Last post I shared my inspiration for our living room. Today I’m showing you some before pics, as well as the direction I’ve decided to take.
First up, before pics. Here she is. Or was really. Right now the room is in limbo, but this at least shows you what its last “finished” state entailed…
I could list all the things I now “hate”, or all the room’s “failures”, but I’m not going to do that. Suffice it so say, I am simply very ready for change.
Here’s my running plan:
Isn’t she pretty? Oh my heart.
We already have the Karlstad couch, a similar shaped chair, a similar metal wall hanging, and similar vintage brass cat figurines which I purchased on Etsy. For the console table, I’m hoping this Stockholm tv unit will do the trick. The nearest Ikea is a couple hours away so I have yet to see it in person, but I have my figures crossed! As for the carpet, TBD. We have the oat-meal-iest oatmeal rental carpet around, so hopefully a huge beautiful rug will magically float into my life. 😉 If not though, I’ve looked at a few options and am open to any suggestions!
As for the lighting and coffee/side tables, these are just my design jumping-off points. Most of them will probably end up being diys. Which brings up another diy/what do I do? matter. The framed art…
Have you guys heard of St. Frank textiles? When I first saw this piece used in a space I had to figure out where it had come from. Honestly, I don’t know if I’ve ever loved a pattern more. If I could use the heart eye emoji here, there would be ten of them. That being said though, it’s worth far more than our budget will allow. Whomp whomp.
Similar story with these Anthro prints. Even though they were much closer to our budget, they were a lot smaller than I originally hoped, and are now discontinued.
So, all that being said, I’ve come to the conclusion that these too, at least for now, are going to be diys. As much as I like to think that I have artistic skill, I know I can’t diy a tapestry of any sort, much less like that St. Frank. So I’m thinking my solution is going to be found in engineering prints. I can recreate similar patterns/designs in Illustrator to use instead for the time being. I’ve already started experimenting, and hopefully will be able to show some progress on them soon!
So, there you go. Our living room action plan. In the following weeks/months with this space I’m hoping that some solid diys will come together, and that I’ll be able to start showing baby steps soon. Stay tuned! 🙂