My Top 5 Favorite Mid-Century Living Rooms

Is everybody relaxed from their three-day weekend?  Any mamas out there ready to pull their hair out? Either way, get ready to dig into some delicious design goodness!

My personal style has done a 180 over the past two years.  I like to think I woke up and “saw the light”, but really there was just a lot of trial and error, trying things I thought I liked and realizing later I didn’t. I was furnishing our first home, but I probably ended up returning two items for every three that I bought.  My style went from eclectic-Victorian-feminine-Anthropologie-esque to mid-century-boho-minimalist-Scandinavian (if that’s even a thing).

I made lots of mistakes, and then I fixed them. And then I made some more.

Learning about good design has been such a process.  And it’s been hard.  But I absolutely, without-a-doubt love it with a passion.  I’m hoping all you savvy ladies out there will tell me it gets easier!

The designers below really do make it look so simple.  I feel like everything they touch turns to gold, and they can look at room and come up with a beautiful design on the spot.  But of course, in reality there’s a lot of hard work that’s gone into making these living rooms so gorgeous.  So let’s congratulate these women on a job well done!

Just because I love you guys, I’m sharing my top five favorite living rooms of all time!  If you aren’t already, be sure to follow these ladies and take a peek at the rest of their homes (hint: they’re just as amazing as their living rooms).

*Please remember to pin from the original source.

In no particular order, I give you:

1. Ashley Muir Bruhn’s living room.

This room made me want a leather sofa for the first time, ever.  And don’t those pillows just look incredible against the chocolate-y leather? I love how she’s balanced the more feminine colors of the rug with the masculine lines and colors in the rest of the room.  Kilim forever, baby!

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Ashley Muir Bruhn’s mid-century living room via Hither & Thither

2. Erin Hiemstra’s (recently updated) living room.

This little beauty was awesome before, but I love what she’s just done with it.  The leaning artwork…that side table…utter perfection.  It doesn’t hurt to have amazing windows like hers, either!

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Erin Hiemstra’s mid-century living room via Apartment 34

3. Dana Miller’s living room. 

I love this room for its texture!  The warmth of the leather and wood is so pretty against the cool gray fabrics, and the shag rug and sheepskin give softness to the hard lines of that slat coffee table and brick wall.

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Dana Miller’s mid-century living room via House*Tweaking

4. Lauren’s living room in Paris.

Lauren just gives you drips and dribbles of her living space, but every shot is amazing. She has this incredible mid-century sideboard that I’ve been drooling over for ages.  And take a look at that couch! Utter perfection.  See more of her apartment here.

Mid Century Modern Living Room

Lauren’s living room via Süsk & Banoo

5. Maryanne Moodie’s living room.

My favorite thing about this room is how light and airy it is–I especially love the sheer white curtains on the windows.  But it also feels more open because the furnishings and decorations are at their most minimal; most people would have hung something above that credenza, but I like how that blank space lets the room breathe.

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Maryanne Moodie’s mid-century living room via Design Sponge

Like these spaces? Follow my Pinterest board for even more inspiration!

Do you have a favorite designer or space that you look at, time and time again?

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Comments (19 )
  • Jennifer @ Brave New Home
    | 21 January 2015

    When this post popped up in my reader I clicked over with fervor! I love all these spaces and can’t wait to check out some of the new-to-me blogs. I appreciate your analysis, too. I feel like my style has changed so much in the five years since I started furnishing our own place. I bought all dark espresso colored furniture and now I love birches and whites. I’m still trying to figure out my style. Right now MCM-Scandi-California casual about sums it up!

    • annabode
      | 24 January 2015

      Haha that’s what I like to hear Jennifer! I did that too–very dark woods everywhere, more “traditional” furniture, and it really wasn’t me. I’m always so humbled when I see young designers who have such a clear aesthetic already. How do they do it? 🙂 I LOVE your style btw!

  • Kristen
    | 22 January 2015

    Ooh! Lots of great spaces! I’m kind of partial to the one with the green sofa — and I think it’s because of the green sofa. Looks so vintage-cool!

    • annabode
      | 24 January 2015

      Right? That sofa is so awesome! I love the whole color palette in that room–greens, warm woods, white and black is my all-time favorite combo. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Julia@Cuckoo4Design
    | 26 January 2015

    They are all so inspiring and gorgeous

    • annabode
      | 2 February 2015

      Glad you think so too Julia! 🙂

  • Karisa | Petite Modern Life
    | 28 January 2015

    Mmm, I love them all. Totally with you on the learning curve for minimal living. I wish what I touched turned to gold like that. Learning to work in spaces that aren’t as tall or well lit by natural light is my stumbling black that I’m trying to get myself over and just -make-work. But trial and error have been my ally too! That and being inspired and encouraged by brilliant learners like yourself!

    • annabode
      | 2 February 2015

      I hear ya Karisa! We’ll get there someday 🙂 Thanks!

  • Erin
    | 9 July 2015

    thank you so much for the link love and kind words!

    • annabode
      | 16 October 2015

      Anytime Erin! 🙂 Love your blog!

  • Cheryl
    | 21 November 2015

    Love your design… Having a really hard time trying to pull my living room together… It is a very hard room to work with.. The space itself has no symmetry..

    • annabode
      | 23 November 2015

      Hi Cheryl – thank you! That’s a tricky situation — I’ll send you an email and hopefully I can help! 🙂

  • radhika
    | 14 January 2016

    Love love these spaces ! any idea where i can purchase the tan leather sofa ? Love both the ones in erin’s living room as well as dana’s !

    • annabode
      | 14 January 2016

      Hi Radhika! Dana’s sofa can be purchased here. I’m afraid Im not sure about Erin’s, but we purchased this sofa that’s a similar color for our new home in Denver. You can see it on Instagram. West Elm also has this awesome sofa and this one. Hope that helps!

  • eames
    | 30 January 2016

    Although they are very nice its slightly stretched to call it McM, it feels more boho with Mcm aspects.

    • annabode
      | 1 February 2016

      Thanks for the input! I think the most beautiful rooms always contain a mix of styles 🙂 and you’re right, my taste tends a little boho.

  • Brooke
    | 17 May 2016

    Hello! I love the first Living room (ashley i believe). Where is that dark browl leather couch from?

    • annabode
      | 18 May 2016

      Hi Brooke! Ashley’s sofa is from Restoration Hardware.

      • Brooke
        | 18 May 2016

        ThaNks so much!

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