Our living room has seen a few changes over the past nearly 16 years, but they’ve all been small changes. A chair swap here, a rearrange there and new pillows because they are the easiest. The mantle would change seasonally. That sort of thing. But the major players (larger upholstered pieces and rug) would always stay the same. Then last August Big Daddy drove me down to the Monster Ikea in Charlottle and I came home with a new sofa.
Let me just say right now that I love this thing! I love the way it sits, the color, the fabric: ALL OF IT!!! I would not change a thing about this decision. But I can not say the same for much of the rest of this room.
So over the past few months I’ve been slowly compiling pieces that began to develope in to quite the pile, and last Friday was the day I put them in place. Now, as a rule I like rooms to evolve over time. For one thing, I make fewer and less costly mistakes. Plus, I pay cash for stuff and that makes better budget since. And for me it’s always more fun to find good deals, and all of these take time.
I mentioned recently that the catalyst for all of my recent redo’s was a piece of beautiful fabric that I stumbled upon. The major color pallet in that fabric is navy, tan and green.
So I ran with that.
The very first thing I did was replace the red drapes with a way more neutral set that I found a Target. It’s a geometric in a rich tobacco brown color. I loved the red drapes my Mama made for me but I am now craving something a lot more quiet and calm. Speaking of quiet and calm: I flipped my books around to see how that looked and I really like it.
Big Daddy on the other hand . . . .
had a Duck Fit.
Mine on the left, his on the right.
We are still in negotiations.
It ain’t looking good.
I did a lot of shopping my own house on this one. I corralled green glass bottles from all over the house to style the top of this big pine armoire. Most are Thriftstore finds for a couple bucks each. They make a good sized impact for very little expense.
The mantle I kept pretty simple with live greenery and antique books. That mantle is always a sticking point for me. I’m rarely happy with it. Simple is usually better up here.
Next I traded out the gray coffee table I painted over a year ago for a little handmade bench. This was a $3 church rummage sale find about two years ago.
And you know I’m gonna use every last scrap of that new fabric! I also used a bit of leftover Hobby Lobby fabric for the little lumbar cover out front. I originally bought this fabric to cover a chair with but I never could pull the trigger on that one. I still have the chair and could actually use more seating in the living room so we shall see.
And of course the little walnut table that I found last week for $12.50 at Goodwill. That little scalloped edge gets me every time I walk on to this room.
Then there’s this 🙂
I picked this up at the county animal shelter about ten years ago. She is the best little girl ever!
Thanks for coming to visit today. I still have a few more updates I’d like to make. The biggest of which is a new rug. I was in Homegoods a few days ago and spotted this one:
I’ll have to stew on this one for a bit.
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