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Living Room Decorating on a Budget

The Finished Living Room

My husband and I have just moved into our new house, and I've finally finished decorating (for now, at least). The living room presented a bit of a challenge at first, because it's long and narrow. It's completley open to the dining room and kitchen, which is what I wanted. These rooms are a mix of new items, antiques, Ikea stuff, TJ Maxx stuff, random finds, family hand-me-downs and so forth. I like it, because it feels collected - which it is. I hate it when rooms feel like you walked into a Rooms To Go and shouted, "I'll take it all!"

Trusty Husband and I got new furniture for this room, since the furniture we both had before wouldn't fit. Since the space is so narrow, I had to go with a glass coffee table (from Overstock) so it wouldn't visually take up much space. The Oriental rug was my mom's, and I love the teals and rusty oranges in it. Throw pillows are from World Market, Pier 1, TJ Maxx - I love combining colors and patterns - that Ikat pillow is my fave. Our couch came from Haverty's, and the leather chairs are World Market. My mom gave me the framed palm prints a few years ago, and they're one of my favorite things I own.
This shot is looking from the front of the house into the dining room and kitchen. I love the open floor plan. The mirror to the left was something I searched EVERYWHERE for. I wanted a sunburst mirror, and believe it or not, it's hard to find a big one that's not a skillion dollars. Luckily, Macy's had one left, and the wedding present store credit I had made it a steal. The two little rattan cubes under it serve as extra seating and provide a little storage. And I found them at Walmart for only $29 each! Our silver chest sits next to them. It was a wedding gift, and I found that little table at Stein Mart randomly one day - the chest fits perfectly on top. 



You've gotta have a TV. Usually I hate those TV holes that every builder seems hell-bent on putting in new houses, but there's not space for a TV armoire in here, so it works. You see the surveyor's lamp I searched high and low for on the left, and my collection of small globes on the mantle. I found the candle sconces at Hobby Lobby when they were half off, and they look built it. Of course, getting up there to light the candles is practically impossible.


Trusty Husband put these Ikea bookcases together. We decided to get two wide ones and one narrow one so they would look a little more built in. The lights along the top give them a museum-y vibe, highlighting the Doss "library."


Here you can see the dining room table I found several years ago at the Salvation Army and refinished. I recovered the seats here, and I like how the pattern looks with the pattern in the rug. Fake lemons give the table a little color, but don't block off the rest of the room with much height. Our little bar is to the left, with Trusty Husband's Game Day Juice. 


Here's the dining room. I had always wanted a dining room table with two upholstered chairs on the ends, and stumbled upon these babies at TJ Maxx one day. My stepmom found the china cabinet at an antique mall in Montgomery, and Trusty Husband used a day off work to go get it. It fits perfectly in the space between the windows. 

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Italophile Italophile 5 years
I really like the paint color and that bookcase is amazing! Can you tell me what color you used on the walls?
lauren lauren 5 years
katyhaper, your space does looks so great! For your original photo question, if you use our uploader to upload your photos to the site, the thumbnail will work! let me know if you have any other questions and hope to see even more of your fab space!
katyharper katyharper 5 years
So so so so flattered that you posted this, Casa!
Pinkyspages Pinkyspages 5 years
Lovely! Everything is very cohesive. Love it.
retroinAL retroinAL 5 years
What wonderful cozy and complete rooms! Great job of coordinating without looking matchy-matchy.
katyharper katyharper 5 years
Hmm - Wonder why one of my pictures isn't showing up on the main page...?
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