The Forgotten Room

Posted on August 15, 2012. Filed under: Home |

We recently celebrated our one year anniversary of living in our house. And how did we celebrate? By furnishing our long empty living room!

Living Room before we closed on our house

Living Room after paint, stenciling, changing switchplates and outlets, and rug

This room needed major help. I painted it. It was baby blue, now it is cream. I stenciled the accent wall (it took hours), hunted down a rug, and began the search for furniture. That couch in the picture is a reject from my parents. Don’t let its appearance fool you. It’s quite possibly the most uncomfortable couch I have ever sat on. This living room has been a long and slow process. At the beginning of the year, we decided to bite the bullet and furnish the room over the next few months. Little did we know it would take longer than that. It always does, doesn’t it? 

We went furniture shopping every weekend for a month. We wanted this room to be somewhere where we can relax, read, look out at the backyard, and be close to the kitchen when food is cooking. We finally found a chair and a couch on our 3rd weekend. Furniture shopping is not much fun. It’s like getting your teeth cleaned, but way more expensive. We bought the chair and couch we liked after a week of thinking about them and crunching numbers. I got a killer deal. I’m a negotiating queen. Hear me roar. We ordered a leather couch and a wingback chair for 45% off retail. The sales lady I worked with the second time I went up there gave me a price $500 under what the owner quoted me the week before. Holla! I worked her down from that. What can I say? I’m irresistible!

The excitement wore off after 14 weeks of waiting. They told me it would take about 12 weeks since we ordered custom leather on the couch, but it took much longer. I was not happy. It finally arrived after 20 weeks. I negotiated for free delivery since it took 2 months longer than they told us and I had to call them to check on it. They did not even realize it was late. Oh boy.

We also purchased an arm chair and ottoman from a different furniture store. It arrived about 5 or 6 weeks after we ordered it. I already shared news of the rug. It was from Overstock. I ordered 2 mercury glass table lamps from Pottery Barn with a gift card I had. They went on sale 2 weeks later and I called customer service to get the difference credited back to my card. They obliged – another win for me despite the phone calls and emails.

The curtains were an adventure as well. I bought fabric swatches – no go. I bought curtains and brought them home, only to return them. I finally found these at Horchow. I waited for them to go on sale and ordered them. The sheers are from Target – $10 a piece. The rod is from Lowes. It was very hard to find a double traverse rod that was long enough for our sliding door. Impossible. Unless you want to spend $200+. This one was less than that with our Lowes credit card.

Once we had the rug, sofa, chairs, and curtains, I ordered 2 photographs matted and framed from We really like them. (I love horsies.)

But we’re on the lookout for a colorful, large piece of art for over the sofa. Though we’re going for the French laundry/Riding club design aesthetic, we would like to have some color in here. The rug, pillows, and curtains bring the color in, but we need something big on the wall as well.

The throw pillows are a collection I’ve been building for a few months. Some are from Home Goods, Overstock, Target, and the red and floral ones are homemade. See my method for envelope throw pillow covers here. If you want to add buttons, multiply the “back” pieces by 1/2 instead of 3/4 in the formula I provided. The overlap is more centered and looks better if you go the button route.

The floor lamp is an old brass one handed down by my parents. I spray painted it with oil-rubbed bronze paint a few months back and put a new shade on it. I’m not sure if this is where it will end up, but it works for now.

We are extremely happy with the way this room is turning out. We spend time in here on Sunday afternoons or when dinner is cooking. I like to wind down in here after work with a glass of wine. Of course this is after I’ve taken Mason out, played with him for about 15 minutes, and fed him. I’m not complaining. I love my best friend.  Nevertheless, this room is very relaxing. And Mason is only allowed in here with parental supervision.

There are still things to come for this room. Adam’s parents are bringing us an upright piano that’s been in the family for years. I am very excited about that. It may need to be refinished, but we don’t care. It will go on the stenciled wall. I’d like to get a large clock to mount on the wall over it and maybe some smaller prints. I’m still exploring some vignettes for on top of the actual piano. I’m sure I’ll use candles and frames. We need to purchase end tables for either side of the sofa, and maybe a small lamp table next to the arm chair. I’d like to get sconces to go on either side of the art we will put above the couch. And the curtains need to be hemmed. Shhh, they’re pinned right now!

Items we’re on the lookout for:

  1. End tables
  2. Wall art
  3. Bookshelf – something more open and less bulky, maybe mounted to wall up high
  4. Large wall clock
  5. Accessories for tables and piano

We’re excited to have some nice furniture. It’s a first for us and so far we’re happy with our investment!


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It looks so good! The piano will be perfect in that room! When you wrote you were getting it I imagined you would put it on the stenciled wall and then I found I guessed right! Everything fits so well with your theme and your leather couch is super comfortable (I didn’t want to get up when I was on it)! Can’t wait to see the next improvements of your lovely house!

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