Friday, March 12, 2010

Moseley Drive Tour: Living Room

I wish I had some original pictures from the living room but they are packed away in a box somewhere! When we bought the house the room was painted a mid-gray and it seemed dark and gloomy to me. The room had beautiful hardwoods and crown molding but that was about it.

My Father-in-law and husband put bead board halfway up the wall for me (all while thinking I was crazy to go halfway up the wall) and I loved it!

For about 8 years this is how my living room looked. We bought our first "real" (meaning not thrifted/yard sale or hand me down) piece of furniture after we moved here and it was our sofa. We bought it from Norwalk and it cost a pretty penny. It is a sleeper and a very good quality sofa. I used it for 9 years in our living room and it still looks great and has held it's form wonderfully! Now it will reside in our Bonus room.


I'll be sad to leave my beautiful bead board and trim.

Notice my rug in the picture below? It is actually an outdoor rug that I bought on clearance at Bed, Bath & Beyond. I believe it was around $30 for a large 8x10 area rug.



By the way, aside from the sofa, rug and bookshelf (Ikea) everything else in this room is thrifted!

Last spring I decided to change things up. It took awhile and I never really felt like I finished the living room but here is what I did.

Painted the living room Aruacana Blue from the Lowes Martha Stewart Living collection and bought the JC Penney Friday Slipcovered sofa at the Outlet for $199 and an Ikea Ektorp Tullsta chair.


I finally made and put up curtains with help from you all and added pillows from the Boutique commonly known as Goodwill.

The chair in the corner by the TV cabinet was my dumpster find a couple of years ago.


Remember my TV cabinet I mentioned


The hardware was what sold me on it...

or was it the $30 price tag at the yard sale...


You know, in looking at these pictures I am so glad for my thrifting ways and the fun I have had picking up things here and there to make my house a home.

Tune in for more of the Moseley Drive tour...



Amelia said...

Enjoyed the tour...sure do like both the before and after paint colors.

Get Your Martha On said...

The "before" was nice, but I really love the "after." I can't believe you got the couch for $199!!!!

Darlene said...

I love your home tour. It is BEAUTIFUL!!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

I would love to know the exact color. I am having such a hard time trying to pick the color for the kitchen. It is time for the red to go, and I am looking to paint possibly the living and dining room because the gold color is too bright. I need things to look a little more calm and soothing these days. Love the living room at your old house, and can't wait to see everything you are doing at the new house. Jackie

Vintage Remixed said...

Hi Christina, This is Crystal from the old Olive blog. I'm back. You have got some amazing vintage pieces.

Hope you have been doing great. I'm looking forward to catching up. :-)

Reynie said...

Love the beadboard--so elegant and makes it cottage like feeling. Goodwill is awesome!

sanjeet said...

I love your home tour.
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Sheryl said...

I just found your blog and am enjoying your tour. Beautiful!

janae cairns said...

WOW! We should go shopping together! That sofa, the cabinet so FAB and a great deal! Love the living room! and I see my beloved burlap!