Monday, July 9, 2018

Blue & white living room with a touch of gold

I've been trying to blog for the past two weeks but summer. What can I say? My nephew flew in from Houston last week and I've been keeping the kids busy. We're also in the midst of renovating the Florida room. I was able to steal some time right now and I've been meaning to share our completed living room. It's finally complete!

I'm not sure if I mentioned it in the past  but when I first was thinking of how to decorate the living room, I didn't really have a plan. I knew I wanted this particular type of TV credenza so that was the first thing I found and I just built on that and the paint color I chose for it. The experts say that's a good starting point. Find a statement piece for the room and just go from there. The credenza I found used and ugly on Craigslist. Here is how it looked when I bought it. I believe it was around $200. It's solid wood.

Here are some before pictures. Our house was built in 1979 and when we bought it two years ago, let's just say it needed lot's of love. Everything seemed to be original in the house except a few things like the showers and toilets. Thank goodness the previous owners splurged on luxurious showers! Oh they also put in hurricane impact windows and sliding doors. Love that!

It was very much a family affair. When we bought the house we only had 9 days to get it move in ready. H is in banking but he's also super handy and talented. He can figure out how to do anything. Between him and my brother they were able to get the house ready in time. Serena and I also did our part and one of her friends helped a bit. I have a lot more before pics too of the rest of the house that I'll be sharing once I get to the corresponding post. 

Even baby Ava helped...

and the girls were troopers with all the Home Depot trips

I did my best to source everything here below, though a lot of the decor was from HomeGoods which doesn't have their products online. HomeGoods is life!

Coffee table: {Joss & Main}
Decor on coffee table: See my previous post here
Loveseat: {City Furniture}
French gold & crystal 6 light chandelier: I first found this light on Joss & Main, but it's sold at different sites like Wayfair, Overstock and Amazon. You can do a reverse image of a product and it can show you the site that has it cheapest. I believe we bought it from Amazon. Overstock}
Art on walls: Slava Brodinsky custom framed at Hobby Lobby
Rug: HomeGoods
Faux fur blanket: HomeGoods
Weave basket: HomeGoods
Gold vase and faux flowers on TV credenza: Hobby Lobby
Blue and white pillows on large sofa: {Burlington}
White crochet pillows on loveseat: {Bed bath & beyond}
Paint color in living room: Glidden whitecliff beige
TV credenza paint color: Glidden Sea spray

For the most part I think everything is done in here though I have been on the hunt for a small end table to either fit between the sofas or at the corner of the living room by the family picture. You don't have to spend a ton to get your house the way you want it. My best advice for doing things on a budget is patience. Don't buy on impulse. I went to several different stores looking for what I had in mind and often times I'd walk out with nothing and just go back weeks later, or continue scouring the internet. My first place online for wood pieces is always Offer up. I am a decent painter now, but it took practice and mistakes.

Have a great Monday!