What’s the Purpose of a Formal Living Room, Anyway?

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Who in the heck invented formal living rooms?? Remember back in the day when people left plastic on the formal living room furniture, or roped off the area, and you knew you’d get your butt whooped for even stepping foot in there?? LOL. Makes no sense to me.It’s wasted space.

So why do we decorate it with stiff sofas, and pianos that no one ever plays?

I want our formal living room to be a READING ROOM, and this is totally my inspiration:

Don’t these BHG pictures make your mouth water???

I saw these pictures below that recently were posted by BHG, I knew THIS was the vision I had for the space!!
 

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BHG

So dreamy!!!

Let’s ditch the nasty beige FORMAL living rooms, and transform them into beautiful spaces to lounge, play with kids, or chit-chat with girlfriends!
 I was up till 2:00 a.m. finishing painting it Sherwin Williams Window Pane, and I have some COOL thrift store stuff that’s going in the room, and my dumpster desk will have a new home there. I’m also planning to make a pallet sofa similar to this:

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I have plans to put a small, cozy “kids corner” in the reading room for my sons. I found this awesome KidKraft Sling Bookshelf at my thrift store for $7.00!!! It’s in perfect condition! On Amazon, it’s freakin’ $64! SCORE!!

Um…..yeah……this is how the “formal” living room was looking recently after piling all the CRAP into the middle, in prep for painting. Can you believe this is the FIRST ROOM that people see when they come into our home? Not that we have many visitors, but *I* shouldn’t have to see this when I come home, either. LOL

And I have to say………………..
DIY moms ROCK!!!

This is how we get stuff done–with babies on our backs! LOL

Let’s hope that a little bit of paint fumes don’t bother baby!!
Yeah, that’s my clutter in the background. What?? Don’t act like you don’t have messy homes, either! LOL

And as I went to work today with chipped red paint on my nails, and splatters of white Behr paint, I can’t wait to get home from my 9-to-5 and work on this pretty space! :)

Have a great day!

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LIFE shouldn't be financial suicide! Thrift Diving is about finding cheap solutions to life's expenses, via thrift stores and second-hand goods: I paint used furniture and decorate my house with it....my family rocks cute thrift store clothing.....and I invest tons of DIY (do-it-yourself) home improvement hours into fixing up our old 1973 single-family home. Thrift Diving is about turning the "expensive" into the "affordable." Thanks for joining me! Happy Thrift Diving!

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  1. I was just talking to Hubba about this the other day? Mainly in regard to family rooms versus rec rooms. Why do you need both! I sort of understand the desire to have a room that’s always pretty, like a formal living room – but why do you need to separate living spaces to watch T.V.?? If you want kids to have a space that’s what their bedrooms are for!

  2. Hi there! Just saw that you are following me on twitter and had to come take a look at your blog. Your writing style and photos are so ‘real’. I don’t have kiddos yet but when I do I will totally be doing the DIY house stuff with them on my back. Love it! Now following you on twit and goog :)

  3. Serena says:

    Hey, Ansley! I totally agree with you! I think we “think” we need these rooms for what they’re traditionally slated for, but this is 2012! We do it all in one room! If we have the need for the space to be something else, utilize it, for sure! I’m excited I’m making my a “reading room.” It’s still pretty bare, though. HAHAH

  4. Serena says:

    Rachael, thanks for stopping by! I checked out your site and I love it! I still surely follow your site. Anything thrift related–I’M THERE. And you like to show off what you’ve found–as well as me, so yes, let’s follow each other! :) Thanks!!

  5. Teddy Lingardo says:

    A typical Western living room may contain furnishings such as a sofa, chairs, occasional tables, and bookshelves, electric lamps, rugs, or other furniture. Traditionally, a sitting room in the United Kingdom and New Zealand has a fireplace. In a Japanese sitting room, called a washitsu, the floor is covered with tatami, sectioned mats, on which people can sit comfortably.`,;..

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