Living room overhaul

The past few weeks, we’ve been working on our living room. Lesley convinced us to move the piano into our dining room, which opened up a huge amount of space in our living room and allowed us to move our TV to an area that is not the focal point. But now we have a huge blank wall of space. The problem with our living room, if you’ve never been there are two fold: 1) it not that big (at least as far as living rooms go), although I know that there are many people reading this with far smaller spaces than we have and 2) there are four doors in the room and a wall covered with built ins and a fireplace.  That leaves very little space for placing couches, chairs, etc.  We have decided that a couch and a love seat are the best solution and that our recliner (which I love, but just doesn’t fit anywhere) has to go.   

Now the question is: what kind of love seat should we get?  We talked to two interior design experts and both agreed that we should not try to match our chocolate brown couch.  Instead we should go with a color (because our living room is very brown and white) and maybe a pattern (but we don’t really like any of our pattern options).  

We went looking yesterday at the craziest store on the planet (well, at least in Portland and there are lots of crazy stores in Portland), City Liquidators . If you live in the area and have never been there, block out and afternoon and visit the three stories of crazy good deals, clutter, and detritus.  Just don’t be there in a fire.  We found quite a few options in love seats, but I think that this is our top choice as of now.  This is a picture of the same couch, but imagine it in a love seat.  Of course we’ll have to get a new area rug, but ours is falling apart anyway.  What do you think?  Do you like it?

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7 Responses to “Living room overhaul”


  1. 1 Chelsea February 25, 2009 at 9:24 am

    I love it! I think it will go really well. I was just watching a design show yesterday that used this color scheme in the room and I thought it looked great. They paired a chair this color with a couch that looked a lot like yours. I am a big fan. I would definitely do a solid color for the loveseat, and you could always use pattern on the pillows. That way if you get tired of a pattern, you can replace pillows much more easily than the furniture. How fun!

  2. 2 carrita d foste February 25, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    I think it’s perfect! It will bring out the color in your kitchen, too. Are you going to get the pillows? They seem like a nice touch.

  3. 4 Schumacher Homes February 26, 2009 at 10:30 am

    I really like that. I think it will be a nice addition to the room.

  4. 5 Rick February 26, 2009 at 11:04 pm

    Who is Schumacher Homes?

  5. 7 Kristen March 2, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    Maybe it is Erin?


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