Happy Monday! Does anyone say that? Well it’s Monday and I’m happy so Happy Monday! Today’s post is going to be a bit fluffy, as in no super ground-breaking content (unlike all of our other posts which are of course super ground-breaking), but after seeing the before and after pics in Friday’s post about our art gallery wall I thought it would be fun. See, our living room hasn’t really had just a before and after. It’s had it’s shiny and new baby days, it’s will-not-cooperate toddler moments, it’s awkward tween years, it’s “finding itself” twenties, and a whole lot of in between phases. Check it out!
Here’s the living room again when we first bought it. Weeeeeeeiirrrrrrrrrrrd. On one hand it seems like yesterday, but on the other hand I can barely remember walking around on carpet in there!
Once those floors were laid it made the space feel SOOOOO much more like ours.We ran around in our socks and did hardwood snow angels for days.
Annnnnnnd then we moved in. And sh*t got cray. Because we had a preplanned 7 day vacation just a week after moving in, all our efforts had to be put toward things like getting our electrical work done, getting our roof repair in order, doing some high-priority plumbing, stuff like that. We certainly did not have time to move any furniture into its proper place. So we slept in the living room for a week. Kinda felt like camping in your own home. Well, actually, felt more like camping in somebody else’s empty home with all your stuff. It was a weird period of limbo.
After our vacation, we got things a little more in order by basically setting up the exact same furniture and layout we had going on in the apartment.
Then we bought our first new piece of furniture for the house- our new rug! Well, not furniture. A rug’s not furniture. Not really an accessory either though. A… textile? Eh, anyways, we bought our first new thing and it was a cheap $200 10×12 and we LOVE it. So big!
Then we sold our old brown couches and had an awkward week with no couch. Not that we have much time for TV or video games anyway but still, it felt weird!
Then our super comfy and giant Crate & Barrel couch finally arrived!
Adding curtains was a huuuuuuge step in starting to make the place feel like ours. Before it was all hard and cold, but curtains started to give it a bit of softness.
Then our media center overhaul made us feel like we were finally fitting into our huge room the way we should. But it needed something more…
And that something more was art! Lots and lots of art! Plus a few decor items here and there. Oh and we also removed that arched Ikea floor lamp you see a few pictures up. We LOVE that lamp but it felt out of place in this space. So for now it’s back in a box til we figure out what to do with it.
Well there you have it! It’s quite satisfying and motivating so see how a room has progressed from day one. Gettin’ me all pumped