Updates on Decorating

A couple of weeks ago you might have seen this post I wrote on planning the new look of my living room. I was really excited about finally solidifying a color scheme for the room. It made the whole process of gathering and forming a home a lot less daunting. Now I’m giving a little update on how the space is going, for all my fellow post-grad, poor as shit, IKEA shopping DIYers out there. This is how your peer is getting by.

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It turns out picking the color green as the central focus for the room was a great idea. When I first pitched it to the boys they were suuuper unenthusiastic, but then I just went ahead with my plans (as always) and they ended up really liking the outcome (as always). Green turned out to be a perfect compromise of feminine and masculine, it compliments other colors really well (think various holiday decorations), and it’s really easy to find stuff in the shade you want. Plus, I can kill two birds with one stone by buying plants to display: more green and I looove having plants in the home. Boom.

You’ll see a lot of similarities between the Photoshop plan and the real deal, but what you won’t see are the $100 throw pillows from One Kings Lane. I just really couldn’t swing that. So instead I opted for some cool pillow covers from Society6.com. I have these two white suede pillows that I display either as is or stuffed into other cases, so I saved some money (and space) by just buying the pillows.

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The gold foil coffee table tray is from West Elm, and is a huge hit in the home. It pops against the green and the dark brown hues so so well. I’m a huge fan of the gold-green-brown-white visual, so you can see that playing a role throughout the room. It makes for finding fun knick knacks an interesting adventure.

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We also finally mounted our TV! And the boys hung corner shelves! Which I don’t hate! Hoorah!

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And finally, a cool project that I wanted to share. For as long as we’ve lived here my roommate has wanted so badly to put up a small shelf right next to the couch so that he can”rest his drink on it.” I know.Why even have a coffee table, right? But I’ve learned to pick my battles. I was not about to ruin a nice room with a random, frat-house-dorm-room style shelf, so I proposed a DIY sofa table instead. I really love the way it turned out. The project costed about $50, and took just one Saturday evening. I got the tutorial for the table here, and made some modifications to fit our needs. It was honestly really easy and is such a sweet addition to our home. Thank you, DIY Gods.

And that’s it! We still have a long way to go, but I feel like the light at the end of the tunnel is fast approaching.