Living and Dining Room Tour!


Living Room and Dining Room tour of a new construction home. Design ideas #newhouse

I feel like many other parts of a house aren’t usually seen because people mostly want to see the kitchen and master bedroom or office. But there are so many other rooms in our new house that I love! The dining room finally feels complete because of the rug. It’s crazy that a rug can make a room feel finished.

The living room — the couch took 8-10 weeks to get to us and we timed it so that it would be delivered the day after we moved in. We like taped the floor during construction to make sure it would fit. The matching ottoman was a last minute decision. We were going to just the one from our previous house but we didn’t really like that it didn’t match so we just ordered the matching one with the same fabric as the couch. Let me tell you: it is so nice for company to visit and EVERYONE can sit comfortably on the couch. At our old house, we only had space for 3-4 people to sit and more than half the time, we had to pull over dining room chairs to the living room to make more sitting space.

I added all links to products you see in the photos at the very end of the post but if I miss something, feel free to ask!

Living Room and Dining Room tour of a new construction home. Design ideas #newhouse

We were really lucky that a bunch of our furniture from our old home just happened to fit perfectly in the new house. You guys might remember the above pieces from our old house from my Instagram stories. They were in the living room but now obviously it fits in the foyer :) LOVE IT!

Living Room and Dining Room tour of a new construction home. Design ideas #newhouse


Living Room and Dining Room tour of a new construction home. Design ideas #newhouse

We have that craft paper up because we’re trying to figure out the size of a mirror or gallery art that we would need. The dining room walls are SO empty so I definitely need to work on that next. Any ideas? We’re thinking a mirror above the buffet but what about the wall with the craft paper??

We’re also eventually going to change out the chandelier. We hate it, lol


Mudroom ideas for a bench and cubby system #mudroom

Adjacent to the dining room is the butler’s pantry but also our mudroom; which is probably the 2nd favorite room in my whole house. When we were building the house, we knew we wanted the mudroom to have a bench and cubbies, like you see above. However, the builder wanted to charge us $7000 for that. We decided to ask for a cheaper option; it was still $3300 and it was nothing like what you see above. It was literally a piece of wood for a bench, a piece of wood for a “shelf” and closed off cubby holes that you couldn’t use. It was extra $$ to put in drawers or carve them out. We nixed the entire idea and just told them to give us a blank mudroom.

We found a contractor who came and built out the above mudroom cubby and bench for $800. INSANE, right?! He was awesome, too. He came and measured and asked me whether or not we wanted 3 or 4 cubbies and told us what size the openings would be. I didn’t realize we would be able to have 4. I’m so glad we ended up with 4. Additionally, he sanded everything so all we had to do was paint it ourselves.

I found custom bench cushions on Wayfair. On Etsy, people were charging like $260 for a long bench cushion but on Wayfair, I got the above for $102.

Living Room and Dining Room tour of a new construction home. Design ideas #newhouse

You might have seen on my Instagram stories how I excited I was when our living room shutters came. They took 10 weeks and for a long while, we just had craft paper covering up the bottom half of the window. SO happy with how the shutters turned out. You can pull the entire panel open to clean the windows and the top and bottom of the shutters operate separately from each other so you can have the top half open and the bottom half closed and vice versa. We typically have the top open and the bottom tilted up so Winston can’t look out and bark at random things he sees in the yard, lol

Living Room and Dining Room tour of a new construction home. Design ideas #newhouse


Living Room and Dining Room tour of a new construction home. Design ideas #newhouse

Haha, and you might’ve also seen on Instagram stories how thrilled I was that we FINALLY got our stair runners installed. Omg, the entire process took FAR too long. We went through three different companies and finally found one. It was well-worth the wait because I love how they turned out but man, this was the first thing I wanted to get done when we moved in and of course it was the last thing that got done. In hindsight, it was probably better that way because we had so many contractors coming in and out the first couple months that they probably would have dirtied up a stair runner anyway if we had installed it right when we moved in.

We’ll head upstairs for a tour soon! The rooms are all done up there now, too! :)

  • Foyer table: World Market
  • Foyer mirror: IKEA
  • Hallway carpet runner: The Nest Egg
  • Dining room rug: Wayfair
  • Dining room bar cart: World Market (on sale!)
  • Dining room table: Ethan Allen
  • Living room sectional: West Elm, Heathered tweed, Granite fabric
  • Living room ottoman: West Elm, Heathered tweed, Granite fabric
  • Living room end table: West Elm
  • Living room rug: IKEA
  • Living room shutters: custom from local window treatment company
  • Stair runner: local carpet company
  • Mudroom bench cushions: Wayfair
  • Mudroom baskets: The Container Store

Some links above are affiliate links. 


Posted on September 15, 2017

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  1. Wanda
    09/15/2017 at 10:14 am

    Lovely, I hope you will enjoy this home for many years!

    • Julie
      09/15/2017 at 3:04 pm

      Thank you!!

  2. Nancy Allan
    09/15/2017 at 11:21 am

    First of all Julie, I think your house looks amazing and I love the dark wide plank floors!! I have a suggestion on a mirror that you might like above your hutch in the dining room. You can go on the Pottery Barn site and look at the Egan Multipanel Bronze Mirror. There are three sizes, but they are quite pricey. I have the round one and Lindsey and Brandon have the large rectangular one. Not that it matters who has it, I just really like it. Just my 2 cents worth! Take care. Love, Nancy

    • Julie
      09/15/2017 at 3:05 pm

      Thanks Nancy!! I just went to check it out and now have so many other options on my wishlist, haha!!

  3. Edith Weldon
    09/15/2017 at 11:57 am

    What a lovely home you have!!

    • Julie
      09/15/2017 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you!

  4. Jan
    09/15/2017 at 1:21 pm

    Julie, your home is gorgeous! I especially love the dark wood floors, moldings, and shutters. Girl, you have great taste!

    • Julie
      09/15/2017 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you SO much!!

  5. claudette
    09/15/2017 at 1:37 pm

    Love your new place. Would like to know the color of paint you used on your walls.
    Thank you

    • Julie
      09/15/2017 at 3:06 pm

      The paint on the walls is called Agreeable Grey by Sherwin Williams. I don’t remember what the ceiling one was but I know it was Sherwin Williams as well.

  6. claudette
    09/15/2017 at 1:39 pm

    Would love to know the color and brand of paint you used on your walls and ceilings

  7. Joyce
    09/15/2017 at 1:52 pm

    Wow, love your home, its so beautiful…It truly has that “cozy, comfy” feel to it. Also always appreciate your recipes. They have a kind of Asian-Pacific feel that I’m use to (being Asian and living in Hawaii). Please keep them coming.

    P.S. My favorite part of your home is the kitchen too!

    • Julie
      09/15/2017 at 3:06 pm

      Aw thank you so much!! I shall keep them coming!!

  8. Rachel J
    09/15/2017 at 2:12 pm

    It all looks amazing! Can you provide links to things like couch and runner at the bottom of the post? :)

    • Julie
      09/15/2017 at 3:06 pm

      Just did, thanks! :)

  9. Megan
    09/15/2017 at 2:21 pm

    Beautiful! Where did you get your shutters?

    • Julie
      09/15/2017 at 3:06 pm

      They were custom ordered from a local window treatment company! I can give you the name if you want (if you’re local) :)

  10. Robin
    09/16/2017 at 12:41 pm

    Beautiful layout and neutral colors

    • Julie
      09/18/2017 at 6:18 am

      Thank you!!

  11. Lisa
    09/20/2017 at 4:49 pm

    I cannot believe you found someone to do the mudroom for $800! How did you find him? I am so so envious. I am hoping to have my dad do something similiar. Did you happt to find those baskets that fit so perfectly or did you build around them?!

    What will you put up top?! So many questions because I need help haha

    • Julie
      09/20/2017 at 7:33 pm

      Haha, I know!!! We were so shocked too. He was great and so honest; he is building my friend an entire closet drawer system. She showed me photos and it looks ridiculously awesome. And yeah, I was just lucky to find the baskets to fit the cubbies haha…and I have no idea what I’m putting up top yet. I’m thinking of leaving it without baskets. I think it’s easier on the eye in terms of too many items in cubbies. The basket we have up top to the far left is just all of our dog’s stuff lol

  12. pam
    10/07/2017 at 7:29 am

    Everything looks great! Is the paint color in your living room also called Agreeable Grey? Looks more of a beige in the pictures but hard to tell.

    • Julie
      10/08/2017 at 8:23 am

      Yes, it’s Agreeable Grey as well! Agreeable Grey is a greige so in different lights it looks beige but then in other lights it looks light grey. Kind of cool! haha

  13. Natasha @ Salt & Lavender
    10/07/2017 at 10:15 pm

    I really like your house… I like how uncluttered it is haha. Decluttering is like my favorite thing ever. We certainly got rid of a lot of stuff when we bought our new place, and I like to keep it that way. My favorite part of your house is seeing Winston in your IG stories. :)

    • Julie
      10/08/2017 at 8:26 am

      Haha, thank you :) that’s why we moved to a bigger place…we had so much stuff at our old place that we were busting at the seams! I definitely like the uncluttered feeling too. Winston loves our new house. Thank you! :)

  14. Cissy Young
    10/08/2017 at 6:31 am

    Holy cow! What a gorgeous home! Beautiful stuff.

    • Julie
      10/08/2017 at 8:26 am

      Thanks so much!

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