This post is a reminder how you can achieve your dream look, but it doesnt always happen overnight. We all dont have the budget to go out and buy everything we want all the time for every room. So this post demonstrates how I played with this room until it felt right. Until I could buy the right thing. And then once I had a baby, things that naturally I had to add for storage and livability.
This is our living room when we first moved in. Sort of a mess right? But I saw the potential.
We painted the trim, ceiling, walls and bookcases. We refinished the floors to a darker stain.
And filled it with our stuff. I was going for a nautical thing. I really wanted white couches but couldn't quite figure out if it would be practical for every day living. The off white couch was a hand me down. The coffee table was from Ikea and I painted it a couple times a few different colors.
I also made the cushion for the window seat. It was one of the first fabrics I had really tried out. No wonder I ended up not loving it.
We bought white slipcovers and finally a new off white couch from JCP.com. We removed the rug, and waited until I found something that I loved, was really big, and not very expensive. We put baskets under the window seat filled with kids toys as well as the "coffee table" which is filled with toys. And the window seat is covered with some good old drop cloths. I actually washed it the other day and it comes out so soft, I should have done that ages ago.
And here we are today.
I really love this room now. Its kind of my favorite place to be.
I love layering different thrifted items
I'm more brave now, and I know what I like to look at.
Its not done, but it wont ever really stop changing and growing, because that's the fun part I think. We have lived here for 2 years on Jan 15th, so this is a little reminder that progress happens slowly, takes time, and sometimes assembling a room over time is the perfect way to get the look you are really going for.
I am getting new pillow covers on the 7th...so I can 100% say that it will look different by then. And I feel like I'm going to hang more stuff on the walls.