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 here?
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...