So I realize that I haven’t really shown off this house very much… I don’t think I’ve done any sort of official “house tour” post. I’ll try to do room by room posts though, eventually.

For now, I figured it was probably a good idea to share our living room, since we’re about to CHANGE it. haha. This super-comfy couch has been ours for as long as we’ve been married, and mine before that, and before that it was my mother’s. But with 5 moves (not counting any times my mom moved it) and surviving a puppy’s curiosity (it’s a bit nibbled), it’s a bit closer to shabby than to nice right now.

Recently, Macy’s furniture store was having a sale, so we trekked up to Fresno to check out a couch I had in my bookmarks for MONTHS and months. Well the style was great, but the fabric left us both wishing for something better. So we wandered around the store for a while, until I spied a lonely loveseat. It was a very similar style, but the fabric was much, much better. It was on clearance since it was the floor model and discontinued – so very reasonably priced! We inquired as to whether a couch existed to match, and the sweet sales lady found one in the northern part of the state. YAY!

So we ordered both of them, and they should be delivered TODAY. And a guy from Cragislist is going to pick up our green couch either today or tomorrow… so it will continue to be loved and appreciated. Its life isn’t over yet!

So without further ado, here’s the “before” living room.

At one time, I loved these curtains… but they have faded incredible amounts over the years. They used to be a lot brighter/deeper color, and now they’re kind of pale and anemic-looking. I have lots of fabric and curtains bookmarked, and eventually will buy/make some new ones to replace these. That’s not first on the list though.
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The TV console is another hand-me-down from my mom. It looks relatively nice, but it’s MDF/laminate as opposed to wood, and so it’s really shown the beatings each move has given it. It’s on the list for replacement too.

So is the coffee table. It IS solid wood, but over the time we’ve had it, we’ve both decided it’s a bit more visually heavy than we’d like. New one’s on the way!

Also, we got a little tree for the spot to the right of the TV console – but it got sad-looking so it’s outside now trying to recover. I think it needs new soil. We may or may not succeed in saving it.

Hanford, CA Living room - Before

Both bookshelves in this room are “cheap.” Not wood, etc… but this cubby-style one looks pretty nice (at least until it gets more beat up with more moves under its belt). Eventually we’ll get nicer bookshelves for our living room, but not in the next year or so. So these will stick around though they aren’t the best.

Hanford, CA Living room - Before

And it would be nice to have a rug for visual impact. We’ll have to see if that happens any time soon…

Hanford, CA Living room - Before

I love this little nook that you can see from the couch. There are definite plans to bring in more orange into the rest of the room.

Hanford, CA Living room - Before

Isn’t this vase thingy the most fun PUNCH of orange? Love it. And of course I’m still in love with my Ron Roland painting.

Hanford, CA Living room - Before

So that’s the living room as it is at this moment… a few changes are coming though. I hope it works out nicely.

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9 Comments

  1. I was going to ask:if you need a home for the TV stand, we are in the market for something a little less visually heavy that ours…

    oh and if you ever get rid of your cubby bookshelf, we were planning on buying one anyway for landon's toys in the living room, so i would be interested in that too.. let me know what you would want if you want to get rid of those things!

  2. I was going to ask:if you need a home for the TV stand, we are in the market for something a little less visually heavy that ours…

    oh and if you ever get rid of your cubby bookshelf, we were planning on buying one anyway for landon's toys in the living room, so i would be interested in that too.. let me know what you would want if you want to get rid of those things!

  3. Your space feels so comfortable. I hope you enjoy your new furniture!

  4. Awesome! I love stores like TJMaxx, Ross, and Marshalls… I love feeling like I uncovered something amazing! You and I will have to make a “home decor” trip together and see if we can't find some treasures! I want all new fabric for my kitchen (table cloth, napkins, placemats, curtains, the whole nine yards) and I need some new vases and what nots to spice it up!

  5. It's going to be happy with its new family. And the new setup feels even more open and airy to me – we're using more of the room (new couch is further back) and the coffee table makes a huuuge difference in the feeling of the room. You'll see soon enough!

  6. I think TJMaxx? Somewhere like that where you have to “dig” for stuff. haha.

  7. ok, I HAVE to know where you got the orange vase? I am on a huge orange kick and I am in love with that vase!

  8. It's so open and airy but I can't wait to see the new furniture. The green couch is 1o yrs old and has had an adventursome life. May it's end years be peaceful. 🙂


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