Our Living Room is Surprising Us (well…me at least)

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How did I end up with dark teal, mustard, aqua and chartreuse (though depending on the light you might argue it’s green) mixed together in one room? No, really: how?

Our living room is progressing, it has come a long way from where it started, albeit it is not finished and it has a mind of its own.

Come in, have a look – and don’t bother picking the child toys, they’ll be back in seconds.

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Disclaimer: our sofa is squishy and if you notice the pillows in different positions, you are right; The Cute kept messing up with my ultra professional shooting.

If she could fully talk, she’d probably say she was improving my styling.

 

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Let’s go back and pause in grave contemplation of how we started. When all our furniture consisted of a foldable walmart couch, a couple hand-me-down, bigger than life the room sidetables and a dresser.

And when the walls were still colored “gloomy & dreary”:

 

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A mini-guest (a child bouncing on it) broke the couch (woe is me) and gave me the perfect excuse to buy a real sofa, we managed to find a brand new one to the tune of $260. There was a caveat: we have to add legs (DIY coming soon-ish). If you hadn’t noticed so far, now it will be all you see. Sorry about that.

This was the least curvy sofa I could find in our price range and having in mind we had a growing baby, we did not consider it savvy buying a seriously awesome/expensive sofa, yet.

 

Caged Books, metal outdoor side table with books under it, living room decor by TwoPlusCute

 

Ikea was not an option because a) more expensive b) is really, really far (darnit) and c) the cheapest option is the – beloved by many – ektorp. Well, I have sat on a display ektorp in 2 continents. Every time I tried it, I felt the front wood support, cutting through my thighs. Since everybody else swears ektorps are great, I assumed I had sat on the exact same ektorp both times and it was simply, a broken display model.

The suspicious feeling that the nasty thigh-cutting ektorp has been following me across the world, was probably the no 1 reason we looked elsewhere for our new sofa. (I swear by Poang’s comfort though.)

 

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Our sofa is a mix of grey and beige that depends a lot on the wall to contrast the right hue. When we painted our living room grey (oh happy day!) the sofa looked beige-er (boo!). I had to fix that.

 

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And the way it got fixed was by the means of our rug. Our pretty, pretty rug I love to pieces. It has both the grey of the walls and the oatmeal hues of the sofa. And it has mustard; which I never thought I ‘d ever use in my home. Does it count it looks like old gold?

 

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The ultra chunky old tables were placed in the catch-all room (we are so rich we have two of those but in this case I mean the basement) and I googled my eyes out trying to find tables that a) would look good b) ideally they would look great c) would be as child safe as possible (rounded edges, no glass, etc) and d) they should be dirt cheap.

And I found them!

Bringing the outside in in more ways than flowers, we found these outdoorsy guys for $34 (the aqua) and $29 (the quatrefoil). Child-safe, geometric, un-breakable = Win.

 

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By the way? Caged books for decor:

 

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(Booklovers do not fret: No books were harmed in the process; I placed foam cushioning under the bottom book so it doesn’t get scratched or dirty. 😉 )

A series of random purchases: a cute owl planter, dark teal candlesticks I bought to paint (but now love as they are), a few pillows (pillows are a work in progress) and super chunky floating shelves – slide-able ones – that somehow tied well together.

Still a work in progress but I love the color pops.

 

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I should say the living room has made some progress on its own. Because, had you asked me, I would have said that “I’d NEVER” use mustard, teal or chartreuse and never, EVER together”.

And then I’d have to eat my words. 😉

 

ps. My inspiration and what I wanted my living room to look like is well documented in this top (and blue) post.

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38 thoughts on “Our Living Room is Surprising Us (well…me at least)

  • June 13, 2016 at 5:54 am
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    Wow! this is really amazing , neat and clean .
    Loved the way you make it elegant and stylish .

    thanks for sharing .!!

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  • May 9, 2016 at 10:10 am
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    I hope my living room makeover turns out half as lovely as yours!! I ADORE the colors you chose, and your couch looks SUPER comfy-with or without legs! 🙂

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  • May 5, 2016 at 1:53 pm
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    What a delightful sense of humor you have! I was smiling all the way through this post. Here are a few of my thoughts on your design:
    1. soon-ish is an awesome word. Is it patented or can any ole blogger use it?
    2. mustard – I’d definitely call it old gold. Or at least brown mustard.
    3. I have never been in an “ektorp”, well, maybe I have. I don’t know. But anyway, that thigh- cutting results in foot-numbing in a few years so do NOT fall into the ektorp trap!
    4. quatrefoil? I had no idea I would be learning so much when I first ventured into your space.
    I am off to read more of your posts to see what else I can learn. 🙂
    gwingal
    Nikki Gwin posted…Take your time (Bedroom ~ Part 1)

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    • May 5, 2016 at 9:39 pm
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      Nikki thank you for such a warm comment!

      Hahah, you may use soon-ish as often as you like. 😀

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  • May 5, 2016 at 2:20 am
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    I love your writing style, and never would have noticed your couch was missing legs! Barely noticed AFTER you confessed:)!

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    • May 5, 2016 at 8:41 pm
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      Oh Jenn, thank you! It’s nice to read you liked my writing. 🙂

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  • May 2, 2016 at 2:55 pm
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    I love your room and I don’t care that the sofa has no legs (you totally should not have told me) and that there are many colors in there. It looks fresh, young and bright. I especially love the side tables. When my kids were young we used a metal cart with rollers as legs for a coffee table. You use what works for you. There are no rules anymore. The pops of color on the shelves is also very nice and centers the room as does the rug! Looking good!!!

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    • May 2, 2016 at 6:56 pm
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      You are so right, “there are no rules anymore”.
      Perfectly said. 🙂

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  • April 30, 2016 at 3:05 pm
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    I really like your side tables, you’re right, they are perfectly childproof and were within your budget and look great! Your living room looks happy, fresh and cozy! Well done! Thank you for sharing at Sweet Inspiration#4! Have a lovely weekend!!!

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  • April 29, 2016 at 9:14 am
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    What a happy and cozy room! I love how it’s not too matchy matchy but the colors relate to each other nicely. And awesome job with all the budget-friendly finds. Well done! 🙂

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  • April 29, 2016 at 7:33 am
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    One of the hardest things to do is love our home as progress is made. Everyone goes through that. I still have my Ikea $20 coffee table next to a pricey custom white leather sofa. True! Your room is well balanced, what would make it work even better is to paint that heavy coffee table a lighter color light an off white or light linen. Even if you kept the top stained and painted the base light your whole room would light up!
    Wendi @ H2OBungalow posted…DIY Bed Spindle Pedestal Bowl

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    • April 29, 2016 at 11:01 am
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      Wendi, I keep thinking about you every time I see the coffee table. It is too dark and too bulky as is and, it certainly is too traditional but somehow I am obsessed with it.

      It does need a paint job and I am gonna drop by for suggestions. 😉

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  • April 28, 2016 at 1:27 pm
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    I love the idea of the books under the side table – it’s interesting and unexpected!

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  • April 27, 2016 at 7:50 am
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    Teal, chartreuse and mustard wouldn’t be my first choice of colours for a living room either, but I have to say that your room looks lovely and relaxed. What catches my eye the most is the side table stacked full of books, it really adds interest.

    Your little one breaking the sofa wasn’t so bad after all!

    xx

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    • April 27, 2016 at 4:04 pm
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      It was a guest; The Cute is innocent but, you are right: it was lucky.
      Hm, I should invite that kid back – I have a couple pieces that really need an accident. 😉

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  • April 26, 2016 at 11:26 pm
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    Your living room looks stunning! I love everything about it, from the wall color to the side tables. You’ve pulled together a light and colorful look that works fabulously! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday this week!

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  • April 26, 2016 at 9:39 pm
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    I love the way you pulled all of this together on a budget! The room looks great. The couch is spiffy and the shelves above it are so in.

    Love your sense of humor too. 🙂

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  • April 26, 2016 at 8:34 pm
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    Your living room is gorgeous. I have a ektorp from Ikea and it is very comfortable. You paid a great price for your sofa…and it is really pretty. Those colors really compliment each other. Which is somewhat surprising, because they both are cool colors.

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    • April 26, 2016 at 9:30 pm
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      Trish, thank you for your sweet words, am glad you like it! 🙂

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  • April 26, 2016 at 3:22 pm
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    i like the caged books, i never think about things like that, but you are really giving that table multi purposes. and i loooove the non curvy couch! we had a tough time finding a recliner or sectional that wasn’t oversized and curvy.
    enjoy!
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    the cape on the corner posted…Riviera Nayarit, Mexico

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    • April 26, 2016 at 9:32 pm
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      I know, right? Non curvy seating is so hard to find for a low price.

      My caged books are proud you liked them. 🙂

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  • April 26, 2016 at 3:20 pm
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    I love what you did in your living room!! Stylish, fun, bright, cheery, child friendly-what more could you ask? Super cute idea to stack the books under the table, love it!!
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  • April 26, 2016 at 10:30 am
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    You did a great job of decorating! I never would have tried to put those colors together but, they really work in your space because you used the as accents. btw……It’s hard to believe you have a small child living in such an elegant and neat space!
    Sally posted…Wildflower Wednesday April 26, 2016

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    • April 26, 2016 at 12:32 pm
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      Hehe, that’s because The Cute and her daddy were out to watch a movie at the local library. And because I did not upload the photos where random cars, stuffies and safety blankets were all over the floor and the furniture. 😀

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