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Updates in the Living Room

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My living room is the first room you see when you enter my home and is probably the room that least represents my style.  It’s a mix of old furniture, hand-me-downs, and recently, some new pieces, too.  It seems like forever ago that I first shared with you my plans for updating the living room and originally, I didn’t plan to share it with you again until the project was finished.  But why?  That’s not how real life works and that’s certainly not how I work!  I don’t just get an idea, run out and buy everything, and poof my room is done!  {I wish!}

If I wasn’t working within a budget, I could easily find things I love and purchase them, but finding things that I love and that work for the space AND that fit within a budget – well, as I’m sure you know, that’s much more difficult.  Sometimes you have to make concessions in certain areas that then force you to make changes in others.  And changing the plan is absolutely okay!  So long as you know your goal, it doesn’t really matter how you get there.

So today, I’m sharing some of the progress I’ve made in the living room.  It’s NOT finished – not even close!  And while I have some new pieces, none of them really tie together just yet, but for me, that usually happens in the final stage where the details and accessories help to pull everything together.

This is where my living room design plan originally started.  Remember this?

TIDBITS & TWINE Living Room Olioboard

Well, I did eventually make my own gold-framed chalkboard…



I also finally purchased the wing back chairs I’ve always wanted.



My original vision for the room included adding two windows.  The room is particularly dark, but unfortunately, adding windows just isn’t realistic.  Instead, I found this amazing 7ft tall, arched wall mirror that mimics the panes in my existing window and bounces the light around the room.  I ordered one more for the other side of the fireplace {it hasn’t come yet} and I’m waiting on my handyman to hang them.  For now, they are just leaning on the wall but already, I am in love.  While I do love the black color, believe it or not, I might end up painting them…I’ll decide later once I finish pulling the rest of the room together.



I love that the mirror has a panel at the bottom with this beautiful detailing…



I also wanted to add some lighting to the room, but again, that wasn’t in the budget.  Instead, I found these gorgeous brass candlesticks that I added to the mantel.  The arms swivel allowing me to fold them up a bit so they actually fit on my narrow mantel.  And of course the design also includes lots of books and boxwood….two of my favorites!



Over the weekend while shopping at Target, I found a chunky cable knit throw in my favorite shade of blue.  It of course had to come home with me.  :)



And last but not least, I bought a cowhide rug!  For those that follow me on Facebook, you know that something came over me the other week and I suddenly decided I wanted to add a cow hide rug to my living room.  It looks a bit odd at the moment since it’s sort-of floating in the space with no coffee table to help anchor it, but I think I’m going to love it.  You can tell I literally just unfolded it for the picture since it still has lots of creases in it… :)




So now you know…for me, designing and updating a room is a process that takes time.  I buy a few things, live with them for a bit, return what I don’t like, keep what I love, and then continuing buying until the room finally comes together.  The only big ticket items left are the sofa, coffee table, and writing table, but I’m waiting until I sell my piano to figure those items out since my baby grand piano is taking up pretty much the entire other side of the living room.


What’s your design process?  Do you figure things out and buy all at once or buy a little at a time?
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