So Far: Living Room
Happy Friday, friends! I KEPT MY PROMISE AND THEN SOME! I hope you’ve had a great week, and enjoyed celebrating Valentine’s Day in whatever manner suits your fancy. You are always and forever loved, no matter the day, time, or year.
Our tour today continues into the living room. I’ve been working my way from the back of the house to the front, but I skipped the bathroom for a very important reason— JORDAN FINISHED TILING. The bathroom has been a beast, but we are rounding a corner and after a few finishing touches are placed, I want to show it off. So for today—the living room.
Unlike the bedrooms and hallway, the living room was not covered with carpet, so the floors were less damaged but still in need of refresh. You’ll see lots of scuffs on the floors in the “before” pictures. The room is fairly large and is also how you enter the house, so we are dreaming up lots of ways to use the space, including moving the front door entirely.
However— it’s super easy to get hung up on DOING ALL THE THINGS ALL AT ONCE. For the last few months, we have tried to be really intentional about using what have right now to serve what we need right now. We are doing this on a budget and with limited free time. We have to take things one step at a time, from the renovating to the decorating. It’s hard, because once our creative wheels start turning we want to do it ALLLLLLUH. So we have to gut check time and time again: what do we have right now that can meet the need that we have right now?
The living room showcases this several times in these photos:
Walls: the paint started peeling off the walls in large sheets (aided by a compulsive picker who shall remain nameless and feels weird talking in third person). It was SO PATCHY AND AWFUL. We didn’t have time before Christmas to start retexturing, so out of desperation I slapped primer on the walls just for a sliver of peace in the room. I needed peace and a Christmas tree; I had a free evening and a huge bucket of primer.
Giant cluster-pile in the back corner: we want our house to scream “intentional” in every detail, including decorating. So we intentionally have this large pile quietly screaming in desperation in the back corner of the living room. I prefer to call it the “Home Shoppe", because we will shop the art and decor we have when we need it. That doesn’t mean we won’t be purchasing new items (Jordan and I literally just simultaneously asked each other out to HomeGoods tonight), but we want to use what we have and love first. More to come on this process (inspired by Myquillin Smith over at thenester.com) in the future.
Our blue couch: we knew that the couch of our former apartment glory would not work in this space, so we sold it before we moved in to the house. We knew we wanted a pop of color in the living room, and we knew we didn’t have any seating. Jordan found a cute blue couch on Facebook Marketplace for a deal and brought it in, knowing it was unlikely to be our forever-couch. As we started to have guests staying over, we knew we needed more chairs. We found a great deal on Walmart.com for some new, mid-century chairs. Here was the pop of color and texture we were really looking for: blue, velvet chairs. But now… we have a blue couch AND blue chairs and they don’t flow the way we’d like. So while we dream of a buttery, caramel leather couch to accompany our chairs: we have enough seating for what we need when friends and family bless our home with a visit.
What is it you know you need? And what is it you know you have? How can those two sit together until your season shifts or the gift arrives? How is it that you have enough? Are you willing to be brave and say “yes, I really do have enough for what I need in this moment,” even if you’re not positive that’ll be true in 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days, or 5 months from now? Come, be brave with us.