It's been a while since I posted pictures of my living room, and since that last post, we've moved! While some pieces of our living room have stayed (like the curtains and my Sudanese sword), we have also updated some things. We saved up for a new couch, and over the past several months I was gifted a record player and family rocking chair from my mother-in-law.
While you look at these photos, sure, not everything is Pinterest-perfect, but... well, you're lucky you're even seeing it clean, haha! This is a real, lived-in house!
My house is not a perfect time capsule of vintage home decor, and there are a few reasons for that. The top one is our young-couple-small-budget, but I like to think that in our small budget world we're capturing the make-do-and-mend spirit of the 30s and 40s.
We live in a rental, so the walls were already painted gray and white when we got there. We've made use of those colors in our other pieces and worked with the numerous and somewhat randomly placed nails and screws left in our janky house by the previous residents, hence the strangely placed sword.
Although it's not a vintage replica house, there are still lots of vintage touches. The travel posters on the wall are reproductions of ones from the 1960s. The photo albums are of my grandfather's war experiences in World War 2 and Korea and of our wedding day.
The two military hats are also special. The olive one is an Army hat from the 1940s, and the navy blue one is the enlisted Air Force hat my husband wore when we got married. To me it signifies the heritage of military life we are going into and to learn from generations past.
There are lots of tidbits here and there from my time in Egypt and Sudan, too. Obviously, the sword is from Sudan.
Several of the pillows are from Egypt, and the one on the rocking chair is Arabic calligraphy in the shape of a whirling dervish.
Are there any objects you see that you'd especially like to know about? How have you worked around budget or rental constraints in your own home while still staying true to your individual style?