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.
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.
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”:
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.
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.)
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.
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?
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.
By the way? Caged books for decor:
(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.
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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