I’ve been hinting that there have been some major changes to our living and dining rooms lately (like here, and here), and I finally got a chance to snap some photos. Carving out some time to take pics while it is still light out gets tricky when you’ve got a day job and are away on weekends. Sorry for the delay, guys!

But before we get to the latest pics, let’s take a look back at the evolution of the living room.

Here we are on moving day. Mis-matched, bare walls, and just plain bad.

This next one is how it looked for about the first 9 months. No rug, a very worn futon, and cheap-o coffee table.

And then after some upgrades (like a re-finished coffee table, a rug, and karlstad sofa). This is how it was looking until just a short while ago.

So, back to the upgrades. It all started with the couches. Remember how we got this fab slipcover from Comfort Works for our Karlstad, and then won the EQ3 couch? Well it was kind of like a chain reaction.

Once we knew the EQ3 couch was on its way, we threw up our Klippan two-seater (that white couch in the photo above) on Kijiji. We sold it, and its extra cover, right away for $200. Since I won the couch, hubby had no problem with me spending that $200 on whatever tickled my fancy.  And what had I been hankering after for soooooo long? A rug. A more colourful, geometric rug. There was nothing wrong with the gray $30 rug we had in the space, but it was never meant to be a permanent solution. So I started browsing. I fell hard for the dhurries at West Elm, but they ended up costing too much with shipping, and found a few on online flash sale sites like Joss & Main and One King’s Lane, but they too tipped over the price limit. Then I came across this guy on Overstock and it was game over.

Geometric, Moroccan-inspired, 5×8, 100% wool… and available in a fun olive green? My heart went pitter patter. I quickly popped it into my online shopping cart and checked out. I had a coupon for Overstock and so got $35 off my order, but with shipping/handling and an international fee, I squeaked over my $200 slightly (up to $225). Whoopsies. Don’t tell the hubby!

I was giddy when we got home to this huge package on the front door and quickly set her up in the living room. The whole room was transformed. It feels so cheerful and fun. The graphic pattern is bold but not totally overpowering. The green is a little more green than I was expecting (not as olive as I thought), but I still love it.

And it’s so cushy under our toes.

So that’s how the room is looking now. So much more colourful and sweet. The lighter couches really make the room feel brighter and bigger, too.

You’ll notice a few of my other new goodies (like that shelving unit and standing lamp), but I’ll give you more deets on those tomorrow. That poang chair is still not my favourite, but the hubby loves it and we don’t have any “new chair” money in the budget, so it stays for now. I would love to eventually get the matching EQ3 Reverie Chair, or something similar.

See those fun colourful pillows? The yellow chain-link ones and the turquoise chevron pair came from Festive Home Decor on etsy. Super well made, a great price point, and TONS of selection.

It’s fun to have such upbeat pillows on there for now while it’s still summery out (let me hold on to the hot weather for a few more weeks, k?), but changing them out for something moodier and warm will be an easy switch come fall/winter if I want to get a cozier vibe in here.

Here is the room for the other angle. You’ll notice that the dining room has been tweaked, so I’ll be back with the run down on it later this week, too.

Now that there is so much colour and pattern going on in the room, the thought of re-painting the gray/blue walls has crossed my mind. I love the colour, but I’m not sure if something a bit neutral and moodier wouldn’t be better. I’m going to leave it for a while and let the idea simmer.

So there it is – the updated living room. There are still things that a constant tweaker like me would like to tackle (like re-hanging the curtains higher and wider, adding a tray and accessories to our coffee table, possibly switching out the art above the sofa), but she’s getting there.

What about you guys? Tweaking things in your pad? Are you a constant updater like me, taking a loonggg time to get a room to exactly where you want it?  Any new rugs or pillows in your life lately? Do tell.

  • http://puffshouse.blogspot.com jackie

    Hi Gemma! I would NEVER had said it until you said it yourself, but I was thinking “hmm, LOVE that blue paint colour, but there’s too much paleness going on in that space right now.” Moody is good. I’ve been reading a lot on Abigael Ahern’s blog who is on a quest to get people to paint “sludgey” colours on their walls (go to the blog to see yourself, this wording doesn’t do it justice). Because you have a lot of little things, her theory would be perfect for your space. The art you hung recently, your plate experiment, and of course, all the adorable little objets that you have in this room. They could really benefit from a dark, moody wall to make them glamorous and sophisticated. Otherwise…love your space. We have similar taste, thanks for the tip on overstock as I abhor figuring out rug shopping!

    • gemma

      Hey Jackie. Great to get your feedback!! It’s definitely something I have been thinking about. At first the aqua/blue was fun because everything else was neutral and there were some darker pieces, but now that there’s lots of colour and lighter couches, I’m debating the more “sludgey” (love that, by the way) gray/greige option. Will keep you posted!!

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.how2home.wordpress.com how2home

    Love the new carpet! I was looking at the same one but i wanted the navy blue one. I think i may have to purchase it now seeing how much you love this rug already! The living room looks awesome. Very fresh and bright. Great job Gemma!

    • gemma

      Awesome! Would love to see the Navy one – it looks gorgeous!

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://shoesoffplease.wordpress.com/ Gilit

    LOVE the update- so refreshing and beautiful!
    Also… I’ve nominated you for the “Seven Things About Me” blogger award. You can obviously accept or decline.
    Go to my page to see how it works.

    • gemma

      Aww -thanks so much!! I really appreciate it!! Off to check it now now… :)

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://dans-le-townhouse.blogspot.com Tanya from Dans le Townhouse

    Okay, I’m a little biased because I have a light leather couch and turquoise accessories, but I think the light couches do make the space bigger and brighter and cheerier! Love the changes and the sunny look!

    P.S. You should be getting some traffic from Hungary because I’ve been telling all of my friends here about blogging and what blogs I read. DIY projects are a big hit here, because of the tight economy.

    • jackie

      Oh, sorry, I meant dark on the wall, not the furniture. i just think more of the beautiful glass things and such would pop with a dark moody background. light furniture is a GREAT thing in small spaces.

    • gemma

      Thanks T! I’m definitely debating the colours in here.. Need to get you here in person to finally see it!

      Hilarious about Hungary. Can’t wait to get some new readership from afar! Your place looks so sweet… hope you’re settling in well and having a hoot with your ‘ma. Ottawa thrift stores (and thrifting partners) miss you! :)

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://Www.stardust-decorstyle.gr Olga@Stardust

    Absolutely love the fresh new look! Well done!

  • http://northofseven.wordpress.com Alex @ northofseven

    Just came across your site via another blogger Shoes Off Please. You guys have done some incredible work on your home! Cheers from a fellow Canuck!

    • gemma

      Thanks Alex. Right back atcha! :)

      xo,
      gemma

  • http://www.settingforfour.com Heather

    Love the transformation Gemma! It’s amazing how just a few changes have made the space appear to be so much bigger! The lighter couch really ties everything in together and great pic on the rug pattern! I love all things trellis :)

    • gemma

      Thanks Heather! And yeah, trellis = my bag, too!! :)

      xo,
      gemma

  • Joanne

    Looks awesome- now I have to go check out Overstock!! lol

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  • Kelly

    I love the redesign! Question for you though – I have that exact rug in navy, and absolutley love it. But it sheds like crazy! All the white fibers from the trellis pattern come up constantly. It requires incessent vacuuming. Do you have that problem? I’m going crazy!

    • gemma

      OMG Kelly I can totally relate. The white fuzzies are totally annoying. I think it’s way more likely to happen with wool rugs in general compared to natural fibre ones, flatweaves, dhurries, etc. Unfortunately I don’t have any tips other than vacuuming…. let me know if you discover any! :)

      xo,
      gem

      • Kelly

        I took a bristled hair brush to it. It pulled up all the loose fibers, but it’s manual labor. It bought me mayyyybe a week of fiber-free living. Guess we’ll just stick with vacuuming!

        Kelly
        kellyandtiramisu.com

        • gemma

          Hmm… wish it would last longer than a week!! Thanks for the tip, Kelly :)

          xo,
          gem

  • Nicole

    Where did you get that blossom canvas?

    • gemma

      From HomeSense (Canadian equivalent of HomeGoods). Unfortunately I got it quite some time ago… so there probably aren’t any others there anymore as their stock changes pretty frequently!

      xo,
      gem

      • Nicole

        Darn! I recently redid my living room with some chevron pillows and I’ve been wanting to upgrade my painting too. I love cherry blossoms and it is definitely a good fit. Thank you though!

        • gemma

          Shoot.. well I will let you know if I ever spot one elsewhere! :)

          xo,
          gem