Thursday, February 03, 2011

Living Room Redecorating: A S-L-O-W Process

(Sorry for the delay. Two no-nap days in a row kind of halts the blogging.)

Now that you've seen the living room's new gray paint color, I thought it would be fun to look back at how the room has evolved.

My friend Jennifer was asking me on Facebook how I decorate so I can change paint colors without having to change everything, so let's take a look.

Stage 1 - New homeowners make do.

Living Room Furniture
The beginnings of a living room. (Circa 2003)
Here's the room in it's first stage. Before our apartment lease was even up, we'd managed to cover the previous owner's pumpkin orange with a more subtle gray-ish green (Fen from Martha's defunct line at Sherwin-Williams).

This photo was just over a year after we moved in. We'd saved some money and purchased a few pieces of furniture. Of course, if you know anything about Ikea furniture, you'll know that these are the cheapest piece you can still call a couch.(The blue chair was the actual color I chose. The other slipcover must have been in the wash.)

The matchstick blinds and wedding decor pedestals complete the "new home owner" look.

Stage 2 - More Saving, More Additions

Room Rearrangement
The living room for at least 5 years. (Circa 2004-2009)

This is what the living room was settled on for quite a few years. You'll note the addition of 4 flexible coffee tables (constructed by my hubby), sequined sheers from West Elm, additional A's, new chair slipcovers (thank goodness), and a stylish hand-me-down lamp. From about 2004 until 2009, the room generally looked like this. I liked it. It was a very Zen room and aside from new furniture arrangements, I left it be.

It's not like we weren't busy. During those 5 years, we painted every other room, remodeled our bathroom, bought a new car, had a baby, installed new siding, landscaped the yard...

We were busy and the living room was good -- until those delicate white curtains begin to look a bit beige with a few cat claw tears here and there.

Stage 3 - New Curtains, Same Old Furniture

Living Room Updates
Living room with new curtains. (Circa 2009)

As a stay-at-home mom, I found myself often "playing" in the living room (go ahead click the link, and see Linus circa 2008). When I wasn't staring at my handsome son, I was staring at those now dingy white curtains. They had to be replaced.

I found these on major sale at PBTeen and was hyped. I was so excited, I quickly clicked buy before even thinking about length. Yep, the major sale was for the 54" curtains.

I hung them, not wanting to admit to my husband that the length was anything but intentional. They looked alright -- sort of retro, or at least that's what I told myself. And at least the cats couldn't play in them anymore.

They stuck around for quite a while thanks to top-notch quality, and I had to patiently await the perfect excuse to say bye-bye to those curtains. Enter red furniture -- the perfect excuse.

Stay tuned for the continuing saga of "A living room grows up." 

In the meantime, I want to know what your BIGGEST style mistake has been? Fuchsia prom dress? Pink tiled bathroom? Too-short curtains?  Let's hear it.


Mom said...

that's an easy one for overstuffed camel back sofa upholstered in blue chintz fabric with GIANT white and khaki tulips!

The cushions were so overstuffed and slippery that if you sat on it the cushions popped out of place and then you found yourself sliding off.

We lived with it for 3 years until Dad could not stand it another day.

I learned alot from that choice.

I did recoup must of the cost of it at the annual family garage sale

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I am a little jealous--we're a couple years out yet from doing our living room over and I can hardly wait!
Worst style choice? Lady Diana haircut when I was in 6th grade.

Convertible Girl said...

Love watching the progression.

In our first house, we painted our bedroom blue. It was supposed to be sort of a peaceful medium gray blue. Instead it was the brightest version of a French blue dress shirt. After a couple of weeks of not being able to sleep, Patrick finally repainted it a nice mocha color.

We've used the exact same mocha paint two more times in our next two houses. Too afraid to risk it again.