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The Evolution of the Living Room

This post isn’t one I was really planning on writing, but with us listing our house, I’ve been doing a lot of reminiscing, and seeing how our home has evolved over the past 4 years brought me to the room that has changed the most, and has changed so many times I lost count! So let’s take a stroll down memory road – and be warned: this post will have lots of badly lit, ill-styled photos!

2012: These are the first pieces of furniture we got into this room. I got that red chair when I was 16! Sixteen!!! The sofa was from Leon’s (and is the reason I get to work with them now – so cool!).

Living Room Makeover - The Learner Observer

2013: The first gallery wall! This was the first one I EVER put together and I was SO proud of it. You can see that post right here, if you’re curious. Ha! I still have a lot of the artwork I used here, including those DIY Silhouettes. The chest was a vintage find that my husband picked out. It’s been in almost every room of the house already!

Living Room Gallery Wall by The Learner Observer

2014: New rug, moved the big green monster and TV over, and back to the ottoman as a coffee table… The gallery wall got a few new pieces to balance out the large TV a little bit better. 

Living Room Makeover - The Learner Observer

2015: The faux fireplace came into the room and completely changed things. No more oversized dresser. A couple of new chairs and a thrifted recliner later, and this room was starting to feel a little bit more like us!

Living Room Makeover - The Learner Observer

Living Room Makeover - The Learner Observer

Living Room Makeover - The Learner Observer

Still 2015: The gallery wall holes are all filled in and we paint the walls white! Finally!!!! This was 3 years in the making!

Living Room Makeover - The Learner Observer

Living Room Makeover - The Learner Observer

2016: We completed a makeover with Leon’s and added a leather sofa, a new rug, and a buffet in place of the old recliner that was there. This room is now my favourite place to be!

Living Room Makeover - The Learner Observer

Living Room Makeover - The Learner Observer

This rug is the 6th one we’ve had in this room. 6 rugs in 4 years. And we FINALLY got it right! It’s super soft, but also very easy to clean. So basically the PERFECT combination and we love it! It’s also Luther and baby approved!

Living room Makeover - The Learner Observer

You can catch a few more photos of the finished living room over on Hello Yellow!

Living Room Makeover - The Learner Observer

Here are a some sources, and if I’ve missed something you’re curious about, ask away!

Spencer sofa from Leon’s
Sierra Paddle Rug from Rugs USA
Allison Pine Server from Leon’s
Natura End Table from Leon’s
Stump tables: DIY
Woven Foot Stool: DIY
Woven Wall Hanging: DIY
Bookshelf from Ikea (no longer available)
Blanket Ladder: DIY
Mirror: Homesense
Plant Hanger by Natalie Ranae

Have you ever had a room evolve and grow with you like this? Has your taste changed over the years? I feel like I’m a totally different person than that girl, excited to decorate her first home 4 years ago. I crave so much more simplicity in my decor now. I can’t wait to share more about the new house and ALL of the work we have to do there!

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  • Reply Melissa

    Stopping by from the Floyd homestead hop- your space is beautiful! Any chance you have a tutorial or could give me some tips on the stump end tables? I’m hoping to make similar for my place.

    July 20, 2016 at 2:11 pm
    • Reply Thalita

      Thanks for popping by, Melissa! I haven’t written a post on them (yet!), but my top tips are: let them dry in your garage or somewhere away from the elements for a few weeks so the bark is nice and easy to take off. Definitely sand with an orbital sander, start with a 60 grit paper. And finally, be patient. Sanding will feel like it takes forever, but it’s so so worth it! Do let me know if you have specific questions. I’m happy to help!

      July 28, 2016 at 8:10 pm
      • Reply Melissa

        Thanks for the tips! So far, all I got was the stump. My concern is how to make it flat? I don’t have a chainsaw and there is no way I could get cut evenly with my sawzall.

        July 29, 2016 at 12:23 pm
        • Reply Thalita

          hmmmm…my dad cut mine for me and used a chainsaw. It’s not perfectly straight, but a planer would do the trick! I have the full tutorial going up tomorrow morning, in case you want to check it out :)

          August 2, 2016 at 9:05 am
          • Melissa

            I’ll take a look, thanks!

            August 2, 2016 at 12:56 pm

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