Monday, March 5, 2012

House Tour: Living Room

I realized that in the two years that we have lived at this house, I've never actually done a proper 'house tour' on the ol' blog, which is weird because I love living here.  It's nothing amazing, but it's our home, and I'd like there to be a record of the place we lived when our babies were, well, babies.  But anyway, I'll start room by room, K?   This one is obviously the living room.

The living room is the first room you see when you walk into our home, and although it was always 'okay', I never LOVED it.  I liked it, but it has always been...I don't the book.  For instance, we had a tan sofa, so I used brown picture frames, green curtains, brown pillows, and a variety of brown, brown, brown, with a little accent color of....brown.
This was our old entertainment center...poor guy was falling apart)
I WANTED to do something 'out there' but that is a scary thing to do when this is room that you spend the majority of your time in, which we do.  And then I had a baby, and the hormones made me feel boxed in in all this BROWN, so I painted that entertainment center.  You know the one.  This one.   Oh how I love that red beauty.

That was the beginning of the end (of the brown).  Matt and I had been talking about purchasing a new sofa, and we had been looking at a, wait for it...BROWN one.  We tossed out those plans and I started toying with the idea of a different color altogether, I soon locked on to the idea of a gray sofa.  The problem was that almost all of the sofas I found online were either teeny tiny, REALLY poorly made (according to reviews), or way, way, waaaaaay out of our budget.
Old sofa...complete with sleeping babies. 
 One fortunate day I was browsing a local furniture store website and I happened upon a beautiful contemporary sofa.  I figured it would be out of our range, but I emailed to ask the price anyway. Long story short - we bought it the next day.

Our old couch sold on Craigslist that very night, so for ten days we had no sofa at all.  Oops.  Once our new sofa was in place, the rest of the room really came together pretty quickly.
 I took those green curtains up to our bedroom, where they look lovely and have a very happy home.  We moved the big mirror and wreath to the space above the couch, slid the entertainment center to the wall with the windows, and I hung pictures on the third wall.    In an ideal world we would set up a couple of chairs for seating, but we have neither the space nor the funds for that undertaking. 
Oh, and those lamps! Don't you just love them? They are the same lamps that my sister and I picked out for our first apartment 6 years ago, I just gave them a sunny little face-lift and some new shades!  (This was the one thing Matt and I didn't quite agree on, but he likes them now)
The gallery wall is one of the many aspects of the room that I am a little bit in love with.  I have been wanting to do a big ol' wall of pictures, but I kept getting stuck on all the 'rules'.  Did my frames really need to all match?  Did they really need to be exactly 2 inches apart?  Same color matting? 
Nope.  I did it my way, I didn't measure a stinkin' thing. And I love it. Some of the pictures are just place holders until I order some prints, but that is the beauty of a gallery wall, you change it as you want!

Let's talk about that little bench for a minute.  Back in like, November I think, we were walking through a store and we passed it and I said something along the lines of 'aw, look at that cute little bench!' and kept on walking.  To my surprise, I woke up to see it under the Christmas tree on Christmas morning! Matt snagged it one day and kept it hidden in the basement.  How cute is that?  I know!
It's a little extra seating, it's hiding our cable hook-up and an outlet, plus it gives a home to that sweet little duck.  I have no idea why I thought we needed a wooden duck other than it makes me smile.  Oh, and I sewed that pillow.  By hand.  What a disaster.  But if you look at it from a distance, it's cute!
We went with plain white sheers for curtains, I love all the light they let in, but the still keep things private for this breast-feeding momma.  I sewed a little strip of the same fabric from the pillows to the top, just because this wall is a little bare.  I'd like to hang something above the TV at some point, but I'm waiting for inspiration to strike!

Oh, the ottoman in the corner, he isn't the cutest thing, but we have kids - it's a toy box. I like having their toys at hand, but I don't like feeling like I live in a daycare, so we try to keep them out of sight.
For the record, that is NOT poop, that is a wooden train in the middle of the floor.
So there you have it! The above picture is the view from the front door.  I'm thinking I'd like to make a silhouette of each of my boys to flank the mirror, but I just can't quite figure out the details of that yet.   The living room finally feels like 'us'.  It's not traditional, but I love it, and so do the rest of my guys. 
 Matt approves the changes, Jack clambers off and on the bench, Luke scopes out the print on those gray and white pillows, and Jacobear has access to all the sunny spots that are best for sleeping.

Also?  It's really nice to have a sofa again! You don't realize how much you use it until you sell it prematurely on Craigslist then wait 10 days for another one to arrive.


  1. Looks great, Bekah! I love your lamps and the couch. Gallery wall looks great too!
    I made a silhouette of William, and it was super easy.
    I took a profile shot of him, opened it in photoshop or similar program, traced an outline, printed the outline, and then used it as a stencil on some black cardstock I had lying around. Then I mounted it on white paper. If you don't have photoshop, you could open the pictures in whatever program you have, even Windows picture viewer, convert the photo to black and white, print, then hand trace, and cut.
    Hope that helps! (Although, I'm sure pinterest would have some good instructions.)

    Btw, it was great seeing you and the two little guys in February!

    1. ooooh thanks! I will definitely be trying my hand at this!

  2. :) BIG SMILES!
    Looks A-MAZING!!!!
    Don't you love how fast things sell on Craigslist!? lol

  3. Those lamps look fantastic! You have a great eye.

  4. Very cute! I just re-did our master after 6 years of the same bedding/decor and I love how "fresh" it feels!

  5. I love the new look..especially the lamps!

  6. Love, love, love it!!! Everything!! Great choice going with the yellow for the lamps, it is such a nice pop of color! The gallery wall is fabulous!!!

  7. Oh, I LOVE your couch and those lamps! Perfect pops of color to go with the pretty red tv stand. We had a similar story with our couch. We gave it to an employee who needed one, and ended up taking MONTHS to get a new one. Awkward when people came over. Ha!

  8. Bekah I love your new living room! Could you share some of your creativity please?? :)


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