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Our In-Process Living Room and My Thoughts on Design Envy | Grand Rapids House Tour Part 6

SOOoooo the living room. THIS has been the room I've spent the most time on design wise, so it is also the room I'm most confused as to how I feel about it! ha..

If you're in Grand Rapids and have spent time surfing Zillow, you might remember the beautiful shots of this house when it was on the market. The previous owner was a designer, and this room was just, you know...SO beautiful!

And from what I'm learning, pretty much all of us struggle with creative envy and comparison and fraudy feelings when it comes to our craft, so I put a lot of pressure on myself to make our space look just as cool, or just as beautiful, or creative, or whatever, as how it looked when we bought it. NOT COOL, LAUREN.

Anyway, it's still not where I want it to be, but it is important to develop your own taste/style and not feel the need to replicate the style of someone else. Of course, sometimes you are limited by your budget and you just gotta work with what you've got, which is kind of what's going on here...ALMOST everything in the space was thrifted, bought on clearance, or found at an extremely good price!

Of course, being in the industry for a few years now, my values around furniture quality have shifted a bit. For upholstery especially, I highly recommend spending a little more because it really does make a difference.

I purchased the sofa, chair, and a matching love seat (previously seen in my office) from Value City Furniture for $900 just after we got married. It seemed like a lot—it was a lot for us then!—but now, four years later, the support in the back of the sofa is literally cracked and falling apart. My next purchase will be higher quality!

I spotted the area rug on pinterest and found it on Allmodern. For the pricepoint, it's ended up working out well. Its extremely thin and soft, so it really looks and feels like a vintage rug. Its a little loud, so I was fairly neutral in the rest of my color scheme.

Our coffee table (above) is from Homegoods (it used to be in our sunroom). I'd love to do a giant round one at some point!

The bar cart (below) is from Allmodern as well. You may have seen it in our Design Showcase this past January, and it found it's way here afterwards.

The giant green stein on the left side of the built-ins was bough for me by my brother so I could participate in New Holland Brewery's "Stein Night" my senior year at Hope College. Yes, real beer was drunk outta that stein. And the gorgeous wood MCM end table to the right of the sofa was a Changing Thymes find.

If you don't know, my husband Larry is a fabulous piano player and piano teacher, hence all the music stuff. The piano above is the piano he grew up playing on, and the fancy red Nord in the below photo is what he uses for gigs and such.

The vintage mirror above the piano was a thrift find, and I love when I catch a glimpse of the room from that angle! (Great photo snag, Alyssa!!)

This is one moment (above) I've always struggled with. When we first moved in, I was going to put the piano on this wall, but then it was wayyy to small to hold down that giant wall. Ideally I'd like one very long credenza (the one pictured is from Target, bought when we first got married, and just way to small). I'd also like a huge tree or palm in the left corner to bring in some GREEN.

The green vintage chair used to be in my friend's apartment and was gifted to me when she moved (thanks, Carrie!).


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