Let’s go back into the Living Room

I know that I haven’t posted photos of even most of the house yet. So far, all I’ve shared with you is the living roomdining roombathroom and porch. Really?? We still have 4 bedrooms, 1 bathroom, kitchen, sunroom, front yard and back yard to go through. Not to mention I havent posted a single project in a long time. Oops! Well this post is not one of those posts in which I continue the house tour. Oh no. I’m going to take you back into the living room and share some of the updates that I’ve made to it. You’ll remember that when I last shared my living room, I had a few items that I wanted to conquer. I’m proud to say that I’ve been able to knock THREE things off the list!

  • Add computer desk and chair to corner <- just need to pick this up from mom
  • Add love seat and/or armchair to the room 
  • Basket for the mail <- not sure I will want to get this anymore as it isnt completely necessary
  • More pops of color in the decor 
  • Purchase additional West Elm paper flowers for the vase on the spool 
  • Large cream shag rug for the floor <- not sure I want shag anymore. thinking maybe Sisal instead
  • New lampshade for the green lamp <- such an easy fix that I keep forgetting about

Let’s take a stroll down memory lane and reflect on how we last viewed the living room (see more photos of the “before” here):

Before

And here it is now:

After

Here are the list of updates:

  • You can see that I’ve added TWO new chairs to the living room. At first I had NO idea what to do with such a small space that needed additional seating. Then I found these two chairs at the Indie Vintage Arts & Marketplace for only $100 total – which trust me is a steal. I found similar chairs on craigslist that needed some major TLC for $150. And in search for traditional arm chairs I found they generally cost in the $300-600 range each! So you can imagine my surprise at finding these two beautiful chairs for such a low cost.
  • You’ll also notice that the vase on the spool is a little fuller.
  • I purchased a yellow pillow for the couch to compliment the Target “art” on the wall as well as the underlying tones of yellow in the room’s decor.
  • And bonus! I purchased a vintage blue fan (next to the wall art) to bring some more pop of blue in to the space.

My only question is … does the pink and blue quilt not work with this room anymore? In these photos I’m starting to think it sticks out like a sore thumb!

I also purchased this basket at the Indie Vintage Arts & Marketplace for $30 – another steal!

I just had to share this cute “H” vintage wood letterpress printer’s block that I purchased from etsy seller, Mitipo. You’re not officially married until you have the first letter of your last name displayed prominently in your home. 😉

Tea Parties

As I mentioned in my last post, I try to focus a lot of my activities to take place on the outdoor porch. So naturally when my mom asked me to host the family over for an end of summer tea party, I chose the porch as the location. As you can see by the photos below, this tea party was hosted pre-chair swing and dying mums.

To prepare for the tea party, I pulled my two new living room chairs out to the porch for additional seating, rolled my coffee table out for a small table, and hung a curtain for additional privacy and whimsy.

I set the table with a pitcher filled with colorful daisies next to the teapot for the centerpiece. I paired fun cocktail glasses with teacups. Since I was hosting 2 adults and 2 children, I made juice spritzer (juice + sparkling water) for the cocktail glasses because the day was a little hot for tea and the girls don’t particularly enjoy tea. I made the right choice because between the 5 of us we drank the whole pitcher!!

I also prepared pumpkin chocolate chip muffins and oreo truffles to enjoy with our tea. The tea party was such a hit between us that we’ve decided to have one in the fall as well!

My Favorite Spot “in” the House

Most people don’t like to play favorites and instead opt for a more neutral approach to life. Me? I’m FULL of favorites. I have favorite friends, favorite foods, favorite movies … and the list goes on. Name a topic and I probably have a favorite. In fact, I’m that person who goes to a restaurant and orders the same dish every time … because it’s my favorite!

Well in true fashion, I have a favorite spot “in” my house – the front porch. We sit out here as often as the heat will allow us! Whenever family or friends come over we inevitably find ourselves on the porch. For awhile though I had only two small chairs out on the porch so we usually had to drag bright Kentucky blue lawn chairs to the porch which killed the aesthetic look.

Recently, I was able to secure a chair swing for $20 from Craigslist. I’d been on the search for awhile, but only found them for $100 … a bit out of my price range given that I don’t have any idea if our next house will have a covered porch to sport a porch swing. I LOVE LOVE having this porch swing. It makes our relaxing porch even more relaxing! The swing also allows for more conversation now that our two small chairs can be centered around it. You can watch the short clip below of how I pretty much spent my weekend welcoming Fall.

We’ve also been updating the exterior of the home with perennials in the flower bed, updated mulch (black instead of red), and flowers for the porch. As you can see, the mums on the porch haven’t faired so well with the excessive heat, so I need to replace those in the next couple of weeks … but other than that the flowers have been doing pretty well (thanks to my daily watering of them)!

And this, my friends, is my favorite spot “in” the house. 🙂

Things still left to do on the porch:
1. Purchase an outdoor rug
2. Porch swing cover
3. Re-stain the porch swing
4. Replace 2 chairs with mom’s wicker chairs
5. Replace side table with a wire cable spool.