Living Room Makeover and the Article Sven Sectional

Jess Ann Kirby updates her living room with the Sven Sectional from Article.

So thrilled to finally share our mini living room makeover. As you can see below it has been through some changes since we bought the house. The major things we updated recently are the fireplace, the rugs, and the sectional. We wanted to make the space feel a bit more open and have a better flow. We didn’t hate what we had before, but it wasn’t totally the vibe we were going for and since we were renovating the basement, we needed a sectional down there anyway. We wanted to get something a little more compact, so it was the perfection opportunity to move the blue sectional downstairs and pick something new for the living room.

We wanted leather and a friend had been raving about her Article Sven sofa. I fell in love with the color of the Sven sectional in Charme Tan and it could not have been a better fit for the space. Once the sectional was delivered (you can see the process on our YouTube channel) we quickly realized the fireplace did not mesh with the new set-up. Craig had been wanting to DIY a plaster fireplace surround since we moved in so he decided to do that which vibes with the kitchen really well because the walls are also plaster. We knew that meant updating the mantle so we hit the jackpot and found a piece of 300 year old reclaimed wood from the company we bought our decking from last year. We’ve had the Sven sectional for about two months now and we absolutely love it. The leather has held up well with the dogs and it just looks better with age. Links and sources for everything are below. What do you guys think?

Jess Ann Kirby's living room before her home renovation.
Jess Ann Kirby uses Cox HomeLife security cameras to monitor her home, and pups, while she's away.
Jess Ann Kirby's most recent living room renovations include an updated fireplace and a new sectional.

Jess Ann Kirby invested in the Samsung Frame TV, so her television blends seamlessly into the decor of her home.

It was a bit of a splurge and quite frankly more than I’ve ever spent on something electronic like a TV but I am so happy I bought the Samsung Frame TV. The old TV was such an eyesore in the living room and I really wanted something that didn’t detract from the rest of the room. With the Samsung Frame TV you can use stock images that come with the TV or you can upload your own photos. The frame is actually sold separately, we went with the maple, but it could not possibly match the rest of the house any better and I honestly love how it looks. It’s actually a really good TV too, we ended up getting another Samsung for the basement.

I was a little nervous about getting a pink media stand, although Craig liked the color too when I showed it to him online. I have zero regrets, I love how it looks, it’s sturdy and it hides all of our cable and WIFI equipment. It’s not easy finding a nice looking media stand that’s small and has legs, this one is ideal because we have baseboard heating so anything that sits on the ground looks weird.

Jess Ann Kirby collects her plants on a bar cart for an indoor garden look.

We’ve had this leather and wood bar cart forever, it’s been in several apartments and stood the test of time in our house. I still can’t get over the quality for the price and honestly I think it’s looks better than others I’ve found for three or four times more. It’s been used in a variety of ways since we’ve had it but now it’s our plant stand/bar cart and I love it in this window. It was kind of a weird spot and for a while we had nothing there because we couldn’t figure out what to put in the space. This worked out perfectly.

Jess Ann Kirby updated her living space with a pink media stand and brown leather sofa.

I love this little wooden stool from Article. I wanted to add some layers (is that the right word? dimension?) to the spot where the bar cart is. Initially the two big planted pots were on the floor but it looks so much better with all of them being at different heights. I’m actually still on the lookout for something cute to put the snake plant on.

We recently added this light from Troy lighting (blog post here) and I really love it in the space. We had an awful fan there before and it was so distracting and ugly. Since we are installing a split system air conditioner I wasn’t worried about eliminating the fan (it didn’t really do anything when it was hot anyway). The bench is from IKEA which was one of the first things we bought when we moved in and it’s such a great piece. Really good quality and the color of the wood goes really well with the other light natural wood furniture we have in the open space. The dog bed is from Design Dua and the dogs absolutely love it. I ended up moving the rug we had in here to my office and switching it with this New England loom rug that was in there. I think the colors go better with the furniture and space.

Jess Ann Kirby's most recent living room renovations include an updated fireplace, the Sven Sectional from Article and updated light fixtures.

For pillows I went with blush velvet and the Lanna pillow. I also added a sheepskin throw for some cozy texture. We had a bigger coffee table but it was pretty junky and also took up too much space so we decided to go with something smaller. This marble side table is perfect because it’s just big enough to put books on and a cup or coffee or tea, but since we don’t eat in this area we didn’t need anything larger. The pet portraits were done by Jenn Shore of Shore Creative and I had them framed at Artifact Uprising.

Jess Ann Kirby styles the Article Sven Sectional with peach pillows and faux fur throws.

Last but not least the fireplace! Probably one of my favorite updates we’ve done so far in the house. The plaster fireplace surround just looks so clean and minimal I love the difference it has made. Of course the reclaimed wood adds that charm and character and I love how it looks with our antique gold mirror which is one of the most special pieces I own. I’m loving how the space turned out and relieved to have a space that I have no desire to change anytime soon, haha. Our mudroom reveal is coming soon, stay tuned!

Jess Ann Kirby updates her fireplace with a rustic wood mantle and white washed brick.

Product Sources

Paint is by Farrow & Ball in Wimborne White (estate eggshell)
Article Sven sectional in Charme Tan c/o
Blu Dot Media Stand in Sweetness
Troy Allure Flushmount Light
Marble side table c/o
Samsung Frame TV with light wood frame
Ikea Mockelby Bench
Tana wood stool c/o
Leather and Wood Bar Cart
Antique Rugs all from New England Loom
Sheepskin throw c/o
Velvet blush pillow and Sheepskin pillow c/o

Jess Ann Kirby styles the Article Sven Sectional with white faux fur throws and suede pillows.Jess Ann Kirby's new living room includes a brown leather sectional as the focal point.

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12 Comments

  1. I like those rooms very much, but I prefer cream colored walls, and stone, or brick fireplaces.

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  2. Julia wrote:

    Such great updates!! I love the fireplace- so clean and fresh, but still with some warmth, and the couch changes. The first redo was light years from what you started with- so cool to see the original before. However, I really prefer this new iteration- it feels really nice. Thanks for sharing!

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    • Jess wrote:

      Thank you so much Julia. It’s funny I don’t even remember what is used to look like so seeing that first before photo is always a nice little reminder of everything we’ve done in here!

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  3. Meg wrote:

    The whole update is fabulous, and I LOVE this iteration of your space, but can I just say? That is one of my favorite bird guides on the marble side table.

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    • Jess wrote:

      Thanks Meg! OMG that bird book is the best. I got it for Craig as a Christmas gift and he loves it. So fun to look through and figure out all the birds around us.

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  4. Kathy wrote:

    Well done Jess! I absolutely love how light and bright your whole room is. That wood mantle with the the 300 year old reclaimed wood is stunning! You guys did a fabulous job. I can’t believe how clean you keep your place, especially with your 4-legged babies. It’s immaculate! Superb job! I can’t wait for your mud room reveal! Thanks for sharing!

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  5. taylor wrote:

    bravo! you re-did the space beautifully and i love the attention to detail – the pillows, samsung tv, and of course the aged fireplace mantle are my favorite details. the fireplace truly anchors everything together. love your look – it reminds me of coastal meets boho meets rustic. such an eclectic combo.

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  6. Lisa D wrote:

    Where did you get the framed prints of the doggos? Love them!!

    6.8.19 | Reply
    • Jess wrote:

      Shore Creative, it’s linked within the copy of the post 🙂

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  7. Dave wrote:

    My dog likes to “dig.” He goes to his bed, our bed, or our couch, plants his bag legs, and goes crazy with his front legs. It’s very cute, but because of this, we’re hesitant to get a leather couch. You said this couch has held up well, but do your dogs do anything like that to them?

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    • Jess wrote:

      Yeah my dogs don’t do that and that would definitely scratch up the leather.

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  8. Cecelia Vallaire wrote:

    I am obsessed with your wood floors! It looks like you refinished the existing floors – what stain did you use?
    Also congratulations on your pregnancy – I hope it’s a blissful time you!

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