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Living Room Becomes Livable

If you remember back in September I posted about the beginnings of our living room as well as the inspiration room. In case you need a little refresher here is the inspiration

We’re getting closer, the sofa we ordered came in. Due to the size of the room we opted to get the loveseat rather than the full sofa so as not to crowd the room and have space on either side to walk around.

The new sofa

The new sofa

As you can see the sofa in the inspiration has nailhead trim on the arms however the chairs we purchased have the nailhead so we thought it better to forgo it on the sofa which is a more substantial investment than the chairs. It has the streamlined contemporary look in the arms and after living with for a little while I actually like ours better. It’s less stuffy.

View from the side of the sofa

View from the side of the sofa

view 2 looking into the TV room

view 2 looking into the TV room

We also decided to lay it out with the sofa facing the fireplace rather than perpendicular. Our room is open to the kitchen where the design room seems to be closed off and we thought it important to create the feeling of a separate space and avoid the bowling alley look.

If you notice there are new baubles on the mantle as well.  The flame sculpture we fell in love with at a local decor store and the vases were a gift from my Aunt’s who ironically enough had not previously seen the room.  I think they look perfectly at home up on the mantle.

The blank canvas is another project I plan to paint it in an abstract design using the colors of the sculpture to pull the design in more.  I also want to sew some throw pillows for the sofa and the chairs.  The ones that came with the sofa were hideous and way too large in scale to be recovered for this space.

It’s coming along!  On the list of to do’s for this room we’ve got:

  • Find and purchase two chairs a-la inspiration room style
  • Find and purchase sofa a-la inspiration room style
  • Ground the space with an area rug
  • Decorate the top of the mantle
  • Paint the art masterpiece for above the fireplace
  • Find or make coordinating curtains
  • Hang curtains
  • Get an ottoman or coffee table to put in the center
  • Get end tables
  • Make pillows for the sofa and chairs
  • Pick a paint color that will work in both the kitchen and the living room
  • Paint the walls
  • Get a fabulous light fixture

So what do you think?  I’m loving how its coming together

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The Living Room Plan

If you’ve been reading along with me by now you have probably realized I find my design inspiration in many places.  Most of my interior design inspiration is found online on either Pinterest or Houzz.  I see something I like and aim not to re-create, but to emulate the style and feeling of a room.

I found such a room that has set the wheels in motion for the living room.  This is the only room in the house that when we bought it, had absolutely zero furniture in it.  Most rooms we were able to furnish with things we had – although not necessarily what we want long term it works for now.  The living room housed nothing, nada nilch – thus became a holding tank for boxes we had yet to unpack and things we didn’t know where to put.

This is the room we found for inspiration:

We loved the streamlined sofa, the swoop arm chairs and I’m pretty sure we have almost the same fireplace.  The walls are pretty dark (not that we’re anywhere close to breaking out a gallon of paint yet) but the overall feel is welcoming and has the contemporary yet comfortable style I am looking for.
Here is another view:
Pretty huh?  We weren’t a fan of the skirt on the chairs so we were looking more for a similar swoop arm style sans skirt.  I actually looked up the identical couch and found a furniture store in the next town over where I could buy it… for about $2,000…. yeah not happening.
Then magic happened while out shopping with my mom.  We were in the gold mine of HomeGoods stores and not only did I get chairs, but also a rug.  And the furniture store down the street was having a half off sale and I got a sofa!  (ok a loveseat – the space is really tight and a full sofa would have just been too cramped).
The sofa was on backorder but here is a look at the beginning stages of the room.
no longer a big blank hole in the back of the house

I am in LOVE with these chairs and this rug! So much so I thought you needed close ups:

side of chair

side of chair

back of chair

back of chair

How awesome is the nail head trim and the cute little detail on the back? Especially since these won’t be pushed up against a wall it’s nice that the detail carries through the back. The original inspo couch had nail head and the one I ended up ordering does not, so I got it on the chairs instead. 🙂

rug close up

rug close up

And this rug, I am completely and utterly in love with this rug.  It is quite possibly the most beautiful rug I have ever seen in my entire life, and its in my house – and from HomeGoods no less!

So there is the beginning stages of the room, we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of the loveseat.  We’re hoping it will cut down on some of the empty feeling as well as the echoing.  The entire back of house is one long room, so the kitchen turns into the living room.  Once we have a sofa facing the fireplace it will provide a little separation sort of “creating a room”

So what do you think?  Are you as in love with it as I am?