Evolution of a living room, part 2

I am officially declaring the living room finished. I've seriously been working on it for almost three years, so it's about time. One of my favorite things to do now is to curl up on the couch with a candle. Actually, I don't actually curl up with the candle. That could get toasty. And I might burn up. But I do like to light a candle, curl up with a blanket, and sit. Sometimes read. Sometimes just sit. When I want to do that in a room, I know I am done with it....

...Until I decide to do something different. Of course, I always have new ideas of things I could do or wish I had done, but I am satisfied with the direction for now.

There are a couple of reasons why it took me so long to get pictures of the living room. One, I am not a great photographer (and the living room lighting is tricky), so I had to wait til Pete could help me, and two, we live in it, so it is not usually very clean. But the stars aligned, and I now have pictures. So without further ado, here are some shots:

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And the opposite wall:

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And some more detail shots:

Pardon the cords under the table. This is real life, people...  

Pardon the cords under the table. This is real life, people...

 

My best effort at a wide angle shot...  

My best effort at a wide angle shot...

 

We got oversized engineering prints at Staples of some pages from our favorite fictional works. It's a fun conversation starter...  

We got oversized engineering prints at Staples of some pages from our favorite fictional works. It's a fun conversation starter...

 

Pillows! White one was in the IKEA clearance bin, gray one was homemade from some curtains. Yellow one was a sham cover from Target that I cut in half and sewed into two pillows. I found some down inserts at Crate & Barrel that were the exact size I needed. The inserts were only like $11 each, so it was very affordable.   

Pillows! White one was in the IKEA clearance bin, gray one was homemade from some curtains. Yellow one was a sham cover from Target that I cut in half and sewed into two pillows. I found some down inserts at Crate & Barrel that were the exact size I needed. The inserts were only like $11 each, so it was very affordable. 

 

I am addicted to chair art. I printed out a picture of a chair on blue card stock and used an exacto knife to make the silhouette. Definitely my idea of a good time.

I am addicted to chair art. I printed out a picture of a chair on blue card stock and used an exacto knife to make the silhouette. Definitely my idea of a good time.

And, of course, my beloved gray armchair and ottoman:

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More homemade pillows. I can never find exactly what I am looking for. And when I do, it is usually $200, so I usually just sew it myself. For the dark gray one, I just cut a rectangular piece of fabric large enough to cover a pillow I already had. Then I used frog tape to mark off the embroidery sections on either side. Then I just used a big needle and cotton string to make the pattern. A little time consuming, but very fun... 

More homemade pillows. I can never find exactly what I am looking for. And when I do, it is usually $200, so I usually just sew it myself. For the dark gray one, I just cut a rectangular piece of fabric large enough to cover a pillow I already had. Then I used frog tape to mark off the embroidery sections on either side. Then I just used a big needle and cotton string to make the pattern. A little time consuming, but very fun... 

This dresser turned credenza is one of my nicest pieces. It came from the thrift store with a matching mirror (now in the dining room) for only $100 beans. And guess what I have stored in this lovely chest? Toys. How ironic.

This dresser turned credenza is one of my nicest pieces. It came from the thrift store with a matching mirror (now in the dining room) for only $100 beans. And guess what I have stored in this lovely chest? Toys. How ironic.

A simple DIY ombre canvas I whipped up with test pots and a portrait I did in high school... 

A simple DIY ombre canvas I whipped up with test pots and a portrait I did in high school... 

A view from the office/piano space. More on that space soon!

A view from the office/piano space. More on that space soon!

In closing, just in case you think I have a perfect house...

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I do try to keep it picked up, but the inevitable always happens. These were all taken at the same time— just a few hours before I had a bunch of people coming over... Just thought you should know that. Happy Monday!