I spent most of this weekend working on the living room and I’m so excited to show you all what I’ve got so far! I would say this room is about 75% done! All it’s missing are a few details, some which just aren’t in the budget right now and will have to wait. Enough blabber, you guys came for pictures!There she is, in all her sectional beauty! I am in love with this sofa already! It is super comfortable and it looks fabulous! Jesse has taken several naps on it in the past two weeks and I love sitting in the corner with a cup of coffee and my computer to do my blog reading and post writing. Or watching Frozen on repeat. I’m beyond thrilled with this sectional and I highly recommend it to anyone out there looking for one! It’s the Amalfi sectional in Charcoal from Haverty’s, you can read more about our love for Haverty’s in this post. If you’re local, ask for Jason! 😉 The only change I made was recovering the pillows that originally came with it for a little splash of color.The red flowered fabric is actually a cloth napkin. I found four of them on clearance at Target and the were the perfect size for the pillows. They even have zippers! (More on those later this week). The grey circle and swirl fabric is part of the HGTV fabric line at Jo-Ann Fabric and Crafts, it’s called Circling. The black pillows were on our old couch and I will probably move them upstairs to the guest room in exchange for a more fun solid color pillow. Maybe teal?Above the sectional are a few of our favorite photos from our trip to Europe this past fall in black and white. They aren’t really in any particular order, but Glasgow, Sycamore Gap, London and Paris are all represented. I’ve been working really hard to finish our photo book from that trip because you can get a free book on Shutterfly right now using the code STORYTIME. Along the wall behind the sectional is our very rough, unfinished sofa table. When I gave Jesse the measurements I forget to take the overhang of the curtains into account, so it needs to be cut another 5 inches length wise. We also want it to be a little taller since the cushions come up so high. I’d like to be able to set up a little vignette between the two lamps (from IKEA), but as of now you wouldn’t be able to see it. Once the table is done I plan on staining it the same dark walnut as our farmhouse kitchen table and nightstands.I know I originally said that I wanted curtains with a red pattern, but after looking for several weeks I wasn’t really seeing anything that I really liked. Last week we were randomly at Target and I saw these beauties, and they were on sale for $20, so I snatched them up. Funny thing, they also had them in red, but for some reason the blue spoke to me more. Go figure! For windows this large you really can’t beat $80 total for curtains. The rods are from IKEA and I got them last weekend when I went up to Baltimore with my BFF. I was super excited that IKEA had adjustable corner rod pieces too! Down the line I’d love to invest in a fun armchair, or two, for this space, but the extra $300 isn’t in our current budget. For now I brought down the armchair that I painted a few years ago from the upstairs hall, and it’s working really well. The blue from the chair really pulls out the blue in the curtains. I love this chair but I don’t think it quite fits with the room for the long run, plus old school wingback chairs aren’t the most comfortable thing in the world for watching tv.And last, but certainly not least, I bought a fiddle leaf fig tree at Home Depot! This little guys was $25, though I’ve heard rumors of them being marked down to $15 sometimes. He is my first ever houseplant, so fingers crossed I can keep him alive. This spot in the house is pretty sunny, so I hope he does well. It’s so nice to have something green and alive in the house. Makes it feel more homey for some reason. 🙂
I can’t show you the other side of the room because it’s a mess, but as soon as the weather warms up again I’ve got a 6 ft. long tv stand to paint. We picked it up on Saturday for $60 and I’ve already sanded it and put a coat of primer on most of it. But then the temperature dropped to the 40s yesterday so it was too cold to finish priming. I’m so excited to be crossing things off my living room to-do list, which looks like this now:
Curtains for the windows so they aren’t naked anymore. I’d prefer something with a red pattern that I can buy, but I’m open to making them if I have to.
- Finish the sofa table we started this weekend. It needs to be about 5 inches shorter (length wise) and to be stained.
Finish sewing the pillows for the couch. It’s been a work in progress for weeks and I just need to get them done. Hang art over the couch to fill in the space and make things more homey. Find a new, longer, tv stand. Now that we moved some things around the living room is seriously lacking storage for DVDs and game system accessories, so I’d like a bigger tv stand. If you’re local, I’m looking for something 72″ wide and no more than 26″ tall.Now I have to redo the one I bought!
- Get a chair, or two, a side table and
a plantto fill the corner of the room opposite the couch.
- Paint our mantel white, maybe add some molding to it, and secure it to the brick so it is more sturdy. I’d also really like to add a large mirror to the mantel to give the room the allusion of being deeper, something it lost with the large sectional being added to the room.
- Replace the carpet. It needs it. I’d settle for a rug or two in the meantime though!
Woohoo for being 75% done with a room that has been a thorn in my side since we moved in! We spend so much time in the living room and it’s so nice now. Sometimes I think about sleeping down there.
What room is, or was, begging for a makeover? What do you think of ours so far? Any advice for taking care of a fiddle leaf fig tree?