Our living room is a normal sized room, but seems small when you put 9 people into it regularly. I am not a fashion designer (I don’t have a designer bone in my body) but a friend from our kids school is helping me with ideas and walking me through the uncomfortable stuff, like actually making a decision and going with it 🙂
I can’t blame it on my husband. He has told me over and over that I can improve the house. It’s just that I didn’t know what to do. Again and again, I would start on one thing and hit a road block because I didn’t want to spend the money or didn’t know what to buy so I’d get discouraged and not move forward with the project. Over and over again.
Pulling the trigger on purchasing something is super hard for me. I don’t want to waste my money. I want to make a wise purchase, so I put things off thinking the decision will get easier or more clear if I wait, but it never does.
I decided (after a mini breakdown with my husband) that I wanted to update and make the house nicer that it has been. With seven kids and no decorating skills, it was okay at best, and I never invited people over because I was embarrassed about how it looked.
Finally after our last home decorating discussion, I asked a lady a school to help. She has been wonderful. She loves to paint and had a home decorating business before she had kids. Now, she just has fun with it. She has been my go to lady to bounce ideas off of, she has guided me gently to where I wanted to be. She has given me advice without being pushy. I feel like she has drawn out of me what I like and don’t like. She has been a true blessing.
Anyway, here are the before pictures.
Here are the after pictures.
I purchased 2 Billy Bookshelves plus the extra shelves to make them extra tall from Ikea. I bought 2 corner shelves at Hobby Lobby. I purchased the couch, loveseat and chair from Ikea. Our entertainment center is a few years old and I got it at Target. We have a flat screen television that is a few years old. My husband loves electronics, so we have had that for a while.
I really love all that we have done in here. It is like a whole new house. The only thing left to do in here is flooring. I am still considering my options but am leaning towards laminate or some type of hard surface. No more carpet on the first floor except for the bedrooms.
How about you, have you improved anything lately?