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LIVING ROOM UPDATE (PART 2)

I’ve been going through the very slow process of transforming my home into something that works a little better for this family. Something that fits the stage of life we are in – toddler proof, dog proof, STRESS PROOF (is that possible?!) – but still feels good, you know? I really want it to feel light, fun, but still “put together.” And amazingly, I’m actually starting to think it’s coming together quite nicely! It feels comfortable, which makes me stress far less about the constant state of mess that it’s in. It will always be a work in progress, of course, and there are rooms upstairs that go mostly ignored (ahem, the master and guest bedrooms…), but heck, I’ll take what I can get!

Living Room Updated 6 (1 of 1)

If you recall, the living room looked a little something like this

Living Room Angle 2014

Living Room Rugs 2014 edited

Overall, not a whole lot has changed, eh? But that coffee table makes a world of a difference. It brightens up the whole room and gives it a better balance. To be honest, I initially wasn’t the biggest fan – something just seemed…off. But adding that pouf was a great move in so many ways (if I do say so myself!). It creates much more of an equilibrium with the oversized coffee table, provides extra seating, and excellent entertainment/climbing practice for the kid. He even rolls it across the house Cross Fit style so yeah, totally worth the investment (found ON SALE at West Elm! Unfortunately, it’s no longer available, but they do have other great choices).

Living Room Updated 3 FINAL

The coffee table, by the way, was a $50 flea market find that I painted in Annie Sloan’s “Old White,” lightly distressed, and sealed with a beeswax. I originally refinished it with the intention to sell…a huge problem I have, actually. I only find and refurbish pieces that I would choose to have in my own home, and more often than I am willing to admit, this is exactly what happens – they end up in my own home. First world problem, I know.

Living Room Updated 5 (1 of 1) copy

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As much of a “problem” that it is – I love that my home is full of pieces I’ve created. Is it perfect? NO. Sometimes these pieces are picked and painted to fill a void until something better comes along or goes on sale (hello Anthropologie, I’m talking to you…), but it makes my home mine and I know there is no other out there like it. It really is my happy place (framed picture courtesy of A Beautiful Mess after I pre-ordered their book). And I don’t know about you, but I’m getting really tired of seeing the same products and style in what seems like EVERY HOME in the blogosphere. I love the midcentury, but come on guys, give it a break and switch it up every once in a while!

Speaking of midcentury and quickly getting off of my high horse…I do plan on adding a little midcent style to my own home in the form of a 1960’s vintage record player cabinet courtesy of the hubby’s parents (meaning FREE!). It’s something they owned for longer than needed, and knowing my love for all things vintage, they drove it down from NYC and passed it on to very willing hands. And now it sits in my studio, waiting for a little hemp oil and muscle (aka The Husband) to get it home. Guess where it’s going to end up? Yep, that’s right – the living room!

Part 3 coming soon…

LIVING ROOM UPDATES

I have to admit, I’m a bit of a redecorating addict. If I had my choice and a little extra time on my hands, I would rearrange my entire house every other month. Unfortunately, my husband is the complete opposite and tends to loathe change. So in order to have some semblance of compromise, I try my best to tweak my patience and he lets me sneak in changes here and there until over the course of a year….voila! An updated room. Oh, the things we do for love.

Anyhow, I thought I’d share with you the updates I have made to my  living room to make it feel a little more, well, livable! But first, here is the BEFORE:

Living Room 2013_edited-1

Not terrible, but a little “college student meets Pottery Barn.” Yep. I bought that IKEA couch and chair for my first “adult apartment,” intending to keep them for a couple of years until I could afford something divine, and somehow got stuck with them going on seven years. SEVEN! Those suckers had been dragged through 3 apartments, my very first home, way too many boyfriends, a cat, a dog, a husband, and another dog. I think it’s safe to say that they led a very good life and were more than ready to retire.

Living Room Angle 2014

Needless to say, the new couch was the biggest and most necessary change. And the oversized chair was easily replaced with a piece I already had in storage (found for $40 at a hole in the wall vintage store!) topped with a Pier 1 cushion and throw pillows I already had from Arhaus.

The next thing on my list of things to go was that rug. That poor Pottery Barn rug had been through the ringer. It actually stayed in good condition until we decided to get a ridiculously large puppy. Let’s just say that two adults that happen to enjoy the occasional glass or two of wine and an oversized, gangly dog with a tail that has a mind of its own is definitely a recipe for rug disaster! And frankly, my tastes have changed drastically over the course of the year and that rug just wasn’t doing it for me anymore. So I simply did a quick little switcheroo and threw the floral rug into the library/newly converted play room, and brought out our larger, more neutral silk rug. And to keep those wine stains at bay, I purchased an inexpensive throw rug from Urban Outfitters to fit under the coffee table. $80 well spent, I must say!

Living Room Rugs 2014 edited

Oversized dog tore through the room right before this picture was taken, hence the off-kilter rug. Just a little bit of reality for you 🙂

I would love to have more greenery in the room, but it simply doesn’t get enough sunshine. That gorgeous fiddle leaf fig you see in the BEFORE pic? Gone. Death by starvation. It is my one biggest regrets. Sigh.

Bookshelf Styling

Living Room Straight On 2014

The pie safe, “NY” signage, milk jug, and most of the pieces on the shelves were all vintage finds – the Lucketts fair near Leesburg, VA and Class and Trash in Richmond, VA are musts for the vintage collector!

Next on my list of to-go’s…that coffee table and ladder shelf. I’d love to go for more white, and that coffee table just isn’t the right shape for the room. I have a piece that I recently refinished sitting in my studio as we speak that just *may* work. Perhaps you’ll be seeing another update soon!

What do you think? Is it an improvement? What have been some quick and easy tweaks you have made to your home?