Colorful {LIVED IN} Living Room

Let me first start by saying that symmetry gives me the heebie-jeebies! I love it . . . just in other people’s homes. So, when we bought this house with the fireplace in the middle and built-ins on each side, I knew that I had to play on the symmetry in an unsymmetrical way. I cannot even straighten the stools in front of my chairs because it’s just too much symmetry for me! I actually like it when the kids come in and start moving stuff around.

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I wanted a colorful eclectic design, but one that we could actually “live” in, something comfy! I love mid century modern furniture, bohemian, industrial, rustic & vintage; which you can see all of that in this one room. My husband & I made this DIY copper & wood light fixture, from this tutorial by Mandi over at Vintage Revivals. She’s a fearless DIYer, I am not, so I had my husband wire this light. I felt like I was in a little over my head with this one, luckily, he came to my rescue. The light fixture took about 3 hours to make, 5 trips to 5 different hardware stores and cost $130. I found these mid century modern office chairs at a local estate sale and talked them down to $8 a piece. They were covered in a thick industrial red fabric, which was in great shape, but not the look that I was going for. I found this linen blend grey fabric at Jo-ann Fabrics and recovered them the same day that I bought them. Quickest DIY that’s ever happened around here! Total cost into the chairs after the fabric is about $30 a piece. While I was at the fabric store I found this amazing Nate Berkus fabric for 50% off and made some throw pillows, then spotted this gold fabric & decided to make foot stools as well. The foot stools were made with a 15″ wood round from Lowes, 4 – 12″ round tapered legs legs from Waddel Manufacturing (which they apparently are sold out of now) & 4 angled plate mounts, a piece of foam, batting & of course the fabric. I’m still trying to decide if I should finish the legs or leave them!?!

Chan to Mars Blog  |  Home Tour  |  Living RoomChan to Mars Blog  |  Home Tour  |  Living RoomThe purple pouf, plaid pillows & white stool are all from Target. Large bear pillow, XOXO pillow and fox coasters are from Knollwood Lane. I bought the paper flowers at a garage sale. The vintage cameras were a gift from my parents. The vintage inspired record player was a birthday gift, bought from Amazon. The vintage suitcase was my husband’s great-grandmothers. Most everything else is thrifted or made by me.

Chan to Mars Blog  |  Home Tour  |  Living RoomThe artwork on the mantel is done by a friend of mine, Curt Bean, who sells art to support his foundation for veterans whom are suffering from PTSD, called Art of War. My husband picked out this piece for me & surprised me with it for one of my birthdays. I made the gold twig lamp from an existing lamp, sticks that I found in our yard, hot glue & gold spray paint. The console table was made from a piece of barn wood from our family’s farm & these amazing hairpin legs from Garden Gizmos on Etsy. He had the BEST prices and they are made right here in America! Every design project that I do is low-budget . . . I mean, I do stay home with my kids 3 days a week, so we’re not exactly shelling out $1500 on a new rug, nor do I want to buy high priced items with a toddler & pre-schooler running around. So, you can imagine how super stoked I was when I found an 8’x10′ rug for less than $200 on Amazon. When I bought this Safavieh rug it was $185, you can definitely tell that it is a cheap rug by the binding along the edges, but overall I am pleasantly surprised by the quality for the price.

Chan to Mars Blog  |  Home Tour  |  Gold DetailsChan to Mars Blog  |  Home Tour  |  Living RoomChan to Mars Blog  |  Home Tour  |  Living RoomI knew that I wanted a blue couch when we first moved in. A 50’s style tweed blue sectional sofa. Unfortunately, two years ago there was nothing quite right on the market. So, we had this couch custom made right here in the U.S. I choose a tweed fabric & extra deep cushions, but they couldn’t make the extra deep cushions in the tweed, since comfort was more important that the look I choose this blue patterned microfiber fabric instead. It’s not exactly what I had envisioned, but it is super comfortable. If I missed anything that you are curious about, feel free to ask.

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