Hey guys! Last Monday I introduced you to the “Fall In Love” room makeover series I’m participating in with 17 other amazing bloggers and showed you the room in our house that I’ve had the hardest time loving: our living room.
An odd floor plan, poor lighting, and my furniture hoarding tendencies added up to a room that just never felt right and literally kept me up at nights. Which may have more to do with my obsessive nature and less to do with the actual living room, but I guess we’ll never know now that this series is giving me the kick in the pants I needed to actually DO something about it.
Here’s what I have in mind…
Wall Color: Sage Grey by Behr. I searched high and low for a medium gray with the perfect amount of warmth and the perfect amount of green to it. This color changes constantly between gray, green and blue tints and I’m loving it. Spoiler alert: it’s already up on the walls but I’m not ready to share pictures yet!
Sofa: If you recall suffering through my sofa drama with me last week, I finally made a decision… I sold the curved vintage leather chesterfield and am planning on passing on the dragon couch to someone who will love it (if that’s you: I’m serious – send me a message). The one that will stay is this gorgeous high-back tufted leather sofa, shown above with the turned legs* I’m planning to add. (*denotes affiliate link – shop from the couch AND send a few pennies my way!)
Sideboard: Sneak peek – I found this gorgeous antique French oak sideboard on Craigslist for a steal (albeit still more than I normally spend on a piece of furniture for myself). I promise I’ll be sharing it soon; it’s definitely the most beautiful and beautifully made piece of furniture I own!
Malachite Curtains: These babies aren’t going anywhere.
Accent Fabric: This fabric is “Hamilton Wonderland in Opium” and I’ve hoarded a yard of it for several years because it’s my favorite fabric ever (or at least tied with the floral fabric I used to make my dining room curtains). It has all my favorite colors in it!
Agate Slice: Oh baby. I’m not ready to reveal how a pair of gorgeous pink agate slices are going to come into play, but let me tell you: it’s gonna be good.
Yellow Lamps: Does anyone remember this #thriftscorethursday pair of lamps? They are going to help solve the living room lighting shortage and save us from darkness! Maybe they will have crazy shades… Who knows.
Fight Club Art: I did it. After whipping up this fun Fight Club quote graphic for last week’s post and joking that I might get it printed, I went ahead and ordered it as a canvas print! I used Canvas People (they were having a 70% off sale) but I’ve used Printcopia in the past as well – I usually just see who has the best prices at the moment. I’m signed up for both email lists so I get notified when there’s a really good deal going on. This hasn’t arrived yet, but I can’t wait to see it and I hope I configured everything correctly for printing!
Karl Springer Coffee Table: Another #thriftscorethursday find I shared a few weeks ago. Obviously staying.
Leopard Rug: A piece of bound Starck leopard carpet, scored in a shady Craigslist situation involving the seller’s friend being called to saw through the lock on a storage unit… Not going anywhere. And after four years, Bryan has finally stopped telling me how much he hates it. Point: Brynne. Leopard is a neutral.
As you can tell, I’m definitely hitting it hard with the color in this room. I tried playing it safe for over a year with the “white walls and pops of color mantra” that works oh-so-well for Emily Henderson and oh-so-badly in my house-without-fabulous-architectural-elements. And I’m mixing furniture styles with reckless abandon and naïve delight.
In short, I may be making a Skittle milkshake (taste the rainbow!) that breaks rules and burns retinas (*The Gathered Home accepts no responsibility for any eye-damage received on our domain*) and isn’t everyone’s cup of tea, but like I said before – I’m going bolder, funner, more-tongue in cheek and more ME with this room and I’m FINALLY LOVING it!
And, you know… I’ve got that sofa problem handled. So there’s that.
Update: See the new wall color here!
P.S. We aren’t posting on any specific schedule for this Fall In Love series, but here are the other lovely ladies participating so you can check for updates (and enjoy their wonderful blogs)!