There’s a reason why you haven’t met my living room yet. I just haven’t been completely happy with it – so it’s getting a budget-friendly overhaul! Here’s the plan:
can the tan and tone down the cyan!
(Sorry. At least I had the self-control not to try to fit “kazakhstan” in that lyrical, beautiful poem I just crafted.)
Let’s talk about the room. This is what it looked like when we bought the house:
And here it is today:
MUCH better, but still — tan, tan and tan, right? The couch, rug and fireplace kinda melt together in a giant gob of tan soup?
We bought this gigantic microfiber sectional when moved into the house because it was the most comfortable, affordable way to offer seating to an entire army of people. (Read: Andy loved it and I didn’t fight it.)
Plus it’s like a stain-fighting ninja, meaning even when Weston takes his greasy, eggy omelette fingers and smears them gleefully across the chaise section, it cleans up like a champ. (Suddenly when you have a toddler, “stain resistance” tops your list of furniture must-haves. *Tragic sigh for the carefree days of youth.*)
But it looks like a gigantic tan dinosaur fell over and died in our living room. I’m always trying to disguise the Tannosaurus — like by layering a white sheepskin or throw across the chaise, or using many more pillows than my husband can tolerate, or by using a giant pair of grouch glasses:
No tan here!
But it’s on its way out. More on that in a later post.
The rug is thick and luscious and it hides all kinds of sins, but it reads – you guessed it – tan, and in combination with a tan couch and a tan fireplace, it’s just too much.
Okay, ready to see the new living room plan?
My inspiration is this fabric – the one that we all loved or hated from this post:
(It’s definitely not one of the $100/yard fabrics from that post!) I’ll be using it in a small dose – just a throw pillow. I think it’ll go nicely with this pillow that I already have:
And when you add in a little DIY curtain action I have in the works, I think it’ll look something like this:
I can’t paint the walls, because that blue goes through the whooooooole downstairs, into the two-story foyer and up to the second floor hall. And that’s a big job. And my marriage depends on keeping that paint color. So it stays. I’m hoping the jacobean pillow will tie it all in nicely.
And the fireplace wall? We have a little something up our sleeves to add some punch there, after the mirrors find a new home.
For now, what do you think of the new plan? Does it look like it will all work or am I headed for crazytown? Be real with me – I can take it. And to you other mamas – I can forget about stain worries as soon as my son turns about 3 years old, right? Then he’ll be well-mannered, detest dirt and value cleanliness? Tell me this is true.