18 Oct 2013

Living Room Progress

We have been in the new house for a month now and I still feel like we are living in chaos most days. We always tend to have lofty ideas of how much we will be able to get done, but in reality, little things take so much longer than you expected. The living room is still very much a work in progress, but we have made some serious headway (i.e. actually hung art!!). 

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Most of the furniture was in the living room in the old house, but we have been able to add a few other pieces since this room is much bigger than in our old house.

We had originally thought the white credenza would go up in the loft, but then we carried it in from the moving truck and decided against it! Moving that sucker up the stairs would have resulted in much swearing and a few dents, I am sure.  I am glad we left it in the living room though as I really think it anchors that big wall.

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I also like that it's a big space for me to display a few things. 

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When my grandma passed away my Mom brought that teak frame home for me. It is still filled with the old photos she had in it. I thought I'd replace the picture with one of my own, but the longer I have it up like this the more I sort of like. That's me in the middle :)

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Our photo books and some wedding mementos have made it to this area as well. 

This is the view from the dining room into the living room.  

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We picked up the lamp with the green and blue shade at Ikea.  I had a hack in mind for it and gave it a shot, but I didn't like how it looked so I took the whole thing apart.  DIYs don't always succeed....
I think I might use some spray paint or my sprayer and still do something with the black. 

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I moved the couch in front of the window.  It's the Ikea Kivik sofa that we got in the as-is section a few years back for a steal. For the $300 or so that we paid for it, that sucker has held up amazingly well.  The cushion covers all come off and can be washed.  Love that.

The window still needs casing (and the floors need baseboard!), but I've already whined here about how long that process is taking! I bought the curtain rod at Ikea and then put some sheers up that I bought at Urban Barn (during one of their amazing sales!!). I didn't like any of the finials at Ikea, so I need to come up with some sort of DIY project for that. My thought is that once the casing is up, I will add some bamboo roman shades too.  Oh, and the trees are scheduled to come out in a few weeks...can't wait!!!

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The little brown table used to live in our entry.  Above it I put my 2 Lucy Snowe Guinea Hen prints (that used to hang here) in Ikea Ribba frames. (If you love the Guinea Hens, Lucy still has them for sale in her shop.) Beside the table is my vintage sewing kit. I love that sewing kit to pieces.

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I don't really like the twigs or the lamp there, but they are just sort of filling space until I figure things out.  I am thinking that a pendant lamp swagged in from the corner might be the answer.  This room doesn't have a ceiling light, so it needs lots of lamps.  I am also thinking of adding a sofa table between the couch and the window, so that might be a place for more lamps.

The coffee table is a trunk that I bought at Pier 1 years back.  On it I've put a candle, a few coasters and my Peaches and Fred tray.  I can honestly say that it's one of my favourite vintage finds ever (you can read about it here).  We might just have to celebrate their 50th anniversary in a few weeks!

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In the opposite corner is my work station.  The desk is working great and I am so happy that I added that stripe.

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There is a great big empty spot on the corner of the rug that needs to be filled.  Mr. Swell has been dreaming of this chair for years, and we decided it would look great in this spot. Stay tuned...maybe it will live with us soon.

So there you have it! The living room as it is right now.  I love that this a truly adult room that isn't consumed by toys.  It's still kid friendly, but when Fin goes to bed, it's nice to have an adult space that feels slightly sophisticated.  I also love that there is no TV in this room.

I've got a busy DIY weekend ahead of me.  I hope to be able to finish up the bathroom and do some clean up in the yard.  What are you up to?


17 comments:

  1. What a fun whimsical space Kelly :) Love it! xo Kristin

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  2. Why has it taken me so long to see your floors...your gorgeous floors! I want them! The space looks great...you are way ahead of me. It took us one year exactly when we moved into this house to hang anything on the wall! lol!

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  3. Yes, I have to keep looking at your floors but I already told you how much I love it! It
    s stunning and the of course the rest looks awesome too.

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  4. I love that tray and the green sewing kit. My mom had one just like that but it wasnt green.

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  5. Looking good in there! I love your vintage sewing basket, too :)

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  6. I'm so impressed at how together that room is after just a month. I'm the kind of person who lives out of boxes for years. I never finished unpacking at the last house, and we were there for 4 years! Make me get my act together at the next place! ;)

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  7. So beautiful Kelly!!!!! I want to move in!! Thanks for sharing..you are so kind! :)

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    1. Thanks Lucy. You can move in any time you'd like :)

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  8. It's definitely coming together. I love your desk area :) AND I also love the As-is section at Ikea. I troll it constantly and look for any steal I can get!

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  9. Love! The view of the sofa in front of the big window is my favorite. It's a well put together space even without the casing / trim. That will be icing on the cake! Have a great weekend :)

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  10. Kelly! The room is wonderful! And that green sewing kit... Wow! I want one!

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  11. Love how it is coming along. Your floors are gorgeous. Still really loving the blue navy stripe there :) Love all your vintage finds :)

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  12. it is looking sooo good! i love all the personal touches and love that tray!

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  13. The living room looks great! I love that big window in there and I'm kind of sad the trees will be gone soon!

    Runt
    runtspickins@yahoo.com
    www.runtspickins.wordpress.com

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    1. Don't be too sad, they are crazy trees. The gutters are cut around them...so they really need to come out! And I want the light :)

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  14. I am amazed at the work you've done in a short time. I know how it is wishing it would come together quicker. You have a really cool vision. I love it!

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  15. It looks lovely - I love the big pieces of artwork.

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