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Living Room Plans!!

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I am a 100% visualizer.  I absolutely cannot do things without trying to see them first.  Yes, when I put together my quilts I have an idea in my head of what it will look like, but I usually have to put the fabrics side by side and do a lot of experimentation.

However, when you are planning out your home decor, you want to make the most of your money by making projects that are beautiful and that will hopefully turn out how you want them to.  How can you know what it will look like, though? 

Since our home decor budget is miniscule right now (remember we are poor) I can’t just go out and buy a bunch of stuff and throw in the room to see how it will look.  Each and every decision has to be made with extreme precision and care, and with a plan.  So I whipped up a little mockup plan in Photoshop and here it is for your viewing pleasure:

Here is the view of my actual living room RIGHT NOW:

As you can see, it has a long way to go.  The ‘white slipcover’ is actually just some white sheets I tucked on in there to experiment with.  The pillows still need their custom pillow cases, which I am in the process of making.  The zig-zag quilt is also in its construction phase.  The biggest change is in the wall art (which is off-center due to moving the couch a zillion times.)  I need to take down the non descript ‘home art’ that we bought when we first moved here and put up the babies that I designed.  Except I haven’t even started on those yet.

These changes and projects are going to keep me busy over the next several months.  I’m saving up my pennies to purchase things as we go and I think we’ll save enough for the actual white slipcover by June (I’m talking a SERIOUSLY small home decor budget.)  So be patient with me as I re-decorate my living room over the next several months.  And you’ll get to see some super fun and cute projects on the way!

I’m really excited!  I wish I could just have unlimited energy, time, and money to just work on everything until it’s done!

P.S. Don’t try to talk me out of the white slipcover.  You already tried, and I agreed.  But the thought kept bugging me so I finally caved in.  I know it won’t be super easy.  But I’m tired of living my life around what’s easy and convenient as opposed to what I actually want!

P.P.S.  What do you think?
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  1. I also have a hard time redecorating without having a pretty good idea of what it's going to look like. I have been thinking about making a slipcover for my rocking armchair since we're not using it to nurse anymore. I'm a little afraid to commit to a fabulous fabric though.

    On another note, I love the blog redesign.

  2. Jenn(ifer) says:

    I love white furniture! Don't let anyone talk you out of it. White Slipcovers are actually easier to keep clean than other colours because you can BLEACH them, use any kind of stain remover without worrying about removing colour along with the stain, the oxy cleaners are great and so on (just throw them into your tub with a cup or two of that stuff over night…)
    So go with your guts, it will look great!

    I also love the blog redesign, but you might want to change the cut of the background picture so there is no line when scrolling down (if you need help with that send me an e-mail, I'd be happy to help!)

  3. I really like your sketch of what it will look like. It's going to be amazing when it's all done. ๐Ÿ™‚ I also love the zig zag quilt your going to make. Good luck!


  4. I'm a visual person too! I sketch out almost everything I make ๐Ÿ™‚ I can't wait to see your monogrammed pallet art!!

  5. Laura@Corner House says:

    Oh My goodness I feel you here. My husband and I lived in "crappy the cheapest we could get and still stand to live in" apartments for the first 6 years we were married (while he was in school) and I remember saving up to buy a slipcover. Good Luck. The drawing looks great. And I totally say go white. There are very few stains you can't get out of white if you soak it is bleach and water long enough. ๐Ÿ™‚

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