Pretty Couches and almost Not Couch-less

May 4, 2012

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Thanks for excusing my absence yesterday.  We have had a few set backs this week–all three members of our little family got the flu.  When it came and went with Greta on Monday, we thought we escaped it.  Oh no.  Wednesday night, it hit me hard and Chris followed suit shortly after.  Thank goodness it was only a 24 hour thing and we are feeling much better now.  In short, we’re really happy to put this week behind us.  It’s Friday now, which means only good things.  Our couch is arriving today.  Let me repeat that–OUR COUCH IS ARRIVING TODAY!!! After 3 months of living couchless in our family room, we can’t wait to cuddle up and lounge on it and finish that room off.  It won’t be getting here until this evening, so I’ll post some teaser pics on our facebook page and give you the full write-up for Monday’s post.

Since we got couches on our mind, I wanted to share before and after photos of a recently finished living room with gorgeous couches.  Chris’s brother, Brandon, and his wife, Stephanie, bought their first home earlier this year just a couple miles away from us.  It has been so fun to have endless projects between our homes and have family so close.  While we have been slowly renovating, bouncing from room to room in our house, they were fortunate enough to be able to do a lot of work on their home before they moved in and after just a few months of living there, their home is gorgeous.  These two could flip houses I tell ya.  Here’s how their living room looked before they moved in:

And here’s how it is looking now:

Wowza, right? You can check out the entire break-down of projects and sources over on their blog here.  What’s your favorite part?  It may sound so silly and trivial compared to the rest of the perfectly put together room, but I can’t get over that plant.  I just lurve it and I already told Chris (probably 6 times) I really, realllllyyy want a big plant in the studio.

Speaking of the studio, there are only 18 votes separating the top 2 area rugs and sometime this weekend I gotta call the winner.  Eeeep.  So, if you haven’t voted for your favorite yet, you can vote here now.  We hope you have a happy weekend, friends.  Ours is full of eating (I think we’re finally ready to think about food now that the flu has officially passed), picking up finishing touches for the family room, shopping for something to wear to my sister’s wedding and staring at/lounging/taking lots of pictures of our new couch.

What are you up to?

Psst.  Did you vote for our Melodrama vid today??

What do you think?

  1. Brandon says:

    Oh, and I noticed that the link to our blog is actually the mobile link. Here’s the normal one.

  2. Brandon says:

    Thanks for the shout out Julia! We really appreciate it. We had A LOT of traffic from your site and so much great feedback. It has motivated us to keep going and finish all of our rooms.

  3. meaganbriggs3 says:

    WHAT A ROOM! Holy cow!!! I looooove the color pallet. So calm and low key, but so bold at the same time. Love the printed chair. And the yellow framed pieces of art. Seeing your many rooms redone and this room makes me SO excited to someday shop and hopefully pull off getting a room together like these! This weekend, oh, I’ll just be out on the beach :-) Loving the weather and being together as a family. I’m curious which dress you end up picking! let me know!

  4. amy w says:

    holy cow, that room is amazing. i am dying for that chair/fabric. and the color combo. and the graphics. great, great room.

  5. i loved the sneak peek on your FB page of the couch! can’t wait to see official pics! so glad you all are feeling better. and that reno….WOW. seriously amazing. the wainscoting adds a little “something-something”!

  6. That is BEAUTIFUL! Im a sucker for grey and mustard! My favorite part is the lamp and framed graphics, wowzas

  7. Melinda Page says:

    I literally said ‘wow’ out loud, what a beautiful transformation.

  8. Jessie McKinley says:

    So SO gorgeous!! I love their living room + I think I need to hire both of you guys to help me out on me own :) Enjoy your new couch!!!

  9. Oh Lexy. So sad for you. Get better soon.

  10. Victoria Bradley says:

    Oh my goodness gracious! I WANT that living room! I love the wall treatment and the oversized pillows. A-mazing. I’m moving in.

  11. I’m so excited to finally see your couch! And I died when I saw Brandon & Steph’s room. It looks amazing! Glad to hear you guys are feeling better. I’ve been sick for weeks and I am jealous of those that are moving on to bigger and better things. Like food. :)

  12. Their living room is gorgeous! I love it! Can’t wait to see how your new couch!! :)

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