It has been quite some time since I last shared our living room here on the blog. There have definitely been some changes since its last feature post in November of 2014 and I decided it was about time for another living room tour!
Just for fun, here’s what the room looked like when we moved in three years ago (after I scraped off the popcorn ceilings):
What a huge difference mainly cosmetic changes made – I redid the ceilings (easier said than done), painted the front door, painted the walls (twice), did a little surgery on the stairway banister and painted it black… And of course, filled the room up with almost entirely thrift store and Craigslist finds!
I hesitate to ever call a room ‘done’, because I’m just a perpetual decorator – new finds spark new ideas, tweaks, and overhauls – but I’m pretty darn happy with the state of this room right now.
It’s not at all what I envisioned when I first started working on it three years ago (sun-soaked white walls), but it feels like it finally came into its own – mainly thanks to a few elements that fell into place after a lot of patience and waiting. (Hello fiddle leaf fig!)
So welcome to my gathered home…
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Let’s start at the front door:
- Wall Color: Behr “Sage Gray”
- Black & White Front Door
- DIY Black & Copper “Hello” Sign
- DIY Malachite Curtains
- Baxter the Boston Terrier Statue: Thrifted
- Vintage Post Office Box: Craigslist
- Vintage Federal Eagle Mirror: Thrifted, similar here
- Brass House Key Hook: Thrifted, similar here
- Leaf Vase: Thrifted
- Vintage Lamp: Thrifted
- Books: Mainly vintage/thrifted
To your right as you walk in:
- Yellow lamps: Thrifted
- Glass console table: Craigslist
- Green glass plate: a gift from Cassie
- Black and white geometric pillows: Hobby Lobby
- Sand art: a gift from my mom; similar here
- Faux succulents & moss rocks: Hobby Lobby
To your left:
- Stark leopard rug: Craiglist
- Emerald velvet sofa: Thrifted
- Lucite coffee table: Thrifted
- Brass Mid-Century floor lamp: Craigslist
- Needlepoint pillow: Thrifted
- Leopard pillow: West Elm, no longer available
- Vintage French sideboard: Craigslist
- Vintage ceramic zebra: eBay
- Wooden hand: Craigslist; similar here
- Brass antelopes on sideboard: Thrifted, similar here
- Moroccan leather floor pouf: Thrifted, similar here
- Brad Pitt pillow: Society6
- Faux fiddle leaf fig: Craigslist, similar here
I hope you enjoyed today’s living room tour!
It just makes me so happy to see the way things have fallen into place over the years. Thanks to patience, serendipity, and a lot of treasure hunting, I’ve been able to furnish the room with things I love very affordably.
In fact, as I’ve bought and sold furniture pieces over the years, I think it’s safe to say that I’ve decorated our living room at a profit. I’ve bought vintage pieces, tried them out in the room for a little while (like this coffee table… and this one), and then sold them at a profit to make room for new finds. And being a couch floozy has really paid off, as a few sofa flips covered the entire room and then some!
If I could share one encouragement for gathering a room in this manner, it would be this:
Work with what you find!
For example, I know for a fact that I would never ever have gone looking for a leopard rug. I was looking for a rug, it’s true, but I was open to all sorts of patterns – I spotted this one on Craigslist for a song and decided to try out this radical new styling element… And now it’s one of my absolute favorite things!
I searched and searched for a bargain Mid Century credenza for months. I could picture exactly what I wanted… needed. And yet one never turned up at a price I could afford.
When I spotted my vintage French sideboard on Craigslist (at $250, my most expensive furniture purchase to date), it didn’t fit the bill in any way, yet I found myself drawn to it. I turned it around in my mind, trying it out in the room, and fell even more in love with it than I think I would be with my “dream” rosewood credenza (but don’t test me on that.)
Of course, there are some things I searched for and finally found, like my beloved vintage zebra statue and faux fiddle leaf fig – so persistence can absolutely pay off as well!
But I truly truly value the fact that an extremely tight budget has forced me to be creative in this house, both with DIY projects and gathered finds. The fact is, I simply can’t afford to go out and buy retail most of the time, but I won’t let that keep me from having a home that I love and I am downright thankful that slim funds have helped me discover the joys of gathering!
And that’s what I want to encourage you with today: I absolutely believe that you can create a beautiful space that you love on a tiny budget by finding beauty in gathered things!