Our sofa arrived last week so I thought I’d share our living room in it’s current state. Not complete, but we’re making progress. We ordered this sofa (the Taylor sectional) from Thrive Furniture way back in September. They had a crazy awesome Labor Day sale going on, with tiered discounts based on lead time. The longer you were willing to wait for your furniture to arrive, the more money you could save, with the longest lead time and best discount being 12 weeks for 40% off. At $3,200 normally, we decided we could wait a while to save $1,280. That’s a lotta cheddar!
I really didn’t think my husband would actually let me buy a sofa in this color (Klein Citrus, officially, but I call it mustard or orangish-yellowish) since he only wanted to go with GREY, but I am so glad he let me do it! I am crazy for the color and think it adds so much to the space. He’s come around too ;-).
Let’s look back at the room as it was when we closed on the house:
The first thing we knew we had to do was blow through that wall and open up the space. We really can’t even imagine having that wall there now. The room would feel so closed in. We also painted all the walls and trim white (Dover White from Sherwin Williams) and replaced all the vent and outlet covers with white ones.So much better now right? The curtain rod was a DIY (full post about that coming soon) from galvanized pipe and fittings from the hardware store. It’s 12 feet long and covers the length of the window perfectly. The curtains are Ikea (got them for free, my mom had a bunch left over from a recent office makeover) but they may be replaced at some point with real drapes. We’ll see, for now they’re just fine.The rug is the Tuscan Moroccan Shag in Ivory from Rugs USA. We love this rug! It feels great under foot and I love the simple design. I really wanted the West Elm Souk rug that is so popular right now, but it just wasn’t in the budget. This rug, also a Labor Day sale purchase, was 1/3 of the price of the West Elm rug at just under $300. I still love the West Elm one so much, but this was a really great alternative.The coffee table is a prized find from Scott Antique Market here in Atlanta. I went there with my mom and aunt who was in town to help me paint, with strict instructions from Parker that I wasn’t allowed to buy anything. I was just there to play tour guide to our out-of-town visitor and my mom who hadn’t been before. Well, literally the first booth we visited we saw this awesome table and I was peer pressured in to buying it. My mom and aunt both said to me “You cannot leave without buying that table! You need it, it’s perfect.” I’m so glad they talked me in to defying my husband :) It really is perfect for the space with it’s splayed legs and heavy wood slab. I love it so much! Oh and the best part is that it was only $60. Score!
I bought this tapestry in Peru a couple of years ago and I think I am going to cut it up to make some pillows for the sofa. It’s an odd size, about 3 feet square, so it’s not quite big enough to be a throw, a little too heavy for a throw but not heavy enough (or a proper size) to be a rug. I bought it because I just love the colors and design so much but I’ve always struggled with what to do with it. Pillows will be perfect.Frank isn’t as in love with the new sofa since we’ve been trying to keep him off of it. But we’re working through it (read: he mostly does what he wants and I just deal with it). :)
We still need to get an electrician out to install an outlet on the wall so the TV can be mounted and buy a console table to place underneath. I love the Dumont Media Console from West Elm but will probably have to settle with the Stockholm TV unit from Ikea due to budgetary constraints. Or I may find something vintage and make it pretty. I also need to get some art on the walls (a Sharon Montrose Buffalo print would be awesome if you’re reading this, Santa!) and accessorize a bit. I’m really loving a clean and minimal space though so I’m struggling with adding much. We’ll see!
So that’s the current state of the living room! What do you think?