House Update: Living/Dining Room

Jan 24, 2013

I have always loved home decorating and was really excited to have somewhat of a "blank canvas" when we bought our first home. We did have to paint almost every room in the house, and I appreciate all the help we had with that as it was done when I was pregnant and couldn't be much help. 

I've always been told that a home evolves over time into the style that is truly "you". That has definitely been true in our case. It's also taken awhile because we've saved up and paid cash for everything. As much as I like to do things in a hurry, it's actually been better that things have happened slowly. I've had time to wander West Elm fifty times and browse Pinterest to really get an idea of what I like. 

When we first moved in, we had big, bulky furniture that was in the brown color family. After sending some of it back with our parents and selling the rest online, we were able to come up with enough money to buy our sectional, the piece that I've kind of centered the entire room around.

Because of my piano and the sectional, we are limited to two ways the living room can be arranged. The first way, shown below on the right, left the room feeling separated and somewhat dark. When we moved the sectional to the other side of the room it really made the open concept space truly open.

I really like the way the house is coming together. I love the natural light we get in the main part of the house and although our house is not big at all, the space works well for us. 

Item List:
-Couch: World Market
-Pillows: World Market
-Rug: West Elm Marquis Rug 
-Hive Vases: West Elm
-Chevron Frame: Urban Outfitters
-Mirror: Target; Threshold Collection
-Frame Ledges: Ikea 
-Key Holder: Made by Michael 
What's left to do? 
  • Fun, colorful pillows for the couch
  • Side table for the chair
  • New Chair or Slipcover for cream chair
  • Patterned curtains
  • Different Dining Room Chairs, maybe these?
  • Stain Kitchen Table Darker
  • Wall decor for the blank spaces above the piano, before the hall, in the hallway, and above the kitchen table (shown below)
  • Rug for doorway

Next update to come? Guest room update!


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