Living Room Anatomy | Curated by Breanna Rose

Our living room is finally starting to come together … and while I’m not quite ready to reveal it ( since we need to tweak + add a few more things ), I thought it would be nice to share the basic anatomy of the room. Since a lot of big things are happening over the next year ( new house, puppy, wedding ), we knew we needed to decorate affordably. As much as I’d like to spend every pretty penny at West Elm or Room & Board, we just can’t. That’s real life.

Instead, we’ve searched high & low for pieces that still fit our aesthetic, on budget, and have even completed a few ikea hacks to REALLY save some cash. The first thing we researched was couches. In an ideal world, we would have purchased a classic mid-century sofa, but that wasn’t in the cards … yet. Instead, we hacked Ikea’s Karlstad sofa, in black. We replaced the legs with tapered peg legs found on etsy, which can be custom stained to match your room. With only a $30 addition, the couch literally looked like a whole new piece. In the future, we plan to tuft the back cushions to give it even more oomph. With matching chairs next on the list, we were lucky enough to inherit refurbished mid-century chairs from Michael’s grandparents. They are beautiful and just need to be re-covered in a lighter grey, which we are currently on a fabric hunt for. You can find similar ones here, or here for even cheaper.

Next up, our living room backs up to our dining room – both of which have pretty high ceilings. Recently, we realized that we needed some sort of connecting piece that could also function as storage and give us some height. This is where the DIY ( and ikea hack ) fauxdenza comes into play, made originally by Door Sixteen and later The Brick House.

And last but not least, we added all of the little things that make a room come alive. With plants galore ( love this one from ikea ), alongside a mix of mustard accents and vintage pieces ( most found at Hunt & Gather, a local vintage treasure ) … it’s starting to really feel cozy. I know I haven’t mentioned everything pictured above, but feel free to click through the following links to get some ideas! Enjoy.

  1. amber says:

    I love your style! I love the simplicity, but you also always have pieces with interesting geometrics… sharp angles, repeated shape prints, it makes for such good accenting! Thanks for the tips on getting some similar pieces a bit cheaper! Love how you say you “hacked” the couch, lol!

  2. HYEMI says:

    I adore your furniture picks! especially side table + print!
    Can’t wait to see the tour of your living room :)

  3. Sally says:

    Love love this look! Such beautiful pieces, they all look great together here so bet it looks even better in your home! Great tips for Ikea hacks too, I might have to give them a go when I move!

  4. ELOISA says:

    I love each piece in this amazing style mix, and the chair is simply beautiful :)

  5. Quyen says:

    Great clean lines! I have similar furniture, but I added colorful textiles we found from Peru to warm up our industrial loft.
    http://liveitinerantly.com

  6. JACLYN says:

    Love the look! I’m a big fan of IKEA hacks, too. Plus, in the end, sometimes I think you end up prouder of the final piece since you did something to it yourself, ya know?

    • breanna says:

      For real, so true! I know I could have purchased a really pretty mid-century couch on Thrive, but now … I have more cash in my pocket and I’m super proud we pulled it off! WIN WIN.

  7. Anni says:

    I love how this is turning out! We’re redecorating our apartment right now and running into the same issues… my tastes run really mid century modern and I would buy all of West Elm if I could. It’s really inspiring to see the creative ways you’ve made your space your own + stylish. Love it!

    • breanna says:

      Thank you! And yup, there were a few times that I unexpectedly landed myself in West Elm roaming for a really long time, trying NOT to buy things / but wanting everything. Ugh.

  8. Janine says:

    love this look for a living room!
    – Janine
    http://www.janinemaral.com/

  9. i love the stuff you picked. can’t wait to see the big reveal. i am sure it’ll be awesome.

  10. alicia says:

    That ice cream print is the best. I went to a friends house the other day and she had it in her entrance hallway, so awesome.

  11. Brianna says:

    ok. twin we need to stop. I did the same ikea hack on my Karlstad except mine is in the super dark grey color. And I also have that rug. Now just on the lookout for a healthy fiddle-leaf … can’t wait to see your final photos.

    • breanna says:

      TWINS WE ARE. I thought there was only one super dark grey ikea cover for the karlsdad? Ours looks basically black … although we have the super dark grey kind, because technically they don’t sell black. So does that mean we really do have the same? Ha!

  12. Angel Y. says:

    I’m going to look more into this Fauxdenza. My living room and dining room currently melt into each other and I need something to separate them STAT. Loving what everything is starting to look like!

    • breanna says:

      Definitely! We’re looking into it as well right now, just need to source some wood to use at the right size + cost.

  13. Melanie says:

    Eep so glad you mentioned Hunt + Gather. FINALLY moved here, but in a temporary housing spot. So when we move into our new apartment we’re literally starting from scratch. I brought dishes from home and the random picture frame, but besides that I have absolutely nothing. Not even a bed! I’ve been researching the cheapest places for big items (bed, couch, shelves, etc) but will definitely need good local sources for cheap decor!

  14. I’ve moved into a new appartment and I have been so obsessed about making it personnal and cozy since then. What is funny is that I think that it’s gonna mark the transition between the period of my life where I spent all my money on clothes, to an other one where I spend it all on furnitures and homeware. Maybe the next one will be … Food !

  15. […] while back Bre posted about DIYing her Karlstad sofa into a more mid-century look, and I’ve been dying to do the same. But she turned me on to the […]

  16. Alee says:

    Loving the style of everything here! If you are still looking for some cheap fabric and haven’t checked out SR Harris yet it is a MUST! So much fabric you will be overwhelmed…in a good way!

  17. Emilie says:

    I love your style!

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