I hope you enjoyed your weekend!
I’ve been busy all afternoon working on trying to fix a technical issue on my blog. Now that we just finished having supper I am finally taking time to write. Today’s post is a little different because unlike other posts where I bring you DIY’s that I am excited about, this one is about my inability to decorate my living room. I had another project and post prepared for you today but I had an overwhelming need to share this with you instead.
We’ve been living in our house for 3 years now and I have not yet been able to find the furniture and layout that works for this space. Trust me when I say, this keeps me up at night.
Hubby can attest, we have changed this space at least 20 times in the last 36 months (I am not exaggerating), this includes but is not limited to: paint color, accessories, furniture and furniture placement . I won’t go into details because I don’t want hubby to remember all the times I’ve made him work, just to have him change it again only a few weeks later.
I’ve been contemplating showing you pictures of how our living room used to look like but, out of shame I decided against it and will only show you two of them. I also don’t have many decent pictures because most were taken before I started blogging and learned the importance of ‘good light’. Back in September/October 2012, we had our main floor renovated, the floor was replaced with dark engineered wood, the baseboards were replaced by beautiful ones and the walls were painted in a grey blue shade. Because of these changes, I like my living room now a little bit more but I am still looking for the perfect layout.
Anyhow, my living room is where we spend most of our time as a family after the kitchen. We watch TV here, play with Nate and have friends over. What am I going to do? Well, I had hubby and my dad remove the big brown sectional we had here, removed the chairs, switch rugs and removed all the accessories. I wanted to work with a blank canvas. I also had hubby bring back this white IKEA sofa from upstairs and removed the other pieces of furniture too. Do you see those two brown nightstands next to the white couch, my mother-in-law gave it to us over two weeks ago, I am planning on painting them in white, but after I took these pictures, I had hubby move them upstairs. I am planning on using them for something else. See, those big black lamps, I will be removing them too or I might spray paint them in a different color, I don’t know yet. Now, I will only keep the white sofa, the white mirror and the table. The curtains have to go, they are too short, they don’t reach the floor because before we did the renovation of our main floor, we had those old 80’s style heaters and we were scared that they would catch fire. I am thinking of putting them up in our master bedroom instead. The white rug has to go too.
I don’t want to spend money on this space, so in the next weeks, I will be moving things around and try to find the right layout for me. This is going to be a challenge because there is limited space and too many angles to work with. We also have an angled fireplace without a mantel (from the late 80’s) and the entire living room is just too small. Home sweet Home.
I might regret posting these next two pictures but here they are, this is how my living room used to look like last year before the renovations started. You can see our old brown sectional that it is now in our basement. We replaced it with our old IKEA white sofa from our master bedroom on the second floor. One of the big mistakes I did, was too buy furniture that was too big for this tiny space. That’s why now, I decided to only keep one sofa, it’s enough for the three of us and I might add chairs but I’m not sure about that either. See those two black ceramic garden stools in the middle of the space, we had to remove them too because they were too dangerous for Nate and the pups:
the picture below is pre-blogging days as well but it gives you a good idea of how our living room used to look and how it is living with a little boy and two small dogs (Nate had just turned 1 in that picture, explains the big Elmo balloons), please trust me this is not part of my usual décor :
At this moment, I would’ve loved adding white stripes to the grey blue walls but I don’t know if I will be able to take on this task right now because I don’t have hubby’s buy in yet. I am working on it. For now, I will have to work with what I have. I don’t dislike it but somehow I feel limited to the colors of furniture and accessories I can decorate with. Looking for the perfect gray blue shade was difficult because I wanted it to go well with the brown sectional we had at the time. Now, that we have the white sofa here, I’m a lot happier with the color because it makes the white sofa pop. Choosing the perfect shade was not easy, I asked my family and friends what they thought of it and everyone had a different opinion, so I made the choice myself and went ahead with it. Looking at it today, I don’t think it looks too bad and I always wanted something blue in my living room. I don’t know how this room will turn out but I am hoping for hubby’s sake that I will love it. I also don’t know where will I start. I love decorating my home but this space has been a challenge for me since day one and I have a feeling that it will always be:
It might be a while before I post an update of my living room because like I mentioned before; I don’t know where to start.
Thanks for reading and for letting me vent
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