Living Room Source Guide

Since my charming living room tour,  I’ve had questions from you about where I sourced some of my decor items and what paint color I used on the walls. This post is all about the sources!!

Now I know you won’t be able to go out and find these exact items as a lot of them were thrift store finds or purchased many years ago. But I wanted to show where I got these items so you know that you can put so many inexpensive decor items together for not very much money.

Living room source guide graphic.

So let’s start off with the wall color. Most of the main floor including the living room is Country Beige by Behr. It’s a beautiful creamy timeless neutral color that I love. It makes everything in the room light and bright. I’ve always had good luck with Behr colors.

Wall color Behr Country Beige.

I posted about my couch here. It’s come a long way from those first posts! I bought this couch on Craigslist as I’ve coveted a similar style at Restoration Hardware for years! When I found it, I bought it immediately even though the upholstery was dated however it was in amazing shape and it was only $300.

A neutral patterned couch on a rug.

It came with a bunch of cushions all along the back which I immediately got rid of.

The light coloured couch before revamping.

I bought the new upholstery fabric from Belgium basketweave upholstery in tan. It seems scary to buy fabric online but I always order a few samples first and move it around the room to see which colors I like best with the lighting.

and I paid just over $1000 to have it reupholstered. I wasn’t going to do this myself and wanted it to be professionally. I’m so happy with the way it turned out!

And look at those legs!!!

Reupholstered couch in a neutral color in the living room.

The curtains and topiaries I made two years ago. These curtains are very simple to make and I’ll make a tutorial one day soon. Here’s my tutorial on blackout curtains for you to look at for now.

The ottoman {$150} is from Home Sense {like Home Goods but in Canada} and the fireplace screen is from Restoration Hardware purchased around six years ago.

The curtains, black fireplace screen and ottoman supply.

I love this old eye catching rusty green sap bucket. I purchased it at an antique store for nearly nothing. My friend, Tanis, gave me these faux peonies as she knows they’re my fave flower 😉  Thanks T!

Faux peonies in a green sap bucket.

The grey cable knit throw is from Chapters Indigo. I bought it on clearance for $20. Chapters Indigo is kinda like Barnes & Noble but in Canada {and way cooler in my opinion}. They have amazing decor items. And I’m in no way affiliated with them although I wish I was!

Our Pottery Barn moved buildings a few years ago and had an amazing moving clearance sale and I scored that iron side table for under $100!

Living room source guide with the throw on the back of the chair and a wooden table.

I bought our tall lamp from Canadian Tire and replaced it with a better shader a customized look. The lamp was around $50.

I have two of those glass and iron side tables from Home Sense but only one fits in this room so it’s down in the basement in case I every move things around.

The velvet and gold trim pillows are from West Elm and the other natural pillows are from Restoration Hardware.

Did you know Pottery Barn has rugs in clearance in the back, not on display? Just ask and they’ll tell you which ones are there. That’s how we scored this wool rug for around $500 which is an amazing price for  a 9 x 12 foot size!

A lamp, pillows and neutral rug in the living room.

One of my first big girl furniture pieces that I bought was this armoire from a local Vancouver store called Chintz & Co. I probably paid close to $800 for it but that’s nearly 15 years ago now. Same with that black fan. People can’t get over that I purchased it from Ikea. Yep, Ikea can have some amazing finds!

I purchased the two french side chairs from Home Sense. My trick is to go to stores like that often and early in the morning to find the best furniture items!

A large wooden armoire.

And here is how I’ve styled my bookshelves:

I’ve listed a breakdown of what each item is and where I got it from. Detailed? Yes. I thought you may want to know.

The elements listed on the shelf in the living room.

I want you to see you that you can style your bookshelves with every day stuff like magazines and frames and shells. I think the most expensive items on these shelves are the hardcover design books. Some of these were gifts {like the antique radio} but most were thrift store/antique store/Home Sense cheapy finds.

The open white shelving in the living room.

I love anything white and neutral. The reason all these odd items work together is because they are all neutral but with lots of texture. I’ve styled these bookshelves more times than I care to count but this is the way I like it. Lots of open space, not a lot of clutter, and all in the same neutral family.

Pictures and vases on the white shelf in living room.

Because I’m a neutral lover, I always remove my book covers. I like the neutral hardcover as opposed to the busy jacket. I also buy inexpensive books often from thrift stores. I just look at what the book looks like without the jacket. It’s usually gorgeous! Also, if you come across hardcover books that are in rough shape, tear the whole cover off and wrap some twine around a pile of them. And that will cost you next to nothing!!

White flowers and antique books on the mantel.

I hope this helped you with how you can decorate and style your room for not very much money!

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  1. I’m so jealous of your gorgeous living room. I want your couch, your chairs, and pretty much everything else. Can you just box it all up and send it to me? mmmkkkkay….thanks!

  2. Jamie, your living room is fantastic. Wow, I can’t believe it was only $100 to reupholster that couch! Thank you so much for sharing your sources at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  3. Jamie – Your living room is amazing. So peaceful and so beautiful. I love that you shared how you put it together and even how you styled your bookshelves. I have a guest cottage you can stay in if you’re wanting to some to the Seattle area to do some home decorating!

    1. Thanks so much, Patricia! Don’t tease me with your request to go to your cottage! I only live 3 hours away 😉
      And I think you’re doing a fabulous job yourself!
      Jamie @

  4. Your living room is absolutely lovely! I’m new here. I love the sofa transformation. Can’t wait to look around a bit. I would love to invite you to share this at Modern Cottage Monday a new link party at Curate by Carrie Corson:)

  5. I love all of your decorating! I am curious as to how you painted the rock on your fireplace? I have been wanting to do the same thing to mine but I am scared. What did you use and how did you do it? What are your tips for that?

    1. Hi Laura,
      I found the mirror at a local shop years ago on clearance. I haven’t been able to find another one like it, sorry.
      Hugs, Jamie

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