A peek into my living room! - The Dainty Squid

A peek into my living room!

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Like I mentioned a few times recently, we've been working on re-doing the living room! Since the beginning of the year we've:
• painted the walls a nice, light green to cover up the ugly gold I thought was a good idea when we moved in.
• painted the ceiling white, also to cover up the ugly gold I though was a good idea.
• thrifted some new wall hangings.
• most, importantly - GOT CARPET! Which is the best thing we've ever saved money for! Anyone who says they don't like carpet and would rather have hardwood floors has obviously never rolled around on my carpet. It's magical. I love it oh so much.

It might not seem like that big of a difference but it's 100% different (and better!) in person. I'm so excited. Here are some photos of it now;

Excuse the lack of window coverings. I had curtains hanging and I was sick of washing them all the time (cat hair!! they're the one thing I couldn't figure out how to easily vaccuum) so I decided to do a blinds and valence combo. The blinds had to be ordered since apparently they're an odd size and will be here any day now and I haven't decided on a valence color yet.

The living room is now my favorite room in the house, I want to spend all my time in it. 
xoxo!

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63 thoughts

  1. I love it! I love the paint by numbers and the pillow with the vintage fabric on it. I added some to my vintage living room too if you want to see...it's so much fun to decorate from that era. :)
    http://feedthebirdies.blogspot.com/2011/03/i-moved-furniture-again.html

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  2. It looks so much cosier and just a cleaner look now.
    Great work!

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  3. Oooooh! So pretty! Lovity love it!

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  4. Oh wow! Your living room is a dream! The carpet looks so fluffy - tingly between the toes, if that makes sense?
    That deer cracks me up every time you post a picture, pretty sure he has longer hair than I do!

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  5. hey, Kaylah, the owl lamp is adorable. may i know where did you get it? online store? i'd love to have one.

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  6. I always preferred hardwood, but now that I roll around on the floor with my babies, I totally agree with you. Carpet is where it's at!

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  7. I looks great! I really love your deer with the wig :)

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  8. I LOVE that shade of green!

    Haha, I like carpet and hardwood, so I think I'd be content with either. I do agree, though, that rolling around on carpets is very nice.

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  9. That carpet does look really nice. I love all your art and wall pieces (the jackalope!). Home re-arranging and redecorating is one of my favorite activities to do and to watch, so thanks for sharing :)

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  10. Love the greenish-yellow walls! The cats are a pretty sweet touch as well, ha ha ha

    Oh! And I'm so happy to see that up close, the deer head isn't the real thing! Go you!

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  11. It looks so much brighter now! The color combo of the walls + carpet looks cute!

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  12. nice job! i see one kitty who already loves sprawling out on the new carpet :)

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  13. White ceilings always seem so boring until you realize how much they brighten a room up. Love it!

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  14. It looks great! I love your paint by numbers.

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  15. looks great! i really like that color!

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  16. I love the wall color, so soothing and pretty. Thanks for sharing a look into your home!

    cookielouisepleaze.blogspot.com

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  17. Your living room looks fantastic, and super cozy :D

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  18. I love how the DVDs are organized by color! :)

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  19. It must be so great to have your own place and decorate it the way you want. We're renting a house, so we don't want to spend much money on it.

    Looks very cozy, Kaylah, and thinking I was strange because I like to sit/lie on the floor once and a while :)

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  20. I LOVE that wall color!! It is so soothing and lovely!! and I love all your beautiful art on the walls!! xoxo

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  21. Oh that looks so nice! I normally don't like carpet myself, but it really brightened up your room! Great choice!

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  22. I love your deer! We have the same couch. I always claim the long lounge chair thing at the end. Looks nice!

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  23. the room looks great. i looove your couch. it is my dream to have a giant L shaped couch.

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  24. Love the wall-to-wall carpeting! Makes the room look cozier and (I'm sure) feel warmer, both visually and temperature-wise--no more cold feet from walking on hardwood!

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  25. ooh It looks really beautiful I love the wall color!
    Ive always had carpet, and always hated it and wished for wood floors, but maybe if its super soft brand new carpet it makes it a huge difference. :)

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  26. Wow, this looks so much better than before! A lot lighter and brighter.. it is more modern in that way. But your personal stuff, thrifted items and furniture are a great contribution to it!

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  27. Gah! So in love with everything!

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  28. It looks so bright and yet so cozy! And all I can say about the decorating is 'squuueeeeeee! ^.^'

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  29. I think the professor likes the carpet too... haha sorry to ask but I was looking at your dvds...you don't really strike me as the type who loves borat?!

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  30. It looks great and I can sympathize with you on the cat hair problem on curtains. We have blinds now too.

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  31. looks so cozy. btw i love your couch!

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  32. Oh my goodness. I love it. So cute and comfortable. :)

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  33. Agreed! The green is so much better and much much brighter.

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  34. You have a lovely house, and awesome cats, it's fun to see that other people are totally in love with cats.

    Cassandre from France

    You seem so happy on your pictures =)

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  35. i love the green, but the gold color was nice too. :)

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  36. Woah, what an amazing living room! I love the arrangements of your frames and the different sizes. And I really like your "Happiness is Homemade" cross-stitch!

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  37. am so jealous of your living room.

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  38. I love this! Compared to your old living room it looks alot better! More spacious yet still has personality at the same time (: I'm so inspired to finish making my craft room now! Thank you! xx

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  39. OMG! the blue brown blancet looks so beautiful! :O did you make it yourself?

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  40. Sorry Eva, it's thrifted. Everything other than the couch and carpet were picked up second hand some place or another.

    Elizabeth - yep! no more cold toesies! :D

    Ariel, I don't like Borat, I love Borat. I absolutely adore sacha baron cohen.

    Inessa, so how is it working out? I'm nervous that they'll be covered in cat hair soon too!

    Thank you all so much!! :D

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  41. love all your animal heads:)... that's awesome! and your wall color-- its really pretty!

    xoxo

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  42. Love the carpet! The first thing we did when we moved in was cover all the hardwood with carpet too! Hardwood is just so cold and uninviting. Love the carpet!!

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  43. Miss Szuch, I know! Carpet makes it feel so much more like home!

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  44. Even though your fake deer head is creepy, I LOVE your living room.

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  45. i'm a hardwood floor girl, but i recently discovered a local place that has bright red, purple, royal blue (etc) carpet for insanely cheap-even with the install. eep!

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  46. it looks so great and i love all your art!! especially your buck with the hair and mustache! we have a huge stuffed moose in our reading lair...it is totally fake and is more a stuffed animal but we love him! he wears an a's hat and scarf and some really awesome sunglasses :D

    i totally understand the cat hair on the curtains! i have a mini vacuum that i swear is connected to my arms. that works really really well and super powerful too! we got it when we got little rosie at bed bath and beyond!

    xo,
    cb

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  47. you guys have such a beautiful home!

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  48. it looks so perfectly cozy. love it.

    erin
    www.cleverseed.blogspot.com

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  49. I read the blog
    so i know you have a lot of art
    & I know you have a lot of collections

    I've also figured out that you have a quirky & adorable sense of style in both your home and in fashion

    but when I see your whole living room laid out like this, it made me gasp a little.

    so, so, so amazing.
    the cats lazing around the room are an added (& awesome) touch.

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  50. I like the green a lot more!

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  51. I love would floors but dang does that carpet in your living room looks awesome! It brightens up the room sooo much
    Love it :)

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  52. Just found your blog and love your living room! The eclecticness of it rocks! :)

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  53. I LOVE it! Such a nice soft colour, and the room is so warm and welcoming, yet very clean and organized. (You know how some living rooms are just "too" clean and therefore don't really look very comfortable? Anyway, perfect!

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  54. your living room looks GREAT!! :) i love the changes!

    ugh- hardwood floors are SO overrated- i haven't lived in a house with carpet in 5 YEARS. we are moving soon though, and the new place has carpet! i'm stoked! the only downer is now i actually have to buy a vaccum. oh well :)

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  55. Oh gosh, your living room is super lovely :D
    You are one lucky lady to have such a beautiful room.
    You very much inspire me to make my house in the not too distant future to be like yours :)

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  56. i love your living room! the green looks really good. just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to let you know i love it and i like getting to know you! :)

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  57. Oh, it looks lovely!! The color looks a lot brighter! :) I'm loving that jackalope, too! lol. Awesome!

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  58. I love it! I want to put it in my house!

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  59. Wow, I love that blue chevron blankie! *want*

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