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About a month ago we got word that our landlord was not renewing our lease. Not being prepared to move but needing to meant it was time to make some big changes.
We decided it was time to go home. As beautiful as central PA is it just never felt like home to my Pittsburgh raised husband. Being from the highly populated Chicagoland area central PA never felt like home to me either.
Pittsburgh offered our family more in the way of activities and walkability for stores and shopping. We sat down and decided to move home, to Pittsburgh, a city we all love dearly.
New home meant we needed a new look too. Our past look of traditional hand me down meets modern wasn’t working for us anymore. With a new home I get to decorate it to feel like our home with our own unique style.
Getting Rid Of Old Furniture
When we got the news that our landlord wasn’t going to renew our lease due to her selling the property to her daughter who wanted to move in we were pretty devastated. While we didn’t love the house we were in we weren’t ready to move just yet.
We knew right off the bat and after getting quotes from moving companies that we wouldn’t be able to afford to hire movers. Of course even if we could come up with the multiple thousands of dollars for the move we couldn’t book them for our move date anyways.
So we sat down as a family and took a good hard look at our furniture. Rob and I knew that we would not be able to lift or move the sleeper sofa so we instead opted to sell it and buy new when we arrived in Pittsburgh.
We also sold our dining room table, a chest, and several other pieces of furniture opting to get new in our new home over the next several months.
The Move To Pittsburgh
The move to Pittsburgh went very smooth packing everything we owned in our 3 bedroom townhome into a 15’ Uhaul. Despite a change in pick up for the Uhaul and some physical aches and pains we got to Pittsburgh safely.
After unloading and unpacking what we owned Rob and I started the search for new furniture.
New Living Room Budget and Requirements
Right off the bat we set a $1000 budget for our living room. We had other requirements in addition to the budget though.
We have two cats and a preschooler in the house, this means our furniture needs to stand up to the abuses that will be inflicted on it.
Finding furniture that can stand up to abuse can be a bit difficult. I’ve learned that furniture is only going to last about 5 years when you have kids and animals in the house.
We knew at this point we would be doing our furniture shopping at Big Lots. It just made sense to not spend loads of money on furniture that would get scratched by cats and possibly stained by our child.
Color Palette Of Existing Floors And Walls
The flooring throughout the entire house is extremely neutral which allows us to do almost anything with the decor. It’s a gray beige wood laminate that can stand up to almost anything while giving us a clean palette to work with.
The walls in most of the home are a light gray and the trim is all white. The neutral palette that was already in the home gave way to a lot of options for decorating the room.
Keep The Room Large
Our living room is pretty large and I wanted to be sure to keep it that way. This meant sticking with lighter colors for our larger pieces of furniture and using pops of color in our accessories.
Lighting isn’t much of an issue as we have a large window in the front room. However, I do need some height in this corner of the room.
We were lucky to find a light grey sofa and loveseat set over at Big Lots for less than $800. It was perfect to keep the room light and looking large.
Wanting to add a bit of warmth though we opted for a 7×9 geometric rug in a darker grey. The diamond pattern keeps the room modern while adding a break between the light flooring and the light pieces of furniture. The rug was $120.
The coffee table and end tables were about $200 and finished off the major furniture pieces easily.
Right now you are probably thinking to yourself that we went over budget, actually we didn’t. You see Big Lots had a furniture sale where if you spent over $1000 you could get $200 off. So our total so far came to $920.
Our Blue Accessories
We have a small Tardis from Doctor Who and a blue pot for a succulent. We knew that we would end up using blue as an accessory color in the room.
Lucky for us these sofas already came with blue pillows. I fully believe in the psychological effect of colors on the brain and blue is a very calming color.
We Aren’t Done Yet
We have some major wire management that needs to take place in this home and that will get done in the upcoming weeks when we are able to switch out for a white network wire instead of a blue one.
I also need some height added in the corner of the room so I will be getting a table lamp for that table.
Unfortunately, my grandmothers painting does seem to look a bit off on the wall above the loveseat. This painting will instead get moved to another wall.
To replace it I will be adding staggered shelving on the walls above the sofa and loveseat to hold books and other trinkets.
Now I’m not big on trinkets so there won’t be a lot of those added. I prefer to use books to decorate because at least books are used for more than just looking at.
On the other side of the room we will be adding a blue chair and using the other end table.
Living Room Updates To Come
As I continue to complete this room I will be adding updates on the blog and link to them here. Our living room will be a place to gather and watch the games, hang out with friends, or cuddle in for date night.
My goal is to make it as inviting as possible while not breaking the bank entirely. Make sure you bookmark or pin this post so you can check back for more updates as they come.
What do you think so far? Let me know in the comments below. Follow me on Pinterest for more like this and pin this to your living room and decor boards.
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