After living in our house for two and a half years now, the living room is finally to a point where I’m happy with the layout and the look. Home decor is an ever-evolving process I’ve come to realize after becoming a homeowner a few years ago. Once the one thing I wasn’t crazy about gets figured out, it’s time for the next thing that was figured out to change and become the next thing I’m not crazy about. Confused? Yeah, that’s been me for a couple of years trying to get this space the way I want it.
And I say “I” because we all know that Aaron could care less about the decor. As long as the TV is easily viewable from the couch and we keep the blinds closed while he’s walking around in his pjs, the world is good.
Welcome to our home…the first thing you see when you walk in…
Yes, you see a fluffy pup when you come in. She owns this place.
The coffee “table” are two night stands I pushed together until I can locate the antique trunk I’d like to have as a coffee table.
The green canister was given to me by my Granny. There are so many things in our house that she has given me that I treasure.
Our Family Rules hangs above the couch. You can see a tutorial here on how I made it.
This is a dresser-turned-tv-stand that I painted and refurbished. I love that it has all the drawers for storage.
I have a small hoarding problem when it comes to glass bottles. I image that some day I’ll have a need for dozens of glass containers and I’ll regret ever throwing away a spaghetti jar, or jam jar, or pickle jar. So I keep my collection to a minimum and only go for the old, antique, sentimental, and unique glass bottles. If every glass bottle I meet happens to fall in one of those categories, then so be it.
The setup on this wall is new. It was completely blank and then I hung up a random drawer as a shelf. Then I added our old TV stand. Then I found this great window pane frame. Then we got these gorgeous gallery wraps of our photos Adam took. And it all came together.
I’m still looking for a lamp to replace the Ikea one we have in the corner.
Aaron and I picked out our favorite photos and ordered them as gallery wraps through our photog, Adam.
Yes, I said that Aaron and I…together…chose the photos. This was a team effort.
The wrapping paper I used to cover the books is from the $1 bin at Target. Score! Or I could image you could do some fun DIY stamp project with some butcher paper if you were feeling artsy.
The giant pencils are from Pier 1.
Window frame from Target.
I made the Home Sweet Home sign and you can see that tutorial here.
You can tell from our photos that we laugh a lot. We’re a very jovial, fun-loving family.
My granny gave me that camera. It was hers as a teenager. I have some photos around too that she took with it when she was young.
Print from Blossom & Vine.
This is our original TV stand (converted from a dresser). You can read all about that here.
The knobs are from Anthropologie. If I could have these knobs in my kitchen, I would.
The giant bowl is what we call our “bacon bowl.” It was one of the first things I bought for our future home together after we got engaged. It’s a catch-all for our keys and pocket lint. I found it on clearance, piled under several bags of bacon dog treats and the smell seeped into the bowl and I’ve never been able to get it out. It still smells like bacon to this day, 6 years later.
Ikea Expedit shelves. I have a vision for this. I envision adding one more shelf on the top right, plus building doors to hide all of the chaos, and eventually, crown molding. I’d like it to look like built-ins. Or maybe someday we can hire a carpenter to built actual built-ins. Meh, I’m happy with my Expedits for now.
The Expedits house picture frames, photo albums, TONS of books, and some sentimental goodies…like my mom’s old oil paints and calligraphy inks.
My play collection. Anyone like any of the plays out of my pile? I’m a big George Kaufman fan so I have a few of his collections. I also like Theresa Rebeck and can recommend a few of hers for any of you play-reading folk out there. I imagine that there are TONS! 😉
My Granny gave me the Glenn Miller and Bing Crosby records. I LOVE Glenn Miller. Love. And Aaron’s grandfather bestowed me with his sheet music collection. I was very touched when he handed them to me and said, “I’m giving these to you because I know you’ll appreciate them.” I do, Papaw.
Curtains are from Ikea.
Couch is Rooms To Go (we scored the floor sample on black Friday a few years ago and got like 70% off!
Rug is Bombay and Company 6 years ago (out of business).
Brown pillows are Pier 1.
Yellow pillows are from Hobby Lobby.
And there you have it! The place where we spend 90% of our time…the living room.
I hope you like our home! And if you don’t, well, that’s okay because you don’t live here. 😉
But most importantly, we hope that you feel joy, peace, and laughter when you see our home!