How about an update on the living room?
If you'll remember from my last post about it, Emily (from GoHausGo and a dear friend) had come up with an amazing plan for our living room to take us from "dorm room chic" to "we're married and grown-up."
As a reminder, here was our "Before."
Photo credit to Brad, who emailed it to Emily for our plan.
The image originally appeared on her blog, linked above.
Pretty boring, huh? I'd had that orange couch a couple of years (thank you, Urban Outfitters) because I'd grown disgusted with boring white walls. I needed color. In a previous apartment, I had that couch, a green rug, and a six-foot plywood buffalo "shadow" hanging on the wall. I'm a bit of an odd bird.
Our first step from Emily's plan was to paint. We taped up bits of paint to the walls and hemmed and hawed. We both wanted a light gray, but Brad wanted to be sure that it wouldn't look too blue and that it would be light enough that we wouldn't need to prime it before moving out.
We ended up choosing the sample on the left, which is actually a beige color that magically shows up light gray on our walls. Brad invited his parents over for a painting party and breakfast-for-dinner. I made eggs, the boys got out the painting stuff, and his mom and I went to look at fabric for curtains.
My father-in-law. I told him this picture would feature
on the blog and I'm not sure he was as excited as I was.
It's hard to see in the above picture, but if you look by the ladder, you can see the light gray going up on the walls. It dried a smidge darker than it appears and is such a subtle change, but I love it. Brad is fond of it, too.
Anyway, after the painting came the couch. We had factored it in the budget for November, but it certainly didn't hurt that Ikea was running a promotion where you received a gift card for 15% of the purchase price of a sofa when you purchased your sofa. $900 sofa = $135 gift card towards bedroom furniture, odds and ends, cinnamon rolls, etc. Done and done.
We invited my brother over for lasagna and wrangled him into helping us put the couch together. I LOVE assembling furniture. Seriously, if I weren't a school psychologist, I would want to work for Ikea assembling peoples' furniture.
Five humongous boxes containing our new sofa.
We can both sleep on the couch without touching
the arms of the couch or each other.