Craig and I realized that it was almost a year ago that we bought our house. Wow, how far we’ve come. From the inside, this place is completely different. From the outside, not so much, haha, that’s our summer project. It has been really fun and rewarding to create a space that is perfect for us and I couldn’t be more excited to share it with all of you. One thing we’ve realized throughout this process is that renovating and decorating a home is a process, one that inevitably always takes longer than you would hope. Taking impulse out of the decision making process is so important, and prevents a lot of wasted time (and money). We already have some slight changes we want to make, installing a sliding door leading out to the patio, changing the paint color and a few furniture DIYs but we’re living in the space for a bit before we do anything else. I’ve included links to everything (that is linkable) below. Let me know what you think!
Jess Ann Kirby's living room before her home renovation
Jess Ann Kirby reveals her living room renovation after a year of home ownership

The Renovations

The first thing we did when we moved in was paint all the walls. We used Benjamin Moore Paper White, but we’re planning on painting the walls again with Farrow & Ball Wimborne White which we used on the trim and love. Craig ripped out the old mantle piece and installed a (stained) piece of driftwood he found on the beach above the pellet stove. We painted the doors in Farrow & Ball Wimborne White and put in new door knobs. Over the summer we decided to refinish the floors. Craig did a light sanding with a floor sander we rented from Home Depot and then used a waterproof stain and sealer (color tint: Pinto White), finishing with a coat of water-based polyurethane (in satin finish). We decorated the living room over the space of several months (basically almost a year). We went with a mix of high and low pieces, some DIYs and a goal of feeling cozy above all else (it is @thecozyranch after all). Because our house is so small and the kitchen, living, and dining room are one open area we have to utilize the space really well. Lots of plants scattered throughout the room lend that feeling of bringing the outdoors in. I haven’t put up window treatments yet because I love how you can see the trees in the backyard from the sofa. Since there’s nothing behind us, it’s pretty private in the back so for now I’m leaving it open and bright. Our next project is to knock down the wall next to the door that leads to the backyard and install sliding doors which will really make the space feel more open and bright.

Jess Ann Kirby styles her living room with stylish pieces like a terracotta pot from Anthropologie
Jess Ann Kirby relaxes on her new blue velvet sofa
Jess Ann Kirby decorated her living room with the Hugo sectional in vintage solstice

The Hugo Sectional

The first thing everyone comments on when they walk in is our hugo sectional sofa from Rove Concepts. Probably because you can’t miss it since we don’t have an actual entryway, which is exactly why I wanted something that was a statement piece but also could be lived in. I can’t say enough about how much I love it. It comfortably fits the five of us, with room to spare, and you can’t help but melt right into it. The velvet is soft and sturdy. I get a lot of questions about how it is with pet hair and honestly it’s not an issue. I do use throw blankets but I can easily vacuum hair (the dyson v8 animal is a game changer) without it getting stuck to the fabric. The back pillows are all separate and different sizes so you can move them around to your liking. The bottom cushions velcro to the base of the couch so they don’t slip around but you can easily pull them up to clean. I also really love the sophia sectional but we decided on the hugo to utilize the space we had since there wasn’t enough room for any other furniture in that space anyway. Rove Concepts is having a 15% off sale site wide this weekend so use code MAR15 if you make any purchases! They have tons of fabric and color options so you can find exactly what you’re looking for.

Jess Ann Kirby reviews her Rove Concepts Hugo sectional couch
Jess Ann Kirby creates a faux entryway in her renovated living room
Jess Ann Kirby uses woven planters as home decor
Jess Ann Kirby reveals her living room renovation featuring a velvet sectional sofa
Jess Ann Kirby relaxes on her blue velvet sofa with a blush faux fur throw blanket
Jess Ann Kirby's home renovations includes a white brick mantle and pellet stove