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Living room mood board – I wish!

Spring (aka it’s all of a sudden 85 degrees down in Texas) has us imagining changes around here! Full room makeovers may not be in the cards for us right now, but I recently started helping a friend put together a mood board for her living room (hi Lisa!) and it made me think – what would our dream living room look like? It’s been so long since we did ours, how has our style changed? *dives deeply into the Pinterest rabbit hole*

I’ve actually only put together a legit mood board ONCE (and I don’t even think we shared it on the blog). Ironically, I’m prettttyyy sure it was for our living room haha. (Which I’m realizing now I really need to share again because the post I linked to up there is years old. Wow.) Anyway, I’m excited today to share what our ideal space would look like! Who knows, maybe this will spur a few changes around here :) Natural modern living room - evanandkatelyn.com

My overall thoughts

So I’ll walk ya through why I chose what I chose in the hopes that maybe it’ll get your brains turning too. Overall, I wanted to go for something that had modern vibes and clean lines (the couch, coffee table, lamp, art) but with lots of natural materials/textures (woven rug and baskets, leather couch, plants) to warm it up and a little whimsy thrown in (marquee letters, fun pillows).

Art ledge

I’ll start at the top. I’ve been wanting to do an art ledge for-like-ever. I’m obsessed with the one made by Chris and Julia. You can buy these, but check out their tutorial for a super easy DIY walk through. I’m thinking a dark walnut one would be gorgeous. Speaking of C & T, also fell in love with the large tree rings print from Minted they hung on their dark shiplap wall. That piece because the starting point for the art ledge. I went with black and white to give the space contrast but also be a neutral backdrop for the color I wanted to bring in elsewhere. Our current living room art is super colorful, which I loved for a long time, but I’m craving more neutral pieces up on my walls now.

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01. Visionary print

02. Sum Total print

03. Tree Rings print

04. Staredown print

05. News Flash print

06. Art ledge – tutorial here

Couch, furniture, plants

I wanted to go neutral and natural with the furniture pieces. We LOVE our Lounge sectional, which is an L shape, but something U shaped is oh so appealing (PS this one is from Arhaus and I’m kinda loving how sizable and sturdy their living room furniture looks. Like it’s not gonna blow away and you could probably jump on it without worry haha). I wanted other furniture pieces that were a little more delicate (but also sizable!) to balance the big sectional, so I went with the gold coffee table and gold standing lamp, which tie into each other. Plus I wanted a glass coffee table so you could see the pretty rug underneath. I also had to throw in a couple plants… both faux because I have a black thumb, but of course if you can keep a plant alive go for something living! I also loved the tiny wood vase on the coffee table plant, and the big basket is one I already own and luh-uh-uhv.

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07. Faux fiddle leaf fig

08. Dune three-piece sectional

09. Gold tripod floor lamp

10. Large curved basket

11. Gold and glass coffee table

12. Faux eucalyptus plant

Pillows, marquee letters, chair

This… is my favorite little section of the mood board. I wanted some fun and whimsy in the pillows. That winking one had me at hello ;) (Bonus- it’s embroidered, not printed, which gives it a little extra texture!). I also love how the boho style pink and red pillow ties into the rug without being too matchy matchy, and the gold spotted pillow ties in with the coffee table and lamp (it’s embroidered too!). The marquee letters we made for our wedding… those are part of our ideal living room no matter what. They were our first big DIY project and we’re still obsessed with them. And that handsome leather chair is pretty much the best of all worlds – modern, warm, and some masculinity to balance the pillows.

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13. Agda printed yarn pillow

14. Dot embroidered throw pillow

15. Winky embroidered throw pillow

16. Marquee letters – check out our tutorial here

17. Axel leather armchair


I love the layered rug look. Love. I’ve had googly eyes for Persian rugs ever since we got a few little ones for the house. This big one has my name all over it. It’s a bit more expensive than I would normally pay… but this is a dream moodboard right? Plus to balance it, the jute rug underneath is super reasonably priced (and huge!). So it all evens out right? Natural modern living room - evanandkatelyn.com

18. Hand-woven natural area rug (11×15)

19. Persian rug (9’9″ x 13)

Hope you guys found this mood board helpful! Any other styles or rooms you’d be interested in seeing? Let us know below or on Insta (@evanandkatelyn)

Not gonna lie – a) had a ton of fun making this, b) I want to immediately buy everything in this room now, and c) was kinda hesitant to publish because now I know somebody else is gonna snag that rug.

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The Persian Rug Bug

I’ve been bit. Big time. My Pinterest boards are laden with beautiful, colorful, EXPENSIVE Persian rugs. A few areas in our house were needing a rug update (aka our Target rugs were on their last leg) and I wanted some Persian rugs bad. They add so much warmth to a room and can make an space with otherwise modern/new furniture feel more worldly.

So I hit the internet searching for Persian-looking rugs because a girl can dream but a girl’s also got a budget in mind. I looked for hours upon hours. I hit all the big affordable rug sites: Rugs USA, Overstock, Rugs Direct, Wayfair. I check out what my favorite stores had, like West Elm, Crate & Barrel, Ikea, World Market, Target. I did find one online Persian rug seller called eSaleRugs which was definitely less expensive than others, but still more than we wanted to spend.

Basically, for a few months I spent way more time looking at rugs than any reasonable human being should.

It’s not that these places didn’t have nice rugs, it’s just that we had a combination of hard-to-fit spaces and hard-to-match colors, so nothing seemed quite right. Then eSaleRugs had a pre-Labor Day sale. Clouds parted, light beamed down. It was awesome! I found a bunch of rugs I liked so I mocked up mood boards for each room. Speaking of the rooms, I’ll go through them below.

The biggest offender was our master bathroom. What I really hoped to find was a long runner, but it needed to be 2′ x 7′ which is a hard size to match (most runners are around 2’6″ – 3′ wide). Also it had to be a color that looked ok with our dark green slate tile, which isn’t always the easiest to match.

The Persian Rug Bug - evanandkatelyn.com Below you can see a few of my mocked up options. Lots of red and navy involved

The Persian Rug Bug - evanandkatelyn.com Next up is our kitchen. This space could handle anything between 2′ x 4′ to 3′ x 5′, so the fit was a little easier, but most rugs listed as 3×5 are actually several inches bigger, which was pushing the max size we wanted in this space. Plus, we had to choose a rug that went with our orangey cabinets- which are of course also hard to match.

The Persian Rug Bug - evanandkatelyn.comkitchen-before I searched online and found a lot of options. Below are a handful of the ones I mocked up.

The Persian Rug Bug - evanandkatelyn.com Lastly we have our little second bathroom. The orange rug was ok. I guess. I mean, who’s really excited by standard fuzzy bathroom rugs? Not me. This space was also tricky to fit with anything that WASN’T a bathroom rug, because it needed to be skinnier than 2 feet. And the previous owner chose a purply-gray tile which is, of course, hard to match.

The Persian Rug Bug - evanandkatelyn.com Again, here are some of the options I mocked up.

The Persian Rug Bug - evanandkatelyn.com So now you see the problem areas. Guess which rug we chose for each room? I’ll make it easy – we picked the bottom left rug in each mockup!

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We ordered the three rugs and when one package came in, I was so excited to open my first rug that I asked Evan to film it.

…Little did I know all three rugs were in that compact little package! It was like Christmas.

So we excitedly set up our tripod to get these cool before and after shots. Isn’t it crazy how much more finished the spaces look now? Granted, our old rugs really were cheap, temporary fixes that lived on way too long, but I don’t think I realized how “temporary” they made our spaces feel until I saw the new rugs in place.

All of a sudden our master bathroom felt like two actual adults live here! This Persian rug was newly made, so it was a little cheaper for it’s size than the other two.

The Persian Rug Bug - evanandkatelyn.com Our kitchen also now feels balanced and anchored. The old rug was so light and airy it was sort of overpowered by our dark counters and wood cabinetry. This rug is 40-50 years old – older than our house even!

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The Persian Rug Bug - evanandkatelyn.com And our little guest bathroom finally looks a little less dorm-y. This one is 30-35 years old.

The Persian Rug Bug - evanandkatelyn.com I’ll post stills of the afters below in case the GIF’s aren’t doin’ it for ya.

The Persian Rug Bug - evanandkatelyn.com The Persian Rug Bug - evanandkatelyn.com The Persian Rug Bug - evanandkatelyn.com The Persian Rug Bug - evanandkatelyn.com Overall we are SO pleased with this change. As we continue to live and grow in this house, I’m loving updating to more permanent, nicer things as our style evolves (not that I don’t still LOVE Ikea and Target – I do!). My question for other twenty-somethings in their first house is this: What things do YOU do to upgrade the feel of your house from “apartment” to “adult-y”? Is it something like adding in older pieces like we did with the rugs? Paying a little extra for higher quality furniture? Mixing in more traditional styles? Or converting that extra bedroom to a ballpit because you’re a grown up and you do what you want!

Bonus “Mochi approves of this rug” pic. Because she’s cute.