Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Our House, One Year Later: The Living Room {Part 1 of 2}

Hi everybody!  Did you all have a great weekend!  We spent an awesome weekend in PA with friends and family.  Chris and I both agreed it was one of our favorite weekends there yet – we got to spend quality time with everyone, it was super relaxing, and Luke is getting better at adjusting to new environments.  He loves hanging out with all his cousins – yay!

Anyway, today is part 1 of a 2-part post on our living room – only because there are a LOT of pictures to share!  (Click on any picture to enlarge – see part 2 here.)

When we moved in last May (2011), the previous homeowner hadn’t done much in the way of decorating.  (She was a very busy pregnant mom of 5 so I am in NO way judging – just stating a fact!)  Here’s what it looked like the day of the house inspection: 

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On the day of closing, we were left with yellow walls and not much else:

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And here’s what it looks like today!

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The walls are “Palladian Blue” by Benjamin Moore (color-matched at Lowe’s) and we ABSOLUTELY love it.  I have gotten a million compliments on this color!  It is a beautifully warm, green-blue that changes a little depending on the light.  Our last house in PA had brown walls and brown furniture and it was a liiiiitle much.  haha!

I keep the color palette mostly to browns, golds, blues, and greens – the walls are very complimentary to these colors.  It feels very comfortable and relaxing in here. 

As usual, pretty much everything is from yard sales or Goodwill – but if you have a question about something, feel free to ask!  The sphere below is from Hobby Lobby and I LOVE it.  I carried it all the way back from Florida on the plane – if you live near HB count your blessings! :)

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I do love the pop of orange this piece adds, though!  It’s a vintage card table from the 1930’s ($5 at a yard sale!) – my husband just sawed the legs off so we could use it as art. 

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As I mentioned in my dining room post, I gotta have my elephants! ;) The brass one is an antique bank from my husband’s grandmother and the little gray one is from an antique store – I bought it because I LOVED playing with those mini ceramic animals at my grand-grandmother’s house when I was a little girl. I’m told they were from Tetley tea boxes. Anyone else remember playing with them?

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A $4 flea market hamper works great as a place to hold throw blankets.

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All of the small, dark pieces of wooden furniture in this room came from Chris’s family – built by his grandfathers or great-grandfathers.  I love having functional family heirlooms around our house!

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My caramel-colored curtains were an awesome clearance find – only $15 for the pair!  The clock is an old yard-sale find, I made the little plant, and the lamp and shade are Target clearance.  I wish I had taken a better picture of the green table by the door.  It’s got spindles and it’s a really pretty color green!  Only $4 at a yard sale!

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That’s all for now – come back tomorrow for the rest of the room tour! :)


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  1. This looks awesome. I love the wall cope and the sofa is fabulous and looks so comfy. The monogram letter I really cool too. Good work.

  2. That looks so pretty! I wish I took pictures like that of our house too!

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  3. I remember playing with them too! My grandmother still drinks the tea, and has an army of them lined up along the back of her stove - she says they keep her company now :)

  4. You really did an awesome job decorating! I love how you were so resourceful in your finds; you didn't just go out and buy the most expensive stuff out there. You actually came across them and repurposed them in your home...and they look like they have always blonged there!

    Thanks for sharing...I love it!


  5. Oh la la!! What a transformation. It's really beautiful.. it feels pretty and cozy and warm and inviting, and isn't that always the goal? Nice!

  6. I have the same couch, but I love the wall color with yours (ours is still yellow--boo). I love your color scheme.

  7. I love your wall color!! I'm so glad I got to come see your house in real life before we moved! :) It was super cute.

  8. I totally played with those little animals out of the tea!

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