living room: 2018 - i did it again

i can't leave shit alone. never have, most likely never will. sorry, husband. it's one of the few traits i got from my father, the man who perpetually redecorated our entire house without notice (like the one time my mom came home & he had ripped up the carpet, as well as ripped down the floor-to-ceiling paneling covering all four walls, in our family room). 

i switched the living room back. i came home one day & told ryan that i wanted to move it again & quite honestly, i don't even remember why. it was several months ago & i just now got around to taking a few photos when it was clean & particularly nice outside. i'm happy with it for now. i still hate walking in the house & seeing a huge tv first thing but i guess i can't eat my cake & have it too.

the couches are my nemeses. we were gifted the brown couch awhile ago & it does it's job. i typically don't mind it. it's at least neutral & clean-lined. the grey loveseat was given to us last month & i begrudgingly agreed because having one comfortable seating area with two big dogs who also want a seat didn't really work so well. it came home with us for free with four big-ass chunky block legs that i took off. it helped. unfortunately, the leg removal did not change the shape of the back cushions. the dogs thoughts? they very quickly claimed it as their own & it makes my eyes burn a little bit less. every morning when we wake up, at least one of them is curled up on it. they're pretty cute i guess.

one day we'll have couches that we actually pick out & love. i'd also like to replace the lights in here. the recessed lighting needs an upgrade & the main light could just use some pretty. i've also decided to paint all of the window frames black, inside & out. that one i'm pretty excited about & a big plus: it's free because i already have everything i need! i may or may not have already started "operation: restore your windows" before i've finished the kitchen cabinets.....

 

sorry husband.

 

 

living room: 2017

we'll just pretend that these things did actually happen in 2017 & not in 2016 since i'm just now blogging about it. we'll just pretend it didn't take me four months to get this part of my house clean & organized so that i could photograph it. we'll just pretend i'm not a lazy piece of shit, for blogging's sake.

i asked for a new rug for christmas because this one that i'd been eyeing awhile went on clearance & you don't pass up a 9x12 rug for $300. considering a beni ourain rug is way out of my price range, nate berkus will just have to do. i've been totally pleased with this rug. it's soft, it's been durable with my crazy dogs & it's just off-white enough to hide dirt between vacuums. shortly after laying it down, i started getting the itch to change everything up. i get it regularly but especially with this room. it's hard to get things right in here & the happiest we've been in the past is having the tv area in the back by the picture window so that's exactly what i did. walking into my house every day & immediately laying eyes on my tv irritated me to no end. so now, i walk into a seemingly empty room with no more & no less than i need. & i can breathe again. & i don't have to look at that dumb tv (that i love) unless i want to. one day we might get a small tulip table for this space but honestly, i'll be surprised if we ever get around to it.

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i took everything out of this room & then i boxed up all of my tchotchkes, art, sentimental items, etc as if we were moving. i needed to start fresh. i removed a handful of my most precious things from the boxes but aside from that, it all got donated. i realized during this that the hardest/weirdest thing to purge is art. it's not that i have a hard time letting go of the actual art, it's that there doesn't seem to be a good way to do it. what would you do with art/prints you no longer wanted?

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we moved our couch to the back to then find out about the best thing west elm has ever done so we lived without a couch for a couple of weeks while waiting for the refund check. we couch shopped & were pretty set on a simple sofa + chaise from a local furniture store until we really thought about it & decided to use that money for more pressing priorities. so we did what we always do, we went shopping at our best friend's house as they've now supplied 70% of the furniture in our house. they just so happened to have bought a new couch & were nice enough to give us their old one. although the color isn't my first choice, the lines are clean & simple + it's the most comfortable couch we've ever owned. i'm hoping we can get a few more years out of it so we can save up for my dream.

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i replaced the curtains with white sheers (SO MUCH BETTER!!! i don't even care that there's a glare on the tv because the light they let in is 100% worth it) & i took down the curtains that hid the cubbies after ryan suggested that they no longer "fit" the room (he was so right). now there are just a few more things that i want in order to "finish off" this room aside from a new couch (is a room really ever finished?). it could use a couple more decorative baskets/bins for the storage under the window & a large round mirror (like so or so) to hang above the couch. i've also considered trying my hand at huge neutral wall hanging/macrame for that area. one day i should probably get around to finishing painting the ceiling too....

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that hanging rattail cactus is my most prized possession right now. i will cry if i kill it with my neutral thumb.

the other part of the room, the entrance to our house, is my favorite part now. why? because it's essentially empty & it makes us feel sooo good. i understand it's not for everyone but for us? it's just right.

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i'm finishing up an easy & soooo satisfying project right now that i'll be back to share so stay tuned!

sources: coffee table / curtains / roller blinds / plant hangers 1 & 2 / rug / side table