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House Tour: Styling my formal living room for a photoshoot!

I'm finally back! It's been just over two weeks since I've posted on here, easily the longest break I’ve taken on here in years!  First, I took some time off for the holidays. Then, I was thrown a happy little curveball of a photoshoot of my house at the start of January! 2015 ended with my studio being featured in Atlanta Magazine, which is HUGE! Now, I'm starting 2016 with another feature, this time in the Atlanta Journal Constitution [for those of you who don’t live in Atlanta, it’s the big newspaper here, and having my work in the paper another great boon for A Simpler Design! [disclaimer: if I don't mention my overwhelming gratitude for having opportunities like this in every post, know that it's constantly on my mind and something I'll never stop being thankful for!!]

Pictured: West Elm Settee [currently not available, but they seem to bring it back occasionally!], Herman Miller coffee table: thrift store find of the century!, Room & Board swivel chairs, Pottery Barn rug

Pictured: West Elm Settee [currently not available, but they seem to bring it back occasionally!], Herman Miller coffee table: thrift store find of the century!, Room & Board swivel chairs, Pottery Barn rug

I had a hectic week of prepping my house for the shoot [which made some of my friends laugh since they think the house looks lovely as it is…but I’m a perfectionist, so…]. Having someone come and photograph every space in your home [yes, including bathrooms!], is actually a fantastic impetus for working on that never-ending ‘To Do’ list for your home.  I worked virtually nonstop cleaning, decluttering, organizing, painting, and styling every inch of the house until I ran out of time and just had to be okay with how things were. I haven’t seen the photos taken for the paper just yet, but as soon as the photographer left, I decided to make my way through the entire house and photograph it for myself.  Having everything styled and photo ready gave me a great excuse to add these photos to my portfolio.

Pictured: styling bits from various sources, mostly vintage, but the vase is Steven Allen for West Elm [mentioned in this post], and the painting was a gift from my mom a couple years back from Highland Row Antiques!

Pictured: styling bits from various sources, mostly vintage, but the vase is Steven Allen for West Elm [mentioned in this post], and the painting was a gift from my mom a couple years back from Highland Row Antiques!

I’ll start sharing each space with you here, starting today with the interior entry / formal living room of my home. This room has evolved quite a bit over the years! Here are links to five posts I’ve done on this space [I may have more photos of the room out there, but these were the posts I could find while writing this!]: 

I still can’t believe the walls were such a bold yellow when I first moved in seven years ago!  I clearly still had an affinity for that color palette, only now it can be found in the pretty little mustard settee. Scroll through the photos of the space if you fancy a peek at the details of this room. I may add in some comments on my styling choices later on, but I've already spent ages on this post!  If you want to see the rest of the house, do check out Private Quarters at AJC.com; my home should be featured on their website starting TOMORROW and in Sunday’s paper! Here's to a great start to 2016!

Pictured: one of my most coveted Craigslist finds is this dresser. The mirror we've had for years and I did a quick coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint on it to tie in with the colors in the space. The styling bits include paintings done by my artist aunt, Sandra, a clock from my mom's childhood home in the Philippines, other vintage bits and a framed David Bowie quote [something I did prior to hearing about his passing, but still as meaningful!

Pictured: one of my most coveted Craigslist finds is this dresser. The mirror we've had for years and I did a quick coat of Annie Sloan chalk paint on it to tie in with the colors in the space. The styling bits include paintings done by my artist aunt, Sandra, a clock from my mom's childhood home in the Philippines, other vintage bits and a framed David Bowie quote [something I did prior to hearing about his passing, but still as meaningful!