I started this blog when Seth and I were first married, which was exactly three and a half years ago (where did the time go?!). I made a few posts our first year of marriage, and then neglected it for the last two years. After a fun project that I did yesterday and other fun stuffs that we have coming up in our lives, I decided I would hop back into the blogosphere to share with you! P.S. Please excuse my low quality pictures, I am no photographer.
So the other day, we came home from church and Seth called me into the living room with his “concerned” voice. I was expecting him to tell me something really bad, so I was very relieved when all he said was “We need to make our house more homey.” Like, okay you don’t have to tell me twice! We had all the furniture we needed for this room, but our decor was seriously lacking, and was making the room feel almost cold and sterile. So when Seth gave me the go-ahead to decorate the room, I was so excited that I went out the next day and got everything I would need to make this room more “homey.” So, without further ado… Our living room!
What I struggled with the most by way of “personal touches” was filling the space above our couch. For some reason I am SO picky about that space. I didn’t want family pictures or a gallery wall or a mirror, I wanted art… But not just any art! The art had to be vintage or from a local artist, it could not be a landscape or people, and there needed to be two or three different pieces that coordinated and not just one big piece. There were two problems with my hopes and dreams, 1) it was very expensive (we’re talking thousands of dollars) and 2) it is extremely time consuming. Like, I made it through two pages of Etsy artwork before I threw in the towel and decided to go to Target… And man was I so glad I did. I found exactly what I wanted within one minute of stepping into Target’s home section, it met all my expectations and was very affordable… Take that Etsy! They even gave me 30% off for two teeny tiny imperfections on the frame, so I basically stole it from them. Does anyone else feel like they love something 1000000000x more when they get a killer deal on it?
So after I left Target, I decided to hit up Ikea to get a bookshelf. I know, basically everyone and their dog own this bookshelf but it’s so cute and versatile and cheap and easy to put together that I could not say no! This was the first thing I put together for our newly-decorated living room, and I was so surprised at how much impact this piece had in this room. When I started to fill the shelf with our favorite books and pictures and trinkets, the room felt like it was coming to life. I’m actually amazed at how adding personal things to a room can totally change the way the room feels. I love looking at my shelf and being reminded of our travels, my favorite stories, and the life we’ve created together.
Next is our entryway. We orginally had a metal table with a glass top in our entry that was given to us, but it wasn’t very kid-friendly and also took up too much space so I decided to kibosh the table idea and get a shelf instead. After hanging our shelf, I knew we were going to need something more to make the entry look more complete, so I ran out to Target (yes, again!) and bought this mirror that I’ve had my eye on for a couple of months. I also hate all the crap and clutter that congregates by the front door, so I put a medium-sized basket under the shelf that can hold all of my junk.
So whoever built this townhouse thought it would be a really great idea to not put any light fixtures in the living room (who does that?!). The only light that we have in this room is the light in the entry, which isn’t enough to fill the whole room. We’ve been using a small lamp for the last four months to light this room at night, but we still needed a little more, so we decided to go for a floor lamp. This one is from… You guessed it, Target (can you tell I love Target yet?). They have a bunch of great floor lamps, but I knew this vintage-esque one would go great with my actual vintage lounge chair. After I set it up I curled up in my chair in my newly decorated living room and read a book until it was time for me to go to bed, it was perfect.
I liked this room before, but now I absolutely love it! It is definitely, by far, my favorite room in the house now. Before yesterday we never really hung out in this room, but now I never want to leave! My favorite thing about it is that when I walk inside of the room I feel so much peace and happiness, and that’s what I think a home should feel like. Even Sam likes it!
Thanks for reading and let me know what you think!