I have been perusing the land of accent chairs recently to replace the two ghost chairs that are in our living room. From the time we moved in, I knew I wanted something more formal and upholstered in there instead of the ghost chairs. While the ghost chairs are great for occasional chairs to have…
I’m not going to lie. It felt so good last month to tell the entire internet I hate shiplap. It felt even better when some of you agreed with me that it’s being way too overused. Just stop already, Joanna. I’m not hatin’, but enough is enough. Needless to say, this second round of Fearless…
I cannot believe I actually just typed that title, y’all. We just moved into the 70’s Landing Pad about three weeks ago. By no stretch is the house completed, but the fact that I can actually share a home tour with y’all that doesn’t include a three inch thick layer of dust on the floors…
Remember that one time when I opened my mouth in front of a room full of women I had only known for about a half hour and when asked about the 70’s Landing Pad, I answered with “It’s going to be like Studio54, except without the orgies.” Yea. That time. You remember now, don’t you?…
If it wasn’t already apparent from round one of my Christmas home tour and my Christmas tree, I’m declaring this year’s Christmas theme as decorating with memories.
And also random items such as an Elvis bust.
Oh, and vintage things too – because vintage Christmas decor makes my heart go pitter patter.
These theme(s) have always been at the heart of my holiday decor, but this year I’m on a mission to get everyone to embrace their own holiday decor rooted in memories and good times – because that’s what Christmas is about.
So here’s part two of my Christmas tour – our living room – in all its (random) glory.
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This fall tour is not at all about pumpkins.
Sorry if you were ready for pumpkins.
Instead its about some of my favorite fall-ish things…cowboy hats and boots…red plaid blankets…and Elvis.
Ok, Elvis isn’t really fall-ish, but its my house and I’ll do what I want to.
If you want pumpkins and leaves and all that jazz, check back in a few weeks when I’ve actually had time to remember where I stored all that decor from last year.
It doesn’t matter how many times I paint a piece of furniture or upholster a chair – if the accessories around it don’t look good, the furniture or chair won’t shine and the space will fall short.
The details make the space.
It took me a really long time to realize that.
And a lot of backaches and wasted paint.
I get it now though – and even if we are just talking about decorating – the pain was worth the reward.
As dramatic as that sounds.
So this summer home tour is about the details.
The quirky little objects that I love.
That some may find ugly.
Or even tacky.
But for me, they make my space a reflection of my family.
And that’s all that matters.
So if you love it or hate it, either way, I don’t care.
Because we love it.
And its how we fly our freak flag.
Welcome to our freak show.
I have visions.
Not like psychic visions – but that would be really cool.
Room visions, project visions, idea visions.
And in my head – they are fan-freakin-tastic.
In real life, they don’t always turn out so fan-freakin-tastic though.
In my head, this black and white gallery wall was fan-freakin-tastic.
In real life, its better than fan-freakin-tastic.
In fact, I can’t even come up with a word for how awesome it is and how much I love it.
This wall totally took my living room to a whole new level.
There are a few things that have the ability to totally transform a space.
A great gallery wall.
Stellar window treatments.
A stunning rug.
Two out of three of those things did just that in my living room.
A great gallery wall and a stunning rug.
I’m working on the curtains.
But as Meatloaf would say, Two out of three ain’t bad, right?
No really, you guys.
So much has changed since the last time I did a full home tour.
Especially my living room. And my kitchen.
I’m almost pee-my-pants excited to show you.
And now that I think about the things that have changed in the past two months, I realize I have no clue how it all got done and that I must be insane.
Oh wait, we already knew that.
Even though, I know you’ve already seen the entryway, let’s start there since its still new-ish.
I love a good accent chair.
They look great flanking buffets.
They can moonlight as dining chairs.
They make pretty vignettes.
But most importantly – they can provide that much needed extra seating for larger gatherings.
All those reasons are exactly why I’m a chair hoarder…well, and just because they’re pretty.
Here are my favorite accent chairs for $100 or less…yep, a hundred bucks or less.
I couldn’t part with it.
I knew it didn’t work well in the entryway, but I couldn’t let it go.
The table was the first piece of furniture Grunt Labor and I bought together.
So instead of getting rid of it, I moved it.
That was the first small decorating change that had a big impact. And then a snowball effect ensued of lots of small decorating changes with big impact.
I heart snowball effects…in this case anyway.
Let’s chat about the state of my living room.
I’m happy with just about everything in there. I move things around all the time, but overall, I’m happy with the space.
Except for the rug.
I love the rug’s pattern, but what started out as blue and cream has turned to blue and dirty.
The kid has waged war on the rug.
She throws juice and popsicles on it. She grinds Oreos into it. She beats Goldfish crackers into submission on it.
Its like she has made it her personal life’s mission to destroy my rug.
So I’ve been thinking, and looking at new rugs. I refuse to go without a rug in there. I think that rugs perfectly pull a space together and cozy up a room. Obviously though, we are going with a darker color this time around. I am especially enamored with a couple of rugs in the new Kalaty.com Fall collection.
I had absolutely no clue what I was going to do for this round of the summer style soiree until yesterday.
It wasn’t because I don’t love James Dean – I do. Its just like I was all out ideas – brainfried.
Then I eyed the ottoman I picked up on the world’s longest yard sale for a whopping $8.
And I thought James Dean.
It seemed like something he might have in his home in the 50’s before he died.
And then I looked across the room at Grunt Labor’s retro-ish style chair.
I spied a James Dean inspired vignette coming together.
Y’all, I never thought in a million years I would ever show you my living room.
I don’t know why, but for me, decorating the living room has always been a struggle. I’m not even quite sure what it is. But I have a few theories: I can’t mix patterns well, the ugly television has to go somewhere, and there is usually a piece of furniture in there that I despise and can’t really be changed at the moment.
My kitchen. No problem. Maybe it’s because there are so many “fixed” items in there that could easily be changed like painting the cabinets. And updating the barstools was easy. And I knew I wanted stainless steel appliances, since we had to buy appliances considering there were no appliances at all in the foreclosure.
The same was true for my bathroom. I knew I wanted white marble floors – it was a classic that went with everything and I easily found a new vanity for cheap.
Anyway, the living room always stumps me. I have finally shown it to you here and most recently here. I’m still not 100% in love with it. However, its growing on me and decorating is a process for those of us that don’t have hundreds of dollars to drop in one shopping trip.
So, to continue inspiring me in my living room endeavors and to hopefully inspire you, I’ve gathered 20+ living room ideas that will hopefully help us all out. Unless you are a living room decorating genius. In that case, I bow down in your genius presence.
First off, can I just say how awesome you guys are? You totally blew me away with your sweet, heartfelt comments on yesterday’s post. I started to respond to them all, but found that I couldn’t without crying. You made me feel so much better with your simple words. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Now, you need a good DIY project and I need to be a good DIY blogger!
I have been lusting after a cowhide rug for quite some time. The cowhide lampshade just wasn’t enough. I needed more.
Honestly, I don’t know why I don’t already have one. As a girl who has spent the better part of her life around cows, how in the world I don’t already have my very own cowhide is beyond me.
For now, this DIY cowhide rug will have to suffice. You may have spotted it in my Vintage Modern Rustic Living Room Tour last week.
Our current home, the beloved rancher, has been the house that has taught me what my style truly is – not to say it won’t change a little over time.
It always does.
My style is a mix of Vintage, Modern, and Rustic that somehow all work well together and allow me to keep those family heirlooms that tell a story.
Here’s my Vintage Modern Rustic Living Room where we spend most of our time. Quite a few things have changed since the last home tour.
According to Pantone, the color of 2013 was emerald. And that was just fine by me. I did not call to complain. I’m sure they breathed a sigh of relief that I approved. Not. Really, I’m not one who changes everything in my home just because a new trend is out or something is hot…
I’m still learning the ropes of my Silhouette, so no judging how simple or elementary this project is. But, aren’t fabulous simple projects what you love? I do. And I think that my horse silhouette pillow is pretty fabulous. And simple. And if you don’t have a Silhouette (affiliate link), I’m pretty sure you could easily…