I told you about my sudden compulsion redecorate the house, and we’re focusing first on the living room and the bedroom. We still have a few pieces to buy and plenty of projects to personalize our space, but we have managed to pick up a few bits of furniture without going broke. There’s also a large pile of clutter in the corner that is conveniently covered by some new red drapes. I’m pretending it doesn’t exist for now.
Buying furniture without owning a car can be a bit tricky, so for the biggest piece, our new sofa, we went to our local discount furniture place and found this small sectional on sale. It happened to be exactly what we were looking for, so we set up a delivery time, paid the inevitable fee, and waited around for it to show up at our house. You’ll have to ask my husband to tell the story about how to remove a sofa from your house that doesn’t fit through your door. Let’s just say one of my old kitchen knives is definitely useless now.
I also wanted a new TV stand with some storage so I could make space in the living room for a desk. I’m completely over writing all my posts from the couch. Everything that looked perfect was a bit too expensive, so we went to a nearby hardware store and bought a simple, cheap bookcase and a couple of cloth boxes. All together, we paid about $75. Geoff can also tell you a great story about carrying that bookcase home from the hardware store.
I found this jewel blue throw blanket at Ross weeks ago, and decided that I wanted to do our bedroom in blue and gray. You’d be surprised how hard it is to find gray bedding at a discount store. Eventually we managed to pick some up, and I also found some lovely silver gray drapes to lighten up the room. I’m also excited about finally having a mirror and an electrical outlet in the same room so I can actually see my hair while I’m applying hot metal to it.
Other than those two pieces of furniture, we haven’t spent more than $20 on any single item so far. There may be some shelf painting in our future. There will definitely be some photograph printing. We might even attempt some art. We also need a desk and an ottoman, but it’s all coming together. We’ve gotten most all our accent pieces from Ross. The trick is to go often and visit different stores if there’s more than one in your area.
The rooms are already much better. It feels like a grown up space. It may not be as stylish as a more upscale house, but it suits us. And yes, there’s definitely a huge pile of laundry or a pile of shoes just out of frame on several of these shots. It’s real life, my friends. You have to work with what you’ve got.