Happy almost weekend! I wish every week could be a four day work week but hey I’ll take them when I can get them. Over the Labor Day weekend Shaun and I hosted a party at our house – not only was this exciting because it was the first time having a bunch of friends over to our new home but it was our first time hosting a party together. Paying the mortgage every month certainly makes it feel like it’s our house but there’s two things that really make a house a home- filling it with love and making it your own with decorating. We certainly felt loved by all our family and friends and we’re getting there on the decorating so now that that a few rooms are feeling pretty finished I figured it’s time to share some peaks inside.
When we first bought the house I had a very clear vision for our living room, it’s the very center of our house and you can see if not only right when you walk in but from most other rooms in the house. We had every intention of painting the walls and filling this room with stylish blue velvet couches, statement art pieces and some fun accent chairs – then reality set it. We went over budget on our condo renovations, it’s still not under contract, there’s a lot of little expenses when you buy a new home (especially new construction) that sure do add up and we realized as much as we had this idea of this perfect living room the adult thing to do was to put this vision on hold and work with what we had.
I purchased the cream sofa and loveseat back in 2009 – that’s eight years and one black dog the entire time so there’s no making these look brand new again but with a little elbow grease I think they came out pretty decent – to get them looking fresh again I removed the seat cushion covers and washed with detergent and oxi clean on the power wash cycle – twice. I vacuumed every inch of the bodies of the furniture and then spot treated with magic eraser sponges – up close there’s still some stubborn spots that will not come out but overall it’s not bad. The pillows came with the couches we bought for the upstairs bonus room and we purchased different pillows that better suited the theme we wanted in that room – since this fit the color scheme I decided hey, why not toss them on the living room furniture. I like to change out pillows seasonally to decorate for the season but these pillows make a good neutral base. The accent chairs were purchased back in 2012 and since they’re not really cozy for the dogs they’ve been able to stay in good shape – I got them at Marshalls and I think they were $150ish each, I see lots of great chairs at Marshalls and Home goods in the $100 to $200 range.
We found the rug on sale at Tuesday Morning for $99, which sure beats the $700 rug I originally selected. We considered a larger rug but the furniture we plan on getting in the future is much larger so a larger rug to go between the two couches isn’t really necessary –this one is 8’ by 10’. The blue will go with our new furniture when we’re able to swap out within the next year or so and at the price point I don’t feel like I need to be crazy about shooing the dogs away; we’re really not the type of people to not allow our dogs on furniture, rugs, ect. At the condo we had a black bench as our coffee table and back accent tables – that wouldn’t really work in this space with all the brown tones around the house so we knew we’d need new. This is where I turned to pinterest – I used THS IKEA HACK as my inspiration with a few modifications – I picked a blue marble contact paper instead of gray to pull in more of the blue color scheme we’re going for and I used a champagne paint instead of a gold which is more muted and not as shiny. We also got two round tables I painted the same color – they look a little more outdoorish than I had hoped but I’ve seen some people on pinterest make a cover for the bottom layer so I might explore that route. The marble contact paper was $15 off amazon and I bought the paint one can at a time using the 40% off one item at Michael’s – I needed four cans total for the three tables.
Once I had the base pieces in place the fun part came – personalizing the space. I love the little vignettes around the room and it’s what really makes this feel like our living room, in our home. Ever since I was a kid I’ve wanted to have the big family portrait above the mantle – my sister took this pic on our vacation in May with her digital camera and did some minor color corrections – I spent about $60 on the canvas which is 48” by 36”.
On the mantle I put the sand from our unity ceremony at our wedding and a few other pieces that we already owned. The coffee table and side table pieces are all pieces we already owned as well. I love that I’ve been able to mix in old family pieces with items representing our family such as the bouquet from our wedding and the snow globe Shaun gave me as a wedding present.
We also knew that we wanted to have a nod to our new home state and wanted a magnolia piece of art so we’ve been casually looking for one over the past few month – this piece was on sale for $40 at Kirkland’s and is the perfect size for this wall.
Ideally one day we’d like a much larger piece on this wall but this blue and gold agate canvas to me was perfect to tie into our gold and blue coffee table and rug and bring a little glam style into the space. It was also at Kirkland’s and also on sale – woohoo! Eventually we plan on painting the room and all the common areas a blue gray but the two story walls have proven to be a bit of a challenge – we’ll get to it eventually.
Eventually we’ll have a re-decorated living room to show off but for now it’s presentable, comfortable, stylish and best of all nothing in it is on our credit card.
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