Unfortunately, until this point, we haven't been able to do anything BIG! I moved into this house as a single mom over three years ago, and having been a nomad most of my life, I had to buy second-hand (third, fourth?) from my landlords just to have a couch, tables, etc.
I can't complain...my old furniture has served us well, but I've long dreamt of actually having furniture I LIKE. This year my husband and I made a plan. We bought a desperately necessary king-size bed a few months ago, and now that we have it paid off, we are ready to move on to real, grown-up furniture!
But before we get to the new stuff, let's review the old...
This was my living room at its newest, and cleanest, right after I moved in. I immediately ordered this slip cover because I detest the couch. It's scratchy and the colors are not ideal. In fact...
This is what our living room (ugly couch!) usually looks like because 1) the cover slides around and gets all wonky 2) we're too damn lazy to keep it looking nice.
So yeah. Our living room...between the rented-home, knotty-pine paneling and this ugly couch, kind of looks like a dark, unhappy hunting lodge. Not my jam AT ALL.
While we are planning to buy this house in 2016 if all goes well, we're living with the paneling (still), and we made some of our new furniture choices with an eye toward brightening the room. In future, I'd love to paint it a light gray to match our office (which connects to the living room through an open walkway), so we had that in mind as well.
I've been stalking this chaise lounge "sectional" for years. This is the Cindy Crawford Madison Place sofa in "peat", and it will be here on Wednesday. It was also on sale, so SCORE! I am super excited that the chaise can be positioned on either end for my reading pleasure, and it's structured and clean but also very comfy. And the microfiber will make it easy to vacuum the dog hair. Oh, the dog hair.
We have a gawd-awful wood entertainment center and an ooooold tube TV. I ordered this new TV stand from Target, and we'll be upgrading to a flat screen TV. I love the white to brighten the room, and the mixed wood doors and handles are just quirky enough, and it will provide some storage for DVDs and Greyson's art supplies.
As for the rest of the room, I'm keeping that under my hat. We have a lot of things in the room we like already...a beautiful, white-washed antique mirror, a lit marquee, plenty of books, lots of owls and candles, and Basket the cow. We plan to keep our curtains, grab a new rug, finally hang our mountains of artwork, and I want to snatch up some pops of color from Marshall's or Homegoods.
I love mixing neutral colors: in our case brown, tan, gray, white, and black with pops of color, and I adore that it's easy to change out pillows and art with the seasons.
If you ask me, this is a near-perfect color palette for what we have going on currently, and something to guide me in my pillow choices, naturally. We have blue touches already, we love plants (hello, green!), and I've never met a purple I didn't like, so I think we're off to a solid start. I don't anticipate buying much more!
When you hear the squeeeeee on Wednesday, that's the furniture arriving, and you can be sure I'll post pics when we finally get the room put together. Cross your fingers that all goes well!
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