Welcome to my updated living room. This room has gone through sooooo many changes in the last few years we've lived in this house. I had a really large leather sofa and 2 hand me down chairs that were burgundy and gold which DID NOT go with my color scheme I had wanted at all! I would hide them with throws and blankets but it only made the room look unpolished. But you know, my philosophy has always been that you use what you have in your best way possible until you can accumulate and afford all the things you want to make it that "perfect room." Which is exactly what I had done in the years we've been here. I can't say that every time I get the design right, but I remind myself that this room I'm creating is for my family and I to enjoy.
Just for an idea of the before...This is what it looked like when we bought it. The owners were an older couple who kept the home in great shape but it was a little dated.
When we moved in...I was really into reds and yellows and lots of patterns. I was testing out paint colors here.
After many changes in the last few years which is another post I will be writing soon, I finally figured out what vibe I wanted for our living room. Relaxing with pops of uniqueness.
Greenery should be all over the home. I love plants, in fact I would love to have a sunroom filled with them not that I can actually get them to grow!
The photos in the hall were made with fingernail polish and canvas paper. The large scenic water color painting is actually from Target and the two accent photos next to it were from a wall gallery book full of pictures you can use from Hobby lobby. I found these that looked perfect with the rest of the pictures, cut them up and bought 2 white frames for them.
The coffee table I got from the Goodwill. I painted the bottom white and freshened up the stain on the top.
I love me some pillows and throws!
The entire entryway and living/dining room looks fabulous but "THAT" door! LOL. it's the last thing to go, we just haven't gotten around to it just yet. Just imagine it white with a dark door knob. : )
Ever Evolving living and dining room post, this room has really changed. The sofas I purchased in November. I got a great deal! They were on sale at our local furniture store because they were no longer going to carry that brand in the store. The green accent chair I picked up at Target. The birch trees are hand painted, because I truly believe in every home you should have a quirk that is your own.
We painted and stained our staircase finally and put in a new light fixture.
I painted the trim around the window and ugly air conditioning unit. I wish I could figure out a way to hide the air conditioner but for now a pretty green plant will do. : )
In the back of my mind I had been wanting a new kitchen table, one that would fit our family and the dining room. We had always been given hand me down tables from my parents because they seem to buy new furniture once a year and always gives us kids free dibs before getting rid of them so I accumulated at least 3 tables which were all round, oval, and square but because our dining room is tiny and narrow we really needed a long rectangle style. We were shopping at Sam's club of all places and saw this. My husband loved it which is not like him and of course I loved it so I took advantage of his good mood and we purchased it. It goes so nicely with the rest of the neutral toned furniture.
The rug is our newest purchase, I had bought one from Target and it wasn't very good quality so as I drug my husband around in search of the perfect rug we finally scored one at Home Depot. I LOVE it! It cost a little more but it's great quality and a neutral color so it will never go out of style. I don't mind splurging on something I know I will keep for quite awhile.
So there it is! Lots of changes. This summer we will finally be starting on the kitchen which is my least favorite part of the house. I love my home and I like adding a few quirks to make it my own.
Peace and Love Always....