When Nick and I moved in together a little over a year ago, we combined all of our belongings in our new space. We knew there would be things that we had doubles of and things we would need to buy, so we made a plan on what spaces needed the most attention and made those our top priority!
Our living room ended up being our top priority because it is the space where we spend the most time. Most of the items in our living room came from my old apartment. The pieces worked well for my old, small space when I lived by myself (and didn’t spend a ton of time in my living area), but they definitely didn’t work for our new space. We kept a few of the pieces, put the rest in storage and got to work planning our new living room. We are thrilled to be partnering with Ashley HomeStore to share our living space along with a few tips on creating a cohesive space!
P.S. Click through to see our living room reveal & read our tips for creating a cohesive space with your significant other! All sources & item details are at the bottom of the post 🙂
When we started our living room re-vamp, we first came up with colors that we liked and could deal with every single day. Luckily, we both like grey hues and muted tones, so we knew that neutrals were key. We also tried to narrow down what pieces we needed and wanted in our space.Our old couch was more pretty than it was comfortable (sorry old couch!), so we 100% needed a new couch that was both easy on the eyes… and the joints haha! We also lacked seating when we had guests over, so we needed a few chairs. And since we were adding more seating we would need an end table or accent table to go along with the seating. We decided to get a different coffee table because ours showed everything (and I mean everything) on it, which drove us both crazy. With all that in mind, we headed to Ashley HomeStore to test out some couches and chairs!
We ended up finding an awesome couch that was exactly what we had been looking for. It was a great neutral color (I was obsessed with the studded detailing) and it was super comfortable. The couch had a matching oversized chair and I immediately claimed it as “mine.” 🙂 Based on those two finds, we paired a printed accent chair to the mix and we were good to go with seating. We also found a really great large coffee table that had ample space, lower shelf storage, and we later found out that the top can actually lift!
Since we’ve completed the space, it has really started to feel like home. We can gather here with each other or with friends and feel truly comfortable! We’re so happy with the way our living room turned out by mixing new pieces with old pieces we already had!
TIPS FOR CREATING A COHESIVE SPACE WITH YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER
Even though Nick and I have lived together for a little over a year, we’re still learning as we go. Living together is quite a process (I think we’re going to do a post about it!) but making sure that your house feels like a home for both of you is a great start! Below I’m sharing some tips on how to create a cohesive space with your significant other.
- COMMUNICATE | This is the foundation for any relationship, but especially when you’re living together. When you’re starting your life together be sure to communicate what you want or don’t want! If you don’t speak up, then the other person won’t know what you’re thinking. If you absolutely hate leopard print… speak up! If you really love an antique piece that’s been in your family for years… say so! Knowing the expectations of what you want/don’t want in your space is important!
- BUDGET | Obviously money doesn’t grow on trees, so you have to set a budget (especially if you plan on walking into Target anytime soon!) Chat about what your budget is for each space and what items you want to splurge vs. save on. Remember that filling a house or even a single space can take time, so don’t try to buy something just to have a room completed.
- COMPROMISE | You’re no longer living solo, so it’s not all about you. You are 110% going to have to compromise on things. In the long run, those compromises will help you grow together as a couple and to feel comfortable in your home!
- MAKE DECISIONS TOGETHER | Gone are the days when you can make a HomeGoods or Target run and come home with anything and everything you want. You’re living in a home together now, so make decor decisions together (or try to). Chances are your significant other may not necessarily care which throw pillows you choose, but letting them know you value their opinion and acknowledge that they’re an equal party in the home goes a long way!
BRACE SOFA | BRACE OVERSIZED CHAIR | PIERIN PRINTED ACCENT CHAIR | TOWNSTER END TABLE | TAN POUF | ROGNESS COFFEE TABLE | TALL MERCURY GLASS CANDLE HOLDER | MERCURY GLASS VASE | ACCENT BOXES (on bookshelf) | CREAM WEAVE PILLOW all c/o Ashley HomeStore
This post is in partnership with Ashley HomeStore. All thoughts, styling & writing are my own.