So it turns out “waiting for the cats to die before buying new furniture that they’ll only scratch up” is not a great strategy.
Or at least, it’s not a fast strategy.
Because despite having inherited most of our living room furniture eight years ago and the room being long-past due for a makeover, Vince and I have put off investing in new couches and a room that truly reflects OUR style because… cats.
Don’t get me wrong – I freaking hate that our cats have scratched anything in the house outside of their cat-tower, and we have tried everything to deter them, but I cannot and will not have them declawed. Had we declawed Lexi, her life as a tripod would have been significantly more difficult. So yes, it sucks. But in my mind, short of providing them even more scratch-safe areas, putting on SoftPaws, and beating their asses when I catch them scratching anything else, there are no other alternatives.
Workin’ With What We Had
So because of the ridiculous amount of love we have for our furkids, we’ve spent the last eight years with furniture that doesn’t really reflect our style but was comfortable and good looking enough to deal with – no problems.
Below: Photos of our plum-purple couches, Tamra de Lempicka prints, a green wall we inherited and just kind of made work, and my <sarcasm>favorite part</sarcasm> – Vince’s speakers that he built himself (what an AV geek) but has never put in real cases.
But it’s been eight years with this stuff… eight long, long years…. and before we left for Jamcruise I had finally had enough of our couches, our layout, hell, the entire house. I was ready to throw everything out, move, and start over.
And after dropping mad dough on our cruise, we came home and I convinced Vince to spend even more money on new furniture.
I trolled Pinterest, I went to furniture websites, I hit Ikea after work. I have never put so much single-minded determination behind a project outside of work and I got the bulk of the items purchased within one week.
I was freaking hell bent on getting this room re-done, and with the help of Vince and Kellan, this is how it turned out!
New couch, loveseat, accent chair, rug, throw blankets, pillows, lamps, and curtains. An entirely new layout, TV and speakers in places Vince previously and fiercely refused to put them, and wedding photos on canvas in a place of honor and prominence. This room looks like adults live here. Like, real ones. Kinda creepy, actually.
But seriously, I can’t believe how much of a difference I was able to make on this oddly shaped living room and holy shit I freakin’ love it!
And so does Lexi.
What’s Left to Replace
The only thing left to do is the coffee table and end tables. Those I am not rushing on because I kinda bought a new “coffee table” when I hit an antique shop in Altamonte.
This is an old Chinese Camphor trunk carved with mountain scenes and peacocks. It’s not at all what I was considering for the living room. I was looking for a mirrored or black square table, 18″ high with drawers – this is a 20″ tall rectangle that I’ll have to top with glass. But when I saw it, I just fell in love and had to have it. Expect a blog post detailing its restoration sometime later this year. *fingers crossed we don’t totally ruin it*
So this is it! I made a new living room!
When I changed blogs and moved domains, I went in with the spirit of renewed focus on taking care of myself, finding happiness again, and appreciating life.
And making such a HUGE change in our main living space is just another way I’m starting 2015 in a fresh and beautiful way. 🙂