Finally after living in my house for nearly 4 years I finally got new living room furniture. While I would of loved to be able to buy new furniture right when we moved, that wasn't in the cards for us. We decided this spring to get new furniture and oh my do you see why people hire interior designers. My style isn't the popular Joanna Gaines, target, mid centery modern style that you find everywhere, so I had to work a little harder to find items I wanted. Oh and buying all furniture sight unseen during Covid was a bit of a task. I don't think it'll surprise anyone that I love pops color, items that tend to make more of a statement, and mostly I love mixing textures. So thankfully my Aunt Joni (amazing interior designer) put up with all my text messages every time I ran into a problem or needed courage to take a chance and buy pink chairs! While my taste isn't for everyone it really fits my personality and the style of my home which is more traditional. Now let's take a little look back into how much my home has changed since we bought it in 2016.
Original Owners- 2016
6 months into living at the house.... we first put in carpet.
Finally nearly 4 years later
It always is amazing to see the before and afters of this house. Don't mind the crazy sunglare in these photos. So as you can see we got new furniture but over the past 3 years we tiled all around the picture window, changed the entire fireplace, took out the built in, painted, put down new flooring, and finally we got new furniture!
I love how this turned out. While I would of loved to have white couches it just is not a possibility with 2 small kids. So we opted for dark grey couches (more on these amazing stain proof wonders), light pink velvet chairs, wood table to lighten the area up, and a gigantic area rug.
Oh The Pink Chairs
These little beauties came from West Elm. They were more of my "splurge item". But with the pink I wanted something that was more of a muted mauve pink and since I wasn't able to see it in person I knew West Elm would nail the right color.
I was all over the map on couches. I knew I only wanted 2 cushion couches vs 3 and I knew I wanted something that would be stain proof. I am not a big fan of slipcover couches (although Pottery Barn makes a great one). I was really interested in trying the Lovesac modular sectional sofa. I was pretty set on that because it really is a cool couch. But once we got a quote and it was going to be $9000 before taxes. I just could not justify spending $10,000 on a couch with 2 small kids. So my Aunt suggested the Sunbrella Fabric with Pottery Barn. I love the fact that Sunbrella is making indoor fabrics. These fabrics are truly made for KIDS, they clean up so easily and are spill proof!!
FInding a big enough area rug that didn't cost an arm and a leg was a real task. This rug is 12.5 feet by 15 feet. My Aunt Joni again advised me to making sure I found a rug that fit all my furniture, often people buy rugs that are far too small for their space. I wasn't totally thrilled about the orange in this rug and was hoping the table would cover it more, but I'm learning to live with the orange in the middle.
The table was the only item that gave me a little bit of issues. I ordered and had to send one back before finally settling on this one. I needed a really large square coffee table which isn't something that is easy to come by. But I love how this one looks and the wood top soften things up.
The Little Things
This little living room was a labor of love but I love how it turned out. I had a blast picking out all the fabrics and all the details and trying to make it come together. I had never been able to buy everything new for a room I am so used to making things we already had work with new things. So getting to start from scratch was a whole new experience, fun, but stressful. Nonetheless I am excited we don't need to redo this room for YEARS to come!