It's just the coffee talking.... a gray and white living room with hints of dark blue

This is something completely random for Coffee Talking...  living room talk.

But there is a reason!  No, I don't get to redo anything in our home, there is no budget for it right now.  But last night I was texting with my brother as he sent a photo of his family room and mentioned he finally found a bluetooth speaker he liked that doesn't stand out or look like it's a speaker.  

As I studied his photo trying to find the speaker I noticed how cool and put together the room looked.

He's a single guy - 40 years old - was lifelong military until he retired and took a civilian job.  Bought a brand new home a couple months ago and has been sending photos back and forth with me picking out carpet, furniture, paint colors and shelving, etc.

Seeing the photo last night had me just a tiny teeny bit jealous.  Since he's single, the house is immaculate and surprisingly, for a rather gruff military guy, he can really put together a room nicely.  I really loved it.

He has a gray couch, an abstract blue/gray/cream rug.  Minimalist wall decor ('don't want shit on my walls') but very cool bookshelves with just the right amount of decor, a cool vase, a candle.  He's very very picky about things in his life and being in the position he was for so many years, expects everything to be in it's place, neat and tidy and look nice as well as being spic-n-span clean.

He and I get along very very well.  LOL.  Out of all my siblings he and I are the closest.

So this morning I was still thinking about how I love how he's redoing his house.  The new carpet was installed last week and this weekend he'll be repainting the bedroom with a better shade of gray that doesn't have the blue undertones the first attempt did.

It's just... very cool.

And because I can't do any remodeling right now (even though our kitchen is screaming out for a floor update... ) I'm sitting here sipping coffee and randomly looking up items on Amazon for a room in grays and creams and hints of navy blue.

BUT having said that - I do have a room I decorating in creams and rustic wood and navy blue is the accent color - and I LOVE it.  I did it last Spring and it makes me happy to walk through it but I don't spend much time in it because it's an upstairs loft area that is mostly just used for guests to play video games and hang out or watch movies.   

I think I might have blogged about the couch I bought at the time?  The cream colored one from Serta?

It was affordable and came pretty much put together, I just had to fold up the back and put the legs on.  Very light weight as well.  It's a small size - perfect for an apartment (or a loft area like we needed).  It replaced a black futon we originally had up there when the color scheme was black and white.

So this morning, just for fun....

A gray version of the couch.

Serta Harmon Reversible Sectional Sofa Living Room, Modern L-Shaped 3 Seat Fabric Couch, Square Arm, Gray   


Or another similar one - already in a white/gray room which I'm a sucker for as it's just so simple and bright and light.  I love sunlight and bright rooms.

  Reversible Sectional Sofa Couch Convertible Couch Sofa Sectional L Shape Couch for Small Apartment Grey 


 And now a random rug.  Abstract... because I've got my brothers family room on my mind and somehow he picked out just the right rug to bring his room together as a masculine room but in grays/whites/blues.  He obviously has a talent I don't because I really really suck at picking out paint samples and rugs!

 blue and gray abstract rug 






Random shelves... I'm loving the wood look that is popular right now.  I used rustic wood and black plumbing piping for the shelves in my laundry room last fall.  This is more modern looking - which would probably go better in the living room/family room I'm designing in my head.  

  Floating shelves


And throw pillows.

I love throw pillows and decorative pillows but they are so dang expensive!  I always browse them at my local At Home and TJMaxx stores, etc. but often are $24.99 each which is out of my 'willing to pay' price.  I actually just save old pillows and sew new covers on them with fabric I purchase myself because it's so much cheaper.

But... if you have a good eye you can find deals at Amazon like $9.99 and such.  And buying just the cover is so much cheaper than the whole pillow anyway!


Pack of 2 Throw Pillow Covers Cases - Luxury Square Soft Decorative Cushion Covers for Sofa/Couch/Bed/Living Room/Chair/Home Decor Decorations (Gray/White) 


Ok!  That was fun but my coffee is pretty much gone now and the little bit left is ice cold.  Yuck.  It's also time for the baby to have his bottle so in other words... my time is up!

Thanks for popping in.  I know this is an odd post for Coffee Talking but... it kept me from talking about anything political or in the news.  *wink*    Meh.  

It's just the coffee talking.