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filbert living room design

filbert living room design


I'm so excited to finally reveal my Filbert Living Room project. This project is near and near to my heart, as the client is ME (and Dustin, but he's pretty laid back on design opinions other than the size of the TV...). This room has been my pet project since the home was purchased and we finalized the design only a few months prior to me making the transition to being a full-time Interior Designer.

I'm thrilled to be able to take you into my home and share the design with you - but first... the BEFORE photos!!!


I loved literally every single thing about our new home, which was built in 1903 and is almost entirely original to that period, other than these walls. The walls and ceilings were painted this very specific shade of lavender-grey, so it was the first order of business to paint, paint, paint and not have to watch tv from within a lavender box! The ceilings are now Benjamin Moore White Dove, and walls are Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter. Other than paint and some electrical work (we added recessed lighting and wired the TV eventually), there really wasn't anything else that needed to be done to this pretty room.


I have always been drawn to neutral-colored spaces and natural materials. I love playing around with a mix of textures and materials, from wood, metal and stone to cozy knits and shaggy rugs. With this space being the most used room in the home, I wanted the design to reflect that. I always feel that a neutral room lays the foundation, and you can always play around with accessories and decor (for example, around the holidays I like bringing in a little more gold and sparkle in this room). 

We knew we wanted the design to be super functional- we spend a LOT of time in here- eating dinner while watching Jeopardy, entertaining friends for Game of Thrones nights, and a whole lof of Netflix. Seeing a trend here? This room completely revolves around that boy-sized TV I mentioned earlier. We had the cords wired to an AV closet in the Foyer, which eliminated our need for a console table, and that makes this room feel much bigger. 

For us, the sofa needed to be extra-deep, so that we could lounge on comfortably together; I found this perfect sofa at Crate & Barrel. The fabric is light in hue but has a great texture and variation in color- even with a messy man in the house, we haven't had an issue with stains in the year that we've owned it. The coffee and side table are from World Market and we've had them for years; I didn't feel the need to replace them when we moved here since they still work so well in the room, look great, and we love them! 

I always try to mix in new and old decor. Sara and I both have a love/addiction for flea markets, antique stores, and generally old things, so most of the decor you see here are found items. My favorite pillow sources are Target, Home Goods, Pier 1, and West Elm because the quality and prices hit a sweet spot. Our built-ins ended up naturally filled with all of my finds :)

If you like any of the pieces here and are interested in recreating the "look", see the infographic below and source list for the big items, all still in stock! a west nest receives commission from affiliate links within this post.

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