A New Look for the Living Room
Recently we moved into a 1940’s bungalow that has been beautifully redone.
But furniture we loved in our old home wasn’t working at all in the new house, especially in the living room.
The entertainment center didn’t fit. We had no window dressings at all, because our last house had shutters. While I love the hardwood floors, all my furniture is wood-toned and just blended in. And I was more than tired of my traditional color scheme, but wasn’t sure how to get away from it with a gold rolled-arm couch.
I needed help.Professional help. No DIY this time.
Design on a Budget
This is what I started with: a couch a table, and vinyl blinds. Oh, and great floors, but nearly the same color as my furniture. Since we had just moved, I didn’t really have a lot to spend. But I knew I wouldn’t get this living room to where I wanted it to be on my own.
So I hired an interior decorator from Avalon Studios to help me out. Corissa was wonderful! The fees were surprisingly reasonable, and really all I needed was a push in the right direction. We went through all the rooms I wanted help with, and she made great some suggestions. She also reassured me on the color scheme for the living room. I knew I wanted to work in some grey, but also knew I couldn’t run out and buy another couch (this one is less than two years old). She promised me grey would work with my couch, and she was right!
She took me on a shopping trip that yielded a great rug and a steal on curtains, and I was off! This rug was the starting point of the whole living room. It has the gold tone of the sofa, the grey I wanted to bring into the room, and the dark brown that works great with my tables. The large pattern is a little more contemporary than what I would have picked out on my own, which is why I needed a decorator. Otherwise, I would have wound up with the same tired look I had before.
After the rug, sheers were the next find, and these have a knobby, woven texure that has a little bit of a rustic hand-woven look to them. And the grey looks awesome with the sofa. Even better, they were on sale at Tuesday Mornings, so we got a super deal on them! Corissa also helped me pick out several throw pillows that had the gold, grey, and brown from the rug for the couch and chairs. These are sooooo much better than the green and red pillows that came with the couch!
Details Make a Room
A few details I am happy with: we found some curtain rods that have these pulley-style ends on them. I’m looking for some vintage weights to hang on them. I thinks its pretty cool with the factory cart coffee table and vintage trunk I have. This end table is made from a salvaged piece of granite, and a garage sale find for the base. It cost me $8, and it’s pretty similar to the $400 table that inspired it!
Quite some time ago, I found this great trunk and refinished it. The date on the hardware is 1879, so it’s been around the block a time or two. I use it for the end table by the couch. The other piece I really love is my Boston rocker. This was my great grandmother’s rocker, and the wear on this rocker is the real deal. After all, its about 70 years old now!
The last part of the living room to address was the entertainment center. The one we had was too long, and way too low. It was great in the old house, because the room was much larger. Corissa also suggested I find a piece I could repurpose that had a little more character than a knock-down furniture entertainment center. It took a few weeks, but I picked up this hutch, which was originally a maple finish, at a trunk show. I pulled the drawers out to make room for the electronics, then painted it a distressed black. Then to give some height to the room, she had me move my husband’s deer mount from the breakfast area where I had “hidden” it, to this wall in the living room. I actually like it; it makes a statement and helps the TV not seem so ginormous. And dear hubby is tickled to pieces that his mount finally has pride of place in our house.
The end result is a living room that I’m very happy with. Its warm and inviting, and a has a more current vibe to it than my old living room. All the problems I had with this room when I first moved in have been addressed! Once I got the oversized entertainment center out of the room, it felt bigger. My wood furniture looks great on the new rug, and I love the colors in it. The window treatments are great, and help keep the cold out. Also, I love that a few of my projects, like the entertainment center and end table are in the room. I don’t keep many of my re-do projects for myself, so it’s nice to finally have a few pieces in my home!
The total cost of the living room makeover, including the interior designer’s, fees was under $700. The rug and the drapes (8 panels) were the big ticket items, totaling $420, but they were well worth it.