New Home Tour: Living Room

My other favorite room in our house is the the living room. It’s the perfect spot for my morning quiet time, for playing together as a family, for an afternoon cup of tea while the toddler naps, for chatting with visitors, for a late night crackling fire in the fireplace.


Eventually we’re going to get a big soft rug and a sofa that better fits the space. I love these birds and how the sunlight moves across the blue wall like geometric clouds.

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I absolutely love the clerestory windows and the light shelf below them. We have strings of LED lights up there for a soft glow in the evening.


That’s a pocket door that leads into hides my work room (office, laundry, crafts). I always wanted a pocket door.


We’re still deciding on some large scale art for that big white wall on the right.


In the summer the foliage in the backyard is so thick we can hardly see our neighbor’s house. In the winter, Ms. Dawn gets to watch us having dance parties in our living room while she stands at her kitchen sink. We don’t mind.


We only keep a few toys in the living room since we have a den/playroom and Ali has a bedroom for her belongings. It’s nice to have a few smaller toys for her out here, though.



I put this flow chart where I’d walk past it every morning on the way to work.


I found this in Jason’s grandma’s basement a couple years ago.


We wanted to keep the living room separated from the kitchen and dining room but still feel like one big open great room. This floating wall was the perfect solution for us.

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Yes, we scarred our beautiful fireplace with the dreaded big black box. Let’s face it…we use it more than the fireplace even though we’re really not much of TV watchers. Ali sometimes watches 1 or 2 shows a day on Netflix, like Dora the Explorer, Yo Gabba Gabba or Seseme Street. It’s a nice down time for all of us and some days is the only way I can get dinner made or laundry folded.



Thanks for stopping by!

FYI, our architect is Ryan Thewes.

Related Post: New Home Tour: Kitchen


5 Responses to New Home Tour: Living Room

  1. Stacey says:

    Such a beautiful space! Love all the windows and the natural light that fills your home. Great color on the dividing wall. I’ve been really drawn to that shade lately. Hopefully I can use it somewhere in my own home.

    On a personal note: Love that you are fostering and adopting to fill your home with love and family. I am an adopted child myself and believe whole-heartedly in the process. Bless you!

    • mahlbrandt says:

      Thanks, Stacey! Those comments always mean the most from someone who was adopted.

      The wall color we used is sherwin Williams drizzle in case you’re interested.

  2. Brian Carlson says:

    Wow! I love the feel of it all. Have you guys seen Shaun the Sheep on Netflix? Pretty fun stuff. Checked out Ryan’s site also – amazing talent. 😀

  3. Tarynkay says:

    I love it! I love that couch, too.

  4. vps says:

    This blog is amazing. I realy love it!

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