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Evolution of a Living Room

It’s funny to me how much spaces can change over time. When we first moved into our house, I had one decorating idea in mind, but now, I’m in a totally different phase. I wish I still had the pictures of how our house looked before we bought it, but somehow those got deleted and lost forever. (I will just tell you… it looks way better now!)

This is how our living room looked when we moved in about three and a half years ago:

Recently, I got sick of the red. We had already replaced the red couch with some more neutral brown couches, but I felt the need to cool things off a bit, so to speak. Of course, I decided this after I spent many an hour sewing my new, warm-colored curtains (doh!). Oh well. I saved them so that when I inevitably get sick of this new color scheme, I can go back, ha ha.

This is what it looks like now after a few changes like mounting the TV and changing up the colors (though, please ignore the super awesome digital antenna on my mantle… note to self: move that junk and turn off the TV before taking pictures of the living room! ). Obviously, Knox never misses a photo op!

This reminds me to put the Jumperoo in the attic! LOL. My new curtains are super expensive and made of linen. Just kidding, they’re actually $10 6×9 dropcloths from Lowe’s and Wal-Mart. I didn’t even sew them. I just folded over the excess fabric and used ring clips to attach them to my $5 Big Lots curtain rods. Because I’m thrifty (and lazy) like that.

And you guys have already seen my knock-off Pottery Barn tile art over the couch that I made utilizing art I already had, some spray paint and a good ole’ sanding block.

My fun, new palmetto tree art is from a local artist we call “The Chicken Man” (because he likes to paint chickens). I set him up with a free spot at our festival (for work) and he hooked me up with some pictures on the cheap (like $50 for three, cheap). I love that they’re all slightly different shapes and sizes.

My little wall collage (which isn’t actually crooked… I’m a super talented photographer) contains a lot of spray-painted items- I collected various frames and such, then painted them all the same shade of ivory. The largest frame on the right used to be black with a white mat- I bought some burlap at Hobby Lobby and covered the mat with it, then spray-painted the frame, put the burlap mat back in, and voila! A whole new look. Gotta love those quick, inexpensive projects!

The only thing I really have left to do is replace our little cabinet underneath the palmetto tree paintings with a Craigslisted dresser- we are in desperate need of more kitchen space, and since that’s not exactly something you can wrangle up, I am creating some storage for lesser-used pieces in the living room. I figured a dresser would work great for platters and such. I’ll show you guys once I do that- I’m thinking of painting it a fun turquoise or something equally cheery. We shall see! And I need to slipcover the ottoman. I’m avoiding that like the plague because I hate to sew with a passion.

I like how everything has turned out (even if it’s still not as pretty as my friend Lindsey’s decorating… she is my decor idol. LOL), and it feels so much lighter to me, now! Trevor is quite glad that I am “finished” for the time-being because he is sick of me redecorating all the time! I can’t help it, though, I get this compulsion to change things up and can’t ignore it. At least I drive him crazy on a budget! :)

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  • Reply LeAnna

    I absolutely love your drop cloth curtains! When you folded over the excess did you run a stitch across it?

    April 26, 2011 at 7:05 pm
    • Reply Jessica

      Nope, not even a single stitch was made! Love those ring clips!

      April 27, 2011 at 9:33 am
  • Reply Lindsey

    Aww, you are so, so sweet. I LOVE how it turned out!! And, awesome idea on the curtains – they look great!

    April 26, 2011 at 10:39 pm
  • Reply Erin

    It looks really nice! Warm and inviting. We have a red couch too, for our formal living room. Makes me want to consider a diff color scheme..:)

    April 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm
    • Reply Jessica

      I loved the red, but it’s hard to work around a red couch, as I am sure you know from experience!

      April 28, 2011 at 10:30 am
  • Reply chase

    I think the living room looks great. Can I offer a piece of constructive advice though? There is a lot of brown with the couches and walls. I might suggest painting the walls a light gray/blue the next time you think about home projects :)

    April 28, 2011 at 8:45 am
    • Reply Jessica

      Thanks, Chase. Yes, if I ever decide to repaint the living room, I would go with a more blue-ish color, but I don’t think that will be happening! I am sick of painting!

      And it’s not nearly as “brown” as it looks in pictures- that room photographs very dark. In person, it’s more of a light caramel tone.

      April 28, 2011 at 10:29 am
  • Reply sara @ it's good to be queen

    your drop cloth curtains look great! i’ve seen those around blogland and just couldn’t decide. i think you’ve sold me! i’m writing drop cloths on my list today! :)

    April 29, 2011 at 2:13 pm
    • Reply Jessica

      Thanks, Sara! They are so easy and inexpensive, and I think they look great!

      April 29, 2011 at 2:57 pm

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