The Design Choice I Regret Making

We are all guilty of following design trends and incorporating them into our home decor.  Last year, I bought a rug for the living room that I now regret purchasing because it just didn’t work with our lifestyle.  The Moroccan shag rug was all the rage 2+ years ago.  Being a lover of neutrals/white/grays in home decor, I jumped on board with said trend.  To date, I still love this rug very much.  After much debate, (and by “much”, I mean 5-6 months of going back and forth whether I should get a white/cream colored rug) I pulled the trigger and bought this rug.  Fast forward 10 months later and the rug is now rolled up and in the basement.  The rug got soo dirty and gross in no time.  See, my family is not take your-shoes-off-at-the-door type of people.  And so, I literally would cringe at the sight of company walking with shoes on all over my pretty white rug.  I’m not the confrontational type so I never had the guts to tell company to take their shoes off at the door.

I researched rug cleaning companies and found that it cost more to clean the rug than what I actually paid for the rug, so that idea went out the window.  We ended up putting the rug away before Vivian’s party because it was just way too dingy and dirty looking.  So now our living room is without a rug.  With Vivian crawling and starting to walk I feel she needs a softer surface to play and roll around in (we have wood floors throughout).

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This could be us….^^

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Instead, this is us….^^

The image doesn’t show the dirt very well (in most cases, that’s a good thing) but you get the idea.

The TV, a tree and some frames

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I’m revisiting the bare wall behind the TV.  When you’ve lived with something for so long, it’s easy to dismiss the fact that you need to “finish” it, and if you’re like me you put projects on the back burner…way back.  I had first talked about the TV wall here.  I’ve drawn up a little sketch trying to show you what I’m thinking about doing and also for my own sake because i’m still not sure what will look good up there.  So far this is what I’ve come up with.  I already have a gallery wall in the room adjacent to the living room, so although I would love to do another one here, frankly, I think it would be overkill.  To add texture, height and greenery I would bring in a large houseplant and add a couple of matching frames that I already bought from Homegoods.  Right now I’m just searching for the perfect plant for the little nook there.

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Wall behind TV

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We are now 2 years in this house.  My how time flies.  So many changes we’ve been through, some not so good, others…well, the best change ever ahem…Vivian.  For the longest time, the wall behind the TV was bare, I recently hung this mirror and I really like the way it looks, but now the wall looks unfinished.  I would like to do some sort of a gallery wall, but I think it might be overkill since I already have one in the dining room.  I just can’t resist the cool, collected look of a gallery wall.  My other idea was to flank on either side matching sconces or artwork or something I’m not very sure yet.  Any thoughts or suggestions?  Below are some inspiration images I’m really liking at the moment for this wall.

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^^I think this works very well because of the use and contrast of big and small frames/artwork.

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At first glance of this image, I thought the screen was a TV screen.  Any who, the mirror is very similar to the one in my living room.  I really like the way the fig trees flank either side of the mirror.  I’m really liking the idea of adding a tree of some sort, to add texture, warmth, and height to the space.

The Living Room

The living room is my favorite room in the house.  It gets the most light than any other room, it’s spacious, and it just makes me feel good being in there.  I finally shelled out the money and purchased the rug I’ve been wanting forever.  I’m so glad I did because it adds a whole other dimension and texture to the room and it really warms it up too.  For the price, it’s an excellent rug that feels great on your feet and sheds minimally.  The navy blue wingback chair is from IKEA and it’s been the best IKEA purchase to date.

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^^I’m still looking for a great indoor plant to fill the empty corner by the windows, but I can’t seem to keep them alive.  More on that later.  I would love a fiddle leaf fig tree, but I’m nervous I’m going to kill it.  What to do, what to do…^^

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There is also this big ol’ wall I don’t know what to do with.  Just last week I hung that landscape canvas print I bought at Homegoods.  It’s shifted to the right because I want to add a console table to the left of the sofa and some sort of quirky mirror or artwork above the console table.  I really dislike the view of the living room when you first walk in from the entrance door.  I think by adding the table it will designate an “entry” space, if you will, and will hopefully look less awkward and not like you’re walking right into the sofa.

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^^This wall is also a work in progress., but for now, it’s in the back burner.  All throw pillows are from Homegoods.  The coffee table is from Hayneedle. ^^

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The view from the sofa (obviously).  I am also in search of an organization system for all the TV cables.  The basket is perfect for storing blankets.  I eventually would like to create a gallery wall around the TV to fill the empty space.

And because everyone likes to see a “before” picture, here ya’ go..

IMG_5115IMG_5116IMG_5114It’s soooo yellow!!  Things are-a-changing, slowly but surely. 🙂

Living Room Update

The living room has come a long way.  But there’s still a lot of work to be done.  First, let me take you back to where we started.

IMG_5707After almost a year of living in our house, we have transformed the living room into a much more pleasant room to hang out in.  We painted the walls, ceiling, and crown molding.  The walls are my favorite color ever; BM Edgecomb Gray.  Friends compliment on it all the time.  I donated the old pillows and replaced them with pretty new ones from Homegoods.  Installed a pair of beautiful wall sconces.  The difference they make in the room lighting at night is worth the investment.  Found a pretty coffee table at Hayneedle.com.  This was a last minute purchase before hosting my husband’s 30th birthday party last November.  I added accessories to the coffee table, but that’s still a work in progress.

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This pretty blue chair is my favorite seat in the house.  It’s from IKEA and I think it’s fabulous.  It definitely makes the room.  The side table was another Homegoods find, also known as my favorite store ever.

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IMG_5115This wall is obviously nowhere near done, but it has come a long way from the overly yellow walls that once were when we moved in.  I’m thinking about adding a console table to the left of the sofa or maybe a tall bookcase?  Not sure yet.  The wheels are still churning on that, but when I find the right piece I’ll be sure to update on that.  I’m thinking two large artwork pieces for this wall?  I already have a artwork gallery wall in the adjacent dining room.  I think another gallery wall will be overkill.  This is a huge wall, so whatever I put up there needs to have a huge impact.  Like boom!  I feel a tear coming on looking at this picture and the last Elvis photobomb (Sigh).

I’m also on the hunt for the perfect rug.  I bought this one from Crate and Barrel but it got dirty so quick I pulled it up after about two months.  The rug is now sitting in our basement waiting for the perfect spot, I’m thinking a less traffic area such as our bedroom.  But we’ll see.ImageImage

I’m thinking another chair to go next to the blue one to fill up all the empty space.  This living room is huge!Image

Work Around The House

We’ve been doing some necessary work around the house as of late.  It all started with the living room ceiling.  We were eager to tear down the bubbling and cracked plaster.  I made sure to take some pictures of it before it all came crashing (literally) down.  We kept going back and forth on wether we wanted to just nail and drill drywall on top of the plaster or completely tear down the plaster and install all new drywall.  I had googled “how to tear down plaster ceiling” countless times and every time, I read comments about how it was possibly the worst idea ever (referring to the massive amounts of dust and debris).  Ultimately, we decided to undertake the later and hope for the best.

We began by covering the floor and walls with plastic and also laid down cardboard on the floor to limit dings to the floor caused by the plaster.  We are lucky to have such hardworking and generous family who came out to help with the labor of ripping out the ceiling and nailing the new drywall.  We also took advantage of the exposed ceiling and hired out an electrician to come in and install six recessed canned lights, which turned out fabulous and are my favorite part of the whole renovation.

Here are some snapshots of what the ceiling looked like and some work in progress shots.

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And THIS! This is what the rest of the house looked like for like a week.  Don’t let the plastic “barrier” fool ya.  It did control dust from getting everywhere but it sure as heck did not stop it completely.

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Shiny New Sconces

I’m super excited to finally show you the wall sconces that we purchased for the living and dining room.  I searched high and low for a fixture that was within our budget but that was still handsome looking.  I ended up going with these guys from this Chicagoland area lighting store.  Their stores are a beauty to walk through. I can easily spend hours and hours gazing at the pretty light fixtures.

Slowly but surely our little home is coming together.  I have also made other updates and changes to the living room as well, which I will be sharing soon.  Hang tight.

This is what the living room looked like before the light fixtures went in.

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And this is what it looks like now:

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As you can see from the old photo above, this was when we first moved into the house and the dining room was still cluttered with stuff that needed to be unpacked and put away.

And this is what the dining room looks like now.  So clean and crisp and with pretty artwork on the wall.  Can you spot the Elvis photobomb?Image