Usually after finishing a project, there are days I feel so elated, like I am finally getting somewhere with this house. Then I look at our living room, the little things I never got to are just glaring at me. It actually makes me a bit sadface because I never get to photograph all those beautiful seasonal home tours that others do because my living room just doesn’t make me feel good about it.
To show what I mean, here is the last photo I posted of the living room (2 years ago)…
This was originally done for the one room challenge, which is a makeover in 6 weeks, and was supposed to include all-new hardwood floors. As you can see, the floors didn’t come in time and we hastily threw everything back in the room and tried to make the best of it. I put on a brave face, but I can finally admit that I wasn’t happy. I didn’t have time to shop for all the small things that would have really made the room inviting, cozy, and put-together. Or fix some of the things that just weren’t working, like the window treatments.
But no more sulking! This space is overdue for a smaller makeover.
So I started with painting those odd blue walls to match the rest of the room last week. I know now that what I really want is the space to feel clean, less cluttered, and more curated. I threw it all together in a mood board and I am loving how everything finally belongs together. I can just feel it!
Now, some of these changes will occur over time, as I don’t expect to be able to replace the couches this year and the mood board has a few stand-ins for things I already own, like our entertainment center, but I put some sources that are very close to what I already have. Mostly, this room will be going through lots of small changes like using paint and art to bring in color, as well as updating small items like window treatments.
Blue is, admittedly, my favorite color in home decor. It has such a softness about it and the rug is probably most of my inspiration for this room. That particular couch is way outside my budget, but I am considering some more budget friendly options here and they offer free samples, which I think is great!
I am still debating over whether to replace the gallery wall, because it is so sentimental. I guess we will just have to see how I am feeling as the other areas start to fill out. Either way, it will be so exciting to get this room where I want it to be. Can’t wait to see how it finally comes together!!
Until then I can dream over some of the other room makeovers we have done: