Slowly but surely, things are coming right along at the house.
But I won't focus on that. Today I thought I'd give you a quick peek at a few living room updates.
You can see all the before pics of this space here if you missed it.
Here is where we're at now:
We looked at a billion rug options and fell in love with plenty before deciding that budget and practicality meant we should use our old rug in here. It is not totally ideal in terms of size (it comes a tad closer to the barstools than I'd want) but we can live with it. The price is obviously right. And we know that this rug absorbs stains like no other (it has had everything from baby spit-up to red wine spilt all over it but seriously looks brand new). Since we are about to introduce baby #2 we figured this was pretty great. Plus, we don't want anything we will feel too fussed about (and rugs can be a big investment) with kids and parties and whatnot, so this one totally works. We didn't spend much on it in the first place, and won't feel super protective of it now.
You can see the rug in our condo here.
The sectional and white storage cabinets are new. And I loooove them.
For cabinets, I knew I wanted a wall of long, low storage with doors to hide our junk. We knew we'd sit the TV on top and then eventually create a little gallery wall around it (this is really the only wall to hang lots of art, and we have ideas for what we'd like to do with it one day).
We looked at a billion options and settled on the Ikea Besta units.
For our measurements, we went with two double-doored units and one single door. We considered several door options and loved the high gloss white ones, but thought the ones pictured above would work best with our kitchen (which the room is totally open to). We added glass tops that ikea makes (they are for the "malm" but fit perfectly -- specifically we used one short one (which covered a double unit) and one long one (which covered the double and single together). The glass looks beautiful, helps it feel like one long unit and protects the surface of the cabinet. We also added chrome legs. In the pic there is a big gap, but that is only because we hadn't slid them into place yet. We were actually still working on changing out the electrical receptacles in behind at this time. So ignore that.
Here's a reminder of how it looked before:
And all that burgundy? Gone.
Now, everything has been painted a soothing "greige" colour. I wanted a grey that felt warm, and wanted to be sure it wouldn't read as blue or purple (so many greys seem to). We went with Popular Grey by Sherwin Williams for all the walls (and Benjamin Moore's Decorator White for the ceiling). Super happy with both! Here's the swatch of the Popular Grey.
See how much paint brightens things up?
A quick side-by-side look at then and now:
I'll share more about other stuff in the room (the mix of old and new pillows, the new sectional) and of things we are working on that I hope to have done soon (window treatments, how we're organizing those cupboards, accessories, etc.) but for now thought I'd give you this mini update on the space.
I'm heading back to bed with Benny now. Both of us are sick with pretty wicked coughs. Movie day for us :)