I’d like to start with a disclaimer: While we are not living like (complete) squatters, this room has been empty for way longer than I expected it to be after moving here, to our first home, in September 2013. We do have an additional living area that we call the kitch-den (because it’s a den that’s practically in our kitchen. Sounds weird, I know, but it’s honestly kind of cool) that actually has a couch, tables, pillows, curtains, a TV, etc. – all the makings of a REAL cozy and livable room. Perhaps I’ll share that room soon to prove that some of our home does feel homey. But let’s move on to a room that, well, doesn’t.
Here’s an instance of a “before” picture that will look better than the “after.” Actually, let’s label it “current” and not “after,” since this is not the final resting place of this room, so help me God.
Here’s our living room on the day we moved in. Clean floors, empty walls, so much potential!
We actually really like the neutral paint color that the previous owners chose and we’re going to work with what’s already there. My buddy at Benjamin Moore says it’s a very close match to their Ionic Column, which is very neutral and soft but somehow not boring. Cheers to loving a paint color that somebody else chose!
And here’s our living room today. Features include a big ol’ ugly couch that doesn’t fit the space at all, a pack n’ play that will buy us an average of 6 minutes of alone play time, and other miscellaneous baby related items that have wound up here by default.
There is much work to be done and maybe that’s why Des is not pleased. Okay we’re getting on with it already, pal.
I’ve been completely smitten with coral paired with dusty blue/aqua and gold lately and those colors are carried throughout other areas of my home: the kitchen, kitch-den, and the dining room. So for this room, I need to consider colors that work with these (since our first floor is rather open) but I do want some variety too.
There have been several occasions on which I’ve seen an accessory, throw pillow, or art print that I’ve really liked and thought would look lovely in our living room (pretty much every time that I “accidentally” stumble into the home section of Target and have to leave the store sweating and upset that I can’t have 7 things from every aisle).
Anywho, details and accessories are always my favorite part of decorating and I tend to rush and choose the small things before committing to the biggies. But this time, I’m forcing to do things in the appropriate order. What good is a throw pillow without a couch to put it on?!
I’ve been doing some extra freelance design work lately, and all the earnings are going directly into the 2014 Fabi Couch Fund. Contact me directly if you’d like to donate.
My Dad’s friend found this really cool shelf and, lucky me, I ended up with it. While I actually kind of love the red, aged look that it’s got going on now, I know this color is not going to work as is in my space, so girlfriend’s got to round up some paint-brushes and a few hours and go to town. I get giddy thinking of how I’ll accessorize it, but, I’m not looking that far ahead yet. My order of operations here says take care of the bigger pieces first. I’m envisioning some metallic paint on the shelf tops. MEEP!
We plan to keep this room TV-less and so I see the space in front of the windows as an awesome place to curl up with a book, my laptop, or a cross-stitch if I ever have time to cross-stitch again…(tear falls slowly and dramatically down my cheek). I envision two matching rock star chairs with a funky table in between and really think this could be the focal point of the room.
This room doesn’t have any over head lights, so after like 8 p.m. in the summer and like 5 in the winter, it’s pretty much pitch black and useless. It’s definitely time we shine some light on the subject.
There’s just something about a mantel that is so… adult! “Hi, I own a home and it has a mantel.” Whah?! I feel like if I was on a home makeover show they’d tell me to paint this dark wood mantel, but I really like that part of it as is. Every day that passes that I am the owner of an empty, fun-lacking mantel is a sad and wasted day and it’s about time this thing had some flair!
I’ve been dying to do a cluster arrangement of art somewhere in the house and this room will likely be where it ends up.
When I first moved into John’s apartment a few years ago, I attempted to hang some shelving and frames in a fun cluster arrangement, and I ended up huddled up behind our couch bawling my eyes out surrounded by like an incomprehensible amount shattered glass. Miraculously there was no blood shed but my ego was pretty bruised. The paint and plaster had to be retouched from all my attempted holes and we were still finding overlooked shards of glass hidden in the couch years later.
A few lessons learned: don’t buy shelves from the Christmas Tree Shop because “they were only $6 each!” and don’t just go hammering holes into 100-year-old-plaster because if you’re wondering if it will hold, it won’t.
John has requested that we hang his Bunker Hill Monument photo circa like 1920s-ish. This was a prominent piece of art in our apartment before we bought a house and, to John’s surprise and delight, I loved it then and I’m still pretty okay with it now. So, we’ll work this in too.
So there really is LOTS to do but now that I’ve got this in list form, maybe it’ll be manageable and if nothing else, these projects will give me tons of future blog posts.
Missed my first Listful Thinking post about our yard? Read it here. UPDATE on that post: we finally mowed the lawn! And the mower only ran out of gas and embarrassed me in front of my entire neighborhood once.