Last week I filled you in on my plan to spend less this year, but I promised, true to form, that there would still be changes made in my decor. I thrive on change, and our home was calling for some updates to suit our family. As needs transform over time, homes should evolve along with them, maintaining spaces’ usefulness. After all, when one lives in a smaller home, there should really be no wasted space. After all of the Christmas decorations were boxed up and put away, I thought long and hard about what was working for us and what wasn’t. Because I am on a tight budget, and am committed to spending less, I shopped my own home to make some living room updates that I’m excited to share with you today.
From this angle, you won’t see any major changes yet, but sit tight.Our Christmas tree sat to the left of the West Elm Henry sofa you see above. (By the way, we’ve had ths sofa for a little over 5 years, and we still love it! People often ask so I wanted to share. It cleans easily. Ours has its back to a window, so it’s faded, but otherwise has held up really well.) Before the Christmas tree was there, we had a cozy worn leather hand me down chair. Honestly, I loved thtat chair, and still do, but once the corner was empty, it felt so great in that room. Chris agreed with me, and since we are a family of 4 and don’t often have a lot of people over, we decided it could go. To give you a little refresher of where we started, here’s the space last Spring.And now… (Uuuum and ignore all the marks on the table. I cleaned it before shooting, but with 3 dogs who like to lay under the table then look at you through the glass, I was bound to miss some of their slobbery prints).We also changed out the nesting glass waterfall tables for a brass hooved glass top table that used to be in our guest room before Emmy made that her room. I am not usually one for “matching sets” so I like this feel much more. The vintage rug was brought in before Christmas, so that’s nothing new (the hide moved to the dining room), and the graphic bottom layered rug from Overstock remained. I love that rug! It’s also been one that has cleaned well and puts up with a lot of traffic.Case in point, here’s one set of paws that finds their way onto this rug quite often.
Chris prefers the height of this table to the nesting tables as well; it’s slightly taller making it more accessible from the sofa. He likes to set all of his junk here… keys, cap, pens, remotes.I hid it for a photo because who needs to see all that? Two of my favorite design/diy books, The New Bohemians and Happy Handmade Home as well as an apothecary of our favorite melt in your mouth mints remained.
On the sofa, I decided to keep the gold sequins pillows I had there for Christmas. They seem well suited for winter. I added an embroidered water buffalo (?) pillow I found at an imports shop over a year ago.
On the other side of the sofa, I brought in my Serena & Lily inspired dipped stool to use as a plant stand for a large spider plant my old Sweet Clover landlord gave me. The stool gives it height which helps with plants like this whose leaves graze the floor. It also puts out several shoots and I don’t ant any of them to try taking root in my flooring. 😉 The poor plant was recently neglected by me, but these things are resilient! I trimmed all the brown and pulled out all the dead leaves, and it’s a beauty again. This room gets a lot of light, so it’s a great place for many of my plants to live in the winter when sunlight hours are much shorter.If you look closely, you can see that many of the leaves of this spider plant have been trimmed, but overall, it’s super healthy now!So now let’s get to the most exciting change in this space, shall we? Do you spy it in there?If you said, the turquoise dresser that used to be in my master bedroom, then you’d be right! What used to be here was Chris’ midcentury desk I refinished a few years ago as well as a bamboo look vintage chrome bookcase that we needed to set our printer on.Although the shelving was practical, it started to make the space feel cluttered to me. And the desk, well I had noticed that Chris wasn’t using it as much anymore; he was opting to work on the sofa, and use the desk just to pile things. It was not working out as planned. Out went the desk (which I’ll be selling) and bookcase, and in came the turquoise dresser which serves to store all of those office type papers, and supports our printer. It doesn’t take up any less floor space, of course, but it clears the visual clutter. And I happen to love how turquoise and navy pair, just like in my kitchen.On its surface, of course we have the printer which is an eyesore, but necessary, a vintage card display I fill with family photos……a few more framed photos of the kids, and a fabulous marble base lamp I found last year at homegoods for $20 because it had a small break in the base.
This piece adds a great dash of color to this room and I love that it helps with the continuity on our main living floor.It’s a lot more color than I am used to in this space, but I love the usefulness this piece provides.Tomorrow I’ll be back to share the mantle which you may have noticed has a jungle of its own going on! And you might be wondering what replaced the turquoise dresser in my bedroom. If you follow me on instagram, you already know. And if you don’t, you’ll just have to wait. I hope to share some changes in that space in the next couple of weeks, too. It’s amazing what you can do just by shopping your own home! Who says things need to stay as they are just because you don’t have the money…. not this girl!
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