Sorry this picture is a little blurry, it is the only one I took of this angle into the room.
Here’s the living room from the kitchen, the couch is one we got at a thrift store, and had recovered. We also built the legs for the couch because it was freakishly low! All of the side tables in this room are from estate sales, and the lamps are from Lowe’s on clearance. The antlers were bought from an antique store, and all of the art (that aren’t our diplomas or photographs) in these rooms are from estate sales.
The plates are a combination of inexpensive plates from TJ Maxx, and Spanish and Italian Pottery. The coffee table came from “The Dump” a discount furniture store in VA.
I made the linen couch pillows, and the blue velvet one’s are from Ikea. The fireplace is the one I built for So You Think You Are Crafty, and the mirror above it is from Hobby Lobby. The rug in this room is from Sam’s Club forever ago, and the plates above the fireplace are from antique stores.
The sofa table is one I got on clearance from a furniture store; it was a floor model and had some permanent marker on it, so I was able to buy it for only $50 and a Mr Clean Magic Eraser took care of the marker mark! The barley twist table came from the same furniture store as a floor model too. (I’ve changed out the knobs on everything, I almost never keep original knobs.) The oil painting of a German man is from an estate sale, and the white deer came from a thrift store. (Thrift stores are the best if you can just hunt frequently enough, eventually there will be SOMETHING you can use!)
The buffet on the right matches the one in the living room, and are some I refinished before we moved out here.
I love the valances in this house, they are crewel fabric, with a grain sack striped points on the top with antique buttons. The chandelier was brought from the states, and replaces the ceiling fan that was in the apartment. I had this exact same style of chandelier in our last house, but when we went to move, I found the EXACT same one on clearance at Lowe’s as the display model! (you can see my fake grass porch in this picture too!)
Our Christmas tree is totally my favorite tree ever (I bet everyone feels that way about their tree!) I am not going to go too far into talking about it since I did that last year, but you can just follow the link to see details. The tree skirt is new this year though!
The dining table is one we got at an antique store, and before moving here we had it in it’s original wood color, but the mover’s scratched the snot out of the top, and I had to refinish it after we got to Korea.
I painted the top grey and sanded it back a lot, and the legs were painted in Miss Mustard Seed milk paint.
The chairs are some I got off of ebay (I had seen them in a catalog years before and could never have afforded them, but was able to get them for a STEAL on ebay) The seat covers are pads I got from Ikea. and recovered with a cut pile velvet I got from Hancock’s. (The rug is from Homegoods)
The 17th century tapestry is one of my most prized possessions, the universe delivered it into my lap for only $250, and it makes me happy everyday! The table runner is Korean handwoven linen, and I printed it with thickened dye to look like a huge tape measure.
Anyway, so that’s my living/dining room, I would say about 80% of the room is thrifted or bought on sale, and refinished, and I love that part of it. I get a lot of satisfaction knowing that we didn’t have to spend a lot of money to get something we love, and that I have built a home for my family with just my time rather than money! (not that I HAVE the money to buy what I would have liked!)
If you have any questions or comments I would love to hear them! If I wasn’t clear about anything you would like to know more about just say so, and I will try to clarify my sources etc. I will be back tomorrow with the family room/kitchen!
Edit: here’s the link to the last of the house.