Evolution of a Living Room

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!

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Then we gave carpet the boot and our house was a dust palace for a very long week.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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Then our super comfy and giant Crate & Barrel couch finally arrived!

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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

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8 Responses to Evolution of a Living Room

  1. Our Wolf Den July 15, 2013 at 10:16 am #

    I love the just moved in pictures with the outdoor chairs in the living room. I have several of my hubby and I haning out in ours.

    Looks really nice. I like all the art.

  2. Katelyn Shibley July 15, 2013 at 10:23 am #

    Haha yep that was our seating for a little while. Glad we got pictures during that time to remember it by!

  3. Yvonne July 15, 2013 at 6:32 pm #

    I love progress photos the best! Before and afters are great, but the progress photos are where the action happens. =D

    It’s great to see both authors of the blogs I most recently subscribed to commenting on the same page. Do you both happen to know each other? :)

  4. Katelyn Shibley July 16, 2013 at 6:33 am #

    Thanks! I love progress photos too. Much more satisfying to see the changes over time and see how they happened gradually instead of BAM, all of a sudden a room is awesome and you’re like “well how did they do that?”

    And whoa small internet world! No we don’t actually know each other in real life or anything, just found each others blogs online!

  5. Brealyn Nenes August 21, 2013 at 12:24 am #

    I absolutely adore your blog and your house! I’m in the process of getting approved and my significant other and I are very anxious to get started. Your blog has been so helpful, especially your post on home buying. It’s hard to find a nice open floor plan with lots of windows in Arizona, but we’re determined! Looking forward to more posts!

  6. Katelyn Shibley August 21, 2013 at 5:51 am #

    Awwww thank you!!! <3 <3 <3 Oooooooo I'm super excited for you, the fun begins! Good luck on your house hunt and don't settle til you find that badass house with lots of windows and the open floor plan (or at least one that you could afford to knock out a few walls and add some windows!)

  7. Tuan September 4, 2014 at 11:38 am #

    Hi, Where did you guys buy that grey rug for your living room? I like it a lot.

    • Katelyn Shibley September 4, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

      We actually got it at Garden Ridge believe it or not! For $200-something bucks, pretty cheap for such a large rug!

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