Our living room has the potential to be the versatile hub of our house. It has a fireplace, a TV wall , a counter for barstools, a big sliding glass door/window, and plenty of space. However, all of those elements in one room have made it a difficult space to plan.
When we moved in, it became painfully obvious that we needed a new couch. I purchased our sea-foam green couch and love seat specifically for the condo I rented for the past few years. I can’t say I regret it, but I probably wouldn’t do that again in a home I was renting.
I found this couch on Wayfair and fell in love. I ordered swatches, painstakingly held them up in every light, texted all my friends, took out a Wayfair credit card to save money on the purchase… and found that my selected couch was out of stock.
Meanwhile, I sold our sea-foam green couches on Craigslist and volunteered Johnathon to facilitate the transaction. We were worried at first that we’d be couch-less for months, but I managed to snag a couch this week when my color of choice briefly came back in-stock. I ordered it in Truman Cloud White and it should hopefully be here at the beginning of March.
While we wait, I plan to work on a few other elements of the room.
We built this entertainment center from Ikea bookshelves. Read more here about how we built it and how I styled the shelves.
I bought two of these wingback chairs from Craigslist and plan to recover them in the blue swatch pictured. I am also considering painting the legs white.
We bought this coffee table from a Facebook buy and sell group – it is adorable and just needs a fresh coat of paint.
This chair is from my sweet Dad. It belonged to two special ladies – first, it was my Grandmama Linda’s, and after she gave it to my dad, it was the favorite chair of my beloved childhood dog, Chess. Both “owners” are near and dear to my heart and also watching over me in heaven. I love thinking of them both when I walk into the living room! This purple velvet was beautiful in my childhood home’s piano room (before the dog staked her claim), but I want to recover it in a blue velvet for our current living room. I plan to recover the pieces in groups after the couch comes in.
The subject of barstools has been difficult. The furniture I’ve picked for the room so far has been simple and traditional, but barstools of similar styles have bored me. I’ve been attracted to the lucite “ghost” barstools, but Johnathon, who usually just lets me pick what I want, really does not like those. I see his point – they are super trendy, and are something I might be ready to replace sooner rather than later. Additionally, it’s not looking like we’ll have room for two barstools without moving our chairs around, which I am reluctant to do since I think chairs will be more functional than barstools for us.
I made these curtains for the windows in the bedroom in my previous condo. I liked them hung high here and just hung them up and out instead of shortening them. Poor J, I made him hang two different curtain rods here and gave my opinion from the ground while he tried to get them high enough and straight enough on a ladder. They look good though!
The last thing is art. I love art and like to create my own versions of pieces I find online and fall in love with. The icy blue on the walls is gorgeous against most any piece, but I’ve been thinking for a long time about what really fits in here. The back wall is so big that I don’t own one single piece that will fill the space properly. I have an idea of some really colorful pieces I think I will use, as well as a large white mirror.
Here’s my mock-up of all the elements of the room coming together. I can’t wait for this to become a reality – hopefully I can make it happen, one piece at a time, during the spring months.