Living Room Update

Beside delegation, the key to good time management is prioritisation, right?

So, amongst caring for a seven month old, running a household, working on furniture revivals and design consultations and pretending to be a web developer, what’s another important task?
Well, teaching yourself to juggle of course (yep, you read right, my current record is 26 consecutive tosses of Charlotte’s squishy, coloured blocks).

Of course, I’m not really staying up ’til midnight chucking balls in the air, it just struck me as funny when yesterday I caught myself continuing to practise after even Charlotte had lost interest!

Anyhoo, in the spirit of prioritisation I thought I should finally make the time to share my updated living room as promised.

I originally blogged about the new distressed leather sofas several months back (I use the term ‘new’ rather loosely as we have now had them for over a year). With a dog, a baby and one, let’s just say, not un-clumsy husband they have been the BEST. I can’t count the number of times we’ve simply wiped off dirty paw prints, regurgitated milk or special spicy szechuan sauce, looked at each other and in unison said, “that’s why we bought leather couches”.

The fern pictures are free printables. I recently blogged about them here (the fern images I used are included in the original post so you can print them for yourself if you’re interested :-)

The coffee table was an eBay find I refurbished. If you missed the original makeover post you can check it out here.
Sorry about the poor ‘before’ pic. I took it straight off the eBay listing.

The card catalogue, which you can catch glimpses of in some of the following photos, was another eBay buy. You can read more about it in this previous post.

The industrial style pendant which hovers above the coffee table matches the one above our dining space.

I picked up the replica Tolix stool from eBay. It helps create a gentle link with the dining end of the space without looking too matchy-matchy.

Overall, I’m really happy with the feel of the space though I would love to break up some of the brown with a gorgeous ticking or light jute area rug. Unfortunately, the angles in the room don’t really allow for a rug though :-(
However….whilst I can’t really justify changing the perfectly fine floor at the moment there is talk that we will be replacing it (one day) which just might be the excuse I need to try painting it first (if you are my husband and you are reading this that whole last sentence was just a typo).

I know some of you will wonder why I bothered changing a perfectly nice enough room to begin with?
Well, the new (and kinda necessary) sofas were the catalyst and it was just time for something fresh (plus I have decorating ADD :-)

The only thing missing from the previous photos was this little guy….

He’s pretty much always in that exact spot – well, there, or beneath Charlotte’s highchair waiting for tasty morsels to fall from the sky (and no, I didn’t choose my dog based on his level of colour co-ordination with my interior scheme – though he does blend in nicely, doesn’t he?).

AT A GLANCE
SOURCES
Sofas (Plush Sofas $1800 for both – floor stock)
Coffee Table (eBay $25)
Card Catalogue (eBay $120)
Tolix Stool (eBay $60)
Throw Blanket (Adairs – gift)
Rectangular Canvas Pillow (IKEA $25)
Quilted Ticking Pillow (home-made from a european pillow case from Adairs $15 – on sale)
Damask, Ticking and Linen Pillows (home-made with fabrics from Spotlight)
Lamp (Sokol $110 – wholesale)
Pendant Light (Recollections $80 – on sale)
PROJECTS
Distressed Coffee Table Makeover
Fern Printables
Card Catalogue Upcycle
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95 Comments
  1. Coffee table is just wonderful, and the sofa and the…aaa all is fantastic ! Congratulation !

  2. Tam says:

    You seriously got that coffee table for $25 — what a steal!! Love your living room!

  3. I just love your style! It’s the perfect blend of industrial and warm rustic touches. You need to come to Arizona and decorate my house for me, kay? ;)

  4. Sherry says:

    It all works together so beautifully. I think I will always have a thing for brown leather furniture…it just seems so cozy. Love the boxer, mine’s name is Sadie. She sneaks downstairs every night to sleep on the sofa after we’ve gone to bed!

  5. Chelsea says:

    Beautiful space! Im swooning over that card catalog, awesome idea … i think you may have sold me on leather couches!

  6. Beth says:

    Oh gosh, I simply love everything in this space. That coffee table is to die for ! And the card catalog is a win win !

  7. Such a gorgeous room. Love it all, but that card catalog is especially perfect. Hugs, Marty

  8. SSM says:

    Hello Kristine,

    Love the new sofa and the table transformation.

    Isn’t it great to simplifiy your surroundings with a little one roaming around. Less stuff is really better.

    Hope you stop by for a visit at my new home.

    I’ve been following you since the blog hop before you had your baby. :)

  9. Magazine worthy for sure! Love how you finished that table and the table with little drawer pulls is adorable!

  10. Ellie says:

    Kristine, I’m just in love with your living room! That’s exactly the feel I want for mine, but I’m a long way off. I love the leather and the pieces of furniture you have refinished. Beautiful space!

  11. I like your leather sofas because they don’t seem so overpoweringly huge and all of the cushions are reversible. Did you buy them at a ‘chain’ store? Which one? Your room is delightful. Great job!!!

  12. AntiqueChase says:

    Love the sofas and the entire room… your typo comment made me LOL

    Marcy :)

  13. hi Kristine
    It all looks wonderful. love the industrial feel.
    cheers Fiona

  14. I love it too and I even loved the before! LOL! You did a marvelous job on that table and I, along with all the other commenters, love the card catalog. You got some great deals too…you’re a savvy shopper!
    Keep up the good work! Thanks for all the inspiration.

  15. Deanne says:

    It looks fantastic, I love the table!

  16. Beautiful. Stunning. I can’t pick a favorite part – love it all. I’m a new follower!

  17. chateau chic says:

    Love, love, love your style!
    Mary Alice

  18. Lori C says:

    Very casual and cozy looking! I could live there. Really glad you kept the card catalog, it’s right at home in your room. :)

  19. Stopping over from No Minimalist Here and her fab feature on your amazing home. Love all your vintage touches – such character. Newest follower.
    Kelly

  20. Deserae says:

    Love your living room…everything is just FABULOUS!!!!
    ~Des

    PS. I am now following you on Google…hope you will follow me back :o)

  21. Content in a Cottage
    At the bottom of the post under the “Resources” heading I listed that the sofas were from Plush Sofas (an Australian chain store). Our living room is really tiny (it looks bigger in the photos!) so they are compact little two seaters. We got them as floor stock so they were a great price.
    Kristine

  22. I love it so much. The couches are beautiful and I am such a fan of the industrial chairs. LOVE. The table makeover is fantastic as well.

  23. Love this room. The colors are so natural and relaxing.

  24. i love your style so much. it looks amazing. love the industrial touches and that card catalog is to die for.

  25. marissa says:

    every thing looks fantastic I’d love you to add this to my What We Wore and Made link party

    marissa
    http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

  26. Meeha Meeha says:

    I love your living room. You already had the Tolix chair, how fortunate! And the card catalog is a beauty :)

  27. I love it!!!! Amazing work. Really Beautiful.

  28. Kristine just awesome. Sandy x

  29. Oh my goodness! How I have I not found you before now. Came by from the FABULOUS feature at No Minimalist Here and I am in love! So many beautiful things, great style, awesome projects. That coffee table doesn’t even look like the same table. So happy to be your newest follower. :)
    Karah

  30. Dottie says:

    Love the coffee table and the card catalogue. They make your room so alive and you. Don’t you love finding just that thing you know will be wonderful when you can figure out just how to use it. For me it is about old crates, chicken coops …

  31. I love the coffee table and the side table! You did and awesome job at distressing the coffee table. The space looks awesome!

  32. Just lovely. We also chose leather sofas for the same reasons (although no dog and 3 kids), they are the best! I love how the coffee table and accessories make the room feel light and airy.

  33. I found you through the Open House party. Your home is gorgeous and I’m your newest follower!!
    Amanda
    dixiedelights.blogspot.com

  34. michele says:

    this looks seriously fabulous.

    found your post via frenchcountrycottage…come visit me anytime!

    michele

    http://hellolovelyinc.blogspot.com/2012/02/heart-for-vintage.html

  35. Great textures and interest in here! Your topiaries are wonderful — mind sharing some info on those? :)
    Visiting from Transformation Thursday.

  36. Love your room! It’s so fresh and airy. Beautiful job!

  37. Lori says:

    I love what you’ve done with the room! All the different textures work so beautifully together and make it a room where anyone would want to cozy up in! :-)

  38. Sarah says:

    I LOVE the way your living room has come together! It looks fantastic. :)

  39. Kristine, I love your living room! This is my kind of color pallet! Same colors I have in my living room as well. And I love leather sofas, I used to have them in my old house and I really miss them. But the most impressive of all is the coffee table makeover! Great job! I’m really glad I found you and I’m now following! Hope we stay in touch from now on!
    Love, Olga

  40. Super lovely blog!

    xoxo,

    colormenana.blogspot.com

  41. Just love everything about your living and dining spaces. Such a great mix of textures with industrial. I’m in love and have pinned away and will be putting the look/feel vibe of your space at the top of my inspiration boards!

    :)

    Linda
    itallstartedwithpaint@gmail.com

  42. Deana says:

    Thanks for linking up @CountryMommaCooks…I luv your design style…..Have a wonderful Sunday:)

  43. Jan says:

    I like the sofas; I liked the coffee table before you “distressed” it. I like your rooms in general although I’m not a “mod” metallic sort of gal. Your rooms have a good homey feel to them although they are somewhat mechanical looking. At least your house doesn’t look like a hundred thousand others that I’ve seen on all of these decorating blogs. Geez! You have some originality, and I give you tons of credit for that. Keep up the good work, we need more vision like yours!

  44. The Moerks says:

    I love it. The room has such a lovely feel. Your photos are so clear. Would you mind please telling me which program you use to make the collages? Deb

  45. Ok…. It’s official…. I’m in LOVE with your blog! Your living room is AMAZING!!!! You did a fabulous job. I’m so jealous over your couches right now. We bought microfiber before we had kids and quickly regretted it after the kiddos came along!

  46. Loving every! Looks like it is off the cover of a magazine!

  47. Wow! I love your room! I want to live there…it looks perfect!

    I host a weekly Friday Link Party and would love for you to link up!

    Ashley
    http://www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

  48. Caroline says:

    I LOVE THIS! The first thing I noticed were the fern prints. I am a sucker for botanical prints. They look stunning together as a gallery wall. Great job!!

  49. I think I can safely say I love everything about this room! Great job! I have dreams of having a space like that and keeping it that way as if I do not have an 18 month old and a five year old and a husband… and a cat… and a dog. Dear Lord.

  50. Resa says:

    Your style is fabulous. I am so envious!!! Great work.

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