Sunday, November 14, 2010

living room

This is the one room in the house that I'm still not satisfied with. There are elements that I like and elements that I don't like, but mostly I think it's just because it's a TOUGH room to decorate. The problem is that it's a long/skinny room and 3 of the 4 walls have doorways, which means basically all the furniture has to float. You'll see what I'm talking about, but first the before photos:

Trust me that the white chair here wasn't actually white. And, the leather sofas were horrendously stained. You can't see it here, so you'll just have to believe me.

Yes, they actually left that TV and VCR! Craziness. Where the TV was, we knocked out that wall to add another entrance into the kitchen.

We kept the barnwood ceiling through both the kitchen and living room. You'll notice the room is much more open and conducive for entertaining with the wall knocked out.

This is the view taken from the foyer entry into the living room. Those doors lead to the back porch.

Not sure if you can tell or not, but there's actually a double set of doors that span the back wall.


My favorite aspect of the room is the fireplace. I love that we removed the drywall (and mold that we found underneath!)

These chairs were some that Greg's parents were storing in our garage and we asked if we could have them recovered.

Books wrapped in linen along the back wall that sit on the console.



The chalkboard on the back wall was made with a leftover piece of plywood (it's smooth, so it's different than the kind you're probably thinking of) and some barnwood pieces from the barn originally on our property.



Sources:
  • Chairs - Found and recovered
  • Stool - Pottery Barn
  • Potted Plant - Lowes
  • Milk Crate - Found
  • Basket for logs - Can't remember, but it was a recent purchase.
  • Mirror - Kirkland's a long time ago. It used to be in our master bedroom.
  • Art on mantel - Oliver Jeffers original
  • Vases - Storehouse (no longer in business). These used to be in my bedroom.
  • Fireplace Screen - unknown, but it was a recent purchase.
  • Coffee Table - Found
  • Sofa - Pottery Barn
  • Pillows - Target (leather), Pottery Barn (green and yellow from a while ago), Anthropologie (varmint from a longer while ago)
  • Console - Restoration Hardware
  • Lighting - Restoration Hardware
  • Curtains - Anthropologie
  • Rug - unknown, but cheap
  • Wall Art Frames - Pottery Barn
  • Side Table - Pottery Barn from a while ago (wanting to replace it)
  • Hourglasses - unknown
  • Phone - found
  • Dog - not for sale
I've gotten more and more vague in my house posts as time has gone on. Sorry about that, but I figure if you have any questions, you can email or post here in the comments and I promise I'll do my best to answer.

16 comments:

clippergirl said...

AMAZING. I think it looks awesome. Love the ceiling, fireplace, curtains, chairs and all the light you get from the double doors...simply gorgeous. Maybe a large plant in the corner behind the sofa/ beside the chalk board (which I love by the way). Love the space!

caroline hancock said...

OMG this is awesome, i LOVE it to death, wish it was my living room

laura vegas said...

gorgeous! i LOVE your barnwood ceilings, those curtains are so pretty, and i think the chalkboard is super fun!

~Sasha Farina~ said...

i want to live there!

Haggith said...

I must say that, after this wonderful tour of the whole house, you should go into interiour designing!!! I absolutely love the colors you chose, the furnitures and the "embellishments" you used to make the home yours! It's BEAUTIFUL!!!

(wait..don't go into interiour designing, because then we would miss you at SC) :)

em said...

I love the curtains!!!! I really wish there were a place in my house that would require curtains, but alas, there is not!!!

Barb said...

The "floating" furniture works, April. It all looks great - especially the curtains.

Donna said...

Love the after...so beautitul!!!

Kathy Martin said...

Amazing transformation! I love the open airy and light!

ShellyJ said...

let me wipe the drewal (sp?) off my chin first... ok. better. :) BEAUTIFUL. So you still have to share why that one board in the floor is parrell with the fire place! ... unless i missed the explaination somewhere?? THANKS for sharing!

Elizabeth said...

I don't know why you don't care for the room, I think its sunny!!! I love it.

As always I don't have many questions because I am just in awe at everything but I do stand amazed at the before photos and your description April... I can imagine myself walking through the house before with you asking you, seriously? Why that? They left that? That's dirty, icky... And what were they thinking? I mean, I don't want to sound rude, but really? I have a hard time believing they left all that stuff and junk!!!
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Jennifer B. said...

Lovely home!

L'Hélène said...

Wow! It's gorgeous!

Courtney said...

your house looks amazing...what a transformation! Can you tell me what paint colors you used for the walls? We are slowly repainting our house since buying it and we're going for a neutral scheme, but I have yet to find a cream color I love. I don't want it to be too brown, but I still want it to show up against the white trim...so far the colors I've painted are too light.

Danielle said...

oh my word. I love your style! what a transformation that knocking out the wall by the fireplace had! you definitely have an eye for decorating and design!

Tania said...

Your house is beautiful!
I am wondering why they left all of that stuff behind!! And what a mess to have to clean up!