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Home Tour – Living Room

I’m pretty excited to share my living room with you today! We did a lot of work to this room and made a lot of changes last year that I haven’t blogged about yet. This space has made a complete 180 from the day we got our keys to this house. There are still a couple of small things I want to update or change, but overall…it is pretty much done. It’s my favorite room in the house, which is great since it’s the one we spend the most time in! 

{I’m going to do my best to include sources, but feel free to ask if you have any questions!}

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoiseBefore we get started with the pretty pictures, you have to see some “before” shots to fully appreciate how far we’ve come. 

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      BeforeAs I’ve mentioned before, our home was nearly 20 years old when we bought it from the original owner. She had never so much as painted a wall. All of the flooring was still original and had seen better days. We have since replaced the old carpet with engineered wood floors in the entry, living room and kitchen.

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      BeforeLovely, no? Who doesn’t want crystal fan pulls?

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      BeforeProbably the same crazy person that doesn’t want this lovely fireplace set. ;)

And this is what our living room looks like now {looking from the front entrance}…

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, painted in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoise

Last Spring, I re-painted the walls Mindful Grey by Sherwin Williams. {Side Note: I’m not sure why it looks like the paintings above the sofa are hanging so high. They’re not that high in real life.}

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, painted in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoiseWe also replaced our hand-me-down furniture with a couple of Ikea favorites – the Karlstad sectional with the darker grey slip cover and the Strandmon wingback chair. The rug is from RugsUSA, one of the best sources for rugs! They have several sales a year where you can score rugs for 50-80% off. This normally $1,000 rug was a steal at just $200. I love a good bargain! It has held up very well. 

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, painted in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoiseThis chair is SO.COMFORTABLE. It is the perfect reading chair. The pillow cover is from H&M {they have seriously adorable and affordable home goods}. You might also notice that Macy felt the need to be in nearly all of my shots. She’s a ham, that one. :)

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, painted in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoise

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, painted in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoise

Even though we live in the tropics of South Texas, I am so happy to have a fireplace! It was on my “must have” list when house shopping. I’ve enjoyed it so much more since we added the mantel. I have so much fun decorating and redecorating it with each season and holiday. 

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, painted in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoiseThe mantel is looking pretty simple now with antique, blue Ball jars {leftover from our wedding}, a Goodwill mirror and my chippy oval frame layered on top. I’ve been relishing in the post-Christmas simplicity, but I’m about ready to decorate for Valentine’s Day. 

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, painted in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoise

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, painted in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoiseI’m still loving our TV gallery wall! You can see past posts for how I hung everything and for sources. The media stand is from Home Decorators, but I painted the base of the cabinet with chalk paint. 

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, painted in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoise

One of my favorite parts of the living room is our record cart. I repurposed a Target bar cart to hold our portable record player and vinyl collection. This has become a shared hobby of ours. We love searching through bins of old records for a treasure. 

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Bar cart repurposed as a record cart

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, painted in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoiseWe have a tiny entry way, that you can read about more here. Since it’s not quite wide enough for a console table, I have a small telephone table just outside the entry in a random corner nook.

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, painted in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoiseIt’s a great dropping spot for keys, and the drawer is useful for storing odds and ends like candles and the dog’s leash. The adorable gourd lamps were a Target clearance find. $8 a piece!

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, painted in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoiseAs you can tell, I’m a bit globe obsessed. There are several more in the kitchen and guest room. The bird dish is from Home Goods.  

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, painted in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoiseThe Time Life books stacked on the bottom shelf belonged to my Grandad. I love flipping through the pages when I visited my grandparents house. It is such a special thing to now have in my own home. Aren’t the fabric covers amazing?

Like a Saturday Home Tour : Living Room      Eclectic living room, painted in Mindful Grey with pops of blue and turquoise

The only things left to do in the room are painting the trim, replacing the sofa legs with something a bit more sleek and modern, and replacing the ceiling fan. I’d love to have a beautiful light fixture in here, but we just can’t go without our ceiling fans in Texas. I think installing a white fan would help it to disappear visually into the ceiling. 

I’d also like to add a bit more color in here. Everything is very blue and grey, which is the perfect canvas for pops of color {as our yellow back door plays witness to}. 

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I’ll leave you with this side by side so you can see the difference a little bit of love and a few tweaks can make! We did everything on a budget and stretched it out over several years. Our living room is proof that you can have a home that you love without winning the lottery! :)

Have a great day!

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Living Room Makeover -- this room was completely transformed on a budget!

 

 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TV

Hi y’all! Happy middle of the week! On Monday I revealed our new gallery wall that we put up around the TV {the one that has been in the plans for 2 years}. If you missed that post, you can find it here along with a list of sources. Today, as promised, I’m going to show you how I settled on a layout and then got everything hung. 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TV

The hardest part of this whole project for me was getting rolling. My arrangements almost always start slow, whether its hanging a gallery of pictures like this or creating a mantel display. It takes a bit of time for me to find the right start, but eventually something clicks. Don’t be discouraged if it takes a while to decide on your configuration. 

I gathered all of the frames and items I had collected over the last several months and a couple different rolls of wrapping paper {in different colors}. First, I made templates by tracing the outline of each item I thought I might hang on brown paper. I cut them all out and labeled them {except for the ones I could easily identify}. I also marked where the nails should go on many of them to make the actual hanging that much easier. 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TVI started plotting out my arrangement by hanging the templates around the TV with tape. I played around with it a bit, moving them around until I thought I had the right fit. This is the best way to see how the shapes and sizes of your wall hangings will work together, but it is good to keep in mind what colors you are working with. 

Once I was happy with the template layout on the wall, I moved to the floor. I measured the height and width of the TV screen and created another template with a different color of wrapping paper. I laid that onto the floor, and then started mimicking the template layout with the actual frames. 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TVSince I used multi-colored frames, laying them out like this was the best way for me to see how everything worked together visually. This would of course be most simple if only using black and white prints in one color frame, but I guess I like to keep things interesting for myself. ;) 

If I made a tweak to my layout on the floor, I did the same to the template layout on the wall. Once I was happy with my arrangement, it was time to hang! I used a combination of nails, thumbtacks, and command trips to get everything hung. I could hammer a nail or stick a thumbtack directly through the marked spot on the template, and then just tear the template away to make sure I got everything hung in the right spot. I started from the left side of the TV and worked my way around. 

How to Hang a Gallery Wall around the TVI worked on hanging the gallery wall over two days {an hour here and there}, but you could definitely knock this out in an afternoon. 

Do you have any special tips for hanging art?

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TV Gallery Wall

The last few weeks have been about taking care of items that have been sitting on my to-do list for…ever. I have been dreaming up a gallery wall to go around our TV in the living room since the end of 2012 when we upgraded from a box TV and giant entertainment center, to a flat screen and media stand. I am absolutely thrilled that my idea is now a reality! Gallery walls are such a fun way to inject a bit of your personality into your space. They can be done in any variety of ways. I love an eclectic gallery wall that tells you a bit about the people who live in the home. 

TV Gallery Wall

I wanted to put a gallery wall around the television to help it blend in a bit more. My goal was to create a focal wall with meaningful arts and prints…and, “oh, there’s a TV there, too” — as opposed to just being the TV wall. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a TV wall in your house. The way our house is built, this wall is pretty much the first thing you see upon entering, so I wanted to pretty it up a bit. 

As a reminder, here is what this space looked like before both the gallery wall and painting the media stand :

TV Gallery Wall

 And here is what it looks like now! 

TV Gallery WallI am really happy with the end result! I started to get a bit nervous when I was laying it out. I was concerned that it would make the room feel cluttered. I think it adds more character to the space, and having some height on that wall highlights our tall ceilings and actually makes everything feel a bit roomier. The dark and wooden frames seem to add warmth and coziness to the room as well {despite the fact that most of the art has blue tones – which I just now realized and was totally unintentional. I may have a thing for blue.}. Oh! And my adorable new blanket basket is from the Nate Berkus line at Target. How can one love a basket so much?

TV Gallery Wall

TV Gallery Wall

TV Gallery Wall

TV Gallery Wall

And the view after walking in the front door….

TV Gallery WallI’ll show you later on this week how the gallery wall came to be, but today I’ll leave you with a list of sources. 

TV Gallery Wall

 

  1. Travel Map of Finland – this belonged to Tim’s Grandpa {who was born in Finland}
  2. Hot Air Balloon with C.S. Lewis Quote – Hope Ink
  3. Psalm 28:7 – I can’t remember who makes this, but it came from Zulily. {Let me know if you know who it is from!}
  4. Custom Hand Painted Monogram – The Winsome Palette {my Aunt makes these and they are fabulous! She does a variety of colors and background images. They make awesome gifts!}
  5. A paint by number I did from Hobby Lobby. Because I am a 5 year old in my heart. ;)
  6. George and Martha Washington Silhouettes – vintage, belonged to my Grandma {similar here}
  7. Isaiah 40 Print – Hope Ink
  8. From a 1979 calendar {it doesn’t get more random than that}
  9. Wooden Arrow from Hobby Lobby
  10. “H” Hoop Art – something I made forever ago
  11. Engagement photo
  12. Ocean Painting – online flea market
  13. Wedding photos

 Do you have a gallery wall in your home? What is your philosophy on television placement?

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