My living room is fine.
It’s not fancy or filled with expensive furniture.
It’s not doused in accessories or packed wall to wall with furniture.
It doesn’t even have a coffee table (only because my husband hates them and says they get in the way).
But it’s fine.
Or so I thought.
Until my friends at Laurel and Wolf asked me what my living room would look like if could redo it.
No budget in mind, no specific brands, no major details.
Just my dream living room that would function perfectly for my family.
I grabbed a latte, flipped on a Fixer Upper marathon, popped open my laptop, and got lost in the world of Pinterest living rooms.
After seeing all these gorgeous living rooms that were similar in size to my own, I realized maybe my living room isn’t so “fine” after all.
Sure, I love the way it looks.
But these rooms are so put together.
If I had a room like the ones I pinned, Southern Living and Better Homes and Gardens would have their crews lined up down the street pushing and shoving to get their cameras inside. (Ultimate life goal, by the way!)
As I scrolled along, I realized I was getting so caught up in all the pretty things that I didn’t even think about how the designs would work in my home.
That white couch is gorgeous, but my pets and clumsy eight year old would have competitions to see who could stain it first.
The giant sectional that could make movie nights awesome is definitely a no-go. My brother is in a wheelchair and he visits often. I need all the traffic space I can get.
And let’s talk about the dramatic curtains puddled on the floor. And all the very breakable trinkets on the coffee table. And the nineteen throw pillows somehow stuffed onto one loveseat.
Let’s get real here. I don’t need that.
This got me thinking.
What do I need?
By now I’ve finished my latte and I’ve got a little twitch in my fingers from the extra extra extra shots of espresso.
Have you tried scrolling through Pinterest with espresso jitters?
Not so easy.
So I took a break and grabbed a pen and a notebook.
I’m a jot-down-on-paper kind of gal.
And I draw pictures to help myself remember things. Really bad pictures. Like instead of drawing a couch I make a lopsided rectangle that could be mistaken for a piece of steak. (Note to self, I should probably start labeling my steak rectangles so I know what they are supposed to be.)
First on the list: A sleeper sofa. I don’t have a guest bedroom so when guests visit we give them our bedroom and we sleep on the futon in the office. Not so comfy.
Next up is portability. My house is small. And I host a lot of parties. I need all the use I can get out of my furniture. I’m talking casters on tables, bar carts, double duty seating, nesting end tables, and anything else I can move around easily.
Another thing I’d like in my dream living room? Lots of textures. I’m not a fancy girl. I don’t need a lot to impress me. I’ll pass on the high end brand names and the fragile statues. I just want pillows and blankets and baskets, and rugs, and fabrics on fabrics on fabrics. And I want them all to have different looks and feels. The cozier the better.
That’s it. That’s all I had on my list.
Hmm, there’s got to be more.
This is my dream living room brainstorm here and I can write down anything my little heart desires.
Think, Lela, think!
Two days later, that list still hasn’t changed.
So thank you, Laurel and Wolf.
I’ve been swooning over photos online all this time, only to realize that I don’t really even want that stuff.
I’m a simple girl that wants simple things.
I’d love to know, what would you want in your dream living room? Would you fill it with expensive beauties or go full-on functionality?
And how ’bout that idea board, huh? Yeah, pretty proud of how it turned out.
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***Idea board inspiration photo credit belongs to Better Homes and Gardens***