The Treehouse: The Living Room

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You guys. You guys! The Treehouse Living Room Tour is ready to share. 

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I am straight up in love with our living room. I love sitting on the twin sofas. I love the windows. I love the white-washed floors and the white-washed bricks. I love the long row of 3 benches that provide extra seating and give easy access to the views. I love the accordion pendant lamps. I love that the living room, dining nook, entry, hallway and kitchen are one open space. I love that I can sit with a magazine, and chat with Olive while she bakes a cake, or with Ralph while he makes a quesadilla. It’s a very comfortable, inviting, useable space. I’m excited to tell you all about it!

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The sofas are my favorite. Their profile is handsome (see the image at top), and they’re a wonderful size — not as small as a love seat, and not as wide as a full couch. I searched and searched for something that would fit this space in just the right way. I wanted to create a sitting area around the fireplace and still leave room for a pathway between the benches and the sofas. (If you’re curious, the sofa is also available in teal, almond and mink — we chose almond.)

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The coffee table is by Blu Dot. Isn’t it fantastic? It looks sort of airy and sculptural, but the marble makes it so substantial — it’s quite heavy!

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We didn’t photograph the kitchen, because it’s still the nondescript space we inherited when we moved in, but you can see a peek of the kitchen island and our barstools — they face the sitting area. (The stools are great! I’ll tell you more about them in a later post.)

I bought the fringe-y throw blanket on the sofa when I was visiting Ethiopia.

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The living room leads to the dining nook. The Thonet chairs are vintage, purchased from Book/Shop here in Oakland. The reproduction table we bought when we lived in Colorado. And we’ve had the chandelier since New York. It’s a remarkable fixture — you can read more about it here.

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The benches! I Instagrammed the benches a few weeks ago and they received lots of ooohs and aaahs. And I’m not surprised. They’re made of reclaimed wood, the proportions are excellent, and they’re simply handsome. The benches come in two finishes, I chose lime wash.

I love the benches as is, but I’m also hatching some plans for these. I’d love to have long cushions made for them, to make them even more inviting. I really want the family to actively enjoy the windows and I love imagining the kids curled up on cushioned benches watching the bluejays make their nests. I’m also considering adding a shelf to legs beneath the seat of each bench. The shelves would be a place where we could store more coffee table books.

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We don’t have a full shot of it, but I also wanted to point out the tripod lamp by the fireplace. I splurged on this piece, but I’m glad I did. It’s really distinctive and adds some weight and gravitas to the room.

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The rug is by Allen & Roth. It’s 8 x 10 feet, 100% wool, and wasn’t too expensive. That was important to me, because the rug is a bit of an experiment. I really like the plain wood floors in the room and I go back and forth on wanting a rug at all. So far, I’m a fan of this one. It adds warmth and comfort to the space and it’s easy to vacuum. But I may decide to go back to bare floors as the weather warms.

The whole room has a light/neutral palette with natural touches of wood and green. My intention was to use the light colors to help the space feel open, and to reflect the sunlight when it finds it way through the trees. And I wanted to use the natural accents to connect the living room with the forest that surrounds The Treehouse. I’m really happy with how it turned out!

Okay. That’s essentially the full tour. But I do have a few more detail shots + sources if you’d like to see.


I snapped these up-close shots during the shoot, while Sarah took the gorgeous overall shots. First up is Mr. Hippo (maybe Mrs. Hippo? hard to tell). He was here in the house when we moved in. He is hand-made and heavy as can be. He’s fabulous.

Pillow by Dwell Studio. From The Treehouse Living Room Tour. | Design Mom

The pillow is by Dwell Studio. It’s the one and only throw pillow in the living room! This is the first time I’ve gone the less-is-more route with throw pillows — it seems like my usual instincts are to put pillows everywhere! But simplifying makes sense in this space. There’s so much going on living-wise, that it works best with less stuff. And honestly, it feels fresh to me.

But if I’m going to have only one pillow here, I’m glad it’s this one. It’s gorgeous! And the colors are perfect for the room.

Artichokes in a Wooden Bowl

Nothing too amazing about the artichokes, but I thought they were pretty. : ) Also, that wooden bowl is another favorite. It’s another piece that came with house — and we put it to good use daily!

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I talked about the benches above, but I thought you might like to see an up-close shot. You may notice the lime wash looks darker in real-life than in the product photo.

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The accordion pendant lamps make me smile every time I see them. They are sculptural and stunning. I know they look like a set, but three are from EQ3 and one is from Serena & Lily. They plug in (we added outlets on the ceiling) and offer a soft, warm glow.

Ceramic Bowl

This bowl is one of the best things in the house. It’s part of the pottery collection left by the previous owners. Isn’t it amazing? (The Instamax images are by Olive.)

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We collected the pinecones at Lake Tahoe. They’re huge! And I think they fit in the space in a wonderful way.

My uncle Mark and Aunt Robin’s home is in the forests between here and Tahoe. When I was growing up, they would bring us giant pinecones like this when they visited us in St. George, and we always had a bowl full in our home as part of the decor — so these also feel like a bit of family history.

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This stunning chair is by Safavieh. The seat is made of leather strips. I love how the chair looks, I love that it’s comfortable, and I also love that it has a small footprint — important, because if it was bigger it would get in the way of foot traffic between the fireplace and seating area.

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Lastly, on the little ledge that is part of the fireplace wall, you’ll find a petite painting of the home we lived in France — complete with our vintage car! It was painted by Paul Ferney as a housewarming gift for us. Such a treasure!

Okay. Now I’m dying to know. How do you like the living room? Did it turn out how you imagined? Do you remember what it looked like when we first moved in? I’ll add a few “before” pics at bottom in case you’re curious. Have you ever lived with an open floorplan where one room blends into another? How would your family function in a space like this? And is there anything in the space I forgot to mention? Ask me about it in the comments!

P.S. — You can find all the posts about The Treehouse here.

Before photos of the Living Room:

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Images by Sarah Hebenstreit. Photo styling by Rosy Strazerri-Fridman

155 thoughts on “The Treehouse: The Living Room”

  1. Gorgeous! I love the lanterns, and the sofas, and the white washed bricks and the simplicity. Just beautiful. I love how airy it looks. I wish that I could have light-colored upholstery — it’d never work for me with four boys and two dogs. Still, such a dreamy, doable, comfortable space. Bravo!

  2. It is absolutely stunning!! I love everything about it! The 3 benches might be my fav thing though, oh and the white washed floors! It’s not surprising how beautiful it turned out, you have such talent!

  3. First of all, the natural light in that you get in that living room is amazing! I also love that marble coffee table. The fireplace is also gorgeous! I love the color palette you used for the room, it keeps it looking so fresh and bright and works great with all the windows. It’s almost like the trees outside are part of the room!

    1. Yes! When I was thinking about colors in this space, I considered the green of the trees as one of the dominate colors in the room that I needed to work with. Technically, the green is outside the room, but it’s such a key feature that I wanted to work with it.

  4. I’m in love with everything! It looks so stunning. And it was so sweet to see one of the previous homeowners in the before shot–it made me think what a great steward you are being for the home that I’m guessing they spent much of their lives in. I know it’s a bit silly, but anytime I sell something, I hope it goes to someone who will love it as much as or more than I did. You are certainly doing a beautiful job filling that gorgeous home with love!

  5. Breathtaking! What a great job bringing the outdoors inside. Elegant and comfortable is not an easy mix but this room nails it!

  6. Catherine Hoskin

    Light, airy, gorgeous! This definitely says California living. My favorite piece has to be the coffee table. I’ve been thinking of putting exactly the same type of table in my living room in place of a leather foot rest. This seals the deal, but then I would have to buy a new sofa to go with the new table. I believe every home has a soul, and your home looks so happy and full of life!

  7. I LOVE your redo! I especially love how light and bright it is. Keeping everything neutral inside leads your eye to the amazing view of trees. Just one question, how do you plan on keeping everything clean with all that white? Especially right off the kitchen. I love white, but I feel its too impractical with little kiddos running around.

    1. “Keeping everything neutral inside leads your eye to the amazing view of trees.”

      Yay! That was what I was hoping for.

      As for keeping all the white clean, the floors, benches and coffee table can all be wiped down. The bricks won’t get dirty — at least not from the kids. So it’s really just the couches and rug that might be an issue. The kids eat their food at the island (sitting on the stools), or at the table, or outside. So, so far no problems. But if I’m worried, I can apply a stain guard to the fabric on the sofa.

  8. You are knocking it out of the park on this, Gabby! I just may have to snag a bench. Our new home is begging for a bench in the entryway and I’ve been on the hunt. This is a definite contender!

  9. Wow!! So wonderful. I LOVE IT! I really love how bright and natural it looks. The floors are amazing, the couches so great, and those wooden benches are beautiful! The whole thing is just perfect. I would love my living room to look just like this. Great job! Can’t wait to see more rooms!

  10. love it – and i love how what you’ve chosen to put inside the space, doesn’t compete with all those amazing views and colors that you have going on outside. Actually, in our house here in Denmark, we have a similar brick colored wall – with fireplace and looks much like yours and since we weren’t allowed to paint, this has given me a few ideas on how to work around it. The other thing we have in common though is that we too have a little framed painting by Paul Ferney, and also from France, from a vacation on the beach ;).

  11. I love how light and natural it turned out! Also – the windows are gorgeous! Such a treat to seat at the benches and adore the view outside! Your family is really lucky to live in such extraordinary home.
    Talking about open space – we also live in an apartment with big open space and I find it really comfortable with my 2 little children. Whole family is together most of the time and I can keep an eye on them while cooking or working. Honestly, after living for an year in our current home I cannot imagine living back in standard (divided for rooms) space.

  12. This room is absolutely lovely. And very you, from what I can tell:-)
    It’s so, so beautiful and soothing!
    The mix of textures and proportions of everything are so happy, it is a balm to look at. Kudos to you.
    That coffe table is a work of art.
    (And those benches are completely awesome!!!! Wish I didn’t live so far away..)

  13. I am SO inspired! The indoor/outdoor-ness of your house is totally awesome! I just love how you cannot even see walls in some views and the light is so great. The brick wall is wonderful with the logs and all of our choices for furniture are perfect. I think the grouping of lanterns is my favorite. Thanks so much for letting us see your “behind the scenes”! Now I am thinking of what I can do to refresh my living room!

  14. Beautiful! I love how light, airy, and open it is. And I appreciate the info about the rug as we need to replace the jute rug we have in our living room.

  15. It’s beautiful, Gabrielle…and those windows!

    How lovely to live in a home which makes you happy every minute of every day…with the house itself and your added work and attention to detail…I’d imagine you will always feel this.

  16. Oh–it is lovely!!! So beautiful! I love the layout so much more than before!! I wonder what the previous owners would think… I wonder if they would wish they had done it that way!

    1. We actually found a stash of old blueprints in one of the closests here, and some of the plans showed the kitchen wall removed — just like we had done! So I hope that means they like the idea of that wall being down.

  17. While I am definitely enjoying how light + bright it is in the living room, I’m really amazed at how you apparently revamped the age of the inhabitants. The before had an older lady, the after, young children. Impressive!

  18. I love the simplicity of colour and line in your living room. I bet how well the new living room turned out has helped lessen the agony of getting rid of 75% of your belongings when you first moved back to the US. It is so hard to narrow it down to my favourites, but if I had to say it would be the lines of your new sofa, the benches, and the accordion lights. BTW, what is the grid thing on your ceiling near the lights? It looks like the thing we have at the cottage to dry our mitts on, but I somehow doubt that is what it is ;)

    1. The grid! We suspended a metal grid above the pendant lamps so that I would have something to wrap the cords of the lamps around.

      Here’s a detail shot if you’re curious. I got the idea from studying retail store displays. I like that it has a industrial feel to it.

      1. OK, I have to ask more about the hanging lamps. Where do they plug in? Your grid idea is genius, but I’m stuck on figuring out the practicalities!
        You could do a post on just these lamps!

  19. I love every inch– but I do have a question- do you guys have a tv? Was it hidden in there somewhere or does it have its own space?

    1. Same question. Beautiful space! But in just my living room there’s a tv with all its stuff, a record player, and a desk top computer. With 6 kids you must be hiding things somewhere. If not, how do you accomplish this?

      1. I guess we just use the living room differently than you might be imagining. The family desktop computer lives in the home office/studio. The TV lives in the family room. We don’t own a record player, but we do keep a small portable speaker in the kitchen — we use it to play music from our phones.

  20. Wow what a gorgeous room! I really love how it feels like there’s no outside/inside, it’s just all one space. You’ve really invited the outdoors in, something I hope to accomplish with my future home.

    Also, I am on a marble kick right now, and I have been in love with that coffee table ever since you posted part of it to Instagram a few weeks ago. Unfortunately, we really need a rectangular table in our space, or I would be all over it!

    1. P.S. I just love every single item in your sale. You did an amazing job curating it! I’m considering getting the Halpert Bench (the one with the marble looking top) and using it as a coffee table (since I can’t have the beautiful round one

  21. So beautifully done! I love neutrals and lots of light and this space really draws me in. The sofas are gorgeous… the lines are so lovely… are the comfortable? I love modern sofas but always want a super comfy sofa which doesn’t always seem to go together. I adore the coffee table and chair. And the benches — oh, those benches! Seeing this, I’m only sorry that we’re not in a new house yet ready to buy furniture. Some day. Congrats, Gabrielle, it’s such a gorgeous space!

  22. LOVE your new space!! Your style if very similar to mine. I always tell people my style is Rustic Modern. We too live in California and have a house FULL of windows (which I love); however, it is fading everything in our house. I don’t really want to put up drapes, and want to leave the view open as much as possible. Wondering if you have the same problem with all your windows? Are you going to add solar shades (what we are considering) or anything to the windows? Again, beautiful space.

  23. Your living room is lovely! As are all the other rooms you’ve decorated. You continue to amaze me with all that you do.
    I’m curious about the cards that Oscar is building/playing with. Could you please tell me what they are called?

  24. In the market for a new couch, but I’m hesitant to purchase something I haven’t been able to sit on… are they comfortable? Firm? How long have you had them? Do you find that they are wearing well?

    1. Yes, they are comfortable, but we haven’t had them long enough to answer your question about wearing well.

      And I know what you mean about being hesitant to buy a sofa before you try it in real life!

  25. I love all that natural light!!! I want a house just like this now. I love all the pieces you selected and the white washed floors are just stunning. Let us know in the future, the wear and tear on those floors with active kids. I love the brightness of it all!

  26. I am absolutely in LOVE with the three benches. Very handsome. And genius! I would have put these to good use as a child with all my little toys and imagination—and I can picture my children doing the same. Loads of off-the-ground surface area for imaginative play. The whole space is wonderful. Nice job.

  27. Which section on Joss & Main is yours? I don’t see your face or name. Is there a link directly?
    I love your style!

    1. I don’t have a direct link, but if you go here, and scroll down you’ll see it. The listing seems to be moving around. Sometimes is the first listing, and other times, it’s further down on the page. I just checked and it’s currently like 7 images down on the left.

  28. I love that you have gotten rid of the throw pillows. I think I will do the same thing. I think it helps keep the space open and less bogged down.

    I have to say that my favorite thing about your new room is the Paul Ferney painting on the little ledge on your fireplace. I think it makes the room so personal and fun.

  29. Gabrielle, I love everything about this! Every last detail is perfection and all of the renovations you have been sharing (the boys’ room, the reading nook, and the family room) seem very organic to the outdoor space. You are creating such an amazing space that really inspires exploration and growth for your children, which I love!

    I did have one question. Awhile back, you shared the guest room and I was curious as to whether or not that space is also getting an update. It feels a bit different than the newly designed spaces.

    Beautiful choices! What a treasure (and vision)!

    1. Hmmm. I can’t remember sharing the guest room. We don’t really have one, but there is a guest bed in the loft in the office. The thing is, I haven’t designed it yet. It has a placeholder bed that was here when we moved in, and some good-looking bed linens I already had in my closet. Maybe I instagrammed it?

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