Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Before and After- A Living Room Makeover

So as we discussed last week, my living room makes me hella anxious. Its never right, and there are a million doors and windows paired with one awkwardly giant wall that is really hard to fill with art.  I played around with a few ways to make better use of the space...

Since I'm still in cold weather hibernation mode, I decided to tackle the living room while I was attacking the guest room. And I decided to go with....


Number four!

I liked how this layout allowed for more chairs in the living room, as opposed to the others which didn't leave much room for extra seating. It's funny, because it's not all that different from where everything was when we first moved in, but I feel like it is worlds away.

I think my favorite part of this picture is how I only had two curtains hanging up. One day I came home, and the third was GONE. No curtain, no curtain rod, nothing. I looked out of the window, it wasn't there. It just evaporated. I also really miss the light in this picture, it's been a verrry gray winter.

Anyways, let's get back to today.

Seriously, why do no fancy bloggers ever have cable wires in their photos??

The one concern I had (and that a few of you shared!) was that the seating area was going to seem kind of sparse, so it helped to add some plants and bring the record table in as a little bar cart of sorts.

I'm getting used to the couch being the same width as the rug, since I spent an embarrassing amount of time looking up pictures of this rug in other homes, and that just seems to be the case. However, I still hate this couch, but I am making progress with Andy in getting rid of it. Unless anyone knows resources for non-hideous slipcovers? If it was grey, I don't think I'd hate it quite so much, because it's actually super comfy, but all slipcovers look like someone just threw a sheet over a couch and called it a day. 

And while I still search for good prints to fill the frames above the couch (the current ones are grocery bags from an exhibit at the Cultural Center), I found that adding the two on the side for balance helped fill up an awkwardly large wall.

Also, pretend there aren't a ton of routers and cable boxes hid under the record player. Its nice to have the tv not be the focal point of the room anymore. By the way, this record player is a dream, and I really encourage anyone in Chicago to stop by New Elephant, where I picked it up. At $125, it is the most expensive thing we own, and I had to sell an old record player to pay for it, but man, it looks and sounds great. No regrets.

So hey, maybe now I can go a week or two without rearranging the whole place.

Maybe.

xo,
z

11 comments:

  1. i love the new look! and that rug is so nice

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    1. thank you!! ikea, man! god bless em.

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  2. I honestly don't know how people hide their cables either! This living room is great though!

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    1. wizardry or some shit. but thank you!

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  3. It looks great! As does the guest room. We're currently [re]organizing our two "extra" rooms into official "guest" and "library" spaces, rather than two large boxes filled with crap. It's a bit like yard work--it requires constant upkeep, AND seems to be affected by the seasons! Also--in magazine shoots, the cords are hidden or removed--not plugged in or run around the walls. Only us real schlubs actually WATCH cable. You're so inspiring!

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    1. Oh god YES why does it change so much with the seasons?? I feel like in the summer its not that bad, but put me close to any holiday that requires decorations and all my work is fucked.

      haha and speaking of schlubs watching cable, i LOVE you and lillian's tv recaps so, so much

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  4. For the couch slipcover, learn to sew. With shaped pieces, darts and tucks in the right places, might not look perfect, but better than a pre-made. Basically reupholster it without taking anything away.

    I suggest doing a dry run with muslin or old sheets from a thrift store.

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  5. I like the arrangement you chose, and I have no idea about the cable question. I'm thinking they just remove them for the pretty pictures. :-)

    As for art, have you considered thrift store paintings? Some cool vintage ones might fit right in with your other things (especially with those chairs and that record player (which I love!). Not sure if that's your taste/style, but we've got lots of it in our home and love them. (You can see some of what we've done with it here: http://wp.me/p1D83g-2sK)

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    1. AHH THIS IS SO HELPFUL! I always need posts like this that are like "hey, dummy, this is how you arrange art". Despite playing upwards of 15 hours of tetris a week, I am absolutely terrible at it. Yours looks great!!!

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  6. Like someone else said I think, I'm pretty sure they unplug everything before taking pictures but that just feels like too much work to me. I mean come on, unplugging things AND plugging them back in to use them after? No thanks.

    I'm super jealous of all your furniture including the green couch. It speaks to me for some reason haha I also wish I had a window to make muslin curtains for, they turned out so nice in your guest room and living room.

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  7. I noticed nobody went the easy route for suggesting help for your couch.... They sell (though I don't know what it's called) upholstery paint that you can just paint your couch.... I went through the same struggle with my boyfriend when we moved a few states over from where we grew up, as he had a broken couch (literally, you were sitting on the floor in the middle, and normal height at the ends) that he was just so attached to. I finally convinced him to junk it, but in the end, we had to get rid of my couch, too, cause it was too big to be moved into our apartment! But hopefully, if you're not too attached to yours, you can test out the upholstery paint, and maybe it'll turn out looking spectacular!

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