Spring 2014 {Partial} Living Room Reveal

As promised, I am sharing my living room reveal! 

You will notice in the title this is only a "partial" reveal. I still have some work to do on our gallery wall with the flat screen and will reveal that as soon as it is done. There are also many things in this room that I hope to do in the future, but I decided I won't hold out any longer on sharing a room tour. 

So here we go! I was actually able to get this room cleaned up and photographed while both kids napped (a miracle!). I will try to explain the pieces in here and what we have done since moving in, throughout this post. If you have any questions about anything you see here, feel free to ask and I will be sure to respond!

I thought first, you might like to see the before. This is what it looked like when we moved in:
I would describe the paint color then as "Macaroni & Cheese." It had to go. We painted it a soft gray called "Puff" by Valspar. 

We also replaced the ceiling fan for a vintage chandelier that we purchased on Craigslist for only $50. 

The laminate flooring was relatively new so we left that as is. It is actually pretty strange to look back now and see how much it has changed. 
Back to my living room now...
I mentioned in my Christmas Home Tour living room post that our sofa and chair are faux suede microfiber. They do look like real leather, which is what I really wanted except that I wanted them to feel cozy

I love them and am really happy we purchased them. They came from the Raymour and Flanigan discount center and we were lucky enough to find the two matching pieces (although on opposite sides of the building!). 

They are so easy to clean up or mask stains which is great with having two small kids.
You will notice that I do not have a coffee table. That is because of having young kids who would, no doubt, get hurt on it all the time. 

We do have a small ottoman that I picked up for $20 at an annual sale in our area. 

I have a suitcase on its side, next to the couch, for keeping drinks on and what not during the day.
The ikat pillow came from Home Goods, and I posted about my vintage sugar bag pillow last week. 

The lead glass window is one of my favorite finds. I hope to hang it in front of these windows eventually. It is currently just propped on the ledge.
One thing that I don't like about our living room are that the windows have no grids. I think that adds so much to the look of a house both inside and out. 

But since these windows were put in by the previous owners and are fairly new, I couldn't convince my husband to replace them

So I propped up some old shutters in the other one just for some extra character. You will notice that they both go the same way...ah well.
One of my favorite things in this room is the yellow rug. I got it at the same annual sale where the ottoman came from (only a few years later). It was only $40. 

I have a thing for mustard yellow (not macaroni and cheese yellow!).
My style is mainly rustic farmhouse with some industrial and eclectic elements thrown in. I would describe our home as an "eclectic cottage". 

I do have a quirky side to my decorating that I know the mainstream just doesn't get. That is okay with me though...I know most of you who visit here get it.
The newest addition to the living room are the hanging lampshades. I hope to hang them from the ceiling in the future (but have to have my husband do that as it's made of plaster).

I am also debating about turning the middle one into a light fixture with a hanging pendant light kit.
In a previous post, I shared the corner shelf that my husband made from a salvage door. In that post, I mentioned that I wanted to change the inside but wasn't sure how then. 
Last week I decided to line the interior with dark brown burlap. 

If you are curious how I did it...well let's just say it involved an iron (for creating clean edge lines and straightening out wrinkles), a glue gun and some scissors and that's about it. It is definitely not perfect but it works for me. 

I love the texture and darker color inside. It adds so much depth and dimension to the room. 

I had a lot of fun decorating it with some simple spring touches. I change out my decor every season or when I just get bored of it. If you come back in a couple of months it will probably look completely different in here!
I added a hint of green to each shelf, mixed with antiques and farmhouse decor. 

Spring always sings of farmhouse style to me. 
On the other end of the couch, I have a stack of suitcases on an antique trunk. 

The trunk is turned around backwards, so my kids don't hurt themselves on the latch (I know they would mess with it if given the opportunity!).
I mentioned the lamp in this post. And the mirror was a birthday gift from my husband the first year we were dating.

And just in case you think things around here are always perfectly organized and "staged for a magazine", here is a little glimpse of reality:
So, one of my kids woke up while I was trying to finish the photographs. He immediately started "rearranging" for me. 

"Who me?"
In a future post, I am going to share our tiny entryway and how we manage with it being directly in our living room and without a coat closet of any kind. 

I hope you enjoyed this room reveal! I have lots more coming in the future, so I hope you will follow along by email, Google Friend Connect or other social media (see sidebar).

Till next time...
~Alice W.

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  1. It's very pretty! I love the pillow arrangement and the collections. xoxo Perfectly appropriate shirt for rearranging.

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    1. Thank you! Yes, that shirt is perfect for it isn't? I didn't even notice...haha!

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  2. Yes Alice, I do get the whole decorating style. I have so many of similar items in many of my rooms. I adore all the farmhouse pieces, the pillows, enamel and scales especially. I have suitcases belonging to my Grandmother that I keep all kinds of goodies in. Really pretty tour.
    Ann

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  3. Your living room is so beautiful and cozy! I love the lampshades, the rug, the mirror....everything!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

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  4. I get it. I esp. get it since I have some of the same things that you do.....shoe molds, old vintage cameras, even the ladder. I love your sofa. It does look like leather. Good for you not having a coffee table. They scare me. My over active son fractured his eye socket on ours when he was four. Ugly eye. Thanks for sharing.

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  5. I love your photo bomber. Such a cutie.

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  6. Love your living room. It just oozes comfort and calm. Love all of your lampshades. I get it and I love the look ~!

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  7. Beautiful!!! I love your living room! As I was scrolling through I kept saying to myself remember to compliment that, and that, and that, and the list got so long I just have to say I love it ALL!!!! :)

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  8. Love how light and bright your space is and how fantastic that rug and ottoman are!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

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  9. It's beautiful!! I love your lead glass window, and the rug...what a steal!
    Oh and P.S. I definitely get your decorating quirk ;) ...and admire it.

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    1. It's always so nice when people "get it" ;) thanks for visiting Olivia!

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  10. love the chair and sofa. I remember how great microfiber suede is, everything cleans up easily. Your home is so cozy and comfortable. love all your wonderful personal touches!

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  11. Oh Alice! Your living room is simply stunning!!!!! Sigh. So warm and welcoming! Love it!

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  12. Lol, macaroni and cheese paint color. That actually does describe it perfectly! The room looks great; so light and cozy at the same time!

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    1. I know, it really does! One time I even made macaroni and cheese and held the bowl up next to it...exact match lol! Thanks for visiting!

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  13. Love it, Alice! Also, love seeing the bits of "real" life too! x

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  14. Love the lamp shades and ladder. Great ideas, I may have to copy that!! Di@Cottage-Wishes

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  15. It's beautiful Alice, but then I knew it would be! :) I am happy that you are posting more often.
    Blessings~

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  16. And it looks even better in person! Great job, honey, everything you do is beautiful. I love all the ideas you have, the burlap on the corner shelf really changed the whole look of the room, I love it all!

    Keep up the good work, love you!
    Mom

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  17. Wow! Your room is gorgeous!! Fabulously done, great job! Everything is beautiful, and lovely arranged. Wonderful! xo Vanessa

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  18. Alice, Your room is absolutely beautiful. You did a great job and I love they layout you ended up with. Love it!!!!! The "staging ruiner" is an especially nice touch. xo Diana

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  19. Alice, I love it! And your lampshade creation is so clever...KUDOS!

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  20. the room looks fantastic and from another eclectic, i totally get it. i love your rug, fantastic.

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    1. thank you! it's definitely great to be among kindred spirits in the decorating world :)

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  21. Hi Alice, It's really amazing. I've never had a thing for leather or leather like looking sofas, but they work just wonderful in your living room. I can imagine to curl up on your sofa and feel totally comfortable. I love all your vintage finds and decoration style. I knew you'd come up with another great idea for your corner shelf after the book stacking didn't work.

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    1. I never did either but then in the past year I began a love affair with worn in/old leather! I couldn't afford the sofa I really wanted from Restoration Hardware but found these and really do enjoy curling up on them watching tv with my husband while he is in the chair :) I always imagined I would have white or linen colored furniture, so when we bought these I was a little worried...but I am glad we got them. I already spilled a cup of coffee on the couch one time lol! Thanks for visiting (and sorry for rambling ha!)

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  22. I so enjoyed your living room reveal--it has so much character and looks so inviting and homey. Your little staging ruiner is a absolute doll!

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  23. I can't tell you how much I LOVE your living room - every single detail
    That corner hutch is beautiful - thanks so much for sharing !
    ( and leaving me in a total depression with how mine still looks )
    I have that Essentially French book too- but that's where all similarities abruptly end lol
    Hugs from Montreal,
    Suzan

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    1. Thank you Suzan! Mine left me in total depression for the last couple of years before I really worked on it lol :) I still have a lot of other rooms that are pretty depressing though! Haha. Thanks for visiting!

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  24. Gorgeous room! Love your corner shelving, so unique and full of so many vintage pretties! Your little "stage ruiner" is adorable!
    Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday...
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    1. Thanks Cindy! It's always a treat when you visit :)

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  25. Everything looks perfect! I love the hanging wire lampshades!

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  26. Beautiful!!! Love the old window and the old chippy things...

    ~Linsey

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  27. Found you at The Golden Sycamore, Love your style!

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  28. Your room looks so comfy and charming, Alice. I love your eclectic style! Your lampshade photo holders are one of my favorite things! There's so many pretty and character-filled details and that is one adorable "staging ruiner"- haha. Mine are a bit older, but I can surely relate :) Thanks for sharing your charming space!

    Jeanette

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  29. Alice everything looks so perfect! I love the shade chandler for pictures you made. Thanx for sharing at THT!

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  30. Hi Alice~Beautiful! Really like what you've done in your living room, Alice. Love your decor style, and love the soft neutral color palette you've chosen. Can you please share that soft gray papint color that you have on your walls? Thank you very much. Greetings form sunny southern California! Becky

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