Hot! Living Room Tour

As promised, here’s a look of my newly-decorated living room. For the past four years, it has been a mess of Penelope’s toys and a mis-match of furniture that really didn’t represent our tastes anymore. So I decided to get rid of the clutter, move Pen’s toy into a different room that’s now my computer room and upstairs sewing room (don’t ask).

It’s a constant work in progress and I’m still looking for artwork for the rest of the walls. Additionally, I’m going to replace the glass Crate & Barrel coffee table with something I’ll hopefully find at Alameda next Sunday. I have a terribly time decorating rooms — they’re far more overwhelming than pulling outfits together. For the living room, I had to come up with a theme and shop around it. Basically, it’s decorated for a family in the 1950s who like to travel in America, particularly the West Coast. Kind of specific.

Here’s the widest shot I could get of the room.

We bought these chairs at the Candlestick Point Antiques Show. I believe we paid $30 for both of them. The step table came from Alameda and were $100 for a pair. In the background you can see the window box which I covered with some barkcloth I bought in Arizona.

I love this tiny piece of a sectional. I bought it at Alameda for $175. Maybe one day I’ll find another piece of the sectional puzzle.

At an antique store in Fairfax, CA, I found these wooden fruit pieces and tray for $27.

The bear painting, vase, bird, arizona bottle all came from stops on our Southwestern road trip. I’ve been collecting the cameras for Gatsby events.



I’ve had these souvenir tea towels for quite some time but had yet to frame them. While Florida isn’t exactly the Southwest/West Coast, I liked it too much not to buy.

The other step table and an awesome donkey lamp I bought at Alameda for $20.


Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. Lovely!! That sectional corner is just wonderful! I do like the coffee table; it’s round and glass and ‘recedes’ into the background and is modern enough to keep the room from looking too much like a set piece (not that that’s a bad thing!). That donkey lamp is the Bomb!!

  2. This is perfection! I’d love to sit in this room with you and chat about sewing. We’d wear striped poodle skirts, sip Dr. Pepper out of a bottle, and play bridge while we listened to Motown.

  3. Oh. Can I join the party Najah. Except I’ll take a Dr Browns Celery Soda. ;) mena, loved the vintage cameras and chairs, the room looks so inviting.

  4. Looks like something right out of a vintage but trendy magazine. Love your style!

  5. it looks amazing, I love that you incorporated vintage textiles in to the space. I have cushions I made from fabric from Designers Guild (not vintage) in chocolate, taupe, turquoise and lime green stripes. I try to add only items from this colour palette to the room – the Bark cloth and the Bear Print have all the colours you need – these thing take time to evolve (read: collect!). So happy you have a room you feel is really you. And Penelope is old enough to begin to learn to respect boundaries too! :)

  6. I love vintage interiors just as much as vintage sewing! In particular I love your framed teatowels and donkey lamp!!

  7. I love nosying in other peoples houses! I think my favourite time of year for doing this is Christmas (I’m not ashamed to admit!) when the interior is lit and it’s dark outside :-)) Are you going to do an interiors sewing feature, or make interiors part of Sew Weekly? Reckon that would work great. I’m sure we all love to see how everyone else lives!

  8. Lovely! I’ve been grappling with decorating our home lately, making things from our Florida apartment fit our Virginia home, and adding things that speak even more to us than some of the previous furnishing and accents. I love that you came up with a theme and were able to source so many lovely pieces! I’ve been dying to get some step-style side tables like the one you showed, though I have *no* place to put them right now. hehe!

  9. Your living room is fantastic. The fireplace is gorgeous! Love the decor. I would so hire you to decorate my living room in a heartbeat!

  10. Oh Mena, I love your style the room has so much warmth to it that it makes me feel that I just got home. And the pair of chairs that you purchased from Candlestick Point Antiques Show are just fabulous!

  11. I’m in love with your fireplace! I would love a photo of the whole thing – I’m refacing our fireplace and would love to use the Deco sunburst of yours as inspiration! Thanks!

  12. You had me at the wooden fruit! I love your blog and I’m your newest follower. I’ve just recently gotten back into sewing through refashioning and I’m starting to do some more pattern sewing now too. I can’t wait to see what’s coming next!

  13. I absolutely love your room! What a fabulous living space!