Rocking out the Living Room

  I am working on it, I really am. This incessant planning thing that I have. It really wasn't this bad when I was able to go to yoga and was forced to shut it down for a while. Nor was it this bad when I was in law school and had no brain power left to plan plan plan. But here I am, at a job I love, able to leave work at work and have evenings and weekends to scheme and plan and scheme some more.

The whole overhaul of the living room space was obviously spurred on by us removing the wall, but it also came from a comment that LB made when we were over at Jay and Ben's. He stated: If we had a couch like this, I would be upstairs a lot more. The couch they have is a u-shaped beast that is so darn comfortable. Ours currently is this little fella:


We looked around, we pinterested, we went to American Furniture Warehouse, and we looked some more. I finally caved and went to Macy's to see if their amazing sale was really amazing.... AND IT WAS. We got the couch below (picture linked).


You will notice in the picture above that our rug is currently blue and our couch is going to be a dark gray. Gray and yellow are just classic so I knew that yellow for a rug was the way I wanted to go. I found these contenders on and posted the choices on instagram. You all weighed in and....


We went with rug #1! I liked that it was white with pops of yellow instead of just solid yellow.  The dark blue rug in the living room now is going in the basement and the aqua blue rug in the basement (below) is going in my office! No more brown rug!



For this:


Major upgrade. I love a good fixture swap. And our beloved blue side chair? She is going in to my office too. Where? I am not sure but I am plotting and scheming (as per usual) and will likely be re-doing the whole office as a result. ;)

Back to the living room... I am also looking into new coffee tables and a new side table/chest for right by the door (ie, at the end of the couch/non-chaise end). The green ones are getting craigslisted the instant that I remember to that instead of blog...


LB and I also want to swap out all the blinds upstairs for white ones. I hate the wood colored doobies. Hate em.

The last thing that we need in here are two stools and we've got three solid contenders still:


I like the open backs since that is the first thing you will see when you open the front door and I don't want to diminish sight lines into the kitchen now that we have them! But I sure love the industrial look of that 29 incher. It's probably too tall for counter height, but I love it.

So that's how one little wall removal sparked a whole slew of changes and purchases and re-workings. Slippery slope fellas. Slippery slope.