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.