I’m a big fan of change. Keeps things fresh. I especially love changes to my house. Last fall my Living Room went through an Evolution. I would’ve done a photo shoot to document the changes, but I thought you’d enjoy a sprinkling of candid family pictures. Here is a very real look at the changes my Living Room went through over a few months.
Here’s the change in sequence.
^ I loved this big sectional, mostly. But, it blocked one of the main assets of my home: the huge rounded windows in my living room. Plus, the cushions never stayed on the couch and I felt like I spent half my life pushing cushions back in. So I sold it on Facebook Marketplace.
^ Immediately my house felt lighter without the couch. My kids thought the open space was a new play area. When it was gone, I could take a complete picture to sell the big rug. It sold in less than an hour.
^ The house felt so free and weightless with this big empty room. I told Matt I was tempted to keep it empty, but, then couches come in handy so I pushed on with the change. My little man decided the open floor was a swimming pool and spent a lot of time playing in his swimsuit.
^ The rug came in next. My rug choice freaked Matt out a bit. He breathed a sigh of relief when we rolled it out. The smattering of colors blends my decor together, and the distressed look means it will wear well over time. Blemishes will just blend in. Obviously, the rug was a stuffed animal habitat.
^ Next thing up: furniture! The leather couch has 2 recliners. The Navy blue accent chairs I pulled out of my bedroom. I used the pillows I already had. I found the matching end tables at the local antique shop for a steal.
MY 10-YEAR-OLD PULLS IT TOGETHER
There’s a story to the flowers on the end tables. This tray with flowers was the centerpiece of my kitchen table. Once the new end tables were in the living room, I decided I wanted this on one of them. I put a white porcelain hen on the other table.
I have a 10-year-old daughter who constantly re-arrange things in our house. Sometimes her and I are in a silent “battle” where we both alternate re-arranging the same area to our own liking. I’ve had to have talks with her about “I get to decide how things are arranged in my space and you get to decide in your space.” Not joking. 😂 She is the only early morning person in our whole house, which is when she usually does her re-arranging. One morning I came out to the two flowers separated onto the two tables, with the hen on the tray at the dining table.
I was pleasantly surprised and decided to roll with it. I added some more things to the tray with the hen and kept it at the kitchen table. The tray is now my morning herbal tea-tray complete with my grandma’s heirloom tea cups.
This is how the decorations were arranged before my daughter fixed it up.
THE FINISHED LOOK
You can see the windows that I love, and of course the rest of the room, including the fireplace and entertainment center. I made-over the fireplace wall last year during renovations after floods.
The way the main areas of this house flow together with a big open feeling were a huge draw to picking this house.
SOMETIMES THE ROOM LOOKS LIKE THIS
What does it matter if a living room looks good if it isn’t comfortable for real life. This room gets used constantly.
Little man created a modern sculpture with magnificent symmetry. He was deliberate about every tiny detail. He’s hiding some of his most intricate work, but the setup is perfectly symmetrical … perfectly.
I didn’t think this position looked very comfy, but then it keeps happening.
It must be more comfortable if you have a tiny body.
I know sometimes it seems like blogs do these dramatic before and after room reveals, but that isn’t how it usually works in real life. Rooms evolve one step at a time. I hope you enjoyed taking a glimpse at the evolution of my living room.
From my home to yours,
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What a great post! Would love to meet your talented and artistic 10 year old!! So hilarious! Battle of the decorating wars in the early morning hours! The new leather sofa being recliners is the coolest thing ever! It’s so pretty!! Starting to look for something similar to it for my future updated living room, as I currently have a monster of a couch that is Too.Darn.Huge! Love those blue chairs!!…and seeing real life happy young people living in the living room!
She really is a wonder. The shyest person I’ve known, but a real sparkler with people she knows. 🙂 Thank you so much for your kind comment. And good luck with your living room evolution. It’s an effort to make the change, but sooooo worth it!
Wow, you did a great change and that rug is very beautiful from where you get it? I am going to try this soon. keep posting such things and will love to see the more artistic side of your 10yr old daughter.
I got it from rugsusa. Thanks!