Hello! I hope you are having a good week. I am sorry that this little home tour of mine is moving along so slowly, but homeschooling two little boys while 31 weeks pregnant and trying to find the time to photograph clean rooms when the natural lighting is just right…not easy. I’m just saying.
But we had a big cleaning day on Saturday, so I manage to snap a few pics of our living room when we were finished.
Our living room is located in the back right part of the downstairs of our home. It is a small and cozy room overlooking a very private backyard and screened in porch. Even though the living room is on the bottom level of the house, the way the lot slopes elevates the back of the house quite a bit off the ground. Being up high and looking out at all the trees really gives it a mountain/lake house feel, and this inspired the soothing blue and green color scheme of this room.
I wanted curtains that would allow for a lot of natural light. I had some linen-like tab top curtains that I have never liked the style of, so I cut the four panels up and turned them into two extra long curtain panels with a shabby gathered ruffle on the bottom. I am very happy with how they turned out and was very glad to not have to purchase curtains because they can be so expensive!
I was undecided on the actual shade of blue that I wanted to paint the room until we were at the lawyer’s office for the closing. She had a beautiful office in a remodeled old home and the conference room was this exact shade of blue and I fell in love with it immediately. It is “Cape Blue” by Porter Paints. Although it is a rich color, all of the natural light and beige sofa and curtains keep the room bright.
Speaking of the sofa, it is my DREAM Pottery Barn sectional that I found on Craigslist for only $600!! I promise you that I have been stalking Craigslist for years trying to find a Pottery Barn sectional. They were always too expensive or in really bad condition. When I saw this one, I thought it was too good to be true, but it was the real deal, so we picked it up on Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to me!
The pillows and quilt on the sofa are an eclectic mix of things I have picked up over the years at Target, IKEA, the thrift store, and TJ Maxx. The quilts and blankets on the old army truck were gifts. The art pieces you see were all found at yard sales and so was the shabby white dresser behind the sofa. It was actually FREE!
I love the fireplace and can’t wait to use it when the weather cools! The antique cabinet to the left of the fireplace is a refashioned stained glass door and also a Craigslist find. It holds all of our electronics and DVD’s and photo albums.
To the right of the fireplace, is the Campaign Shelf from World Market. I never buy new furniture, but this shelf was the perfect size and style for this narrow space next to the fireplace. Phillip actually surprised me with it for our anniversary. I think he knew that I would never be able to bring myself to pay the $$$ for it, so he did it for me. And I’m glad he did because I LOVE it!
On the shelves and mantle are items I have found at thrift stores and yard sales over the years. I love pieces that tell a story!
And of course you can’t miss my husband’s favorite thing in the room. Our giant television that he refers to as “Her Majesty” because he says you can’t help but bow to her every time you sit down on the sofa. He’s quite the comedian!
You may have noticed the green coffee table in the center of the room. Ah, does this piece have a story!
Some friends of ours gave us some furniture a while back, including this coffee table. It’s a great solid and well-built coffee table, I just didn’t love the metallic gold crackle paint finish. I was unsure of what color to go with, so I went against my better judgement and chose a boring, plain chocolate brown. I didn’t want to prep it, but I also didn’t want to pay the big bucks for expensive chalk paint, so I tried to make my own chalk paint by following an idea I found on Pinterest that said to mix baking soda with flat paint. Well, don’t try it because it doesn’t work! The paint began peeling immediately, and if it got wet at all from a drink or anything, entire sections of paint would come off when you went to wipe the moisture away.
So back to the garage it went, and I sanded it back to the wood and this time went with a bright farmhouse green. I painted the table with two coats of the green and loved it. But I wanted it to look a little shabby, so I painted over the green with a coat of brown glaze to dirty it up a bit. Instead, it RUINED the paint finish. I was so upset!
Back to the garage the coffee table went again, and this time I was angry and tired and 5 months pregnant and seriously ready to put it out on the curb! I attacked it with an orbital sander to take it back down to the wood AGAIN, but as I sanded away, I began to love the distressed look it was getting. I called for Phillip to come and check it out and he loved it too. So, I put a little bit of stain on some parts of the wood that I had sanded down too pale, and gave it two coats of poly, and there you have it. My “oops” coffee table is now one of my favorite pieces!
I hope you enjoyed that little tour of our living room.
This is where the boys and I do our afternoon read-alouds and Phillip and I enjoy some cookies and a movie after everyone else is in bed or where you’ll often find me covered up in a quilt, knitting or reading. It a cozy room that forces me to relax, and that is something I am trying to do more and more these days.
I will be back soon with a look at our kitchen and dining room before we head upstairs. In the meantime, if you missed the tour of our school room, just click here.