Jan 27, 2013

Room by Room

To get started with this blog, I am planning to do a post per room. I'll provide details on the room  when we bought the house 8 years ago, what we've done so far, and what we'd like to do.

The living room is one of the first rooms people see when they come in the front door.

It used to look like this:

We kept the taupe wall color from the previous owners and just added our furniture which was also mostly taupe. So...there was a lot of taupe going on with some red, dark brown, and black accents. That's a knock off Barcelona Chair by the fireplace called the 'Chicago Chair'. Not surprisingly, it broke a few years back.

Our furniture was in major need of upgrade after our kids stained it and it was a perfect time to redo the room when we had the knob and tube wiring redone. The plan was to go really light and bright because the room (and the house) can get quite dark in the summer from the tree out front.

Here are some pics of the living room as it stands today:

There are still a lot of things to be done to this room. One of the biggest is to redo the fireplace. I want to have a wood mantel installed over the brick (painted white) and then have built in cabinets on either side of it in white. My dad drew up the plans. I just need to go forward with the whole thing. I also need to put up matching drapes (I have been trying to decide between the white and blue ones) And - we need to get a new coffee table. We were looking at getting one of the bleached wood ones with a medal frame. When the kids are older, we'll get a nicer rug but for now the Ikea Sisal is holding up nicely.

And that's where we're at.... Any recommendations or things you've done with your living room that worked out well?

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