My Living Room Is Killing Me

Scott and I moved in to this place as boyfriend and girlfriend six years ago.  We hardly imagined we’d have our first kid here…not to mention three dogs…because EF THAT.  (Yes, the puppy is still shacking up here.)  Anyway, this place was built in 1965 and it oozes California Modern (circa 1965) from it’s every recessed fixture and wood paneled wall.  Don Draper easily could have kept our Valley pad as his LaLaLand pied-à-terre and been quite comfortable at the Formica bar that greets you just inside the door.

But I digress. Since we got the keys in good ‘ol 2005 our living room has seen a few different iterations.  Living room/game room.  (We retired the Foosball table in ’09.)   Living room/lounge.  (Because…again, the formica bar.)  Living room/office.  And now, it’s so overcrowded with our stuff, it’s getting a face lift yet again.  Plus, the puppy (the first puppy) ruined our rug, so we’re due for a new one of those anyway.

Lately I’m pretty obsessed with this one from Dwell Studio:

Anyway, I really love my Tempaper wall, and I spent all kinds of elbow grease getting it up there but I also really want to paint my main living room wall the color of this room from West Elm:

Do you think that’s going to give people a headache?

[To review, that means that one wall would be that color, and the wall perpendicular to it would be tempapered in Alto Midnight Sky.]

Kind of like this, but our couch is actually beige (or tan? I never really know the difference) and it will be a wall that is that color, not a plate or a piece of furniture…

{Isn’t that plate beautiful though?  It’s by Elephant Ceramics.}

I’m thinking bringing in pillow covers in both shades of blue will tie the two walls together.  Hopefully I’m not straight crazy.

{Did you read my Mad Men post on BlogHerPop?  Did you watch the premiere?}

11 Responses to My Living Room Is Killing Me

  1. creativeoops says:

    @the818 is there a way to stain Tempaper to get that light blue, light teal look you want? or did I misread what you are trying to do?

  2. Meredith Heron says:

    Tan or Beige? Really? Can I convince you to go with Grey or Greige at the very least. Tan/Beige is the devil incarnate.

  3. Meredith Heron says:

    But don’t ask me about the rug. My opinions about rugs/carpets get me kicked out of places.

  4. Meredith Heron says:

    Oops Did I just type that out loud? Grin.

  5. Meredith Heron says:

    and I still stand by my comment that that carpet was as ugly as farking sin however many years later. Not even worthy of being shat on by a puppy.

  6. atacancihat says:

    @the818 good morning…

  7. weststudio says:

    @the818 I think you are very brave to spend money on decor with a toddler & 3 dogs at large. 2 cats r currently shredding my custom seating.

  8. The818.com says:

    Meredith Heron – ha – the tan or beige is probably greige or taupe — it’s in reference to our existing couch which we’re not replacing :)

  9. Meredith Heron says:

    Here’s hoping it’s greige. Tan makes me itch.

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