While no room is ever really "DONE", design is ever evolving, ever changing, especially in our house (much to Lee's dismay). But the living room is now as "Done" as the rest of the rooms in our house.
It's a huge departure from the red couch, but those of you who have ever had a red couch know that you can only have a red couch for a certain amount of time, my limit was 3 years. I so desperately craved less color and more white, maybe it's because it's summer or maybe I'm just a little crazy (Lee thinks it 's crazy) but I'm very happy with the calmer, more serene palate that now graces our living room.
I don't know how long I will bask in the neutral glow of the room, but maybe come Fall a quick throw pillow change will give the room some much needed color.
So here it is and if you read my last post you will notice that this wasn't just a couch change, the ripple effect took full form and new drapes, blinds and carpet were "needed".
The couch was a craigslist purchase costing a whopping $500! It's nearly new, in great shape and very good quality, Stylus custom made. When I told my mom about our new couch and told her the brand she said "gee that sounds familiar" Lifted up her couch cushion and sure enough it was also a stylus custom ordered sofa too, and my parents have had that sofa for the better part of a decade. Bonus: the couch came with these two cushions for free, and I love them!.
The blinds were a purchase that we weren't expecting to make. And as we found out a very expensive purchase we weren't expecting to make. We wrestled with many choices. We thought of the rustic bamboo blinds I love the look but try find bamboo blinds that fit glass sliders. Then we wrestled with the idea of having them non-functional and just for show, but in my head the old shaker saying (I love shaker sayings) "Beauty rests on utility!" so that killed the bamboo blind idea. Then naturally we made the move to wood blinds (no tacky metal venetian blinds here). We went to home depot with no ready made blinds long enough to cover our glass sliders, we consulted the blind consultant. That was over as soon as it started, with a quote of $507 for just the glass sliders we thought blinds were out of the question.
A trip to JYSK, a Swedish furniture company, and a very handy husband (thanks hunny) and we had blinds for all the living room windows for $200. Yay!!
So that's pretty much it! Oh yeah and during this whole living room re-do Max the dog had and "episode" (eating too much grass at the park episode) and I'll spare your the details but we needed a new carpet :).
I hope you like our new living room, I was hoping to make a more refined calmer version.