It’s “reveal week” for the Fall In Love series I’ve been participating in with 17 other ultra-talented bloggers! Seriously, you guys – can you believe that it’s been six weeks already?!
If you remember, the room I chose to makeover for this challenge is my living room and I had two main issues I wanted to address – the low-lighting situation and figuring out the best furniture placement for the room.
I’m happy to share that despite the fact that the room isn’t actually “finished” yet, I was able to accomplish my two goals!
When we moved in, I painted the walls white to try to brighten up the room, but unfortunately that just seemed to make the room feel even more shaded. So I decided to accept the fact that my living room would probably never be the light bright sun-filled room I originally wanted and embrace its inherent moodiness with my new sage gray wall color. It seemed counterintuitive to paint a darker shade in a low-light room, but it feels so much more cozy and polished now.
In addition to choosing a better paint color, I added some more sources of light to the room with my DIY agate slice sconces flanking the TV, and the two yellow lamps on the console table behind the sofa. In conjunction with my midcentury floor lamp, another table lamp, and the entryway light, the room has plenty of illumination in the evening now!
I also lucked out at the absolute last minute and found a pair of Ikea arm chairs on Craigslist at an extremely reasonable price. I had been planning on playing the Craigslist waiting game and leaving that section of the room bare for as long as it took me to land my dream pair of midcentury club chairs, but realism and a desire to just finish the room already set in and I started brainstorming other options. The chairs got an extreme (and extremely last minute) makeover before they were ready for this room reveal and I can’t wait to share all the details with you soon!
So let’s talk about doing a room makeover in six weeks… You might have noticed that some things didn’t get done, like adding legs to the sofa. (Or sewing new sofa pillows. Or fine-tuning more art choices/placement. But who’s keeping track?)
I was starting to feel bad that I hadn’t been able to accomplish all my goals for the room – that time and money were lacking to achieve my vision – but then I realized that the honest truth is: This is real life. Or at least, this is MY real life.
And sometimes this isn’t the picture we get from Pinterest or some décor blogs. The idea is that you have your perfect inspiration, your curate your perfect mood board, you collect your perfect items, and then, within a reasonable (read: extraordinarily short) timeline, voila – a finished room!
But MY real life has budgets that might preclude shopping retail and involve waiting for something second-hand to come along. Real life has crazy events that pop up and totally exhaust you and derail your projects. Real life means sometimes you commit to a project that takes 10x longer than you expected (those chairs, oh my word!) and leaves you panicked and scrambling for more time. Real life means that sometimes you don’t have all the perfect finishing touches on hand yet because you like to collect things over time or because you need to spread out your home décor purchases.
So I’m okay with waiting. When you furnish your home 98% with thrifted and Craigslist finds, you get used to decorating being a lengthy, ever-evolving process. This Fall In Love challenge was just what I needed to get me moving and thinking and dreaming and planning and actually accomplishing a great deal in this room, so I’m fine with getting it perhaps 85% of the way there and taking my time with the remaining pieces.
There’s a little honesty for you today!
Now, more pretty pictures…
Living Room Sources:
Wall color: Sage Gray by Behr | Malachite curtains: DIY | Gold curtain rod: Home Depot, discontinued – similar here | Brass curtain rings; Target | Brass floor lamp: vintage via Craigslist | Sideboard: Antique via Craigslist | Agate Sconces: DIY | Brass coffee table: Karl Springer, vintage via Craigslist | Leather sofa: Craigslist score | Brass chair: vintage via Craigslist | Black and cream chairs: Ikea hack, DIY coming soon | Zebra pillow: H&M, no longer available | Needlepoint pillow: thrift store | Yellow lamps: thrift store | Glass console table: Craigslist | Black & gold leaf art: DIY | Fight Club quote art: my own design via Canvas People | Leopard rug: bound Stark carpet remnant via Craigslist.
And now, I’m super excited to send you off to check out the other Fall In Love room makeover reveals debuting this week!
Here’s our schedule:
I hope you’ve enjoyed following along with this challenge as much as I have enjoyed participating in it!