Hi there! Today I’m sharing some more photos of our living room that I haven’t shared yet. I also wanted to share an update and some thoughts on having a white couch with 6 kids because many of you have asked about that! haha! You can see the first part of our living room tour here.
First of all, this is still the most complete room in our new home. Well except for the girls’ bedroom, which is pretty much done. All the other rooms are still a work in progress and I’m enjoying the process of taking my time a bit and putting things together a little here, a little there. But in all reality no room is every really done for me because I change things up all the time. The pillows in the living room are already different from these photos and I’ve moved / added some things to the gold shelves as well. It’s just what I do… move things around and freshen it up. It’s a part of the creative process for me.
I’ve had a lot of questions about choosing a white couch when we have 6 kids and I was definitely nervous when we first ordered it, but I haven’t regretted that choice once. I’d always wanted a white couch so I decided to go for it. A few factors that helped me take the plunge are that this is the living room, not the family room, which for us is a more formal space that we don’t “hang out” in every single day. It’s not our tv room where the kids are lounging, playing etc. I have seen some brave souls that have white or cream couches in their family rooms and I’m almost to the point where I think I might go for that too, but for now this was a good solution for me.
I also ordered the couch in a fabric that was on the forgiving side and that could be wiped down as opposed to a fabric that was going to cause problems in that area. We ordered through Cortate Furniture and they have swatches of all the available fabrics along with cleaning codes that tell you how well a fabric is going to hold up and how easy it will be to clean if needed. That was super helpful for me in choosing because it gave me a little peace and comfort that my all white couch wouldn’t be ruined the first time a little something got on it.
Next up I covered that thing in Scotchguard! I followed the directions on the can and gave it a good two coats. I should probably add one more just to be safe. And finally I gave the kiddos a good talking to, that they are only allowed on the white couch if their hands are clean and their shoes are off and no food in here obviously! I’m not one to tell our kiddos that the whole room is off limits because I do want them to be able to enjoy the space too, but I basically told them to use common sense and not to come in here and roll around after doing yard work or playing outside! ha! Nathan likes to come in here and read, which is perfectly great with me! Shoes off, hands clean and he is good to go!
Sadly this fiddle fig isn’t looking quite as pretty these days. My fiddle figs always seem to lose a lot of their lower leaves. Is this normal or does anyone have any tips for that? I’ve read all the tips on keeping fiddle leaf fig trees alive and I can keep them alive pretty well. I just can’t seem to keep them full at the bottom and I’m not sure if there is a solution for that or if there is, what it is! PLEASE share if you know!!
Henry and Lizzy’s favorite thing to do is come in here and hide in the fireplace! Henry also loves to gather all the candlesticks from the gold shelves and either carry them around the house or clank them on the coffee table…. which is not such a great idea so I’ve moved them to the mantle for now!
These last two shots are a pretty real depiction of life around here. No matter what I’m doing, Elizabeth and Henry are my little shadows and I wouldn’t have it any other way. They make everything I do a whole lot more fun and they are the reason I am always smiling from ear to ear!
These last two are a little blurry but I still love how they show Henry always being right in the middle of things and having no clue what is going on or what we were trying to do! He definitely keeps things fun and upbeat and helps me to remember to not take things too seriously and I’m thankful for that!
Thanks so much for following along with our home tours here on the blog! It means a lot to me to be able to share something I love so much and am passionate about with you! As always, let me know if you have any questions about anything and I’d be happy to help!