And It All Comes Together…

We have been working on turning our living room into an expression of us. We started with the neutralization process. We tore up the carpeting and had our hardwood floors refinished. Instantly fresh! Then we finally splurged on a new couch in a lovely neutral (Pottery Barn- Pearce Sectional). Finally, we put up a coat of fresh paint (Glass Slipper by Benjamin Moore). Now that our space was neutralized it was time to start adding some personality.

We are young. We are fun. We have little ones. It was time for that to show through in our space. According to the quiz on Better Homes and Gardens, my style is polished casual.

To inject more of ‘us’ we updated an Ikea shelf with Mexican Chile by Behr (here), then we infused some personality with a cork board makeover (here), a gallery wall (here), updated two goodwill finds (here and here), and created some art (here). I am loving all the changes.

Our space is really starting to feel calming, yet energetic. It is fun, and interesting. It is a space full of our projects, finds, and family photos. I feel like someone could spend time in our living room and get a good read on the kind of family we are. We like home. We like fun. We are family centered (Could there be any more pictures of my kids? Probably!). Be it photos, our diplomas, subway art full of our favorite and most important places, a splash of color or a DIY project we tackled together this is a room that screams us!

I love how the room is coming together. I was still kind of looking for that something. You know, that something that makes it all come together. Then I found it.

<cough>a…pillow<cough, cough>

Umm…Yes, kind of embarrassing. I feel like I should belong to pillows anonymous or something. Hi, I am Megan and I am a pillowaholic. The husband banned me from buying pillows, but then then there were these.

Rules were meant to be broken, right? And they are even made in the U.S.A.

I love how they are making the room come together. I will let you judge for yourself.

Do you see how those colors tie in so nicely with our prints. LOVE! The shades of green, blue, orange, reds. And look at it with our shelf!

 

Check out all the gorgeous fabric full of color.

Check out the way the pillow just ties right in with everything. It is like I knew the pillow existed all along. We were destined to find each other at TJ Maxx.

Polished casual? I think so. So what is the one thing that bring it all together for you? Is it a pillow, a piece of art, a rug?

You can find out more about the gallery wall here, the bulletin board here and here, the owl makeover here, the custom prints here, the Goodwill mirror makeover here and the Ikea shelf update here.

Don’t forget to stop by and share your tips on balancing home.

 

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Megan
Hi, I'm Megan--the crazy mom of three behind this blog. Please don't be intimidated by the name. Note it doesn't say BALANCED Home. We hardly have it all together, but together we have it all. Or at least that is what I tell myself. I love rearranging, decorating, creating, crafting, celebrations, family, and holidays. I share a little bit of all of that and more on Balancing Home. I am married to my college sweetheart (Is that a thing? Well now it is.) and he is a very talented designer. I use him for his skills so I can offer up sweet printables to all of you. If you want to learn more randomness about me or my blog, stop by my about page.
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  • Jenny Roseman

    Just found you and I love your style!  Don’t you just love TJ Maxx!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! Umm…I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE TJ Maxx. I try not to go there to often, because it isn’t good for my bank account.

  • Budgetbungalow

    Looks good

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! You should be blog about your adorable pillows :)

  • http://bet1975.blogspot.com/ brandi

    I love your pillows! 
    I have that same pattern in a chair cover that I purchased from Pier One.  The colors tie in nicely with the rest of the room. 

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Shut the front door! A chair! I think I need that chair!

  • http://twitter.com/debbiei8 Debbie

    I LOVE those pillows!  

    I recently found a print similar to what is on your pillows, but it is in a grey, lime green and blue.  It is fabric (P Kaufman’s Jack’s Beanstalk in aquamarine) and I actually made “art work” to hang in our living room.  I found a tutorial and used canvas stretchers to staple the canvas around.  I think the whole thing cost me around $30 for 2 24X32 in canvas to hang in my living room.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      That sounds gorgeous. Love those colors. Love an affordable, beautiful piece of art! Send a picture :)

  • Sherrell Cordas

    I love your gallery above the desk- the owl rocks!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! Hunting for little treasure to makeover is half the fun.

  • Sarah

    I love how you are making your living room a reflection of your family. I did that with my office..it is one of my favorite rooms now!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! As a stay-at-home mom we spend a lot of time in this space. It is nice to have a place that reflects us and doesn’t drive me crazy!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! As a stay-at-home mom we spend a lot of time in this space. It is nice to have a place that reflects us and doesn’t drive me crazy!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! As a stay-at-home mom we spend a lot of time in this space. It is nice to have a place that reflects us and doesn’t drive me crazy!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! As a stay-at-home mom we spend a lot of time in this space. It is nice to have a place that reflects us and doesn’t drive me crazy!

  • Sarah

    I am your newest follower as well!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Woohoo! We love new followers! Welcome.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Woohoo! We love new followers! Welcome.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Woohoo! We love new followers! Welcome.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Woohoo! We love new followers! Welcome.

  • Andrea

    Love the pillows.  They have so many colors to pull together your room.

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! As soon as I saw them I knew I had to have them ;)

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! As soon as I saw them I knew I had to have them ;)

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! As soon as I saw them I knew I had to have them ;)

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! As soon as I saw them I knew I had to have them ;)

  • Crose0

    Love your look-the fabric is divine-following you from TDC-stop on by for a visit!

  • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

    So sad! I had a pair of lamps I passed up at T.J. Maxx and I still kick myself for it. I a swap sounds like fun. I am all in. Thanks for the comment.

  • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

     Blog swap sounds fun!

  • http://www.harbourbreezehome.com/ Rita Joy

    I’m just discovering your blog today and so glad I did.  It’s beautiful!!  I love your living room…fun, casual, and cozy…

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! What kind words. Hope you had fun poking around :).

  • Kelly

    I am totally jealous of those pillows. Love, love, love.  The owl on the gallery wall is great too!

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! I just saw another one of my pillows at TJ Maxx and resisted the urge to add a third one to the collection. Mostly because my husband would have me committed if I had.

  • tricia

    I love your use of colour!  What a bright, relaxed and happy space : o )

    • http://www.balancinghome.com Megan Bray

      Thanks! What kind words. Bright, relaxed and cheery is exactly what we were going for!