Our New House: The Living Room

Paloma Contreras Living Room 2

{Tate in our Living Room}

Our new house is really coming together. We moved in at the beginning of August and have been working on various remodeling and decorating projects since then. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel now because we only have a couple of projects left. Everything is nearly completed with the exception of our master bathroom and our garden, both of which will be pretty big projects. Back in the fall, I mentioned that I would be changing our living room up quite a bit from what i did at our old house. I still love our coffee table and the convex mirror over the fireplace, so I kept those, “shopped” my own stuff and found new places for some favorite things, and brought in some new pieces. I knew right away that the living room needed a pair of identical sofas flanking the space to really give definition to the room. More and more lately, Verellen has become one of our favorite upholstery resources at Paloma Contreras Design, so I knew I wanted one of their sofa silhouettes for my own house since our clients are always so happy with the level of comfort, craftsmanship, and longevity they get from Verellen seating.

I decided on the Hannah sofa which is a clean-lined, skirted sofa that works perfectly with my aesthetic. It is feminine and feels traditional, yet the perfectly-proportioned track arm and long bench seat lend a sense of fresh, modern style. We have fabulous windows in this room, so I wanted it to feel light and airy. As such, I decided to keep the upholstery light and fulfill my craving for white, skirted sofas. Knowing that I am a complete stickler for stains and imperfections, I decided I should do what I recommend to all of my clients and had the sofas upholstered in a great Perennials fabric which not only looks and feels beautiful, but it is basically bulletproof. My favorite for light colored upholstery is Perennials Rough N Rowdy in Sea Salt. It has great texture and a little variation in the threads to make it more forgiving than a pure, stark white. I am so thrilled with the room as a whole and love the look, comfort, and ease of our new sofas. Let’s take a closer look, shall we?

Paloma Contreras Living Before

{Before: While waiting for our new sofas to be made, we used a pair of saddle leather chairs from our old house in our new living room. I’ll be selling a lot of things from my old house soon, so stay tuned! These chairs will be in the sale.}


{Before: Our Old Sofa and Throw Pillows in Our New Living Room}

Paloma Contreras Living Room 1

{After: The pair of Verellen sofas flanking the room make much more sense for the space and maximize seating. I also wanted to do something interesting to mask our giant TV a bit, so I hung some cool art around it.}

Paloma Contreras Living Room 3

{After: Our new house is dressed mostly in neutrals with a few pops of color, such as these pink Ikat pillows in a Schumacher fabric.}

Paloma Contreras Living Room 4

{After: The Hannah Sofa has such a pretty, tailored silhouette.}

Paloma Contreras Living Room 5

{After: A Close-Up of our Fabrics– Brunschwig & Fils Fabric in Black, Schumacher’s Bukhara Ikat in Magenta, Perennials Rough & Rowdy in Sea Salt, and Salamander’s Tigre Velvet}

I’ll do a full reveal of the entire house at some point, but for the time being, you can check out more glimpses into our new house here.

Paloma Signature

{This post is generously sponsored by Verellen. All opinions are genuinely my own.}

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  1. It is lovely! Modern but not stark with hints of traditional. Thanks for showing your TV. Usually not shown in decor pix as if they don’t exist! So nice to see what a pro does with the ole black box!

  2. Looking great! Love those Verellen sofas. Have a Leon being delivered to me next week in pale blue linen…can’t wait! I’m curious what fabric you used for your white drapery? Is it 100% linen or a blend? On the obsessive hunt for a white drapery fabric that has a great weave but hangs beautifully like your panels. P.s. Typing this from Yountville…enjoyed lunch at Auberge yesterday and headed to Press tonight for a birthday dinner! As always thanks for the recs!

    1. Hi Sara! I used Schumacher’s Barnett Cotton/Linen blend in Chalk on my draperies. It’s the perfect shade of white and has a really nice weight to it. I find that a blend lends itself better to the lined and interlined draperies that I like over regular linen.

      Happy Birthday! I hope you have a wonderful time in Napa! XO

  3. Love that Serge Mouille ceiling lamp, timeless. I have the wall arm version in our living room! Paloma your eye for line is superb.

  4. Paloma – your room is gorgeous! I love the round convex mirror above the mantel. I’ve been searching for a convex mirror like that for a similar space. Would you mind sharing ? Thank you so much and I love reading your blog posts.

    1. Hi MaryEllen,

      I love convex mirrors and had a really hard time finding a large one with a simple frame that I liked and wasn’t $10,000! Shockingly, this one is from RH and it suits the space really well.

      Thanks for the kind words!