What Bored Pregnant People Do

When we started our Living Room journey, the room looked like this. I liked it, because it felt cozy and all fireplace-y.

Living Room Furniture Arrangement

We had some extra space behind the sofa, which would have made a nice locale for a console table and some artwork.

Couch Location in Living Room

Let’s call this my second favorite arrangement. I like it, but it had a few dings in my mind as well.

So in the name of opening up the room a little bit, we then experimented with this (highly unfinished layout). I hated it.

Large Open Living Room

Well last week we started doing some final measurements for our FLOR rug, and this crazed pregnant lady got to thinking. Let’s try furniture configuration 3.0, shall we?

Olive Sofa with IKAT Pillows

This option still focuses on the fireplace, but created more of a conversation area.

My favorite feature, is that the sofa peaks into the view of the dining/kitchen area now, so I feel more connected with my husband the chef when he’s cooking dinner.

Here’s a vantage from the newly finished Dining Room. The rooms just all feel much more connected now, which will be nice for baby watching down the road.

IKAT Throw Pillows

I’m so glad we grabbed these tufted arm chairs from TJ Maxx this summer. They were less than $250 each, and they really help to fill out the space! (For TJ Maxx shoppers, you know what a miracle it is to find TWO matching items in one trip!)

Tufted Linen Chairs

As much as I’ve toyed around with the idea of replacing our current ottoman with an actual coffee table – now that we have a mini Sell on the way from Babyland, I’m thinking this upholstered number may stick around a bit longer so we don’t have any sharp corners.

Ottoman Tufted Linen

And although I have lots of love in my heart for our tufted highback linen chairs – I’m even more excited about my latest thrift find that cost me a whopping $8 😀

Bamboo Side Chair

It’s the perfect addition to our empty little nook to the right of the armoire. Love, love, love it 😀

Oh, and we’ve officially got our FLOR tiles in da house now! I’m so excited to show y’all a final shot of how the space is looking with the new carpet in next week!

Cushy Couch Prowl

I have to confess, my friend Jessica has turned me into a craigslist addy. After I spotted an amazing couch at her abode that she got for FREE on the list, I was immediately converted. But here is the thing. Her couch is leather (less potential issues, right?) and the couch we were looking for was, well, not leather. So ya know, buying it used may present some unpleasant realities as far as infestations are concerned.

So I’d browse on craigslist, but I wasn’t really planning on buying anything due to the reasons mentioned above. I wasn’t planning on it, but ya know, sometimes life surprises you :)

Not sure if you noticed when I was snapping some beauty shots of the new basement space, but we’ve actually been moving some furniture around in these parts. Remember these chairs?

Tufted Velvet Chairs

Yes. If your memory serves you right they use to be in our Living Room. Now – they chillin’ like villains in the basement. Alas, this left us with some gap action in our main living space. Hence, the great craigslist hunt.

I was pretty open to different options – I didn’t know if I wanted something for the basement (a sectional, maybe?) or to leave our tufted chairs down in the basement area and find something different for the upstairs living space …

And then, I had some light shine down on me from the craigslist God’s in the form of this ad.

Sofa on Craigslist

A few things stuck out at me. $1,800 couch, and $300 asking price. Also being the color phobe I am (I’m a neutrals girl, what can I say…), I also liked the fact that it was GREEN. But not too green, ya know what I’m saying? Olive > Lime in the couch department (IMO). Also, I did a little Google search action and let’s just say this couch was in a purty swankified neighborhood. So my chatter box head was thinking – fancy pants couch, not super expensive, and probably taken care of previously by it’s owners. At this point, it seemed worthwhile to at least drive over and check out the goods.

When I laid my eyes on this baby – it was all systems GO. I even had plans to negotiate down the price, but once I saw this jewel I just handed them the cash while chattering their face off while smiling my face off.

Now this guy was a quality piece of furniture, hence, it was not light, hence no pictures of the loading/unloading/etc. But, feast your eyes on the finished product.

Olive Velvet Sofa

Yummy. I just want to eat it up I love it so much.

Now, when we first popped this bad boy in, we realized something rather quickly. Our old ottoman just wasn’t happening. Too dang tight. You had to do a little side shuffle just to get over to the other side of the room. I like a nice cozy living space and I by chance, also often shuffle as a means of transportation, but it was just feeling a bit too squeezed as you can see in the photo below. Note – the couch does NOT read that limey in real life.

Tufted Ottoman for Coffee Table

So off to the basement another fine piece of furniture went.

Tufted Ottoman Coffee Table

On one hand, it’s really nice to have the basement almost completely done now (more on that here and here) and I think the ottoman looks totally awesome down there. On the other, we are sans coffee table in the Living Room, which really just means I continue my craigslist addiction into another day (via coffee table hunt). 😀

One of the first things that sold me on this little beauty from afar was the gorgeous lines it had from the side. Like these nice, tall arms.

Crushed Velvet Green Sofa

Jay loves the couch since he actually fits on it, unlike many of our other pieces of furniture. It’s like the primo napping couch. Super deep, super soft and super squishy sinky loveliness. As Jay puts it, this couch passes the comfort test.

Deep Velvet Sofa

It’s only taken us a year, but it looks like the house is now officially furnished! :)

Two Couches in Living Room

Anyone else out there score some solid craigslist finds lately?