|Things I don't like: Brown curtains (there when we moved in), blank wall above couch, zero pops of color (the color palate is so blendy and matchy!)|
Oh how I loved that inspiration photo! Since I started perusing design blogs, my whole world has been turned on its head. The first design blog I ever laid eyes on was Design Manifest. Naomi's old loft showed me that different patterns, colors, and styles could be paired in unconventional ways and work harmoniously to create a look so balanced and pleasing to the eye; a look I didn't know existed. I fell head over heels for her "bohemian glamor" style. It's so chic, eclectic, and colorful. Shortly after, I discovered the blog I Suwannee by Jamie Meares at Furbish Studio and just recently was introduced to the designer Elizabeth Bauer! It's a whole new world. Take a look at spaces that make me drool in my post Magnetic Interior Spaces: Colorful Favorites. I definitely have not achieved the look I'm going for (and I probably won't while living in this rental with such a tiny budget), but I think I've made a good start.
THE REST OF THE LIVING ROOM. Please excuse the lighting and/or weird angles. It was difficult to take pictures with the light coming from the window and while trying to hide my dining table/kitchen area which are not fit for public exposure. Also, Brandy is on the couch in all the photos! I left her because that is her favorite spot, so you might even consider her part of the decor ;)
|Meh, I could live without that gallery wall. I made it a while ago and although it's nice to have personal photos around, I want more art and color!|
|The bookshelves are so heavy and dark...|
A COUPLE THOUGHTS.
There largest pieces in the room are traditional style which screw my whole plan. The couch, the chair, and the book shelves. Replacing the couch is out of the question. Josh and I wanted an L-shaped couch, but we couldn't find one that would fit in our small living room so we decided to get one custom made (looking back we pretty much regret this decision). As in the PB inspiration photo above, I got a similar tan color. Even though I would consider it a neutral, I find it difficult to work with. The accent chair is also traditional, so that doesn't help. I may possibly be up for a DIY reupholstery project, but not in the near future. So that stays for now. The book shelves were the cheapest of the 3 pieces and therefore are more likely to be replaced the soonest. I was thinking I could possibly paint the backing of the shelf or add a wallpaper, but this won't change its traditional shape. Any suggestions for different shelves (or pillows? or accents?) that would give the room more of the chic-"bohemian glamor"-colorful-eclectic look that I crave? I'm so open to suggestions!!
Speaking of accents, I'm not a huge fan of the ones I've got. The books on our shelves are actual books we owned and have read. Josh is totally against buying books simply for display, so that's out. I was thinking I might spray paint my fat yoga girls gold or brass. Also the round table between the couch and the chair is completely bare, so that needs to be filled.
So far I'm digging my color theme of white, turquoise, and pink, but I'd like some other pops of color and patterns as well so it's not so matchy.
How do you like the new rug? I like it SO MUCH BETTER. I felt the room was so brown before. The rug lightens the room dramatically and brings out the pillows on the couch. It just feels fresher in here. The white curtains have helped lighten too, although I'm thinking some patterned curtains might need to be in order! The benches were originally at the foot of our bed, but I felt they added color and shine to the living room, so here they shall stay (and I kinda like being able to sit at the end of the bed).
IN REVIEW: LIVING ROOM CHANGES.
- White curtains
- White lattice design rug
- New pillows on couch
- Two bench seats added
- Coffee table "design" (humor me)
Well that was a beast of a post. I would LOVE LOVE LOVE some feedback and suggestions!!