A few months back, I started redoing our very drab and sad, blah living room. The rug and furniture we had been living with were hand-me-downs and had been used through all of the kids' baby years. Naturally, there was yogurt and sharpie and just nasty everywhere. So when we moved into our new home a little over a year ago, since we had survived and moved past the period of life when unidentifiable substances mysteriously find their way to every surface and crevice of the house, I made it my goal to replace our worn out pieces with some that will hopefully get us through the next, hopefully less sticky, stage of family life.
I started the process by searching out a new sofa and was thrilled when Interior Define agreed to work with me on this project! Interior Define specializes in furniture that looks and feels much more expensive than it actually is. You can read more about my choosing a sofa through their website in my previous post. My hopes for this family room was that it be bright, light, and a happy area for us to enjoy together. So when choosing our sofa, I decided to go with something fun and colorful. I went with the Rose sofa in Sapphire Mod Velvet.
At first I was a little unsure if I would like the low arms of the Rose, but now I'm 100% sold. It makes the sofa seem even longer than it actually is! And I reeeeeeally love that there are no removable cushions on the back rest. If there were, they would constantly be in the floor (or in any other room of the house) in some kind of fort formation, I feel quite certain. I was also a wee nervous about the velvet because I have never owned any velvet furniture, but I've grown to be a big fan. It's cozy and adds a warmth to the room, even though it's cool in color. And it doesn't hurt that it's beautiful! I like things that are beautiful :)
I'm still on the hunt for wall art, but in the mean time, I decided to put up some of Tom's masterpieces. He's on a big drawing "humans" kick, and I can't get enough of them. He's also on a big record player kick and is very adamant that Michael Jackson be playing at all times, his favorite song being "Feel It" (Beat It). I've really come to enjoy the record player in the family room. Music has the ability to melt away stress for us. When things are getting hairy up in here, I like to put on music to attempt to neutralize the mood.
Most of our games and toys are housed upstairs, but I store a few toys and books in baskets and games tucked away on shelves so as to encourage the kids to play and spend time together in here. And I decided to bring in a little drawing table for Tom, or at least I thought it was for Tom. Enid has probably spent just as much time there drawing and coloring!
Looks like I might need to get a little taller desk! And let me just say, a year ago, we could not have had markers anywhere out in the open like this. Tom would have defaced the whole house! But like I said earlier, we are entering into a new phase, one with maybe less marker mishaps. We also keep some drawing books and paper and a small stash of homeschool things, flashcards and workbooks and such, in this old pie safe so there are plenty of options for idle minds and bodies.
Yet another "human". This one slightly scarier than most ;)
This checked chair is one I had recovered. I fell in love with the Windowpane Plaid Jack Armchair from Schoolhouse Electric, because I am completely, for lack of a better word, obsessed with everything they create. But the Schoolhouse chair didn't quite fit in our budget, and I also like to use what I have if I possibly can, so after doing some hunting around, I found a check fabric I liked and created a similar, but not nearly as awesome, armchair for our happy living room. I did manage to snag the side table and red and green throw pillows from Schoolhouse. And I just love how they look against the soft, velvety sofa! This lamp is from Adesso Home, a new source for me. They have an eyeball floor lamp on their website that I have my eye on, too. It's fantastic! You can also shop a lot of their pieces on the Target website.
This corner just about did me in, and it's still a work in progress. I had a hard time figuring out how to create visual balance with that book shelf on the left. I'm thinking maybe frame out my old man portrait so that it's a bit larger? I don't know. I'm still determined to figure it out, but as for now, we're rolling with this. But I do hope you'll share with me your favorite sources for fantastic wall art!
OH! And I painted my mantle FOUR times. I wish I were kidding. It started out a kind of yellowish tan, and the bricks were red. I painted the mantle grey, but it was too blue. So I painted it a different grey. That one was too purple. Next I tried a shade of black, which I liked, but the black and red brick were fighting with the rest of the room. I washed my hands of the whole thing and just whited it all out. When in doubt, white. That's my moto.
*This floor lamp and black side table are also both from Adesso Home.
I want to give a big shout-out to ECarpet Gallery for partnering on this project as well. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this rug!!! It's so soft and wonderful, and I can't say enough good things about it. I was a little concerned about the shade of blue along with the blue sofa, but I'm thrilled with how it works together to make the room bright and airy. ECarpetGallery.com is a top contender for my favorite of online rug shops. They offer plenty of vintage options as well, big and small.
I love how much my kids want to be in this room now. It gives me great satisfaction to see them snuggling up on the sofa or playing games or just sitting together, chatting or listening to music. It's a much happier space for a happy brood, and one I hope we will enjoy (with fewer yogurt smears) for years to come.
For all of you sweet visitors, ECarpetGallery is kindly offering you a discount when you use the code ECGBLOGHANNAH. And you can also get some rug inspiration from their rug blog here. Aaaaaand Interior Define is giving you $100 off your purchase of a sofa with code ID_HANNAH100. Hooray!
Shop this room in the slideshow below!