My living room. It shows up in a lot of random posts on the blog, but I realize I’ve never actually shown you the entire room in one post. I’m remedying that right now and showing you the second most frequently used room in my house (it is a close second to the kitchen).
A few months ago I showed you how I created the easy statement art above my mantel. You can read about it HERE (spoiler: it is framed pieces of fabric). I found the rooster at Hobby Lobby. I have temptations to paint it or stain it a slightly darker color, but I don’t know. Thoughts?
And the curtains on these windows were sewn by me. I sew all of our curtains. It is the only way I’ve figured out to get curtains the exact length and color/material combo I want.
This yellow table is a recent addition. I got it as raw wood from IKEA, put it together, painted it yellow, then antiqued and sealed it. I really love it. I moved the old cabinet to an open spot in the living room.
This cabinet holds our kid’s movies. I have four kids and their stuff is everywhere, but I do what I can to disguise it in plain sight. I don’t believe you have to decorate your home in primary colored plastic just because you have kids!
Of course, I’m not trying to hide any trace that kids live here. I keep this toy bin out for my little guy. The toys in here are always changing. If the bucket ever gets too full, I just take the toys back upstairs to the playroom. It fills back up with whatever toys he carries around the house and leaves downstairs. I love this toddler stage. His hands are always full of stuff: cars, animals, his blanket, anything he finds interesting. He drops things and then drops more as he leans over to pickup what he dropped first … and that repeats a while and usually ends with me putting things in this bucket for him to find later.
Usually the difference between a family room and a living room would be that a family room is more casual and recreational focused, where a living room would be a place you’d sit and visit with guests. There is a widely popular notion to keep the tv out of the living room, but in the practical use of this room I like having a tv. And I like pears. You might have noticed they’re all over the place in this room.
I also like having a sectional and how my entire family can sprawl out on this enormous couch and hang out on a Sunday afternoon.
The added bonus of the sectional is the way it hides my living room from the front door. Acquaintances or strangers stopping by my front door wouldn’t be able to see the laundry I am in the middle of folding or my toddler’s trains covering the floor. (If it is someone I know well enough to invite in, they can see my mess.)
This is the view from the kitchen. You can see the collage wall I created.
Here is that wall close-up. I did a blog post all about creating it if you want to read more HERE.
Oh, and if you’re curious, the flower art above the tv cabinet was super easy to create. I bought square canvases, wrapped in fabric (this yellow fabric used to be the curtains in my dining room), and then glued a flower right on. Easy peasy.
So, that’s my living room. And I really am going to finish showing the rest of my rooms. I know, you can hardly take the excitement.