A couple weeks before Thanksgiving I hinted around to hubs, I wanted to change up the living room. He is always so very understanding about my need to constantly redecorate so of course he was up for throwing around ideas. But with it being near Christmas and lets be honest this room was decorated a year earlier when we moved in so I made the comment “I won’t spend a dollar more than what I can make from selling what we have.” Well since it was my idea and I’m always up for good challenge we had a deal.
My style evolves. One thing that is relatively common amongst my different styles is that I tend to play it safe with colors and stick to neutrals. If I wanted something for pop, I add pillows and throws. This is how I typically redecorate on the cheap. But this time I wanted to get away from the more traditional feel of my furniture and go towards a more of a mid-century modern with a splash of monochromatic while still keeping my somethings old. I love mixing styles. My worst nightmare in design would be a matching loveseat and couch. Ha.
Here are some pictures of the items I was looking at replacing. We invested a decent amount in this Restoration Hardware but unfortunately it never held up to our standards. It never looked like the showrooms and always looked so slouchy except for the chairs but honestly no one ever sat in them.
Items Listed for Sale and How Much they Sold for:(full disclosure we didn’t pay retail for the RH stuff, most likely on sale and couldn’t believe how much it sold for. But it was in really good condition still)
- Belgian Track Arm Sofa $1,000
- Lorraine Chairs $1,050 combined
- Maui Chunky Loop Rug $75
- 2 Navy Poofs from Target $40
- Copper Bench $100
$2,265 was a nice little budget to get this party started. One of the requests of my husband was that he wanted a leather sofa. Welp, budget blown. Those guys aren’t cheap. #amiright? This was my original inspo board.
Only problem this setup was close to 3 times my current budget. Back to the drawing board we go!
So I couldn’t swing a leather couch especially since I wanted a big couch. So I found this chair and was instantly sold. Macy’s (now this is listed on site for so much more than we paid.) We paid with tax and shipping $1,175 and this was our splurge of the project. So $1,090 left to go. Now full disclosure I was gifted this amazing mirror from Ballard Designs from my parents because I am their favorite. So that didn’t come out of my budget. But the stars aligned and it totally makes the room look amazing.
Buying a couch online is scary. Especially since we bought a very well known brand and it failed our expectations. But I found this guy on line at Joss and Main and the specs on it were impressive, not to mention to price was amazing at $771.95 thats shipped and delivered. Yay! That leaves me with $318.05 so I splurged more than I normally do on a rug and got this guy from Rugs USA for $213.80. The “coffee table” which i actually never had one before was just moved from another room in our house and is an old trunk. Last but not least I just picked up the two black chairs from Hobby Lobby they weren’t part of the original budget but I couldn’t stop thinking about them (like for weeks, so you know you need them) and they were so similar to the $775 EACH chairs in the original design these guys were only $131.10 combined. So I had to come up with $26 to cover it and sold my husbands Playstation. hahah. I’d say project was a success.
I don’t know if any of you guys remembered that pink bench also pictured here well obviously that needed a redo as well and I love how it turned out. Everyone loves some black and white polka dots. The lights and side tables were all repurposed from different areas in the house.
When we built this house a year ago we opted out of the built in desk in the kitchen. It tends to turn into a catch all for junk. So for the time being we had that copper bench there. Well when we sold that I replaced it with a desk from our bedroom to free up space in there. Plus working in my bedroom wasn’t as feasible as in the main living area. So until we get a build in bar or buffet, my desk works well right here.
This was so fun project and can’t wait to do the next room.
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