It’s not finished (a word I’ll probably never use to describe a room of my own), but I thought I’d share the updates that we’ve made in our living room. Just over 15 months ago, we shared that some major decor changes were about to be made around here, and that process has been slow (clearly, here we are a year later). But in a really, really good way. Blogging about your home (for me at least) came along with a lot of unnecessary pressure to post constant updates, and whip up projects left and right. A frenzy that kept me from enjoying the process and in a roundabout way, kept me from loving the result.
I vowed to take a step back and do it right this time, and whoa. You’d think I’d be afraid to eat my words later, but no. These rooms that we’re slowly cranking out.. I’m dying. They feel so good. So right. And us. We’re adding pieces carefully, like, mauling over pretty minor decisions for months carefully. Probably not uncommon for some, but a dramatic change for us. It’s nice to have that sense of control back. Even that inevitable envy, as others are flying through makeovers, it’s easily brushed off with the newfound love that I have for our home. It’s liberating.
So, back to the living room. We’ll start with the one element that stayed. The wood pallet wall. It brings in so much warmth and texture to the room, but it also packs a ton of visual weight, so we started by balancing that out with a lot of lighter toned pieces. A high-gloss white media cabinet from Ikea (with the addition of a few tapered legs), an ivory shag rug, and a stunning light aqua sofa.
The hot pink Hmong pillow and yellow heart pillow were among some of our first purchases. I love the energy that they bring and the youthful colors are so fun. Small doses of pink are exactly what our home needed. We have three girls living here after all!
For our fairly small room, an acrylic coffee table takes up less space visually, but gives us all the function we need. The rounded corners are a nice plus with littles running around too. And yes, on a daily basis this is covered in finger prints. We have three kids, I’m sure the style police will understand. A pair of ottomans slip underneath, with a fun pattern to peak through. We’d originally bought these to be more of foot stools, but more often we find the girls hopping up, like their own tiny play table. I found the ottomans on Ebay, and just recovered them with a black and white blanket.
The gray arm chair was the one that we’d planned to use in Ryan’s nursery. It camped out in the living room for a while, as we finished up planking and painting his room, and we couldn’t convince ourselves to take it out. We swapped out the original rectangular Ikea legs for more fitting mid-century legs. The wood chair that you can just see in the corner of the above photo is something I picked up off Craigslist. I’m hoping to have the cushions reupholsted relatively soon. So, you know, don’t hold your breath.
We built a really simple blanket ladder out of 1×4′s and galvanized plumbing pipes. The girls haven’t taken interest in climbing it just yet, but if that day ever comes, a few brackets to secure it to the wall may be in order. For now, we’re really enjoying our floors free of blanket piles.
Craigslist strikes again with this pretty side table. I desperately wanted to save the wood finish, but it was a sanding project gone very wrong. Paint it is (Sherwin Williams’ Snowbound – my go-to white these days) . I switched out the hardware and applied a faux marble contact paper to the top. Totally new piece. The lamp on top is the same one that we used in Ryan’s room. I love it, but I’m not totally sure that it works here, with the white on white.
The throw on the back of the armchair is only temporary in here, but I thought I’d share the source because if you feel anything like I do, your curiosity has probably grown to pure infatuation by now - Someware Goods. She’s one of two that’ll be in the dining room, eventually.
So, we still have some work to be done, but given the amount of changes, I’m feeling really good with where we’re at. I’d still like to get something up on the pallet wall, opposite the ladder, upholster the wood chair cushions, maybe a throw pillow for the two chairs, etc. But, at the end of the day, I fall just a little more in love with this room, which is something that I could never really say about our previous living space. Not just this room as a whole, but when I break it down, I love every. single. detail!