Everyone has things they want to change in their home. Currently my “thing” is the living room. Yes, our living room really is the perfect blank canvas to start with! But doing a living room makeover has been on my mind since we moved in last November. We were able to include things we wanted during construction since this was our custom home. I for sure knew I had to have shiplap somewhere in this house. And I am SO glad we had room in the budget for it! Shiplap has made all the difference in the feel of this room. It adds character and visual interest. But I’ve been craving to have a more put-together room. A place that I can finally say feels cozy and inviting. So this is Part I of my living room makeover.
Having furniture to move in with was great. We had this couch and recliner in our previous home, but I never really tried to decorate much. My husband had the couch and recliner before we met and it was definitely nice not having to buy furniture in the beginning of our marriage. Now that we are in this house, however, I feel I have the perfect excuse for a living room makeover to fit my style and budget! These leather pieces are comfortable and you can recline on one side of the couch (I accidentally broke the right side as soon as we moved in…). But leather, if this makes any sense, can be sticky and slippery. In clothes I can slide right off, but if I’m wearing a dress or shorts my legs will sometimes stick. What I really dream of having is white slipcovered furniture (insert heart eyes)!
The other piece of furniture in the living room is our tv stand. We did not have a place for our tv so I knew before we moved in that a tv console would be a must-have item. I looked around and quickly realized that furniture is expensive! Especially for people like us who have just built a house. I could not find anything that I wanted in the short amount of time I had to look and did not have enough time to make one myself. So I opted to have one built for me by my best friend’s husband. He used old barnwood and made us a simple console table, just like I wanted.
After moving in I realized that having such an open console table for a tv stand was not going to work. Everything I put on the shelves just looked out of place. And all the chords made my anxiety go up. Ok. Not really, but kind of. Maybe having some pieces that helped hide the “things” would balance everything out. And I knew that a rug would be a must in this space as well as a coffee table. After checking my bank account I knew we could not afford to go out and fully furnish a room all at once shortly after moving in . But what I could afford to do was look around at what I would eventually want for our living room makeover. Instagram and Pinterest have been two of the best sources of inspiration for me!
Our living room truly has the best blank canvas to work with. I am so, so glad we were able to have the shiplap installed during construction! This would have been one of those DIY projects that we would not have finished and hired someone to complete. Or it would have remained unfinished for life! The walls go up so high on the end with the fireplace and it would not have been a great first DIY project to tackle. (Side Note: I’m hoping to actually do DIY planked wall at some point!) Along with the shiplap, the open-concept living space, large windows and brick fireplace are my favorite things about the living room. These things will never change and will always add character and charm to our home.
Now that we have lived here nearly a year, I have been able to put my decor dreams into action! My plans for the living room makeover include new slipcovered furniture, coffee table, end table, media console table, lamps, rug, curtains and possibly redecorate my mantel. Of course I would LOVE to one day have built-in bookshelves in either side of the fireplace, but that will be a distant future project! Another item on my list is to eventually get gas logs for our fireplace. What’s more cozy than snuggled up by a warm fireplace in the winter? Adding hot chocolate, of course 😉 I hope you will check back soon! I’ll get to share my progress with y’all just as soon as our furniture is delivered!
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Tulip pillows | So Vintage Chic