Mar 28, 2014

Living room update, at last!

As you may know, we moved into our current home about 4 months ago, in all it's original 70's glory. At the time we only owned one sofa - a white second-hand piece that served us pretty well in our old living room at the last place, but wasn't really working in our new large living room:


We hummed and hah'ed for ages over getting new ones, and eventually decided that it was time to take the plunge and do it - the kind we could keep forever and that would be comfortable for my talll husband. Also, we could NOT WAIT to be able to have guests around and actually provide them with somewhere to sit! Kind of important.

I took these photos this morning, after the couches were given a test-run at the husband's birthday over the weekened. There was a huge turnout of lovely guests, and these large beauties performed perfectly. For the record, they are more ginormous than they appear - the larger one is nearly 3 metres (~9 feet) wide.

It feels like a real grown-up room now, rather than a half-empty student flat... :)

Living room before and after - Amy MacLeod 
Living room before and after - Amy MacLeod

Living room before and after - Amy MacLeod

The rug (Urban Outfitters) featured in our last living room too. I didn't plan to use it here, but it just happened to work and add the right amount of pattern to the space. Suddenly the teal-green carpet doesn't seem so bad, which is lucky, because new carpet is expensive!

We have cream curtains on their way for this room which should streamline the colour palette a bit further, too. I wouldn't mind some cream cushions as well; these chevron ones get a bit dwarfed:

Living room before and after - Amy MacLeod

  There is such fantastic light in our house (sometimes I have to keep the curtains closed as the sunlight streaming in makes it way too hot. I love it). This corner with the huge ottoman is quickly becoming a favourite reading + hot beverage spot for each of us in the morning.

Living room before and after - Amy MacLeod

I still have plans for this room (as always) like filling in this blank wall with some frames or mirrors.

Living room before and after - Amy MacLeod

Maybe a gallery wall something like this mock-up below?  I'm really keen on some New Zealand landscape paintings for this spot. We'll see...

Living room before and after - Amy MacLeod

Because the room is so large and the couches are on opposite walls, I've pulled this one about 1-2 feet from the wall. It means I can easily walk behind to open curtains, makes the space cosier, and at some point I imagine this would be a good spot to stash toy baskets and things when we have a toddler...

Living room before and after - Amy MacLeod

The third wall houses the TV unit, which is all going to change at some point with the arrival of a piano so it's staying like this for now.

The double doors lead into the dining room with it's gorgeous brown vinyl floors... ;)

Living room before and after - Amy MacLeod

After the party on the weekend, we crashed onto a couch and watched movies and it was BLISS and I actually feel so horribly spoilt and lucky to have big grown-up new couches. I don't know of many people who would say that owning 2 big sofas was a dream come true but.... it was a dream come true.

Here's a satisfying before and after of the current progress of this room.
I always have more to do to a space, but for now it just feels soo lovely in here that I'm quite content.


...and after:

 Living room before and after - Amy MacLeod

 Hope you enjoyed this peek into our home!

Isn't it crazy how much the neutral tones tone down the carpet and general yellow+green vibe that the room was giving off before?

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