Last week I got the hankering to redecorate our living room. And when I get a hankering to redecorate, don’t stand in my way! I’m busting out the paint, the sander, the chop saw, the power drill…I go into beast mode. There are no weeks of deliberating about decor; I get slapped with an overall vision and I immediately get to work making it happen. I’m a rogue decorator.
The living room has been through several changes since you last saw it here on the blog. I can never keep anything the same. For fun’s sake, I went through all my photos to put a timeline together of all the living room layouts our house has gone through.
This repurposed dresser hutch tutorial found here.
I snapped some quick ‘before’ pictures the day I started working so I could capture its status. I just put the kids down for a nap so you get to see her in all her played-in, dirty-diaper glory…
NOW (October 2016)
Time for the After! (ALL THE HEART EYE EMOJIS!)
Black wall? Yes, please! I’m so smitten!
This is the third black accent wall in our house (see #1 and #2), and I’m not even counting our black half-bath behind that white door. We have a ton of light in this room that directly faces this wall so I wasn’t scared that the black would suck up all the light in the room. I just love how it contrasts with the white door and cabinets and it acts as a neutral for all the color throughout the room and makes it pop.
The ‘abide & dwell’ sign made by me. If you like it, let me know! I’ve had a few inquiries already and may make a batch to sell in my shop soon. But I’ll only be making a limited amount, so if this is something you like, let me know so I can reserve one for you.
‘Home Sweet Home’ DIY found here.
NYC Jackson Heights Subway sign DIY found here.
Purchase this print here.
This ‘gather’ painting is one I made. Much like most of the art in our home.
We don’t have a coffee table because #toddlers. But we often find ourselves wanting to put our feet up. So I made this foot stool out of a box I already had in storage. It also doubles as a storage bench.
This southwest print rug from Rugs USA had me at hello!
Check out the background story on our Family Rules sign here. It’s a sweet, special story.
The white table is a typewriter table from the 1940s I found at a thrift store years ago.
I hate the idea of walking on carpet with our shoes that have been outside with God-knows-what kind of germs. *shivers* There was a constant pile of shoes by our door so we managed the clutter with this Ikea Bissa shoe cabinet. I cut and stained a piece of 2x wood to match the top of the media cabinet.
We don’t need a ton of storage space in our living room since we have a playroom and an office. I moved all of our books that we had stored here to our office (I’m tackling that space next). The white cabinets under the tv are for all of our media (there’s not a lot) and I put this old Ikea Expedit shelf in the corner for a few storage slots to keep our cookbooks, mail pile, diapers, and storage for the kids’ toys (these gray bins from Target) that make their way down stairs.
There are so many subtle decor hints throughout our house of how much we love NYC. It’s a city that’s very special to us. Combine our love for NYC and my obsession with maps and you have this Houston family displaying NYC love all over the place. (The other map is in our bedroom)
Like this room? Go ahead and Pin It like there’s no tomorrow.
Rug: Ritzy Retro 5×8 from Rugs USA
Media cabinet: Ivar from Ikea
Wood stain: Jacobean by Minwax
Shoe storage: Bissa from Ikea
Manhattan map: Bild from Ikea
Poster for map: Gunnabo from Ikea
Throw pillows: Pier 1
Gray walls: Bay Waves by Valspar
Black wall: Chalkboard paint by Rustoleum
Cube shelf: Expedit from Ikea (Kallax the place of Expedit)
Gray fabric storage cubes: Target