It’s been a while since I posted a home update. Early in 2017, I hired the Ashleys of Retro Den to come in and help me perk up my living room. If you need a refresher, check the before pictures and story here and check my first session of homework here. I cringed a little bit looking back at some of those before pictures while crafting this blog post. I love my update so much, I’d completely blacked out how bad the before was.
After I painted the fireplace and took the map off the hook, my next biggest task was picking out furniture. I really wanted a tufted, beige and big couch. Also with nailhead trim. Like this one.
I was pretty set on that style. And was working hard to get the almost $800 it would take to get that couch through my front door (delivery and assembly fees are nuts!). The Ashleys were very patient with me, and offered up many additional suggestions via text and Pinterest for me to consider. A considerable amount of time went into the discussions about this couch purchase. Here are a few key points the Ashleys made to me (gently, I didn’t feel pressured or upset at these at all):
- Sprenk, you have a black-haired dog and want a fancy beige-ish couch. We love Miley (and you) but know that she is not trained to stay off the furniture because you love her too much.
- Do you want the couch and beautiful coffee table from our store to be the only pieces of furniture in your room? Because your budget is flat gone if you purchase this couch. No rug. No plants. No gallery wall.
- Your Pinterest board tells us you really want something a little more simple than this couch you’re attracted to. What about this one? Let your table be the star of the show.
That Ikea couch was ordered later that night. And after a morning of self-assembling, I had a place to sit! (Had been couchless a few weeks while I made up my mind).
My living room was arranged this way for a week or so while we sorted out what kind of rug I should get. The Ashleys recommended (and again were spot on) a jute rug. I found one on sale at Overstock.com and ordered it!
Between the couch, rug and a few key plants scattered around the room, my budget was about spent. I am so happy I decided to forego the fancy couch for a complete feel in this room. We started to browse for two arm chairs that could go opposite the couch when fate stepped in.
My new roommate Michelle (the same one who convinced me to run the marathon this year) has amazingly complementary taste to mine and her couch and chair just polished off the look. So, I’m home free for a while until I find the perfect set of chairs for my space.
I refuse to put any of the before pictures on this page because they are so horrible. You can go back to one of the original posts to see them, or read about this project from the Ashleys point of view on their blog.
Up next for this room is the gallery wall project that’s taken a few months for my slow moving hiney to get together. Another perk about the Ashelys is they let you take your time doing your homework :). If you haven’t hired them yet to style a space in your home, what are you waiting for?