Living Room Thoughts

>> 7.17.2012

Our living room is really bland at the moment. We haven't done much more than paint, move in our old furniture, and swap out a light fixture. That doesn't mean I haven't thought about how it could be better:

The tricky thing for us right now is that we know that we want to build a 500+ sqft addition in the near future. It's tough deciding if we should save as much money as possible now or make the rooms that we have nice and build the addition as we reach our savings goals. For the living room, it would be really nice to do a built in so that we could take advantage of the extra storage now. Something like this would be perfect for that corner wall:
New curtains would not only add a little life into the room, but would be much more functional than the existing broken shades. I'm having a tough time deciding how we would place them considering the awkward placement of the window behind the couch. I'm thinking this, but not yellow (for Nate):

In us-actually-doing-stuff news, we finally replaced the light fixture from the living room.


I sold the old one for $30 and got the new one from Lowe's for $88. The old fixture hung so low that Nate would accidentally hit it almost daily. He still cringes as he stands up from picking something off of the floor.

Funny story about the pillows: So, I find these Ralph Lauren goose down pillows for $20 at Marshall's and buy them back February. Then, a few weeks later, I find one for something crazy like $12.99. Of course, I buy it too and end up with a crazy number of the same pillow... in winter... when they don't even really make sense.
Of course, now that they do make sense for the season, the whole room is just kind of "blah." Hopefully I can get my act together with this room before fall rolls around. I do have to swap out the covers in fall, right?


Jo Ro July 17, 2012 at 12:51 PM  

You don't have to swap out the pillows each season - but it would be simple to make some new covers (or buy on etsy), since you have nice down inserts in those ones. I personally, like a change occassionally & new pillows are simple.

I like the new light fixture!

I'd add some inexpensive patterened curtains & maybe a graphic rug to add a little pattern/interest to the room.

Love the idea of a built in - I am thinking of getting a quote for a bookcase wall myself. I had one built for my old home & it was nice, but really expensive.

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards July 17, 2012 at 2:58 PM  

I love the idea of a built in. And if you used unfinished cabinetry on the bottom, it could be very affordable. Love the new light, to cant wait to follow along

carrie July 17, 2012 at 3:02 PM  

If you do the built in yourself, it probably wouldn't break the bank. And, if it's something you'll keep even after the addition, I would probably consider doing it now. Having functional, livable spaces in super important when you're living in chaos in practically every other area of your house. More storage & space would be more likely to be able to absorb some of the displacement caused by the addition.

Kaitlin July 21, 2012 at 8:33 AM  

I'm with Carrie. We DIY'ed our living room built ins (you can see them here if you like: and while they weren't super cheap, they were surprisingly affordable. Depending on material costs around you, it might not be as bad as you think! Good luck!

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