Well hey there strangers! Sorry about all the blogging I have not been doing lately, this summer hit me harder than I was expecting. Adam worked a ton of extra hours and the four boys were all-consuming, so I decided to put blogging aside and enjoy my kids until summer was over. The older two are back in school now (kinder and 2nd) and here I am! Having just a two-year-old and nearly one year old at home during the day is like a freaking vacation…they’re so quiet. I love my older boys to pieces, but the sheer amount of energy and noise radiating from those two is ridiculous.
So admittedly I haven’t been doing a lot of projects this summer, but I’ll tell you what I have been doing….window shopping. So much online window shopping. You know what got me in this shopping mode? Shiplap.
That’s right, the main wall in our house, the one that has been a patchy unfinished eyesore is slowly getting finished. It’s so dang pretty and has me in complete dreamer mode. Here are a few more pics… I’ll write a post about the process when it’s finished, but for now just feast your eyes on the glorious progress.
Besides the shiplap there are a few other things that are different. We finally ditched the old gross microfiber couch and chair (that we’ve had for about 12 years) and bought a used leather one for like $150 bucks. Then like a week later we traded my brother and sister-in-law the leather one for this massive brown sectional that was too big for their townhouse. Here are all three during the transition…SO many brown couches, but so good for playing “the floor is lava.”
I have a love-hate relationship with our new couch, Big Brown. First, I love that’s it’s huge and fits everyone no problem, and I now know that we really like having a sectional. Also, it’s super comfortable and has recliners. Comfort comes at a price though, because Big Brown also happens to be horribly unattractive.
I also traded out our stylish random carpet scrap for a real rug, which I bought from Natural Area Rugs during a Labor Day sale. It’s slightly too small for the space, but it was less than $100 (including a rug pad) and easy to clean, so its shortcomings can be forgiven. Although, it has yet to recover from shipping and lay flat, and Adam says it’s too busy and he “preferred the scrap.” There’s no winning with that one, his hatred of patterns is buried so deep in his soul that nothing can reach it and set it free.
So while our “for now” living room stuff is certainly functional and practical, I’ve been mentally betraying it and I’ve been shopping for better, dreamier, and less practical living room goodies. So here is what I would reasonably put in this room if we were at the living room decorating stage of our house journey.
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I have spent way too much time looking at rugs. Thing is, rugs can make or break a room AND they are expensive. When you need a 9×12 even a fairly cheap one can be a budget buster. Anyway, I think I’ve decided that I want a blue and white one with a small geometric pattern. It’s pretty much failproof, having a bit of character but nothing overwhelming (aka, hopefully the husband won’t hate it). Here are my three favorites so far…
Big Brown, though comfortable and practically free, is seriously cramping my style. One day I want to trade it out for a sexy leather sectional like one of these…
There are SO many cool accent chairs out there and I’m not sure which direction I want to go for mine. Fun and cheap? Neutral and well made? I don’t know which is better when you have four kids.
Adam really wants to make a coffee table, but here are three that I like and will probably draw some inspiration from –
End tables, decor, pillows, etc
There are so many pretty options out there, right? I’m really looking forward to having this room finished one day, but until then I’m going to enjoy the process. Speaking of the process, in the next post I’ll tell you all about those awesome green sliding doors over the office. The second the shiplap was up I was all “Now we can hang the doors! C’mon Adam it will take like 30 minutes”…..and a week later we were still working on it. So in other words, it was a totally average DIY project.