Moroccan Meets Scandinavian Minimalist Living Room & Dining Area
We purchased our home in 2014 and slowly worked on renovations; most of which we did ourselves. The main floor has been transformed (scroll down for some before pictures!) and we’re excited to share it with you. The entrance, dining nook and living room comprise about half of the main floor. Check out our kitchen renovation & our back room transformation for the remainder of the main floor. We’ve taken a few years to really nail down our aesthetic and style which I describe as Moroccan meets Scandinavian minimalism. We have a small house and we want to make it feel as open and spacious as possible. That requires limiting as much stuff as possible, which also contributes to our overall happiness since we are intentional with our purchases and only fill our home with things that we love. We try our best not to get sucked into the money hungry marketing that makes you feel like you absolutely need (or will die without) that throw pillow when you already have 5 on the couch and there’s no room to sit…although I must admit I get sucked in sometimes and Matt has to remind me that I just spent hard earned money on something we didn’t need. We’re all victims of consumerism and it’s ok to shop, but it’s also totally ok to be a conscious consumer.
Since converting the back room into a TV free chill zone where we read and play records, we needed to get creative with our dining space. We converted a corner of our living room into a dining nook, swapping our oversized table for a smaller round tulip table. We had received two matching chairs as a house warming gift and rather than sell them to purchase 4 new chairs, we looked hard and found two more of the same chairs to complete the set and they were on sale! I originally was looking at these BEAUTIFUL chairs that were $400 each so we saved quite a bit of money and we’re happy with our decision.
The living room being next to the dining table is great for entertaining and having friends over. It’s also great when we are still eating and Atli is done and wants to play. I should note, our home isn’t this clean all the time…Atli likes to throw everything everywhere and walk around chucking crayons throughout the house. However, I am a chronic clean freak and slightly OCD when it comes to things belonging in a certain place so I do go around throughout the day with him and clean up. I make sure he sees me clean and I ask him to help me. He knows how to put things back into baskets (sometimes he puts his hand in and takes things out which is annoying but cute) and I hope that the more I do this it will instill good cleaning and organizing habits in him.
The only thing left that we’d like to get one day is a new TV. We’d love to get the Samsung The Frame, which basically looks like a piece of artwork hanging on your wall and displays art when you aren’t using the TV. We currently have a Samsung that we got when we graduated university and moved into our first apartment together 7 years ago. It cost us $300 after we took a flyer back in to the store to get a discount when we saw in on sale a few weeks after we purchased it. It’s hard to get rid of something that works perfectly fine but maybe one day we’ll upgrade. For now this one will do. Below I’ve included links to shop the look and if you have any questions feel free to post them below!