Yesterday the "famous" green couch picture popped into my FB memory feed.
I loved the process of creating this space, some of my therapy at
the time, even though I had all sorts of emotions going on. Looking back,
accomplishing what I did even though I was "going through hell", was pretty
remarkable. Too bad we usually don't realize that until afterwards. Live and learn,
right? I know I sure have!
The first question I usually hear is, "where did you get that green couch?"
Simple, I ordered it off wayfair, but I knew exactly what I was looking
for. I think if you can create a plan and vision in your mind the outcome of success
is going to be a much greater chance. So I knew I wanted a velvet couch,
specifically a green velvet couch. I preferred a foot rest to go with it and it had to
have a pull out bed. Lastly, it had to be under $500.00 (the couch).
I will admit, I usually do not spend money on new furniture. I am a scrappy, thrifty.
woman who wants a deal with value even if it is pre-owned, I am okay with that.
Aside from our bed, no piece of furniture in our home was purchased new by us!
BUT, I did it. and then I went with the color scheme of what I already had on hand
to make this look happen.
Everything pictured happened for under $1,000.00! I should add
another factor with the couch purchase was that it had to ship for free or at an
exceptionally low cost,
which it did ship free to me! I also had a coupon and going
forward I would use a cashback service also. Currently I use coupon cabin and
have has good results with discounts and receiving cash back. Generally I cash
those out for amazon gift cards but that is another blog post.
So I am just going to recap how this room worked. starting from the left side of the
photo and then ending at the couch/footrest and buffet. The MCM modern side
table I found at a sale I believe for $15.00.
It is in sturdy condition and has one pull out drawer.
The wicker chair photographed is an antique native american wicker chair set
(I picked up two), for $30.00 total that year at a sale. The plant and tray on the
table were $5.00 total from a thrift shop.) Floral Wall art was $3.00 total and I
have three. The black wall decor hanging in the hallway was a gift. The antique
half moon shaped mirror was found at a living estate sale for $12.00. I have
such great memories of that estate, the people, the day, I will write about that
at another time. My dad helped me hang this mirror and saved it from sliding
out of the wood frame! He is always a quick thinker and smart worker and I
appreciate him so much and everything he has taught me in life. It was always
for my good and I can see that today. I believe because of his attention to
detail and how things work (along with being an auto-body mechanic for 20+
years) is why I have the "good eye" some comment that I have today.
I grew up in a garage seeing things being painted and how tools worked
and that's what I knew! Thanks, dad!
The galvanized letter mail holder was from target for $10.00 on sale.
Wicker planter with faux eucalyptus was thrifted for $5.00.
Yellow floral serving tray which came in an auction box lot so
it broke down to $3.00.
Glazed Ceramic book-ends were thrifted for $10.00.
Lantern was from an auction for $7.00, yes, I know what a deal! I was also there
for eight hours that day and the weather was in the high 80s.
If you've never experienced that, those deals are about the only thing that
keep me there, and they don't always happen, but I am still there!
Red lantern was an auction item for $3.00.
Bird cage was from a local antique sale paid $20.00 and traced it's roots
to one of the first pet stores in the US. I may write about that in another blog post.
Large Green Lantern 12.00 auction item.
Rooster Tin Thrift $3.00
Antique Woodworking Plane $3.00
Mccoy Tulip Planter Purchased at a market for $12.00
Floral Decor Tray thrifted for $2.00
White Faux Rose Florals - $5.00 Wholesale supplier
Wicker wall planter $3.00 Thrifted
Amber Bottle $2.00 Local Purchase Bulk buy
Rug $96.00 Target
Buffet - $75.00 (I painted it and turned the latex paint into chalk paint myself,
so this would be a whole different price if that was under different circumstances
Overall I picked something I knew I had wanted for a long time and then
created the color palette around that. It's a bit risky, maybe not everyone's
taste, but that is okay, I did it for our home. I do feel that anyone can apply
this strategy though, to come out with a decorated space they can call their own!
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