Home Making – Living Room Inspiration

I’ve had a lot of ideas for our new house (closing is in less than three weeks now!) but I wanted to make sure all my ideas are visually cohesive and not a hodge-podge of cool stuff, so I put together this mood board featuring items we’re planning to buy or make that will help transform the house in to our home.  Take a look!Living Room Inspiration (All Sorts of Pretty)1. Mid-Century Modern Taylor Sofa (in Klein Citrus) by Thrive Furniture.  Parker actually let me buy the mustard sofa of my dreams this weekend!  Is my husband a real dreamboat or what?  He really wanted boring gray, but is trusting me that a bright pop of color in the form of a sofa will be awesome (it will be, I just know it!).  And Thrive was having a big sale this past weekend for Labor Day, so we went ahead and took the plunge (the only catch of the mega sale being that it won’t ship for another three months from now…worth it though for 25% off if you ask me). PS – Thanks to everyone who helped me decide on a color when I posted the options on Instagram and Facebook this weekend!  The consensus reaffirmed my first choice.  :)

2. Tuscan Moroccan Shag Rug in Ivory by Rugs USA – Also took advantage of a big Labor Day sale to buy this rug.  I really wanted to jump on the West Elm Souk rug bandwagon, but buying a house is expensive, man, and sometimes you gotta find the look for less, ya know what I mean?  I think this rug will look great against the hardwood floors, and don’t worry – I researched tirelessly before buying to figure out how to get stains out of this rug should the dog get explosive diarrhea on it or something equally as horrifying should happen.  Fingers crossed!

3. DIY Ikea Hack Side Table (as demonstrated by Sugar and Cloth) – Why are side tables so expensive?  This solution that Ashley came up with is sheer genius and I will definitely be making one myself.  I also picked up a great mid-century side table while thrifting a few weeks ago that will probably find a home in the living room too.

4. Reproduction Eames Lounge Chair – I love the look of the Eames lounge chairs and know they’re really comfortable, so I’m anxious to add one to our home. The real deal is out of the question ($4,500+!), but even the repro’s are kind of pricey so this purchase may have to wait.  I’d rather hold out and buy this chair when we’re ready rather than put something cheap and unexciting in the space.  We’re about quality over quantity in our new home.

5. Art Print by Chelsea Petaja – I have been pining away for this print for quite some time now and think it will look awesome in the space, adding a pop against the white walls, while not competing with the color of the sofa.  Plus, I totally agree with it’s sweet message.

6. Tripod Floor Lamp – There’s no overhead lighting in our new living room, so a great lamp is going to be necessary, but it’s gotta be stylin’ too.  We could install overhead lighting, but I’ve always preferred the softer light lamps offer anyway.  We’ll see!

7. We’re not getting a new TV, but I am absolutely obsessive about wall-mounting the unit and making sure no wires or chords are visible – not a single one!  I feel very passionately about this.

8. DIY Floating Credenza (as demonstrated by Brick House) – Along with my obsession of hiding chords, I’ve also developed an obsession to get rid of table legs when possible.  Our house has hardwoods throughout and thinking of all the sweeping I’m going to do, I want to be able to sweep right under and not miss any dust bunnies behind legs.  Plus, I love the clean and minimal look the wall mounted “fauxdenza” offers.  We love this look so much that we plan on installing two more – one in the dining area (as a buffet and storage unit) and one in the bedroom.

So that’s what I’m thinking for now!  What do you think?  I’m going for a nod to mid-century, which is appropriate for the 1958 house, without looking like the Mad Men set.  We’re selling almost all of our furniture on Craigslist and in a garage sale this weekend and plan to buy a lot less than what we’re getting rid of.  I’m so excited to downsize and start fresh with items that aren’t left over from college or bought on the cheap out of necessity.  We’re really planting roots and planning for a future in our new home, which is a very exciting thing to do.  :)

12 Responses to “Home Making – Living Room Inspiration”

  1. Sarah Stäbler

    My sofa is the exact same color! Great choice! It really does make for a fun pop of color, especially with white walls. :) So excited for you as you’re decorating your new home!

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    • Katy

      Oh yay! I’m so glad you have one in the same color and love it after living with it. I always assumed we would get something neutral, but when I saw this sofa, I thought it would be so awesome in our 1950’s house.

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    • Katy

      Thanks Jessica! Those are our first two purchases for the new house, and I think we’re starting off on the right foot. :)

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    • Katy

      Aw, thanks girl! It will be a while before everything is “done” – is it ever really “done”? – what with a full kitchen renovation and having to buy all new furniture, but I can’t WAIT to nest and settle in :)

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    • Candy

      James,Glad to see you made use of this site! So you back in Japan? I thought you were here in Austin working for your cousin? Well I wish you the best. I was hoping we would have been able to do business together but it seems life had other plans.If you ever need a friend or someone to invest or start a business with you, you have my contact info. Let me kn.oeChewrs,J

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  2. emily

    woohoo! love what you’ve got planned. i am a big proponent of living in the space before you decide on everything-its crazy how much we’ve changed the way we use this house since we’ve lived here and i feel like i know so much better now what we want. we just went rug shopping yesterday! unfortunately couldn’t find anything we liked. i want something big, all natural, and softer for the kiddos to play on. apparently this means we need to spend one million dollars. i will have to check out the usa rugs site!
    we just need to win the lotto now.

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    • Katy

      Uh yeah, why are rugs so expensive? Even the cheap ones are expensive! I wish Ikea still made that awesome kilim one you have, that style is so hot right now. And I know I should wait to live there to decide on decor, but you know me! I was planning our wedding a year and a half before we got engaged! :) I’m a day dreamer, what can I say?

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  3. Susan Atwood

    Can’t wait to see the mustard sofa! Although I wouldn’t say a gray sofa is boring! (haha since that is what I have)

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    • Katy

      There I go sticking my foot in my mouth again! I guess I meant that it was boring compared to my choice of mustard and using the term boring could bully my husband in to letting in. It worked :)

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