Today I'm sharing our living room with you. It's where we go to kick back and relax. It smacks you in the face when you come in the front door (I really miss our old entryway), so I wanted it to feel as inviting as possible, but not cluttered. It wasn't a monstrous DIY project by any means, but some much needed updates have made this space enjoyable to be in. And who doesn't love a good before and after shot, right?
Upon buying the house, the space was originally painted Latte by Sherwin Williams. That's exactly what it looks like, but only on the paint swatch. Latte leans toward mauve in the bright sunlight and pulled out a pink shade in the carpet. Latte covered every wall in the main hub of the home (living room, dining room and kitchen). And let's just say we're not exactly mauve-lovers! Wool Skein by Sherwin Williams is a favorite shade of mine, and it swiftly came to this room's rescue. Can you see the fresh difference? Everybody say ahhhh.
Do you see the randomly placed (I'm gonna chop your head off if you come close) fan? Bye.
Did you notice the lack of ceiling lights? Hello can lights! Four can lights on a dimmer make a huge difference in the evenings.
Do you see how the doorway wasn't trimmed out? Hello moulding! You'll notice we did the same thing to the dining room entrance.
As each room gets completed, we're updating the outlets and switches to Bright White instead of Bone. Another soft update was adding long white sheers to the French doors leading out to the patio.
Above: Two vintage windows are from the attic of our old home. They were replaced before we moved in, but they were hanging out in the attic and we decided to take them with us as a good commemorative piece. We bought a couch! The L-shaped sectional seemed to be the best fit for the space, and it seats about seven. The slim end tables are from an antique shop and used to be our master bedroom end tables. This chair is where I read. But oh, there is a great story that goes along with this chair. Danny tells it best.. do ask him about it.
Above: The giant rug is a vintage treasure from the old home. It features navy, blue, gold and, you bet.. mauve. Albeit, very small hints of mauve. Normally I wouldn't layer a rug over carpet, but it gives the space some much needed personality and texture, and provided a good color scheme to base the room's accessories off of.
Above: Our coffee table is an old chicken coop on wheels from the family farm. I filled the bottom with books to give it some weight. Coffee stains and shoes make it all the more rugged and awesome. The Tuscany book is always close as it was our wedding guest book. Some of you left some *interesting* remarks.
Above: We replaced our stained glass back door on the old house, but Danny wanted to take the ancient door bell with us. It's one of those that you turn on the outside and man is it LOUD. Vling vlinnnggggggg! He wrote/made this on 7/4/13, knowing that on 7/4/14, that old house would be sold. For those of you that are new here, it was quite an experience. Room by room, we continue to make this new place our own and yes, life is good. On "bad" days at the current homestead, you will often hear vling vlinnnggggggg! chime through the halls and we're instantly grateful for how far we've come in just a few short years of marriage.