Long story short: we flipped our living room so that the couch was open to the front of the house. In the photo above, where you see the large mirror, that was where our tv was. Entering the room, you’d walk into the back of this couch. Oh, and the couch smelled like cat pee.
I thought it was a clever way to divide the room into two separate spaces: one for tv viewing and visiting, one for sitting to read or with room for playing. But it felt uncomfortable.
We got this new sectional from Crate & Barrel so that the 3 of us could all sit on it together. Actually, we ordered one section too many and we don’t know what to do with the extra piece. There’s lots of room and it’s very comfy and pleasant to be in the living room now. We switched the TV and the large mirror (no small undertaking).
End tables and lamps. I took color inspiration from the ottomon, selecting maroon, teal, and purple. So the coral lamps we’ll save in the attic for another day.
Hammered Glass Blue Table Lamp from Zinc Door on white Lincoln End Table from All Modern. 28″ Table Lamp with Drum Shade by Dimond Lighting from All Modern on the Avenue C Table Teal from Crate & Barrel. That lamp shade is from a local home outlet store.
I found this dresser at a used furniture shop and it was a great deal. I had our house painter pick it up and take it to his garage to paint it during his spare time.
A few weeks later, he brought it over. Voila! Bold color choice and I love it!
I donated the tiny book case and put it’s contents elsewhere. In general, I streamlined the knick knacks so the room is far less cluttered, though SG plays school in here every day so there are usually papers and school supplies everywhere.
The new brushed nickel curtain rods are from West Elm. I got one for the dining room and one for the master bedroom as well. The one over the double set of french doors is oversized and took 2 months to come in, so we had our curtains draped over our dining room chairs for a looooooooong time.
Other new accent touches:
We replaced the dark ceiling fan with a white one and I added these pretty little crystal pulls. Kube 13″ Table Lamp with Square Shade by Lite Source in black from AllModern. I spray painted it deep red. TV Stand by Bello from Wayfair.com and replacement knobs from Lowes. Clip-on TV tray from Wayfair. Josephine Fur Throw. Palm Beach Serving Tray by Convenience Concepts from Joss&Main. Kempler Coral Decorative Bowls by Birch Lane from Joss&Main. Round Pot Planter in Cerulean from AllModern. I spray painted 2 of those as well, see photo. Three Hands ceramic vase from Gilt. Throw pillows from Z Gallerie, Overstock, and local home goods store.
Part 2 will be all the little books and knick knacks that constitute our living room shelves.
P.S. Do not buy a white rug if you have kids. That is all.