As soon as my offer for my house was accepted, I happily began the process of shopping for my new living room. Being the first room people step into, it had to set the tone for the rest of the house. I wanted the room to really represent my outgoing, eclectic but most of all welcoming personality. I love color so the neutral walls had to go. But first…I had to pick a couch.
The “internets” are constantly pushing perfectly placed products in our feeds. It’s freaky when you think about it. How’d they know I needed a new couch? Who told them I was considering an exercise wheel for my cat? Had I even said that out loud?
I digress. I stumbled upon Joybird on Instagram and loved the concept. For a reasonable price, I could get a semi custom piece shipped to my front door in about 8 weeks. I requested fabric swatches and started browsing their seating options. I’ve always loved sectional sofas. I think they are the perfect place for napping, game nights or cuddling during a movie.
I found what I thought was the perfect option on Joybird’s site. Unfortunately when I remeasured my space I realized it was entirely too big! Luckily, the company was great to work with. They allowed me to change the piece to a smaller option and refunded the difference without any issue. I ended up saving about $1000 by going with an “apartment sized” sectional instead of the full.
Joybird has regular sales. Check out their site, if they aren’t currently offering any discounts, give in a few weeks. You can usually score between 20 and up to 40% off of full priced merchandise.
Once I settled on a fabric and hue for the couch, I set off to find a complementary wall color. I picked a rather whimsical shade of light light. It’s bright and fun without being jarring.
My cream colored accent chairs matched the mid century modern vibe of the sectional.
They were a Craig’s list find from 3 years ago. I don’t remember where I got the accent pillows. I think one may have been from target and the other (probably 5+ years old) was likely snagged at a Home Goods or TJ Maxx.
I ordered the yellow and green pillow cases that are on the sectional from Amazon. They were super inexpensive. The throw pillows are different textures and the yellow pillows are a few inches larger.
I bought 3 bags of soft poly fiber fill at Walmart and tada, I magically had the perfect throw pillows at half of the cost I would have otherwise paid.
The pink rug is a perfect pop of color. I picked a more traditional pattern to make the room look more sophisticated and less teeny bopper. I purchased the rug from Wayfair but it’s currently out of stock.
My curtains are perhaps the most luxe part of the room. I got them on SUPER SALE from Wayfair! Such a good sale that there’s no way I could have or would have otherwise purchased them (sorry, these curtains are also out of stock). Here’s a sample from Wayfair’s sight so you can see the pattern and detail.
They are heavy weight and lined so they block out the sun to help with regulating the temperature and napping conditions.
I don’t know what I would have don’t without my village, my former roommate Doug installed the gallery hanging system for all of the art. He routed a grove into the mounding around the entire perimeter of the room making hanging art foolproof. I can now hang anything at any height without ever having to put a hole in a wall. Thank God for handy roomies!
The same weekend I closed on the house, my friends and family came by for a painting party. On Friday night the tape crew got to work and the following day we had color! My friend John, a skilled carpenter hung the television free of charge. We moved in on that Sunday!
(Above: one of my dear girlfriends T painting the living room the day after I closed on the house)
Im still tweaking art, and having fun swapping out plants and flowers to brighten up the room. There are a few beloved details that I missed but I’ll be sure to round them up for a future post.
As always, if there is anything you’d like more info about, or if you’d like me to link you to sites to purchase or links to similar items, feel free to leave me a comment:)