Formal Living Room Reveal

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Eva Amurri Martino of lifestyle and motherhood blog Happily Eva After sets some decor on the mantle in the formal living room of her Connecticut home

The Formal Living Room of our new home was the room that took the longest for me to fully complete, and the one that was surprisingly the most fun for me to dream up.  I was so excited when we bought our house that the space afforded us the ability to have both a more informal Family Room and formal Living Room!  I was so excited to design a room that spoke to all the instincts and cravings that Kyle and I have as a couple– without having to factor in what is best for the kids in this particular space.  Of course I babyproofed the sharp corners of the coffee table ( I am a seasoned Mama after all) but this room was all about scratching my design itch.  And turns out that took a second for me to figure out what exactly it was that I was craving!  As I sometimes have the tendency to do when I decorate, I fell in love with one piece and then designed the room from there.  In this case, the piece is a vintage deco chinoiserie rug that my Mom bought in her twenties with one of her first big paychecks (I guess it runs in the family to spend your whole paycheck on home décor…LOL) I had the rug in our last home as well, and decided to make it the pièce de resistance for our new Formal Living Room in Connecticut!  I pulled color inspiration from the gorgeous mustard in the rug and chose the same color for the walls above the white judges paneling. For the rest of the look, I pulled pieces with a sumptuous elegance– mixed with a bit of industrial, to modernize the space.  I just adore how this room turned out, and I love having a room where Kyle and I can retreat together, put a record on, mix a couple of cocktails…and pretend we live a very high brow lifestyle.  Then, inevitably, Marlowe walks around the corner ten minutes in and wants us to bury her in the couch cushions.  She happens to love the room just as much as we do! Haha.  You can find full design sources at the end of the post.

A look at Eva Amurri Martino's living room before her design updates

The elegant and glamorous formal living room in Eva Amurri Martino's Connecticut home

The elegant and glamorous formal living room in Eva Amurri Martino's Connecticut home, featuring a hyde-covere wingback swivel chair

Eva Amurri Martino dresses the mantle of the formal living room in her Connecticut home

gilded and industrial details on the mantle of Eva Amurri Martino's Connecticut home

The coffee table in the formal living room of Eva Amurri Martino's Connecticut home

Purple tulips in full bloom on the coffee table of Eva Amurri Martino's Connecticut home

The coffee table and leather couch in the formal living room of Eva Amurri Martino's connecticut home

Black, white, natural, and yellow patterned couch pillows are scattered on the brown leather sofa in the formal living room of Eva Amurri Martino's connecticut home

Eva Amurri Martino sits in a leather wingback chair in front of the fireplace in her formal living room

The bookshelf in the formal living room of Eva Amurri Martino's Connecticut home

Eva Amurri Martino chooses a record from her record collection

Eva Amurri Martino puts on a record in the living room of her Connecticut home

A brass and hyde window seat accent space

The golden deco bar cart in the formal living room of Eva Amurri martino's Connecticut homeThe golden deco bar cart in the formal living room of Eva Amurri martino's Connecticut home

Crystal liquor decanters on the gilded bar cart in Eva Amurri Martino's formal living room


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Rug: Vintage Deco (Similar. LOVE this one also!)

Couch: Pottery Barn

Chairs: Restoration Hardware (similar)

Coffee Table: Crate & Barrel (similar)

Side Tables: One King’s Lane (similar)

Cordless Table Lamps: Modern Lantern

Couch Pillows: West Elm (similar. Also see widget above)

Cloche: Bobo via Candelabra

Picture Frame: Michael Aram

Gold Starburst Mirror: Crate & Barrel

Wood and brass candlesticks:  Target (similar)

Constellation Steel Hurricanes/vases: One King’s Lane (similar)

Record Player: Restored vintage

Bar Cart: Worlds Away

Bar Accessories: CB2 (similar)

Crystal Decanters: Waterford

Cast Iron Bull’s Head:  Restoration Hardware

Hyde Window Bench: Caracole

Ficus plant and planter: Terrain

Standing Lamp:  Pottery Barn

Curtain Rods: Crate & Barrel

Curtains: Custom by Beehive Fairfield, fabric by Beacon Hill “Sonia Ikat”


Photographs by Courtney Ann Photography

My dress and booties by Tory Burch









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  1. Katie says:


    This room is the best yet! Just gorgeous!


    04.17.17 Reply
  2. Ashton says:

    What is the paint name for the walls. I’ve been looking for that color for our dining room for ages!

    04.17.17 Reply
  3. Jo says:

    Hi Eva, another beautiful room. You really do have such amazing taste. I adore interiors and get ridiculously excited about a project or redecorating opportunity. I love pulling together mood boards, researching where to source furniture and accessories but, and it’s a big but, I am so often derailed at the start point because after all the wonderful planning, the actual ‘doing’ just seems so scary! I am pretty capable and have heaps of common sense but a full decorating overhaul seems to knock my confidence. As a single Mum of two school age kids, I just don’t feel best placed to do the big jobs by myself. I’m guessing you guys are too busy with work and family to do the actual decorating yourselves? I have been let down by trades people in the past; shoddy plumbers, decorators who cut corners…. Any tips on how to choose decorators and other trades with confidence they will do a decent job? I’m Thank you x

    04.18.17 Reply
    • Hi Jo! Yes, I actually do all the decorating myself! I don’t do renovations myself (obviously) but the decorating is something I like to get my hands dirty with 🙂 I would recommend just starting with one room, and one thing, and tackling it that way. I’ve heard Angie’s list is a good resource for finding contractors though if you would like to hire people! Also word of mouth is so important. If you know somebody who has had wonderful work done to their home definitely ask for their contact info!

      04.19.17 Reply
      • Jo says:

        I take my hat off to you, super woman! How on earth do you find the work/children/domestic chores/general daily routine stuff free time to start let alone finish?! I can’t seem to find hours in any given day that aren’t already allocated! I have decorated my children’s bedrooms, bathroom, kitchen by myself but it all looks less than professional and the main living areas can’t be shut off for long enough to complete at my snail’s pace. I think I need a contractor to tackle these rooms instead. Agree, word of mouth is probably best.

        04.20.17 Reply
  4. Sarah says:

    I have been obsessing over the perfection of this paint color for awhile now and after digging around can’t find it listed anywhere! Is it custom mixed to match the yellows of the rug? Stunning room, and the rest of the house is preeeeeetty great too 😉

    05.14.17 Reply
  5. Bree says:

    Hey Eva!
    I was wondering where you got he velvet couch that is in your living room?

    01.08.18 Reply
    • Hi Bree! I don’t have a velvet couch! Do you mean the leather one in this one? The two other rooms with couches are the Family Room and my studio

      01.09.18 Reply