A Quickie

Good morning!  Want this?

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Then you’re in luck, cause I’ve got a quick design fix for ya.  It’s so simple you’re going to wonder why you didn’t come up with it on your own.  But the good news is that you can accomplish it yourself in two minutes or less.  So grab that cup of coffee and let’s get started!

STEP 1: I assume your living room is already set up.  If so, enjoy that smug feeling one gets from not being a squatter, and skip this step.  But if like me, you’re still unpacking, it might help to follow my guidelines for how to attempt to set-up your living room the super stressful way: make sure you have way too many pillows, too many couches, and a huge fireplace taking up most of the living room wall space.

To begin with, you know things definitely can’t stay all piled up in the middle of both the living room and dining room…

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…you’ll definitely have trouble finding an arrangement that works.

There will always be too many couches.  What’s that hiding behind the black leather couch in the dining room?  Half a brown sectional!  Too many couches!!

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As part of step 1, it’ll definitely help if you allow yourself to “get mad,” as demonstrated here by my nephew, Braylon:

Finally, give up a little and decide to temporarily forget about the TV and black leather couch.  Just shove them as far into the dining room as the cable cord will allow, and stick the sectional in the only corner.  Viola, living room.

But before you move on to step 2, you need to make sure your decorating consultants are pleased with the layout.

Two paws up!

STEP 2: Hate every pillow arrangement you try.  Keep moving them around as much as you want; there are too many pillows and the majority of them won’t match.  You’ll probably keep coming back to the blue/green/teal situation.

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If only there was a way you could get them to match!

STEP 3: Cue a cheap $1.99 belt from Goodwill!  If you already have an old belt, you can skip this step.  If not, go thrifting and find the belt that will look the best for the least amount of money.

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STEP 4: Strap the belt on a pillow and step back to admire your handy work!

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And double-check that it looks good up close, too (Note from Laura: It’s impossible to tell from the pictures, but the blue in the pillow pretty much perfectly matches the belt).


And there you have it!  The world’s simplest makeover, in place before you even finished that coffee!  And by the way, if you want coffee out of a designer travel mug, make your own with help from this old post!