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So the Living Room is coming along. It’s a slow process as all you who decorate know. :) I’ve definitely made a couple mistakes, but am learning that I need to go with my gut, and not with what everybody else is doing even when it looks fab in there own homes.

 

Soo the last I shared my living room looked like this. I had just gone from gray/beige to white. You can view the full room tour here.

It was slowly coming to my vision.

I have made a few changes that you may have seen if you follow me on Instagram.

 

I started by recovering our sofa. It just had a slipcover on it, so I took that off and started a Charcoal colored one. I really want white, but after living with the white cushions on the basement sofa that we use a couple times a month at best I knew I would be laundering a white slipcover in the living room every single week, so charcoal it is.  I am almost done. Just the two back cushions left and a few tweaks to make things fit perfectly.

We upgraded our toy storage from all the jumbled baskets and the small cream cabinet in the top picture next to the red sofa. These bins won as the perfect solution because they where the exact, I mean EXACT, dimensions I need to maximize storage on the shelf. They are awesome and from the land of nod if your interested. They sell out fast though.  I also brought up Luke’s little table from the basement to replace the cream cabinet I was able to do away with.  Oh and that kiddo chair is for sure getting reupholstered or slip-covered.

The map below is one of my favorites. I bought it for $6 at the Kane County Flea Market and really wish I had the forsight to buy the other 3 or 4 maps the guy had to. :) It’s been in the stairwell for a long time and it actually works perfectly there, but in my “I need something above the red sofa phase” I brought it down and lived with it above the sofa for awhile. Yeah, it just didn’t work. I love maps above other peoples sofas, but I think it is to big for this sofa/wall and to much color. So I admitted defeat and popped up some simple gallery frames and you know what, it’s perfect. I am hoping to thrift vintage letters to spell out a word above the frames. But that will take time and for now it’s just nice to have the openess.

Okay, you may also notice we got a new rug… and in this photo of our living I snapped tonight around 9pm (read:dark & blurry) you will notice I finally got my chair reupholstered! Love it so much! Clearly this picture shows the horibble clashing of the rug now that the chairs is back….. It HAS to go. Don’t get me wrong I like the rug. It was a great match for the room until the chair came in, and since I LOVE the chair and am only in like with the rug it will be relocated or sold.

So this brings me to you all to ask for a little input . :) Have you heard of Olioboard? I signed up for it last year when I was trying to figure out living room fabrics, and it is fun. You can make an idea board with pictures of your furniture, or anything on their site. I am sure you can make a board with Oliobaord better than mine if you want to take more time than I did. Or maybe if you are a wiz at Photoshop you can pop a rug into your own room picture. I can’t. :)

I went back tonight and popped in some different rug options. So let me know what you think. I cropped in pictures of my red sofa, my new chair, a stock photo of a similar sofa and shelf, I cropped in my sofa wall awhile back so it’s changed a bit but the colors are basically the same. And then I popped in some pillows that are similar colors to what we have. So it’s not exactly like our living room but it gives the feel.

Option 1: An over dyed traditional rug in peacock.

 

Option 2: A fun yellow and white abstract rug.

 

Option 3: A lovely Moroccan style navy rug.

 

Option 4: A black and white diamondy rug.

 

Option 5: A black and white striped rug.

 

So what do you guys think? I am not sure. As long as I have been decorating my own home the only rug I haven’t had regrets about is the original (and our first rug) in the living room shown in the very first picture in this post. But it leans towards beige undertones which won’t work in here. My husband just rolls his eyes at me and reminds me that I already bought a rug for in here recently so he will not be footing the bill. :) Luckily I have my own personal money that I will be able to do some damage with. ;)

I thought I would share to a: get some help in the way of opinions and b: to share that if your not happy with it than change it. I find my own home to be so much harder to make exactly as I like than it is to decorate others homes.  Also sometimes it’s just better wait for what you know will be perfect in the long run than to rush into something just to fill space.

 

p.s. I will have much better pictures than these I snapped with the old phone once I get that rug, the sofa cushions down, and the little wing back covered. :)

 

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Decking our halls!

I finally took pictures of my Christmas Decor! Just in time to share before Christmas. :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas and decorating for it. Most of what I have is thrifted, made of gifted. I don’t often buy new decor aside from ornaments. :) Oh and you may notice I put some presents under the tree for the picture. :) I will see how Luke does with them after his nap. :)

I hope all your Christmas shopping is done and you can snuggle family, wrap gifts, and drink hot chocolate. I plan on doing some if not all of those things this weekend. :)

 

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I have been working a bit on little projects here and there. This week I managed to get two things done in the living room.

I ordered this subway sign from Home Decorators Collection right after Christmas and it finally got here a couple of days ago. I love it! The best part is, it was on $34 dollars. That’s right, all the ones I have seen up until ordering this one have been $200+.  It came with a rope tied to the top brace to hang it by, but I wanted it to look a little more authentic. So I untied the rope and bought four screw in hooks, one for each bracket end, and hung it up on those. I painted the hooks black after it was up.

It is actually hung over top of the thermostat. Hopefully we won’t have a problem with it. The actual sign part is like that canvas for outdoor flags, so I assume it’s breathable. It also doesn’t lay directly on top of the thermostat. So we will see. The picture below is what the hallway looked like before I hung the subway sign.

 

I also finally made some new pillow covers for the Living Room. I found some cool napkins from West Elm  a month or so ago after having no luck finding fabric I liked anywhere else. so I bought two napkins per pillow and whipped up these three pillows one night earlier this week.

 

One is on the Seatee, and the other two are on the Sofa. I still have to find another fabric that has all my colors to tie it all together. But it’s a work in progress and it’s highly likely I will change them out before I find it. ;) Pillows are the easiest thing to change up the look.

 

The other thing I have been trying to jump start is my Project Life album.  I ordered pictures from all of January and the first part of February and I have almost finished the 1st week of the year.  It is fun and much easier than scraping from scratch.

What have you all been up to lately? I would love to hear or see, leave me a link if you please.

 

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Here are a few snippets of our basement family room.

My stack of vintage luggage. The top two are from random thrift stores for a buck or two each, the bottom two I recently found at the Kane County Flea Market for less than $15 each.

A side table collective. The Owl is a recent purchase from Homegoods, and the artwork is from A Vintage Poster and is matted with green vine fabric for a punch of color.

Some pillows on the sofa. The navy and white I made with fabric from Calico Corners, the orange I made from a cotton velvet from Joann’s several years ago, and the tiny bit of green you see in the foreground is a dwell studio pillow from Target.

A stack of vintage thrifted books sits under my thrifted orange lamp.

Oh and who doesn’t love seeing pictures of a cute, happy, drooly baby?

I will be showing more of the basement soon. I just have one or two more projects to finish. But you can see the play area here if you like?

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I purchased the highchair above at a Children’s resale before Luke was born. It is a Badger Euro II Highchair. I like it’s simple design and that it cost $40.00 and is like new. But it always seems like Luke is uncomfortable and since the straps where not all there he was always leaning forward.

 

So…

I made a padded seat and back cover.

First I purchased a Stokke padding set first to see if it would work, but it wasn’t quite the right fit or price (more than I paid for the highchair) so I used it for reference for a cover and made one myself.

I found this fun indoor/outdoor fabric at Joann Fabrics and it is holding up nicely so far. It was also super nice to work with.

The cover has a couple layers of batting inside so it is soft for Luke to sit in and is attached with velcro around the back rungs. The seat is a separate cover that has elastic around the bottom band to secure over the existing cushion. I also improvised giant button holes after finding out my button hole foot wouldn’t make them as big as I needed for the straps to feed through.

I like the way it turned out. It is securely attached to the seat yet will be quick and easy to remove when I need to launder it. I think I am going to make a couple so when it needs to be washed I can pop another on in the meantime.

I am also planning on painting and recovering our dining room chairs this summer as they are a mix match of several different styles (on purpose). The plan for a couple years now has been to paint the chairs white and cover the seats. So I am thinking this fabric may be a fun alternative to the solid I was planning.  :)

 

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