|| This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Sauder. All opinions are my own. ||
I have never shared our living room on the blog, mainly because I have never “finished” it. Here’s what it looked like when we moved in:
We did quite a bit of work on the house prior to moving in; this room got a full paint, new floors, ceiling fan, and new mantel. Since we had just moved from our first home in Texas where we went through two years of redoing the whole house, the last thing we wanted to do was live through another reno. We went through it anyway and then I hustled trying to get the new house to look just like the old one so we could just be done with it and move on. So all the old stuff got moved in. And then I realized it wasn’t my style.
Most of the stuff in our home was inherited. Literally. The only things in the above photo that were not inherited: the wooden shoe form, the moss wreath,three paintings and the couch. Every single thing in here came from a deceased member of my family, which is really nice, don’t get me wrong. But I just felt like it wasn’t a reflection of my personal style. I am more drawn towards mid-century furniture and rustic, vintage goods. You can’t tell that from looking at this. That dang couch was such a mistake. I hated it when we bought it but it matched the style of the rest our things and it was a decent deal, so it seemed like a good choice. And then I came across this couch on Craigslist. Uhm, yes please!
Nothing kicks off a makeover like a delicious couch. Three days later I informed Hubs that we were having a garage sale, selling all the things I wasn’t totally in love with, and I was going to conquer my “Rustic Mid-Century” living room plan.
Enter Sauder Woodworking Co.
Sauder has an amazing Soft Modern Collection full of well-built, affordable pieces that would work so well in a rustic, mid-century room. I fell in love with this Soft Modern Side Table (which retails for under a hundo) and thought it would be the perfect jumping off point to start bringing some bright, modern furniture into the room.
This little guy was so easy to put together. The top/drawer came as one piece and the legs attached in a quick five minutes with a couple screws and an Allen wrench (provided). And the paint job is pretty killer. In person it looks like an auto body finish, super high shine and so sleek.
The drawer slides are super smooth (nothing annoys me more than a janky drawer), and the whole thing is really sturdy. Not gonna lie… I sat on it. Didn’t budge.
To put together to rest of the room, I simply “shopped my house”, pulling stuff from other rooms, making pillows from leftover fabric, gathering heirlooms and anything that fit the words “rustic”, “vintage” or “mid-century”….
It’s kind of amazing how much brighter the room is now. It’s the perfect pop of color and the perfect height for our “new” couch.
There is still a lot to be done in this room. That gallery wall is just too much. I am hoping to do a full living room before and after some time soon… well, some time this year at least.
One more quick look at the changes:
It’s kinda crazy what a few small changes can do for a room. But still, that gallery wall… I’m over it.
If you’re in the market for some new, affordable furniture, you owe it to yourself to check out Sauder. Their furniture is easy to assemble, oh-so-stylish, and incredibly versatile. They have several collections for you to choose from and if you feel like you need help putting it all together, you can check out their Put Together lookbook to find your style.
A couple added bonuses to give you warm fuzzies: Ninety percent of their furniture is made in America and their printed assembly instructions have words. Actual words. If you’ve ever purchased ready-to-assemble furniture, you know what I’m talking about.
This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Sauder. All opinions are my own.