Saturday, January 9

Arranging the Living Room....

again....
First for an inspiration photo:


I saw this photo with the leopard print rug from House Beautiful on The Inspired Room and was struck at how it looks slightly similar to our living room. Our living room, in its sorry state, really needed some arranging and love.





This morning the kids helped me slide furniture, move our old dining room enameled top table into the kitchen where it'll sit until craigslist sends me a buyer, and clean up the bzillion little toys from behind the couch.


We bought this couch and a matching chair about a year ago for $60 and its life is coming to an end. It is very sturdy but my loveable toddlers dug a pit to China in one of the cushions. There is a huge and overwhelming upholstery project awaiting me with a seven foot long couch but I am secretly hoping for a great sofa to come up on craigslist so I can avoid that headache and mess. Anyway, the couch stays for now.




I pulled a wool rug we bought years ago at auction downstairs. The vintage leather and linen suitcases we used for side tables got stacked. Coffee tables aren't practical for our family right now. I could tell story after story of the inventive ways they have been broken, scratched, or fallen off of. Ottomans pose enough of a hazard with a house with three creative toddlers.


Old houses have no lighting (Sean put in the sconces for me!) and so I don't have the means for a beautiful chandelier like the model photo, although I've got a great antique one hanging in the garage.

It is a whole lot of red (I prefer greens and browns) but it is what I have and adding it up quickly, everything in the room was under $150, some of it free. I really love it arranged this way.




23 comments:

Chinamama4 said...

Well done, Hannah! The large rug gives the room extra warmth for these cold days! And I honestly thought for a moment that the first picture was your living room - VERY similar!
Hmmm... I never considered hanging a chandelier in my garage - very classy! ;)

Laryssa Herbert said...

What a beautiful difference! Good job. :-)

Quinn said...

Looks lovely! I just rearranged my living room furniture for the first time today (in 5 years!). It feels so fresh to do so doesn't it?

Anonymous said...

Very nice!
Amelia

Amanda Kaake said...

It looks gorgeous!

destrella said...

Great job re-arranging it all. Brings it all together nicely. :O)

Dadoo's Wife @ Noise From the Stork Nest said...

I LOVE RED!!! looks GREAT!!!!

Billie Jo said...

I love the stacked suit case idea! What a creative way for extra storage. And loved your "new" white fireplace, really freshens things up.....which is needed this time of year.

Mat. Emily said...

Really gorgeous, Hannah! I love copying rooms!

Mrs. B said...

I love it Hannah!

Gracie said...

I like your living room like that - it looks very cozy and welcoming and gives you lots of room for the children to play. My suggestion for the next thing on the to-do list, to make your room a little more like the inspiration picture, would be to add more shelves to the bookcases (in between the ones you already have to fill in the gaps) and maybe even beef up the thickness of the shelf by adding trim so they all look thicker, like the ones in the inspiration picture. I like the changes so far - baby steps, baby steps.

Hannah said...

Ha, ah, ChinaMama! I should have noticed how that sounded, having a chandelier stored in the garage hung up!
Thank you, Laryssa. We're enjoying it. :)

Quinn, I think I have an obsession with arranging rooms. It happens quite often around here.

Thank you, Amelia and Amanda.Very kind of you. Thank you for leaving me happy,sweet comments!

Di, you'll have to come enjoy its comforts in person soon!

Dadoo's wife, thankyou. I like red too, just pining for earthy greens. :)

THanks, Billie. Ten minutes after stacking them, I found a kid stranded on top of them, unable to get down.

Thank you, Emily and Mrs. B!

Gracie, you are a hoot with your baby steps! We've taken some GIANT steps with this old cranky house. Check out the link at the top of the page for our home's site. More shelves are on my honey-do list behind finishing the unfinshed three rooms in our house! ;) Thanks for stopping by and lending your suggestions. Always nice to meet a new friend!
Hannah

The Watts Family said...

Looks wonderful!! Great job ~Blessings Heather ;)

Holly Days Closet said...

WOW You did a wonderful job it looks great.
Holly

Julian said...

oh, i like it! So nice! I post under my husbands name, he is Julian, i am Christina:) Thanks for sharing the photos. Dont worry about the furniture, i have 4, and I can tell you many a story!
Blessings!
Christina

Janel said...

Love it too! : )

Dianna said...

The first thing I thought of when I saw the stacked suitcases was a certain little climber!

Do you do house calls? I want to do something with my living room and not sure what to do where to go. Of course I really should finish sanding, priming and painting the walls - but after that - do you do house calls?

My girls got good decorating genes - but must be from your dad's gene pool - not mine!

Books on a Budget said...

It looks lovely! I wish I lived closer I would LOVE to take your enamel top table off your hands! :-)

Anonymous said...

I like it.. it is very bright.. I like bright.. But I agree with Gracie.. I like the thickness of the shelves in the example pic.

Sue In NJ

Lynn said...

Looks beautiful! I love seeing your house. Wish I could come over and sit for a spell.

Hugs,
Lynn

Kimberly said...

Wonderful job!

RetroGirl said...

Lovely living room! I get very inspired when people use what they have. And, those vintage suitcases!!! I'm envious!

~am

RetroGirl said...

Lovely living room! I get very inspired when people use what they have. And, those vintage suitcases!!! I'm envious!

~am