Monday, February 28, 2011

Our Living Room

After fighting a near-debilitating headache Saturday, I finally utilized the tripod my mom got me for my birthday last month by taking some much needed pictures of our living room. It's not "done" by any means; I never made those leopard print pillows, or hung the gallery wall, and the mantle is only half decorated, but it's 100x better than it was this time last year.

February 2010

February 2011

We still have the same coffee table, but I pushed it into the hall for these shots. 

February 2010

February 2011
Not a great shot, it's hard to see the detail on the couch, but it's apparently the best my point and shoot is capable of, even using the tripod and a higher ISO. Although maybe that's not what I should have done. Photography is not my forte. It was in H.S. and college, but I don't retain information I don't use everyday. It's so much nicer watching movies on the couch, as opposed to crammed in the chairs with a dog each. lol I talked about the lamps here and the side tables here.

February 2010

February 2011
Before we got a flat screen our television lived in the media cabinet. Which I've obviously painted. I am so much happier with it now. It fits the house better and looks almost Victorian and dainty as opposed to '70's and oppressive. I'll show you the deets this week. The Mr. made the frame for our television and I silverleafed it. I still need to figure out a way to hide the wires and get the gallery wall hung.

And some superfluous shots, just because. 

I LOVE that black urn. I just got it at HomeGoods on Friday - only $12.99! Crazy, no? That's also one of my new Goodwill goblets holding a succulent, also a recent purchase. I hear they are harder to kill, so we shall see.

This little money tree is also a new plant purchase. Let's see how long I can keep it alive... The stalks/branches/trunks/whatever are braided together. They were being held in place by a twistie-tie, which looked awful. So I removed the tie and used a length of hemp twine to replicate the way it was bound. Much nicer. I moved the shed antler from our Christmas mantle to add some interest to the pot.

The Mr. keeps the firewood right out on the front porch and he was tracking in lots of dirt and bark pieces whenever he would fetch a load. I finally ordered a door mat a few weeks ago. I think it's interesting that I can make sudden, snap judgment purchases on things that may cost hundreds of dollars, but when it comes to deciding on a $40 doormat I panic and freeze. Weird.

So that's our living room currently.  
What do you think? What would you change?


jen @ homeinthecountry said...

It looks great - you guys have been busy! I esp love how you've mounted the tv in a frame. And my dogs are jealous that yours are allowed on the furniture... :)

Kristina P. said...

Everything looks so bright and clean!

the cape on the corner said...

it looks fantastic, and subtle, yet definitely fantastic. is it your camera? the windows on either side of the fireplace-what was covering them before.

oh,and succulents-yeah, i am currently killing one. its brown and dead towards the base, but there's new growth at the top. i'm not quite sure how that happened or what i am supposed to do about it. yours looks great in your new vase!

Sweet Carolina Wife said...

Gorgeous!!! Your house has so much character and I absolutely love everything you've done! Really love the frame around the TV...I'd never think to do that!

Ellen said...

It looks so warm and cozy and inviting and I can just imagine being there with a fire roaring in the fireplce....just one thing, though?.....what's up with the cow picture above the TV?

eddieross said...

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⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

I think Holy Moley you have come a long way baby! I love your changes!

Sara @ Russet Street Reno said...

Wow, it's looking wonderful in there! Your furniture is perfect and I especially love that amazing fireplace. Great job!

KT @ KT's Refinishing School said...

I love all the updates and that fireplace is to die for!

That milk glass urn/vase next to the new Goodwill one is gorgeous--I love the shape! I've really been digging milk glass lately :)

Have a great Monday!

Amanda @ Little House on the Corner said...

It looks great! I am digging that frame for your TV! It fits perfectly with your room. I'm really jealous of your fireplace, too! said...

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