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The Living Room: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

 

The Good:

  • A large, comfortable second hand sectional that sat a lot of our family and friends
  • The corner section to curl up in
  • Letting the dogs up to snuggle because it’s worn and dirty anyways so who cares
  • A rug that provided softness underfoot and warmed up the room and quieted the echoes of an old house
  • The frayed and chewed edges that I secretly kind of liked
  • Kendall’s grandmother’s chair that everyone called the throne and had to try out at least once when visiting
The Living Room: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
The Living Room: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

The Bad:

  • Enough dirt to make a few good men constantly under the old, shedding rug no matter how often you cleaned under it, (which let’s face wasn’t often since it didn’t make much difference)
  • The smell from said rug
  • Lamps that are too short
  • A million pillows because Chloe chewed the sofa cushions
  • A dysfunctional, crowded room
The Living Room: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
The Living Room: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
The Living Room: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

The Ugly:

  • The TV on the mantel
  • An electric cord running across the room for said TV
  • Naked lamp bulbs (which we still have)
  • A dingy, discolored couch
  • The way we feel when we’re in here
The Living Room: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
The Living Room: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly
The Living Room: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly

We don’t have to ignore the bad and ugly to appreciate the good and the beautiful. They’re often intertwined. It’s what and where we choose to focus on that matters.

Appreciating the good and the beautiful also doesn’t mean we have to settle for the bad and the ugly. We can dream and plan and work and save towards change. We all know Rome wasn’t built in a day.

Acquiring pieces for and redecorating our living room has been a slow process over the last few months with still more to go, (yellow walls, I’m looking at you) but right now it’s the progress that matters and feels good. Can’t wait to share more with you soon!

 

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Wall & Trim Color Inspiration for Our Dining Room & Living Room

When researching for the blog one day, I came across the image of this room with light grey walls and darker grey trim and doors, and it struck an immediate chord with me. 

image via: Still Inspiration

At the time we were looking at a different house than the one we purchased and it's style was perfect for a modern French country vibe which has a lot of whites, greys, blues, and light colored wood. Instead of the light grey on the walls, I wanted to do white with grey trim and doors. Once we moved on to this house (#theshorttpickenshouse) I decided to stick with the white walls and grey trim idea. Our plans are to either resell or rent out this place in a few years so although my hubby has given me free design reign, (woot woot!!!) I have to keep in mind other buyers or renters that may be coming in after us and try to make it appealing to them as well. That means I'll be keeping it somewhat neutral while trying to put my own personal touch on it.

As much as I love white walls and their versatility and have shared my love for them here on the blog, everyone is doing it and it makes me want to do something different. So the grey trim and doors is my little something different even though the idea isn't original to me. ;) If you remember from the initial home tour, our living and dining area flow into each other. Keeping that in mind and the fact that our house is so small, I'll be keeping a tight color scheme, and we'll more than likely paint these two rooms the same.

Here are some of the images I've been collecting for inspiration lately. You can view more on my Color Inspiration Pinterest board.

via:  Trendenser

I love, love, love this next space. I mean, why don't they build homes like this anymore?!

via:  Home Bunch
via:  My Domaine
via:  Decor Pad
via:  automotism

I love how they carried the grey all they way to the ceiling in this beautiful dining space. I'm mulling the idea over for at least one of the rooms, but not quite sure yet. What 's your vote? Let me know in the comments!

Be sure to follow me on Pinterest to see what else I'm pinning for inspiration!