We bought our first home nearly a year ago. It's been so much fun (and overwhelming at times) making this house our home. Sometimes I feel like I'm making no progress at all. Then I look back on the before pictures I saved from the real estate listing and it makes me feel better. The above photo is what the living room looked like when we toured the house last April.
And here it is today! I'm still not done, but I feel like I'm making some strides in the right direction. We toned down some of the browns in the room by swapping the orangey beige paint for a blueish grey, replaced the wooden shutters with crisp, clean white ones and then started adding some personality.
When I first heard about the Pop of Color project, I knew right away that I wanted to tackle the little bay window area. Early on, I'd bought those two turquoise swoop chairs, and then I got stuck. So I took this as a personal challenge to get back to work.
I wanted a little round table to go between the chairs, to make a little "conversation nook" of sorts, and some colorful pillows to tie it all together. I kept my search at Wayfair mainly to end tables and pillows so I didn't get distracted. Here are a few of the items I considered:
I ultimately decided on the red table. It's been in and out of my shopping cart for a couple months now. My main hangup was the color--I not usually a red person…but since this challenge is about adding color, I thought I'd give it a whirl. I've been shopping at Wayfair for ages. They have a huge selection, but their search is so easy to navigate. For this order I just typed in "end table" to the search box, then refined my search by shape so I wouldn't have to sift through products I wasn't interested in. Easy peasy. The only problem is that I couldn't stop thinking about those feathered arrow pillows. So I bought them the next day. They're perfect and I love them, plus free shipping never hurts my feelings.
So there you have it. I'm still on the hunt for the perfect coffee table and a couple more chairs, along with the right accessories to finish off the room…but that'll come in time. For now, I'm thrilled with the progress we've made in our first year.
Now the fun part for you! One lucky reader will win a $100 gift card to Wayfair. Here's how to enter:
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The bad news: The giveaway cannot include entries from Rhode Island, New York and Florida. It's crummy, but those states have extra rules we can't stick to during this campaign…so sorry!
And here's some additional fine print: