Let me give you a little info on the house. It was built in 1958 and has a lot of the original things: light switches, cabinets, doors, kitchen appliances. It was also the model home for our neighborhood. Be prepared to see a lot of retro stuff! In the living room I really wanted to showcase the 50's, but add a touch of our flair!
Today I introduce our living room!
Technically that's the front porch, but I wanted to start it off right!
Our front door. The whole setup is original. The name plate says Mr. and Mrs. Dodd live here. Don't worry, it's us!
These switches are throughout the house on the upper level except in a few places. They are push switches and I LOVE THEM!
The view from our front door. The wall has lights up top! The neutral paint was here and we decided it was perfect and left it!
Our entry way with the door closed. I know the speaker stands kind of throw it all off, just ignore them.
The bench for guests to hide their shoes under, set purses/bags on, and the mirror to hang coats! I got the bench from a local referb shop and I made the mirror out of a window I got at a local antique shop.
I'll hopefully get a post up about how to DIY this window! I'm really proud of it!
The floor lamp, I really love it. It is from www.lampsplus.com (as are all the lamps in the living room).
There are quite a few found items that I got from different local antique shops. This record cabinet is one of them. When my Mom, Aunt, Cousin, and I were out we were tickled to death to find it. When we went to purchase it, it was 50% off! Even better! Originally I was planning on putting DVDs in it, but it makes a PERFECT game cabinet. The green bowl is Fenton and used to belong to my Granny.
One shelf is dedicated to the WiiU and the other holds all of the xbox things.
The DVD shelving was a combined effort between Grumpy and me! When we removed our closet shelves we saved the wood. Later we cut them in half, mounted them to the wall with brackets, drilled holes, and strung rope through them. They hold all of our DVDs perfectly and even has a little room to grow! Plus since we reused the wood it cost us about $40 for all the hardware.
The rope is tied in a figure 8 knot on the tops and crisscrossed to give it a little visual interest. Plus it helps keeps the movies in place!
The view of the living room from the door and behind the couch.
I don't know if you've shopped for rugs recently, but they are EXPENSIVE! I looked locally at all the shops (Target, Lowes, The Home Depot, Menards, Wal-Mart) no one had what I wanted. I wanted a statement piece. Something that would set the tone for the whole room! I tend to get bored easily with room décor so I wanted something that would always go with everything. Enter the most amazing rug I have ever seen in my life. I got it from www.esalerugs.com. It was the exact same price as rugs in the size (5x8) at all the other stores, but it is significantly better quality. The pile is so soft and the colors are vibrant. The coffee table is Lack from Ikea.
Our couch that we had in San Diego never made it on the truck (along with EVERY piece of living room furniture we had) so we got a new one. This one is from Ashley furniture and came with the zig zag pillows. The style is perfect and it goes supremely well with the style of the house.
Our end tables were another antique store find. My mother in law pitched in $20 so they only cost me $1.20! We replaced the knobs because one was missing. I love the large mercury glass lamp. I really wanted to add metallics in a few places throughout the room!
The glass bowl is from my BFF two years ago for Christmas. It goes PERFECTLY! The gold vase is from Target! The geometric shape is really what drew me to it.
The silver and linen geometric pillows and the retro city pillow are from www.allmodern.com.
My favorite chair has made it back into the living room. The monster eye spy pillow is also in the room and actually makes perfect sense here! The brown wooden lamp I picked out just for Grumpy. I wanted to make sure he had some things in here he liked.
I really wanted a 50's style credenza, but they were WAY out of my budget. I was lucky to find this media cabinet that was the right style and size for the right price. Also found at www.allmodern.com.
My curio cabinet is in the corner and filled with all our special little things!
The view from our hallway and a better view of the wooden lamp.
Why yes that is a stone planter in my living room! Isn't it AWESOME, also original! I planted elephant bush plants and named them Fred and George. They are from the succulent family so I am less likely to kill them.
To say that I am proud of the way the living room has turned out would be an understatement. I am so happy with ALL of it. I think it is the perfect mix of retro and current styles.
Hopefully I'll get a chance to blog on the other rooms soon! Until then, Happy New Year!