Many times over the last year, after readers have browsed our kitchen tour, I’ve been asked to post other areas of our home. Because our home is small (1132 sq. ft.) it can be challenging to really capture the essence of it, but this morning I decided to buckle down and give it my best shot. Welcome, friends, to our living room!
Our home is old, 1882, but was definitely a hard working house with very little bells and whistles. The kitchen is the only area that we have remodeled, which means that all the walls are currently lathe and plaster. It certainly gives me grief when I want to rearrange wall decor!
The wood floors are painted white. When we purchased the house, the floor was covered with very old tan carpet, which we tore out as soon as Titus (pictured playing on the rug) was walking. The floors had been painted a variety of colors and were in horrible shape. Painting them white was a rather crazy notion, and though I knew I LOVED white painted wood floors, I didn’t know how I much I would love it with 6 children and a dog.
Turns out, painted floors are so much easier to keep clean than the worn out scuffed floor we had been living with for several years. I got a great dust mop and the kids love using it too, so that helps. I end up sweeping & mopping the floors once a week and I’m very happy with it.
The rug was purchased from Amazon (here) and is made from scraps of fabric. I love the craziness and bright colors.
At one end of the living room is a very sentimental bench. The corners are now worn and the top is stained, but I’m not quite ready to recover it.
This bench sat at my maternal grandparent’s home, normally near the large fireplace. Each year at Christmas Grandma would set the bench in front of the Christmas tree and each family took turns sitting and having their picture taken.
I fondly remember looking through Grandma’s Christmas albums and seeing how I (and all my cousins) had grown and changed from year to year.
When Grandma passed away, this was requested by almost everyone in the family. We ended up putting all our names in a hat and mine was drawn.
The couch was given to us by a lovely couple who were moving and had to let it go. The bright colors in the rug pull out the bright floral pattern. I love the detail put into the couch. (I very much avoid over-stuffed furniture.)
Next to Brian and I is our miniature schnauzer, Janie. She is well behaved most of the time, only hates delivery men and howls when she’s excited. She avoids the little children for the most part unless they are throwing a ball for her.
Her favorite thing to do is chase birds, clean up the floor after a meal and make me aware if there is anyone in view of the house, because, really, people should know that anything we can see from our window, is our space and shouldn’t be intruded upon. Doesn’t matter if you live in that house.
Most of the artwork in the house is mine. Painting is my “me” time. Being creative is how I cope with things, process through all my emotions and get my mind sorted out.
I painted this last year to exhibit in our local ArtWalk. I loved the blue, but never wanted to be “one of those people” who have a huge picture of their dog in their living room. But, alas, no one purchased it and it’s the perfect size for that spot. So there it is.
On the other side of the couch we have an old fruit crate that we use as an end table. It houses a few books that the kids have left out (the rest are stored in “George” in the dining room).
On the other side of the room, we have our TV cabinet. It’s an antique cabinet we found at a tiny antique store that is about 5 blocks away from us. We had to remove a shelf and cut a hole in the back for cords.
After we purchased the cabinet, we went and bought a TV to fit it. It’s smaller, I think 25″. We are used to a small screen and prefer not to have a huge TV as a focal point to the room.
Our DVDs and Blu Rays fit because we store them in wallets. This is also where my husband stores his chainmaille supplies.
The 3 framed pictures are the hinged frames that hold the kid’s current artwork. They hold about 20 pictures and when they get full, we spread them out, have the child sit by them and take a digital photo. This way I can keep track of what they did without keeping so many physical papers.
You can view the rest of the room in the dining room tour.
Minimalism is going to look different for everyone. Some people enjoy blank walls or only black and white pieces, and some want intricate detail and only a few pieces, others prefer large collections on the walls and very little furniture. Whatever way you prefer to live, is perfect! Never change your style for the sake of “being a minimalist.”
Remember that there is no perfect way. Find your own expression of minimalism and enjoy your space.
What type of decor is in your living room?