Drumroll, please! I'm excited to say that our living room is *finally* finished! After almost five years of adding things here and there, waiting for just the right item to come along and a few DIY projects, it's complete! I absolutely love this room. Every time I walk in our front door, I smile as I take in the view. To me, it's perfect.
The final touch was this gallery wall that I've been planning forever...
A month or so ago I posted this photo on our Facebook page. I had bought all of the frames from IKEA. (They're the Ribba frames in white.) and finally got around to figuring out how I wanted to hang them. I went a little "frame crazy" and actually ended up with about 7 left over. Whoops! Don't worry, I'm sure they'll all find a home on a wall somewhere in our house!
Next, I put my hubby to work hanging the frames. He's an engineer, so he actually enjoys things like this. He even uses a level. Me? I'm more of an "eyeball it and hang" kinda girl. He's not a fan of my technique. ;)
Once he finished hanging the frames, we noticed that they were a bit crooked. We used Command Velcro to keep them straight and secure on the wall- worked like a charm!
And, here is our completed gallery wall in all of it's glory! It's simple, colorful and bright. Exactly what I wanted.
A little rundown of what we hung up:
1. Custom State Printables from Olive and Birch. (I made the "Home is Where the <3 Is" printable in the middle.)
2. My favorite photos of my boys taken a few years ago by Kiss the Moon Photography.
3. A beautiful pet portrait, painted by LauraKG, of our beloved boxer Charlie who passed away a few years ago.
4. One of our wedding photos taken by Corey Ann Photography.
5. Our wedding "Guest Book Tree" that we ordered from Peachwik.
6. Family beach photo taken last summer at Carolina Beach
Here's a more close-up look at our Guest Book Tree. I love how personal it is and that it's out for us to look at all of the time! My favorite "leaf" is the one that my husband signed when I wasn't looking on our wedding day. He wrote, "I can't believe I got to marry the girl of my dreams! So much love, Jason"... He's definitely a keeper. :)
The gallery wall was the last piece of what felt like a never-ending puzzle when it came to completing our living room. It's evolved a lot since we moved in almost five years ago. It's been repainted three times, been furnished with different furniture and has been rearranged more times than I care to mention. But, finally, I feel like it's done! Whew! And I'm so happy with it. :)
Here's the wall across from the couch. We had to hire an electrician to come and run the wiring for us to hang the TV up over the mantel and hide all of the loose wires. It was worth the money. We spent almost a year with wires hanging down from the TV onto the mantel and I couldn't stand it! The brown reupholstered chair was an easy project that turned out beautifully. Isn't it wonderful when paint and/or fabric can breathe life into an object? And behind the chair you'll notice the glass bottle wall sconces that I made last year. They're still one of my favorite projects. I'm looking forward to when the peonies are back in bloom so that I can fill the jars with them!
None of the furniture in the room was purchased new, other than the IKEA Billy bookcases flanking the fireplace. Everything else was found on Craigslist, a local painted furniture site, or at Goodwill. It pays to wait for exactly what you're looking for. A lot of times you'll get a really great deal out of it! :)
I get a lot of questions about all of the white furniture. I love it. It's bright, cheerful, clean and neutral. The couch and chairs are slipcovered. We've had everything from red wine to coffee spilled on them and there's never been a problem getting the stain out. I simply throw them in the wash with some bleach and they're as good as new! I live with two toddler boys, so it's hard to keep their dirty little feet and hands off of the couch! Our house is lived in, but still looks nice most of the time. If you're on the fence about getting white furniture, I say to go for it! If I can do it, so can you.
A happy spot by our front door. I made the A-Z bookends, tweet sign, and coffee filter wreath. And I also painted the coral, monogrammed tray and the picture frame. The trunk is from Target and holds most of our DVDs. The curtains you see were a Target clearance find. It took me four years to find the perfect curtains for this space. I'm so happy that I held out, because I absolutely love these! :)
What do you think of my "finished" living room? Are you a fan of white furniture? Is there a room in your home that makes you smile every time you walk into it?
Have a great weekend, friends! Thanks for stopping by. :)
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