covered with snow.




So are you all ready for a giveaway? I thought so. is giving away the 5 x 8′ Tasman Shag Handwoven Rug that I have in my living room. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this thing. We didn’t have any floor coverings for several weeks when I first moved in, and the moment this beauty arrived and was laid down both I and the dogs lost our minds. It feels so soft underfoot and Bebe and Piper love sprawling out for a good nap in front of the couch. And if you spy another rug you love on (yes, way more than lamps!), know that every one comes with a free rug pad. Essential for not slipping and giving your piece a good base.



To Enter:
1. Simply follow @designcrush and @lampsdotcom on Instagram! Then leave a little comment saying you did so along with your Instagram handle.
2. We’ll choose a random winner next Monday.
3. Good luck!

Reeve Mid-Century Coffee Table c/o West Elm // Gold Wire and Wood Accent Table // Stoneware Cylinder Vase (similar) // Basque Steel Brushed Nickel Arc Floor Lamp (similar) // Heywood Triple Natural Wood Bench // Samantha Armchair // Darrin Sofa // Still Not Scared by Kristi Kohut c/o Minted // Tasman Shag Handwoven Rug // Frontier Flatweave Handwoven Rug c/o // 14″ Globe Pendant c/o West Elm // A Helpful Reminder by Annie Clark c/o Minted // Sometimes I Wish Beginnings Were Ends c/o Jaime Derringer // You’re the Best and the Mostest c/o Read Between the Lines // Ellen by Tuesday Mourning // small painting on mantel by Pippin & Pearl // bar cart no long available

Photos: Quelcy Kogel

  • Cori Magee

    November 17, 2014 at 12:06 pm Reply

    I love it! It’s coming together and looking awesome!

  • tab byrum

    November 17, 2014 at 1:04 pm Reply

    Looking awesome!!!! Love how light and bright it is, and all your “stuff” is looking beautiful in the new abode. Xoxo

  • Lisa

    November 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm Reply

    Great rug. Great light. Must feel so nice to settle down and see this house bloom.

  • rooth

    November 17, 2014 at 2:19 pm Reply

    Love all the books! That’s exactly how mine look – stacked and colour coordinated 🙂

  • Sarah

    November 17, 2014 at 4:39 pm Reply

    I’m so impressed with how much you’ve gotten done in a relatively short time! It’s really coming along beautifully. I actually know Quelcy, we went to high school together!

  • Ellie

    November 17, 2014 at 8:35 pm Reply

    Great job Kel….it looks beautiful and cozy

  • Melody

    November 19, 2014 at 9:44 am Reply

    I love your living room. I wish I could put something together like that.

  • Laura Grace

    November 19, 2014 at 9:49 am Reply

    Beautiful space and I love the rug! I follow you both on Instagram (handle: lauragraceg). Thanks!

  • Jamie Solberg

    November 19, 2014 at 9:57 am Reply

    Love it! Following both on Instagram now. Handle: laulersolberg

  • Jordan Troublefield

    November 19, 2014 at 10:13 am Reply

    Ohhh- Following! ( @jordantroublefield)
    FAB setup ya’ll!

  • Kelsey

    November 19, 2014 at 10:46 am Reply

    Happy to be following you both on Instagram!
    – @KelseyinLA

  • Stephen K

    November 19, 2014 at 11:51 am Reply

    Great giveaway! I am following on instagram.

  • Shannon Thompson

    November 19, 2014 at 1:21 pm Reply

    Following both as

    I love how crisp your area looks. And so in love with that rug. =)

  • Ashley

    November 19, 2014 at 4:48 pm Reply

    Followed! Frockandrollwv

  • Shannon

    November 19, 2014 at 8:22 pm Reply

    Following! @channynn

  • Chrissy

    November 20, 2014 at 2:01 pm Reply

    I did!


  • Caroline

    November 21, 2014 at 10:59 am Reply

    That rug looks so cozy. Followed! @withonlytwo

  • Ashley M.

    November 21, 2014 at 11:13 am Reply

    I already follow you! But I followed them too! @ashmm1027

  • Sarah

    November 21, 2014 at 11:34 am Reply

    Could use several rugs for my new home! @thoroughlycurly

  • Corey

    November 21, 2014 at 12:57 pm Reply

    Followed and followed. My handle is @corey.m.saxton

  • Ginni

    November 21, 2014 at 2:14 pm Reply

    love the rug! @ginnibaker

  • Kimberly

    November 22, 2014 at 9:17 am Reply

    I follow @kirbycolby. The rug is gorgeous, but I’m also kind of obsessed with your book shelf. I’ve never seen that take on color blocking before and I love it.

  • Kate

    November 22, 2014 at 10:26 am Reply

    I’m following! Beautiful rug! 🙂 Instagram: ka_bauer

  • Anna

    November 22, 2014 at 11:06 am Reply

    I love it! So much light and so clean and modern. Following you both on instagram! My handle is annasgos.

  • Dana V

    November 22, 2014 at 12:59 pm Reply

    followed! my handle is danalouisevelden

  • Alex

    November 22, 2014 at 1:28 pm Reply

    What a lovely rug! My cat would go nuts for something that fuzzy. @matholade

  • Courtney cleaver

    November 22, 2014 at 1:32 pm Reply

    @designcrush @Lampsdotcom following both on IG, Handle @saltycdog that rug neeeeeds me! 🙂

  • Marlys

    November 22, 2014 at 3:44 pm Reply

    Following both! @mnhouston

  • LARY@InspirationNook

    November 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm Reply

    Followed! Fingers crossed! That rug it’s amazing!!! @inspirationnook

  • Jessica

    November 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm Reply

    I follow both on instagram as @jjak2003. Thanks for the chance!

  • Emily Boyle

    November 22, 2014 at 6:37 pm Reply

    Love the space you’ve created! I always find rooms with large open doorways like yours so difficult to visualize with furniture in it but I really enjoy what you’ve done. 🙂

    I’ve been following you on Instagram forever but went ahead and followed, too! I’m @emilymcboyle

  • Reba

    November 22, 2014 at 7:59 pm Reply

    It’s looking beautiful!! All that natural light is such a great feature!

    Following you both on IG as go_Reba_go

  • kelli

    November 23, 2014 at 12:19 am Reply

    followed under @ kai love 07

  • Danielle T

    November 23, 2014 at 8:40 am Reply

    i like both pages on instagram (name is @realiamazing)

  • Alicia

    November 23, 2014 at 10:18 am Reply

    I love your home! That rug woul look perfect in my bedroom 🙂 I follow you both now on Instagram! my Instagram handle is @leeshugo.

    Alicia 🙂

  • karin rowe

    November 23, 2014 at 11:08 am Reply

    looks amazing. i’m with you, obsessed with as much natural light as i can get. blessedly my little OKC bungalow affords me 26 amazing windows!
    obvs already following you on insta, now following lamps too!

  • Sarah

    November 23, 2014 at 11:13 am Reply

    I was so enjoying looking at your home, I forgot to enter the contest! I’m following both you and on ig, my username is @afineline. Fingers crossed!

  • C de Dios

    November 23, 2014 at 11:40 am Reply

    Done and done! Nice stuff. I’m at @tanyaberde.

  • Jackie

    November 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm Reply

    You have such perfect style! I entered and my Instagram handle is @ohjackie0

  • Madeline

    November 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm Reply

    Love your living room! I’m following as @shala6.

  • sarah

    November 23, 2014 at 3:51 pm Reply

    Love the rug! Insta handle @sakeroy1

  • Nicole

    November 23, 2014 at 4:02 pm Reply

    I hope I win! My Instagram handle is @nmatousek

  • Shawn

    November 25, 2014 at 12:47 pm Reply

    Followed! I love the shutters, don’t take them out just yet. The shapes are fantastic.

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