Category Archives: Living Space

Living Room Coffee Table

I finally found the vintage coffee table I’ve been searching for over the last year. The woman I purchased the dresser for this room from offered to keep an eye out for this table, but I wasn’t holding my breath because she had never seen anything like it before. Last weekend, I got an email from her that she had found one at a furniture re-seller in Atlanta that primarily deals in mid-century designs.

I fretted right up to the moment we got there when they opened on Sunday at 11:00 am, hoping that no one had purchased it overnight. Luckily not, and now it is mine! And for a fraction of what I feared it might cost. This table is skinny, half the width of our old coffee table, and it fits the scale of the other furniture pieces I’ve chosen for this room. The marble top ties into the round side tables, and the caned shelf ties into the sides of the arm chairs and the wooden end tables on the left side.

I think the only thing left to find for this room is a rug. We have been pleased with the Ruggable rug we got for the den recently, so I think we will go that direction again if I can find a pattern I like.

Den Updates

At the end of 2018, we started our search for a new sectional for the den. The recliners we’ve had for the last five years were comfortable, but we had to keep them so far out from the wall so that they could lean back, the room looked a little ridiculous. And the mass of cords visible behind them was an eyesore.

Before and After

Bradley has always wanted a sectional, and I agreed it would be nice to have a couple extra seats in the room, but I never saw a sectional that was shaped right for our room, that also had a recliner built in. I did not want to lose the reclining function, but Bradley is fine with an ottoman.

We learned that the furniture store from which we purchased our other sofas offers customizable sectionals, we knew it was the answer. I measured the room and found that they had a configuration that would fit perfectly into the space.

The hard part was picking out the fabric. I’ve hated doing that for each piece we’ve purchased and I agonize over it. If you ask me, I could have sworn I chose a darker fabric for more of a contrast in the room, but I guess it’s just those darn tiny swatches playing tricks on me.

We went ahead and sprung for an ottoman while we were at it. It’s good for Bradley to prop up his feet or to put a tray on to corral things.

The slipper chairs were already in the room. They were just a clearance find at Target to give us a couple of extra seats in the room. The rug is also a new addition. I found it online from a site called ruggable.com – they are machine washable! We will see how it does, but for now we love it. It was the perfect find for the room that we hang out in the most and where the dogs spend a lot of their time.

Another small addition were these adorable vintage-inspired green milkglass pieces that I got at Hobby Lobby. I mixed them in on the bookshelves that flank the fireplace just for little pops of color and texture. Finishing touches are always the most difficult part of decorating to me.

Living Room updates

Over the last four years, I’ve been working towards getting furniture for our living room that better fits the space.  Last year, I added two vintage armchairs and we changed out the loveseat and sofa we had been given to a pair of matching petite loveseats.  The front end of the room was empty-feeling, so I brainstormed some ways to add visual weight to that side of the room.  The exterior side wall has an off-center window, so I wanted something to balance the window without adding too much visual weight.  I found a gold and glass etagere on Ballard Designs that I loved, but it was more than I wanted to spend.  After a little research, I found a piece that looks just like it for a fraction of the cost on Amazon.

To fill out the space under the front windows, I decided to find a vintage credenza or dresser.  Mid-century style furniture tended to sit lower to the ground and it was easier to find wider options in this style as well.  This 9-drawer dresser was the perfect size for this spot, not too deep so it does not block the walking path and not too high so it doesn’t block the bottom of the windows.

The final piece I need  to replace in this space is the coffee table.  Our current one was an inexpensive Craigslist find when we first moved in, just to get something in the space.  It works fine, but with our furniture being more petite now, it feels a little big and heavy.

I’ve been searching for inspiration, and finally came across a picture of this vintage coffee table I love.  The problem will be finding one for sale and determining if it is more that I would want to spend.  The stone top would tie into the side tables and the caned shelf would go really well with my armchairs.

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Holiday House Tour 2017

We ordered a pair of new loveseats as our anniversary gift this year.  These finally replace a sofa and loveseat set we got as hand-me-downs years ago.  I was very grateful to have them for free for many years, but ultimately they were oversized for our room and the wrong color.  I wanted something more petite, not deep and more tailored looking.  I also did not want oversized or tall arms.  Bradley liked this loveseat with it’s touch of mid-century style.  I liked that it was shallow and not oversized.  We were able to pick out the fabric and have them made by Craftmaster. I thought the button-tufting on these were less formal than deep tufts and complimented the button tufts on the chairs that I had recovered earlier this year as well.  I did not like the 7″ tapered round legs that came on the loveseats, so I found some 5″ tapered square legs online that better matched the style of the chairs.  At only 5’3″, it is so hard to find furniture that allows my feet to sit on the floor without having to slouch or perch on the edge.

We had an issue getting the correct loveseats in, so after ordering them in September and expecting them around our anniversary at the end of October, we finally got the right ones in time for Christmas decorating.  I also picked up a new pair of mid-century-inspired side tables at Target for one of the loveseats.  I really like the marble tops to kind of shake up all the wood pieces in the room.

On to the dining room.  I finally bit the bullet and got all of the curtain panels in here and the living room hemmed.  I also added simple roman shades to both rooms for added privacy and light control when needed.  My Christmas decorations are minimal this year – table runner, a poinsettia from my neighbor, and some vintage ornaments in a lantern.

On the mantle, I didn’t feel like pulling out the Willow Tree nativity from Bradley’s grandparents, so a simple garland, banner and metallic trees with deer are it.

The red and black buffalo check monogram letter is new this year, but otherwise, just my normal nativity set ups.

The bulldog treat jar always gets dressed up this time of year and of course I have out the light bulb ornament I made years ago.

We have a couple of new travel ornaments this year on the tree.  We went to Nashville for a weekend to see Our Lady Peace in concert.  We also visited Bradley’s brother and his family in Portland this fall.

I will end the post with our early Christmas gift from mother nature – 6-8″ of snow!  We survived without losing power, but the Japanese maple tree in front of our garage couldn’t handle it and we had two very large limbs come down.  Luckily, I hadn’t gotten around to wrapping it in Christmas lights yet, and it might not be salvageable so it may never get decorated again.

Cane Chairs

 

I finally found two great little petite chairs for the front of our living room.  I’ve been searching for a pair of Lewittes caned wingback chairs for over a year, but not having much luck.  I had a saved Craigslist search and these popped up in the next town over, so I decided to go for it.

Before:

The burgundy fabric was not going to work for me and the padding was a little flat, so I decided to try having something reupholstered for the first time.  The recovering of the chairs cost seven times what the chairs themselves cost, but I am so pleased with how they turned out.  The upholsterer added padding to the seat and back cushions, and even made the back of the seat cushions follow the curve of the back of the chairs.

I chose a fabric by Richloom – Olson Cement.  It is a nice putty color in a subtle herringbone pattern.

I love the caning, and with a little Restor-A-Finish on the wood, I think they will clean up really nicely.  The size is perfect for under the front windows in the living room and they don’t block traffic in and out of the room.  The best thing about them is they are good short-people chairs.  I (at 5’3″) can sit all the way back in the chair and the front of the seat hits the back of my knees with my feet flat on the floor.