Friday, September 7, 2012

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

Thanks for your kind comments on Wednesday’s post about our living room!  I’m back today with a few more photos to finish out the room so you can get a full glimpse of the rest of it.  (Again, click any photo to enlarge it.)
I’ve showed this dresser a lot before – it’s what you see when you first walk in our front door.  It was $35 at a yard sale and I absolutely, positively love it.  It’s filled with candles, tablecloths, extra dishes, and other items that we use infrequently but I like to have on hand.  It’s fun to decorate the top for the seasons since I don’t have a real mantel. :)
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I showed this chair a loooong time ago – it’s a Pier 1 chair that I scored for $20 at Goodwill!  It’s a little worn and at first I thought I might re-stain it, but it doesn’t bother me a bit.  I love the texture it adds to the room.  The elephant footstool (see? I told you I love them!) is from Ghana – my brother-in-law lived there for a while and brought it back for my husband when he was a teenager. 
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I mentioned yesterday that all the small furniture in the room is heirloom pieces made by Chris’s family – this end-table is another example!  We inherited it from his grandma when she passed away.  It’s simple and beautiful.  The “Amazing Grace” plaque is from Cracker Barrel, and the large frame and tissue box were both $1 at flea markets. Loving the pop of hot yellow the school bus adds – don’t you?! :)
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This is the view from the front corner looking back into the hallway.  I am so, SO thankful for this sofa!  It’s from Raymour and Flannigan – it’s actually a Cindy Crawford couch – isn’t that funny?! For the first 5 years we were married, we had very uncomfortable, very ugly hand-me-down couches.  It’s hard to make a room look pretty when the main element is such an eyesore!  When we moved we promised each other we’d finally buy one of our own.  It makes me happy every day.  Not kidding. :)
The accent pillows are from Big Lots when we first got married 6 years ago.   
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The only part of this room that’s really still “unfinished” is this big wall when you walk in.  I just found a GREAT gallery wall inspiration photo on Pinterest, though – so now I have a plan and I’m excited to decorate this space!
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Isn’t it a little freaky how much this looks like my house??!! lol I love this layout – I just want to do white or light brown rather than black frames.

When we first moved in, all of the interior doors in our house were these cheapo ones – seriously, would it have killed them to prime and stain before they left? lol So we are replacing the doors, hinges, and doorknobs one by one.  I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to walk in the front door and see white now instead of tan! :)
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A few final before and afters:
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And that’s the tour!  The next room will either be Luke’s room or the kitchen – not sure yet.  :)
More house tour:
Dining Room
Living Room {Part 1}
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  1. I too love that dresser! What a great find!

  2. I'm not sure if I've ever told you this, but I LOVE your living room ... it's so cozy and comfortable and stylish. Seriously, you've done such a great job!

  3. Oh my gosh! I love the wall with the frames!

    I'm having a giveaway on my blog if you're interested :)

  4. I love it! You are such a good thrifter! I'm so impressed with all that you've found. I really like your wall color too. Very pretty color scheme.

  5. Perfect personal way to do that large awkward wall! (I understand!!!)

  6. Jessica, I love the living room... and the elephants. I'm a huge fan of elephants and I have them at my house too, but I always seem to clump them together. I never really thought about putting them all around the house. Thanks for the idea! Also, I love that you don't have a tv as your focal point in the living room. We decided to do the same in our house. While we do have a TV, its not the focal point in there until we want it (we have a projector, so all we do is turn that on when we want to watch movies). Great job!


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