Random Living Room Finds

Thursday, September 27 2012

Tonight I got totally distracted dreamshopping online (I didn’t really buy anything).  I really had no mission in mind at all, but occasionally I sit down to tweak a few of my past mood board sets; changing things up a bit.

So, tonight I was focused on the living room, which was first posted about a year ago.  Crazy! One. Whole. Year. YIKES! I thought I’d be further along than what we actually are, but at the same time,  nothing happens very quickly around here, except maybe meal time!  (Snail’s pace, I say!)

So, anyway, here is a little update.

First from the original plan:

Cozy Family Room

Cozy Family Room by monkeysonmyback on Polyvore

The past year included painting the 20 ft. cathedral walls, purchasing the rug, two white leather chairs and the couch with a chaise lounge on one end!  Whew!  Just typing that brought back exhausting memories.

Here are the Living Room purchases:

Living Room

Living Room by monkeysonmyback on Polyvore

Yep.  After 25 paint swatches on the walls for about 3 months straight last summer, and green painters tape mapping out about 4 different seating options, then waiting another three months for our sofa sectional to be delivered, that is where we are!  Deep breath.

We are very happy with our paint color and our furniture purchases, but I am constantly looking at other decor options.

Random Living Room Finds Worth Finding

Random Living Room Finds Worth Finding by monkeysonmyback on Polyvore

It’s fun and very distracting.  Suddenly, 10 minutes of an innocent blog check turns into 2 hours of surfing, pinning, and organizing.  The room is coming together nicely though. Slowly, but nicely.

~Laura

Images: Laura for monkeysonmyback on Polyvore.com. 

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Teak & Gallery Wall

Jada and I had a mother-daughter kind of shopping day yesterday; the day before we went back to school.  The boys (dad included) were occupied with things like daycare and work, so we decided to play hooky from my work and check out some local thrift stores.  Yes, that is the type of shopping that I am talking about, thrifting.  It is fun, well, as Jada says, only when we actually buy something because you usually say no.  She is right.  Even worse, I place a product in question in our cart and walk around the store with it only to decide last-minute that I don’t really need it, want it, or want to spend the money on it (even from a thrift store!).  So Jada blurted the aforementioned line as I was contemplating a furniture piece,  “Can we get it, Mom?  I really like it!  You’ll say no!  You usually say no, right, Mom?  It’s okay….,” as I make my pouty face at her.

Well, look what we walked out of the store with!

A Danish modern teak piece that I still really love… still after it’s 24 hour return policy has passed.  It has potential.  I feared that when Rory returned from work to find this piece sitting outside our bedroom,  he would tell me to take it back.  But he didn’t.  He likes it too, well, as long as I do something to the honey color of it, he says.  I had some ideas the minute I saw it, however:

Still haven’t exactly decided if I am going all white, only drawers white, or only frame white with draws a darker stain… we shall see…

Even-so, it has a home.  It sits at the very top landing of our stairway, which goes up to our bedrooms.  I have been looking for something to grace this space for quite some time, but the width of the wall there is very narrow, so many pieces stuck out around the corner, which I thought would be odd.  So, there it sits; up top the stairs, below the gallery wall.

It is on my summer to-do list.  I will keep you posted…

Wait! Did you mention a gallery wall?  Yes! Yes, I did!

My gallery wall, also a work in progress,  makes me so happy!  Good gallery walls are never done. (Not something my husband wants to hear.) I love photos and memories and for such a long time I had nowhere to put them but in my computer or on CD’s.  Yes, some photos got printed and put into photo books, well they did at one time,  but my fear of clutter and disorganization gets the best of me and I can not imagine living with piles upon piles of old picture books collecting dust on shelves (sorry, Mom).  So, I guess letting the photos collect dust in a ‘disorderly organized‘ fashion on the wall is better.

Every time I walk up the stairs, which is about 20 plus times  a day, I smile.  Not only do I love the photos and the people in them, but my grey walls supporting the black and white frames is my eye candy.

This is what I see as I walk up the stairs.  See our our new Teak friend fits so nicely in that space.

A quick before I found from the archives.

The above is the only picture I have of the walls before.  (Ignore the bag of dirty diapers hanging on the door handle!)

A  left side wall shot.

One of my favorite parts of this wall is the pictures hanging high and low, using the whole wall.  A friend asked if the kids knock into them or smear them up with greasy fingers, and they really don’t, or haven’t yet. Most of these frames have been up since September, too.

The other side.

Here is the other side, thus the right side, of the walls.  Not quite as filled up yet and probably never will be as full as our focal wall.  Notice the empty frame in the background? Yeah.

And some close-ups.

The candid shots are my favorite.

Most of the frames were from Target, garage sales, and Wal-mart.  I really like the gallery-style frames, but do like the difference in textures and widths that I have here as well.  I debated using all white frames only.  The smattering of black frames in the mix is just enough for me.

This post was motivated by a mother-daughter moment resulting in a furniture purchase.  Recall I was put in my place by my six-year old?  And, it all kind of makes me smile.

~Laura

Images: 1, 5-12)  Laura for Monkeysonmyback.com, 2 – 4) Google images

The idea for the letters and number; U, ME, &, 3 was origionally posted by Dana over at Housetweaking.com.  Thanks for the idea, Dana!

All the Green Tape!

We have decided that it’s time to create a functional family room with a little more ‘direction’.  Right now, our furniture, which worked well in our last home, is arranged in total disagreement to our room’s layout.  It is kind of difficult, however because our TV niche is right next to our fireplace.  The trouble lies in  arranging the furniture so that both areas are used and a nice ‘flow’ is created.  (Believe me! I have asked three interior designers from the most well-known specialty furniture stores. If anyone else wants to help, please chime in!)  And, what’s with these niches?  We have so many niches in our house that I just don’t know what to do with! (Okay, that’s another post.)

So, if you were to come to our house right now you would see our old furniture sitting on top of some green painter’s tape.  This tape is simply to layout and measure for our prospective furniture arrivals-someday.  We’ve gotten the question from many house visitors, “What’s with all the green tape?!”  I think the most helpful way to pick out furniture pieces is to actually remove all of the old furniture (ours visited the kitchen and the foyer for a while), and tape out each piece in shape and measurement.  This makes it visibly obvious whether or not the furniture will fit, and say, whether or not there will be enough room to walk through!

The names of the furniture pieces are also labeled on the tape.  This is done for me, mostly because it takes us about six months, if not longer,  before the initial thought develops into its completed plan!  In that time, I may forget what the layout was actually for.

While planning this room we had one major factor to consider; the kids.  We need furniture that is easy to clean, provides some storage to hide toys and coloring books, and is darker in color to hide the wear and tear of our jumping jelly beans.  I ordered this swatch from West Elm a while ago and tacked it up in our office.  The color is Faux-Suede Otter.  The feel of this fabric is so soft and plush, like a cozy baby blankie.

Without further ado, here is where I am at right now.  What do you think?

Cozy Family Room

In case you are curious:
1 ~ The wall color of the room is Benjamin Moore’s Kingsport Gray.  It actually appears dark on the swatch but our room has very high windows, which makes this a very warm and inviting gray color in our family room.  I love gray!
2 ~ I want some kind of tri-pod lamp because I just like the look of them.  I found a few here, and here.
3~ This chair is the Petrie from Crate and Barrel.  I love the white leather against our gray walls.  The tufted button back is pretty nice too!  (Check this similar chair out from Ikea’s Karlstad series.)
4~ I am digging the Chevron print lately.  Just put these in for fun, but I really like the look.  Not sure how they would work though, as the wall color is almost too similar.  Plus I really like the Grommet look and these don’t have that option.  May just stick with my pretty white curtains for a while.
5~ This bookshelf from Ikea, is actually moonlighting as a console table behind our couch.  Couldn’t beat the price and for our purposes, kids and function, it’s perfect.  Bought some nice baskets on our recent Ikea run that fit perfectly and make clean-up time a breeze.
6 & 10~ I love mixing the wicker in now and again.  Brings in the warmth and smooths out all the straight lines.  I plan on filling that basket with cozy blanket throws.  It seems easier to throw them in the basket than to fold them up and neatly place them on the arm of the chair…at least for the rest of my family.
7~ The rug allows for a neutral color scheme, but brings in plenty of possibilities; yellows, blues, light grays…hmmm?  Also a nice contrast with the couch color, Otter.
8~ The couch pictured is similar to the one we actually ordered, but my husband was really excited about a chaise lounge on one side for his major football marathons!  I am sure I can find a purpose or two for a chaise as well.  The color is Otter.  It appears a deeper gray and is the ever-so-soft faux suede fabric from West Elm.
9~ The table slides open and has tons of storage inside.  Solid, but gives a bit of a visual interest as well.
10~ More wicker, and as a side table! Sweet!
11~ Many pillow options from here, here,  and here.
Remember  the initial problem was (and still is) the funky TV niche adjacent fireplace?  Here is a little sketchup ( yes, that’s like ketchup with an ‘s’) of my plans, minus straight lines or perfect scale.
Notice the piece in the upper left-hand corner with the big ? on it.  Right now we are not sure what will go there, but the space is open, and big enough to allow for another comfy seat.  Hmmm…
The contemplating continues.  I am always trying to find something I really love, but on sale or at a better bargain price!  (I wonder who I got that from?  Thanks Mom!)
Hopefully I will have some before and after pictures to share before next year!  Until then, people who walk into this house will be seeing a bit of green tape.  I am looking forward to the day that it is replaced by the real thing!