My Living Room Reveal

FINALLY! We’ve lived here for 3 months and our living room is DONE! (For now…mostly!) lol! I always have more ideas but I really feel like this room is finally put together how I want it! 
I do want to add an amazing rug and a gallery photo wall above the sofa (and get a new sofa… *hint hint hubby!*) BUT.. this is really working well for us right now! 
I love love love this chair from Ballard designs but I hate $799.99 a piece! $1500 for two chairs! Geeeheeeez!!!
Here’s my knock off pair of chairs cost me less than $60 for the chairs and materials to reupholster them! 
My first upholstery project ever!
I bought these chairs for $10 a piece a thrift store because I loved the lines and the french looking legs. It took me FOREVER to reupholster them because I got seriously distracted by other projects. I recovered them with $3.99/yard muslin that I used a 40% off coupon so the total was less than $60 for BOTH! Score!! 

Eeek I love them!
Our sofa was a $35 Craigslist purchase when we first moved in and since we had zero furniture when we got here, it was a good find. I’m really excited to get a new one pretty soon now that we can kinda squeeze that in our budget but it’s not awful so the hubby isn’t in a huge hurry to let me get a new one! 😉 
I’m not attached to the silver walmart lamp either but there is NO LIGHTING in this room so it was a necessity purchase when we first moved in. I’m on the lookout for a pretty, tall lamp to replace it eventually. Any suggestions?
I have completely done this room (and all of our other rooms) on a super tight budget! It’s more of a challenge for me to decorate on a teensy budget. I’m gonna go out on a limb here and tell you what I paid for the things in this room. Hopefully, it can inspire you to really find a good deal on things you love! 
Cost breakdown (with links to already posted projects!)
Sofa – Craigslist – $35
Pillows – Cream ruffle (gift), Aqua ($3 for fabric to recover old pillow) – $3
Antique window – Craigslist – $5
Pink wreath – Thrift store – $1
Tin Vase – Yard sale – $1
Silk flowers – Walmart – $20  ( GASP! Don’t do that! Silk flowers are so expensive but I later found some at a yard sale to fill that vase even more and they were like $1! UGH!) 
White end table – Thrift Store – $5
Curtains – Walmart sheets – $10 (for 2 sets)
Swirly Bench – Craigslist – $20
Tv console – Craigslist – $15
Chairs – Thrift store – $60 ($10 each + about $40 to reupholster) – tutorial coming soon!
Aqua table – Thrift store – $6
Lamp – Thrift store – $8
Paisley bolster pillows – I made them. $5 in fabric – tutorial coming soon!
Grand total… $194 

And… one more time just for fun! Don’t they kind of have that Ballad look to them?

That is pretty dang good for ALL the furniture AND decor! 
Don’t ya think? 


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    September 30, 2011 at 4:37 am

    Great Job! Love the subtle colors along with the splashes here & there.

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    Courtney ~ French Country Cottage
    September 30, 2011 at 4:50 am

    Your room is lovely~ the colors are very pretty – well done! Would love for you to come share at Feathered Nest Friday sometime!

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    September 30, 2011 at 5:49 am

    Well done! So bright and airy!

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    Shabby chic Sandy
    September 30, 2011 at 5:50 am

    Great job of being thrifty–its lovely!

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    September 30, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I heart this room, so bright and cheerful! Those chairs are amazing! Great job! Your couch is totally slipcoverable, maybe you could do that in the mean time?

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    September 30, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    Im so proud of your upholstery job!, Im soo nervous to try that.
    Good Job everything is lovely!

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    September 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    Fabulous Job! I really love how bright it is and relaxing at the same time.

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    September 30, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    Seriously Amazing Mallory! I’m with Megan, I totally think you should make a slip cover!! Love your house!

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    September 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    I agree..the room looks great and the couch has great lines, definitely slip cover worthy.

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    September 30, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    Those chairs are amazing! I might light them better than the original! I’m a new follower! Hope you’ll follow me back, but no pressure. 🙂

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    September 30, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    it looks fabulous! awesome job on the chairs!

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    Jodi and Shaun
    September 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm

    Oh my gosh Mallory! It’s beautiful!!!! I love the pink with the aqua and your cream chairs are my favorite!!! Great job and on such a small budget!!! WOW!

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    Andi @ Jane of all crafts
    October 1, 2011 at 12:03 pm

    You did such an awesome job on the chairs!! And the room is so adorable! Have you thought of making a slipcover for your couch? It may be cheaper then a new sofa and then you might have extra money to replace that walmart lamp you don’t like! 🙂

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    Evelyn Rocha
    October 1, 2011 at 6:16 am

    very very pretty! it looks so warm and cozy! you guys have such a cute style! love your blog:)

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    A Lived in Home
    October 2, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    what a great job! The room is so calming. Awesome job on the chair upholstery.

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    Laura@Corner House
    October 3, 2011 at 2:44 am

    It looks GREAT! I love the colors.

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    Sandy@Life Began In A Garden
    October 2, 2011 at 7:54 pm

    Looks great, I can’ believe the chairs total cost was only $60!! And the stripes look amazing 😉

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    Jenny @ Simcoe Street
    October 4, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Can’t seem to get enough of your cute blog — I’m your newest official follower. If you’d like, come visit/follow me 🙂


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    October 9, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    The chairs are beautiful!

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    Liz @ thequickjourney.blogspot.com
    October 9, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    This is the first time I have stumbled upon your blog. I love the entire look. The colors, texture, and chairs are amazing!!! You both are such cuties. Great job!

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    Life With Lucy
    October 10, 2011 at 9:37 am

    Second time I’ve clicked on a link of your’s today! I love your room. The chairs looks absolutely amazing. You did such a great job!

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    October 10, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I love this! You did a wonderful job!

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    October 11, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    So beautiful!! Would LOVE it if you would link this up at my turquoise lovin’ party going on right now!! http://www.sweetlittlegals.com/2011/10/turquoise-lovin-8.html

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    Erin {Lavender and Lemon Drops}
    October 23, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Looks great! Congrats on completing your first reupholster job! Your chairs look awesome 🙂

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    October 23, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    I love that corner with the chairs, adorable pink lamp, & cute turquoise table. I seriously want to come over, drink coffee & chat in that corner. Creepy, right?! =) Your room looks amazing & I find it very inspiring that you did everything on a budget.

    katy @ redBuddy notes

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    Grace @ Sense and Simplicity
    October 24, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Your living room looks fantastic. I agree the chairs look a lot like the Ballard ones.

    I had to laugh as I opened several links from the Sunday Showcase party to look at the projects and every one of them is yours! I’m off to see what else you linked up.

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    November 6, 2011 at 4:14 am

    Hi Mallory, what a fabulous job you did on the chairs. I would never have known that they were reupholstered. They look brand new. Congratulations. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

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