I am so excited that I finally get to share a living room tour here on the blog! Since we bought the house (almost 2 years ago) we have been trying to figure out how we wanted this space to look. Finally we made some time and start jotting down some ideas and making sketches. Our living room was sort of bare and had absolutely no personality (see below).
^^ Yikes! (Insert sad face here) ^^
We actually had a neighbor once tell us “Oh, seems like you are still moving in.” That was after a year of living there. Bare walls, no real decor, and very little furniture that was just leaving the room looking a little sad.
So we decided it was time to make some changes. As the office was finally completed (and then moved) — we thought it was time to makeover the living room. And of course the hubby and I both love everything from IKEA (ex: Our Office Tour) we knew that this was where we wanted to start with the living room makeover.
You can read about how we narrowed down our ideas and what items we wanted in this post here.
Our original plan was to go with Idea Board #1, but we did tweak it a bit along the way. You can see that we swapped out the original rug and bench we decided on for different ones that would bring a little more brightness to the room. That is the fun part of this entire process — you start with one idea and when things start taking shape you can play around a bit more with the items you want.
We did stay in budget which is another reason we love IKEA. Plus, we used a few other pieces we already had (such as the stool and lanterns) which helped with the decor of the room.
But the best part of it all: we are so in love with how it turned out. Its amazing how a few new pieces can really change an entire room. My favorite part of the entire makeover is the red little bench which I can see myself constantly redecorating with new trinkets that I find around the house. And the Disney prints on the wall definitely add tons of personality (after all, we are huge Disney fans). ;)
The HEMNES bookshelves are also a perfect addition to the room. I finally have a place to display a few little treasures, like my vintage typewriter, and a lot of room for hold some of our favorite books! From my Disney artwork books to the hubby’s Marvel comics — there is enough space to share. And as it’s National Book Month in October make sure to stop by your local IKEA to pick up a few books that are on sale for all IKEA FAMILY members.
This has honestly become my favorite room in the house and all it took was a weekend to complete. From picking up the pieces at our local IKEA store to building it and decorating. The process has been incredibly fun and now it’s time to dream up some plans for the rest of the house. ;)
Disclaimer: I received 2 HEMNES bookshelves as compensation for this collaborative post. All opinions are always my own and do not reflect the company.
Photos by Blush + Jelly