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When searching for my current home (my first!), I had a pretty long list of must-haves: a fireplace, crown molding, hardwood floors, a fenced-in yard for my pups and an en-suite bath for myself. I also wanted a foyer — a separate antechamber with enough room for an entry table and a few decorations plus a closet for hidden storage. Well, as is true of many first-time homebuyers, I got most of the things on my list but something had to give. You guessed it: I didn’t get a foyer; the front door opens directly into my living room. Oh well, you can’t win ‘em all.

Luckily my living room is pretty big (15′ x 21′) so I just designated a 6′ x 10′ area to use as a foyer:

traditional home entryway with collection of framed photos

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If money woes or the recent crazy weather has you vacationing at home this summer, now’s a great time to tackle some of the updates you’ve been putting off. Let’s start in the living room — after all,  it’s where you gather with family and friends and often the first room people see when entering your home. Time to show it some love. To get you started, I’ve gathered a few of my favorite living room updates that will add a lot of style for just a little cash.

With some lumber and trim, you could update your fireplace surround:Update Your Fireplace Surround

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TV Media in Living Room - Erin Loechner

See that giant TV on the left? It is about to disappear...

Televisions and entertainment centers are often the biggest eyesores in any space, and our bulky, ten-year-old TV was certainly no exception. (Remember spotting it in our living room makeover?) Still, it was functional and I happen to live with a man who would marry function if he could. Me? I choose form to a fault.
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Speaking of magazines I love — coughHGTVMagazinecough — Rue Magazine recently celebrated its first anniversary. I was lucky enough to meet Editor in Chief Crystal Gentilello and Market Editor Cassandra LaValle at Las Vegas Market where they were panelists for a WithIt talk about digital magazines, and they offered some great insights (get the scoop here). So, naturally, I was excited to see what the Anniversary Issue had in store, but even more so when I saw our own Sabrina Soto of The High/Low Project in its pages.

sabrina soto living roomPhoto by Emily Johnston-Anderson for Rue Magazine

Get a load of the living room in Sabrina’s Manhattan apartment, will you? As someone living in a New York City apartment, this is pretty darn inspirational. It has the clean mid-century modern vibe I love (that lamp!) while still feeling cozy (that couch!). Plus, you know Sabrina knows how to shop, so I’m betting a bunch of the pieces are budget-friendly. Congrats, Rue, on your anniversary! And congrats, Sabrina, on your oh-so-enviable apartment!

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Living spaces are so difficult for me to decorate, as it’s really hard to find the right combination of completely comfortable, quiet and calming yet still relatively inspiring. Fortunately, Ken and I nailed it with our recent makeover. I think you’re going to be very, very pleased!:

What do you think? Could you live in a monochromatic living room? How do you like finished design compared to my mood board? And who wants to guess how old that TV is?

Tell me in the comments below.

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Can you see yourself cozying up with a good book and a cup of tea on one of these sofas? Vote for your favorite living room in the poll below the photos and we’ll publish the results in the premiere issue of HGTV MAGAZINE—on sale in October!

Living Room #1 – Sleek + White

Modern Living Room by Don Raney

Living Room #2 – Classic + Casual

Traditional Living Room by Jennifer Duneier

Living Room #3 – Colorful + Traditional

Transitional Living Room by Shelly Riehl David

Living Room #4 – Fresh + Contemporary

Contemporary Living Room by Natalie Umbert

After you vote, leave a comment telling us why you love your favorite room and you might see your comment in the magazine, too!

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Velvet Hammerschmidt DesignVelvet Hammerschmidt Design always delivers style and class to their many projects that range from high-end residences to boutique hotels and office spaces. This contemporary loft in Santa Monica is a prime example of what Velvet Hammerschmidt does best — design a high-style living space that improves the client’s lifestyle and embraces their personality — all with a modern California flair. In this case, the client was Velvet herself, and she wanted a place that simplified her and her husband’s busy lives and allowed them to embrace the beautiful scenery and terrain surrounding their SoCal home.

Velvet accomplished this by designing every last inch of this “smart home” from the ground up. The home was made “smart” by creating lighting, fans, window treatments, HVAC, digital music and AV that are all controlled entirely via remote and integrated keypads. Both the design and technology in this loft are streamlined. Bottom up shades and custom floor valances were designed to control urban views, provide privacy, and yet still allow for access to spectacular vistas and plenty of California sun. And then there is the rooftop deck, complete with outdoor kitchen, fire pit and water feature. Read on to learn more about how Velvet created a dream space that embraces technology, art and nature with a tour that starts on the roof

Up on the Roof

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Let’s be honest: most of us probably have pretty safe (and sometimes boring) sofas, myself included. As the backbone of a living room, making a neutral color choice can be wise.

aphrochic pillows
But after seeing Jeanine Hays’ new collection of AphroChic home accessories, I got excited about the potential for a more lively living room without having to go completely out of my comfort zone. Jeanine’s intuitive sense of color leads to a collection of completely mix-and-matchable pieces that pair with each other perfectly despite their contrasting patterns.  Bye bye dull couch!

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Tufting is one trend that I’m glad to see growing some legs and evolving in such pretty ways.

elton settee west elm

This small scale sofa in West Elm’s new line has such nice, refined proportions which balance the tufting out so well. And at only 60 inches wide, the Elton Settee is small enough to be a love seat, and big enough to feel like it can hold its own in a living room.

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