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Build the Best Wedding Registry : Living Room Items

The wisest of women builds her house” Proverbs 14:1a


This is just one article in a series titled “Build the Best Wedding Registry”. Each article in the series focuses on different rooms of the house and the links to each individual article per room are linked below. This article covers the living room!

Living rooms are meant for beauty as well as comfort. Emphasis on the comfort. Emphasis on the beauty. You can have both. Register for items that reflect your personal style but these items will be the same for everyone no matter how different they look.

CURTAINS
This is a big deal ladies. Curtains have nearly become a relic of the past. Modern decor has not emphasized window treatments, there tend to be white curtains that blend in with white walls if there are any at all! But I am here to champion the classic window treatment, something with some structure and presence, something with some pattern or color even if subtle. Let’s make this room a place that beckons you to sit and read, have a cup of tea, watch a movie or just sit and visit with people. Living rooms should feel cozy not bare. Curtains are one of the best ways to acheive this without clutter and without spending money on a ton of stuff. Even gorgeous ones can be shockingly affordable. Be sure to register for the longest length so they can puddle on the floor for added elegance or just barely graze the floor (but avoid high water curtains that are too short! EEK! Not good!), hang them 4-6 inches above the window and use hefty larger rods. Register for the rods while you’re at it! Good rods and good curtains will make the most beautiful impact on your new home. As a new bride, one of the primary things you can do to make your house a home is hang curtains! Even if you move a hundred times, good curtains will go with you to any place and instantly make a new place feel like your home. So put this amazing item on your registry and hope that someone gets them for you!

THROW BLANKETS
Women love throw pillows but throw blankets are more important. There is nothing like having a clean snuggly blanket for when you are cold. Even when I am not cold, when I sit on a sofa or chair to really relax, a throw blanket makes that experience so much more snuggly and comfortable. Watching a movie? Throw blanket. Kitty wants to knead you, throw blanket is your armor. Need to pass gas undercover? Throw blanket. Haha! You really need multiple for one living room so that anyone there watching a movie can have one. One of the best ways to make a living room look more inviting is to drape a throw blanket over a sofa or chair strategically to invite someone to cuddle up into that corner. They are visual signals as well as a visual softening of a room as well as utilitarian for when it is cold. Go for high quality throw blankets and they will last wash after wash. I like mine to all go together but not necessarily match. I often have pairs of throw blankets with another pair that goes with the other pair. I would say register for at least four. Stay away from anything that is more “just for looks” like knitted throws made from “chenille” it disintegrates in the washer and dryer. I avoid tassles because they get tangled in the wash and look terrible. Look for oversized throw blankets that have larger dimensions or just queen size bedding blankets to act as living room throw blankets. I will often only buy two regular size throw blankets and then several others that are queen size blankets to act as throws. I just try to find blankets that look more like throws (more decorative looking and less utilitarian bedding look). I find throw blankets to be too small especially for larger people or tall men. But they are barely enough fabric to drape across a sofa corner.

THROW PILLOWS
I am going to caution you against something I see designers and decor enthusiasts spout but I could not disagree with more. People will advise you to get feather or down, throw pillows. They say you can karate chop them and they look higher end. Have you ever sat against a feather pillow? Feathers stick out and prick you! It is horrendously uncomfortable. Not to mention I have heard a story of a toddler swallowing a feather and it getting lodged in her throat and caused pain and infection until the doctors realized what it was to surgically remove it! That could happen to babies and pets. I am staunchly against the feather pillow. I have never sat against a comfortable feather pillow and as a new bride, the most important thing you can do is infuse quality into your home and quality is not just the look but the function. My rule for throw pillows is that every throw pillow should be comfortable to put weight on. If it’s sequined, thickly embroidered, hard, prickly, or any other patently uncomfortable thing, it is not the right throw pillow! This is such a vital item not just for decor but for comfort. As a short person, I need to lean against a pillow when I sit on a sofa to talk with people or else I have to perch on the edge of the sofa without back support. Register for soft filled throw pillows in fabrics that invite you and your guests to USE them not just look at them.

LARGE BASKET
Whatever blankets are not draped or folded over a seating area need to be accessible from the seating area. I like to place a large basket next to a chair or sofa with the extra blankets rolled up to grab one. It looks beautiful to have a basket of rolled blankets, but it is great storage especially if you do not have a cabinet in the room to store something like this.

STORAGE OTTOMAN WITH LID
An alternative item to the storage basket or simply in addition to the basket idea is a storage ottoman. This is a very specific item that you will not always find at a thrift store to buy for yourself on a budget, it is also an expensive item brand new that you may not be able to afford easily as a new bride. As a smaller furniture piece it is a wonderful gift registry item because it’s not a massive piecce of furniture like a sofa. It is a realistic price and size for someone to gift to you even while it is one of the bigger ticket items. This storage option for extra blankets is baby/child friendly because they can not see them to constantly pull them out. You can close the lid and use the ottoman as a “coffee table”, or a foot rest in front of the sofa if it’s a long large one, or in front of a chair if it’s smaller one. Just go for the ones that are as deep and large as possible to get the maximum storage space. Like I said you can get the bench length that can go in front of a sofa or a smaller size for in front of a chair.

FAMILY BIBLE
Hopefully you have your personal Bible that you do your daily reading in and your soon-to-be-husband has a Bible of his own. But now that you are getting married, it is really good to have a family Bible that can go in the living room for family reading. Maybe that means you want a large print Bible for easier reading as you age, or maybe it means getting a hard cover Bible that will endure many years of use, or a beautiful leather bound one. It is the most beautiful item to have on display on a table or shelf and one that will nurture the home throughout your lifetime if you pick it up and read it and let it teach you.

These items will get your new home off to the best start! With a living room this lovely you will feel accomplished as a new wife running her home. Click on the links below for the other articles in this series!

Happy House Building!

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