It's shocking when I look back at photos of what the living room looked like before when we first moved in and compare it to now. What a difference. We made some progress and the last time I shared our living room last October it looked like this. Three coffee tables later...I love it so much more now! The living room is my favorite place in the house because it's so light and bright. In the mornings the amount of light that streams in the east windows is incredible. You can bet I sit right there on the couch and work away on my computer on weekends.
When we first moved in, my inspiration for the house was modern nautical cottage. I love clean modern lines with blue accents and a touch of rustic/vintage. It's important the interior reflects the style of the home (1950's split level ranch) so I wanted the decor to fit the house, but still feel updated. You can see my inspiration post here. When I look back at the inspiration photos I think I did pretty good at taking bits and pieces from each one. It's funny -- sometimes I lean towards more modern and then a few months later I'll change and lean towards more vintage chic so I'm constantly tweaking things. The living room was the first room I tackled in the house though I still feel like it's a work in progress. Something still doesn't feel quite right, but I don't think I ever truly "finish" the decorating process. If you ask Jordon he will tell you about every couple months I get the itch to rearrange and switch around decor in the house.
The room isn't huge and when we bought the sectional, it ended up being slightly too large for the space. We left the couch for several months, and then one day I decided to try rearranging and placed the two sectional pieces across from each other ( how they're pictured above). The room feels bigger and more open so I'm loving the new layout even though the sectional technically isn't meant to be split (one of the couches doesn't have an arm on one side). What do you think of the new layout?
Most of the decor in our living room is thrift or I got it on major sale at Target or Hobby Lobby. The rug is from RugsUSA and it's always the first thing people comment on if I post a photo on Instagram. Sometimes I wish we had a more subtle, neutral rug but the blue is gorgeous and a good dose of color. The TV stand is actually an IKEA hack where I took the Kallax shelving unit and super glued wooden dowels we cut and stained to the bottom to raise the height several inches. I found the coffee table on Craigslist for $50 and the chair is from IKEA. The blue credenza I found on Craigslist and painted it blue, but I'm contemplating painting it a different color. Thoughts? Let me know if there is anything specific you're wondering about. Unfortunately, most of the stuff I can't find online.