Living Room Mood Board

There are a lot of great features in Grandma’s living room – a beautiful fireplace mantel, a huge picture window, and a setup that allows both a small living area and an entry way with a large opening to the dining room (which we’ll use as an office). Some of the features, though, are a bit crazy (outdated fixtures, barnwood on the focal wall – is that a plus or minus? and green shag carpet covering hardwood floors that need to be refinished desperately).

So, to get my creative juices flowing, I made a mood board and compiled things I love and things I own that I’d like to put in the living room. Keep in mind that I’m not yet as awesome as Young House Love and I only did basics (not finishes) so this is a highly flexible and elementary mood board. Nevertheless, it really helped me decide on some pieces when I saw them together (and nix some others!) so, enjoy!

1. This isn’t the actual couch we’ll get, but I love that the lines on this couch go well with the lines of the chair (which is my current fave!). And to be honest, with a toddler and another baby on the way + pets, we’re looking for faux leather for the next several years. Target, $599

2. OMG, this chair! I wish I could link to it, but so far Ikea hasn’t released it since 1951 (although there are rumors that they are going to re-release it! I hope so!). Oogle this beauty in Ikea’s 2013 catalog.

3. I actually already have a beautiful half-round console table from Hobby Lobby (it was damaged and on clearance for $30, but my dad fixed and painted the problem area in about 20 minutes – thanks, Dad!), but this one is similar, albeit a little more modern. Target, on sale for $221

4. I’ve been looking for a playful lamp for the side table since our beautiful Tiffany-esque lamp cracked during the move, and while I’m not sold on this option, I love that it’s so much cheaper than the Pottery Barn version! Ikea, $49.99

5. This mirror! It’s huge, which goes well with the size of the console table and will create a nice focal point across from the front door. And really, for the size the price is decent. I may try to find some fun, similarly colored tiles and DIY this with a cheaper mirror. Target, $199.99

6. This table was a wedding shower gift that I love, love, love and am so glad that I could work it in to this room’s design. But really, I would’ve found a place for it somewhere or changed my design to use it! Target, $62.99

7. I love these Hemnes bookcases to flank both sides of the fireplace/mounted TV, add some trim, and give them a built-in look. This particular image is part of a premade combination, but you can totally design your own set with the doors, drawers and whatever else you want. Ikea, $375

8. Benjamin Moore Paints are super popular, and for a reason. I found this color on Pinterest and I think it’s perfect for the marriage of grey and brown that I want to achieve in the living room. Benjamin Moore, Revere Pewter

9. Doesn’t this throw look so comfy? Target, $34.99

10. I love this pair of decorative pillows, but I feel like I will probably make or find several more to add interest and layers. Target, $25.99

11. We’ll need a great rug for the main area (and possibly for the entry area as well, but I’m not sure what is going to work for that space yet) and I wanted something more traditional that pulled in the colors of the furniture and paint but added other colors as well. This Valby Ruta rug seems to do just that at a very decent price. Ikea, $79.99

To finish out this huge post, I’d like to add a super high-quality post of the layout of the living room.

In Our House: Instant Coffee Table

First of all, a big apology to my blog readers. I promise I didn’t forget about you — my hard drive died! After some searching, I was able to find a (bigger, better) replacement hard drive for a decent cost. Today, I was able to replace everything, and hopefully with my dad’s help I’ll be able to recover all of my old files from the other hard drive. And if you haven’t backed up your files lately (especially your pictures!), take a minute to do so. Trust me, it’s important.

Onto the post! We inherited wonderfully comfortable overstuffed couches when we moved to this house, and while we love their comfy charm (but not their patterned fabric!), we were used to having a coffee table instead of an ottoman. Don’t get me wrong, we love our ottoman. Most of the time, we use it more than we would a coffee table, but if people come over, we only have one end table to use for our drinks/etc.

Thus came a great solution. We received a breakfast-in-bed tray for the wedding that gets used sometimes when I can con Jason into treating me to a lazy Sunday afternoon. One evening, I spotted it sitting out when we were expecting company. One quick second of styling on the ottoman and instantly we had a coffee table! I generally keep a basket for the remotes as well as a few magazines and/or books out, as well as two coasters, but any of these items can be easily removed to allow room for hors d’oeuvres or wine glasses.

Not bad for a no-dollar fix, eh?