Wednesday, September 11, 2013

New Living Room

I am super excited to share our new living room.  This has been in the works for a few months as we knew we wanted to have a number of handmade items.  We had a two month wait once we ordered the couch so we had some time to complete all the DIY projects.  We still had the furniture we bought quickly and on the cheap when we moved here, and after 5 years we were tired of the dark, muddy tones.  The change to a light and airy design is just what we wanted!

Here are a couple shots of the finished room.  Not all the pillows and artwork were finished when I took the first photo, hence the difference.

Coffee Table

Gallery Wall - in progress

Fireplace Vignette

The couch is the Henry Sofa from West Elm in gray velvet.  The rug is from Joss & Main.

Our DIY projects were:

Coffee table - I found the table on the side of the road.  It was a darker stain and very beat up, but I loved the MCM shape of it.  Sanding off the finish revealed a beautiful pattern to the pieced circular top.

Pillows - I wanted an eclectic mix of mismatched pillows, and I've been collecting interesting fabric for a few months.

Artwork - Using newspaper templates of artwork we've collected from our travels, we arranged a gallery wall behind the couch that I think really shows off our collection.

Remote Caddy - Wanting to keep the table as clear of clutter as possible, I stitched up a remote caddy for the arm of the couch.  Best part is that it isn't that visible from the rest of the room.

New Fireplace Vignette - Our fireplace isn't a working one (and really who needs one in California), so we filled it with a salvaged block and tackle, and pillar candles nestled in white sand. It looks great at night.  The garland is made out of jute twine, upholstery webbing strips, and starfish.

Ottoman - This one is really my favorite.  Using the excellent tutorial for a boxed cushion ottoman at Design*Sponge and at this blog, we made an upholstered ottoman out of an old end table found at a thrift store.

I am excited to share tutorials on the DIY projects soon!