Blue House Tour: Living Room

It’s been more than a month since I shared a room in this little house tour. At this rate, I might finish the tour by December. No promises, though. 😉 We last left off in the office, and now we’re moving next door into the living room.

Living Room Floor Plan at BetweenWeekdays.com

As a reminder, here’s what the room looked like to begin with:

LivingRoom

The first thing we did in this room was paint the walls and trim. Then we bulked up the fireplace surround and painted it all black. The blue, orange and off white color scheme just wasn’t working for me. We still need to add a finishing touch to the blank space below the mantle.

BlackFireplace

I think the black is absolutely delicious and looks wonderful with our new furniture. Do you remember when we picked out the furniture and purchased it long before we even closed on our house? It took longer to close than we were prepared for, and during that time our furniture was discontinued. For awhile it looked like we’d have to pick out a new set, but, luckily, they were able to find all of the pieces in two different warehouses. Whew!

Ready to see how it all looks now?

Living Room at BetweenWeekdays.com

Much better. At least I think so. According to the “decorating rules,” our rug should be bigger. We were so excited about finally have hardwood floors, that we didn’t want to cover them with a giant rug. I’m sure we’ll eventually upgrade to a larger rug, but I’m loving this one for now.

Entertainment Unit at BetweenWeekdays.com

There’s not a ton of natural light in this room, so you’ll just have to bear with me on the less-than-stellar photos. Our entertainment unit houses all of our gaming equipment (xBox and Wii), consoles, and Winter’s food. Currently there’s nothing behind the glass doors, but I would like to get some pretty baskets to corral more  media accessories. The basket to the left of the unit holds blankets, and the bin on the right is full of our pet’s toys.

Living Room at BetweenWeekdays.com

In the photo above, you can see how open the living room is to my office. Originally, I thought this would be a burden, but now I love it!

Living Room3 at BetweenWeekdays.com

I’d say this room is about 85% complete. We decided to leave the fan for now, but I’d like to replace it some day along with the too-small rug. Plus, we’ve still got to finish out the area below the mantle on the fireplace. Update: We finally finished the fireplace with some new tile!

Fireplace tile at BetweenWeekdays.com

I’ve also been looking for art for this room for a long time, but I just can’t seem to find the one. I’m in no rush, though. I know these things take time, and I don’t want to impulse buy and then regret it down the line. For only living in this house for six months, though, I’m pretty pleased with how this room looks and functions.

Source List:

Furniture: Rooms to Go
Lamp: Rooms to Go
Mirror: Lowe’s
Miscellaneous Decor: Lowe’s, TJMaxx, Kohls
Picture Frames: Hobby Lobby
Rug: Overstock.com

Paint Color: Tempered Gray, Valspar

Click here to see the complete house tour.

The Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013, Part VII: Everything Else

We’ve finally come to the end of the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. We’ve already discussed the majority of the lights within our home, and believe it or not, there are still a couple of lights left: the ones we didn’t change.

The back guest bedroom (tour coming up next week!) had a nice ceiling fan already. Remember, we live in the South, and most people love having ceiling fans in bedrooms around here. Since this is a guest bedroom, I think it’s important to consider what guests like even though I’m not a fan of the ceiling fan.

BackGuestBedroomLight

As far as ceiling fans go, I think this one’s actually very pretty. The only problem I have with it is when the light and fan are both on, the blades make the light flash on the ceiling. It’s a strange thing to watch, especially when we can see the flashing light from our living room. I’ve decided just to keep the fan off for now. Problem solved.

Here it is with the light on:

BackBedroomLightOn

See how it casts strange shadows up? Now just imagine what happens to those shadows when the fan is on. Even with its challenges, I have no plans to change this fixture. (At least for now.)

There was another ceiling fan originally in the house that also made the final cut. This one is located in the living room.

LivingRoomLight

Right now, the fan blades are brown. Pretty soon, I’ll be painting them black.

The star in this space is definitely the crystal chandelier in the office. This fan doesn’t compete, but the nickel finish doesn’t match as well as I would like. However, I have no plans to replace this fixture any time soon. Maybe one day, but probably not.

The only other original light fixture to stay is in the guest bathroom.

GuestBathLight

It’s nothing special, but I like it. So it gets to stay.

That wraps up the Great Lighting Shuffle of 2013. I can’t promise that I won’t make any more lighting changes before the end of the year, but for now, we’re done.

To look back at any of the lighting changes we’ve made so far, click any of the posts below.

Part I: The Dining Room
Part II: The Office
Part III: The Entryway
Part IV: The Laundry Room
Part V: The Kitchen
Part VI: The Master Suite

New Living Room Purchases

We’ve recently made some large decisions/purchases regarding our future living room, so I whipped a little mood board to show you!

When we had the new house inspected  a few weeks ago, we were sure to grab each room’s measurements. We knew we’d need some new living room furniture, and we also wanted to ensure the majority of our already-owned furniture would fit into the new space with ease.

Without further ado, our new living room:

  1. Cindy Crawford Home Grandview Loft Linen Sofa from Rooms to Go in Gray
  2. Garland Four-Piece Black Wall Unit from Rooms to Go
  3. Cindy Crawford Home Grandview Loft Accent Chair from Rooms to Go
  4. Hand-tufted Silver Cosmopolitan Rug ordered from overstock.com
  5. Two Cecily Place Lamps from Rooms to Go
  6. Tinsley Three-Piece Table Set from Rooms to Go (not pictured: two end tables)

I’m usually not one to buy so many pieces from one place. In fact, you’d be hard pressed to find many matching pieces of furniture in any room in our first home. We did a lot of searching—both in store and online—and we just kept coming back to this sofa and accent chair.

We were originally going to try to find a different set of tables, but it ended up being less expensive to do a package deal. We bought the sofa, two lamps, the table set and the accent chair in a package deal. It ended up being quite affordable, which makes us feel better about buying so much at one place. Here’s hoping it won’t be too matchy-matchy.

I should also mention that we wouldn’t have purchased the new furniture if it wasn’t needed. Our current living room set up would not work in the new house due to space, functionality and wear and tear. Don’t worry; those pieces will find new places to call home soon. We’re hoping to use all of the furniture we already own in the new house.

I think in a few weeks when we’re up to our eyeballs in new paint choices and Christmas prep, we’ll be very glad we bit the bullet and ordered new furniture in advance. We’ve already got the rug, and the rest of the pieces will be delivered a week after we close.

Want to know more about our new house? Click here to see what I’m dreaming up for our future dining room.

House Tour: Living Room

First up on the house tour of our first home is the living room. Join me as I walk through the space (and down memory lane a bit).

When we purchased the home in 2009, the carpet and been removed and every surface was filthy. We hired a professional cleaning company to clean the entire house, but we still found ourselves scrubbing every surface after their second cleaning attempt. Imagine me scraping boogers off closet walls and cleaning walls with Swiffer mops. It wasn’t pretty.

The guys from the cleaning company did a great job, but the house had many stubborn layers of grime from the previous owner and his dogs. It also smelled pretty bad.

The living room was covered in a layer of filth when we purchased the house in 2009.

Now our living room is looking much better. It’s amazing what a good cleaning, a coat of paint and new carpet can do for a space.

When you enter the front door you walk into a small entryway that leads either into the living room or downstairs to the basement.

The mirrored coat rack is a super conveient spot to drop jackets, umbrellas, hats, etc. I’ve had it since my college days.
Originally a rickety bannister separated the living room from the stairs. It didn’t make the cut, so Travis and his dad built a pony wall to replace the bannister.

Before the rickety bannister was the only separation from the living room to the stairs. Now, the sturdy half wall looks like it has always been there.

We sold the banister and its spindles at a yard sale a couple of months ago. It’s always nice to know that something that didn’t work for you is finding new life in someone else’s home.

The sofa has always been a favorite spot in our house whether we’re entertaining or just chilling with the pups.

The sofa is a favorite hangout spot in our house. Can you spot Roxy’s tail above?

The large mirror above the sofa was a lucky consignment store find. It bounces around a ton of light and helps make the room feel larger. It measures just shy of five feet wide by four feet tall. Hanging it was a tricky endeavor, but well worth it.

Since putting our house on the market, we’ve removed all of the personal details, so you won’t see the family photos or other personal items that once made this room feel more like people actually live here. One of my favorite personal effects in this room, which has now been removed, was the collage of photo frames on one wall.

The collage of family photos has been removed since placing our house for sale.

The frames coordinated with the mirror nicely without being in-your-face matchy matchy. I blogged about the photo frame collage last year. Click here to read more.

During the Christmas season, our tree replaces a chair in the corner. We’ve hosted Christmas dinner in this house for the past couple of years, so it’s always been a really special place to decorate.

Decorating the living room for the holidays has always been fun.

The half wall sometimes acts as a sofa table. I’ve had a lot of fun decorating it for the different seasons.

Isabel models the 2011 Christmas decor.

The orange pillows stuck around way after the fall season last year. In fact, they stayed on the couch until we depersonalized the room in preparation for selling our house.

There were a couple of changes we weren’t able to make in the few years we lived here. I would have loved to add a mosaic tile in place of the tile on the fireplace surround.

DIYers are never finished.

We also had big plans to build a shelf under the television to house media components. It has a large hole behind where the TV sits, and we had always planned to make it look more custom.

Our living room has been the central hub of our house for nearly four years. We’ve loved it since we moved in, and we’ll continue to love it until we sell our house.

Our living room is comfy, cozy and the place where we most enjoy spending our time.

Source List:

Sofa, Fowler’s Furniture
Coffee Table, Fowler’s Furniture
Chairs, Ashley Furniture, Darcy Collection, Color: Cafe
Decorative Pillows, Kohls
Chenille Throw, Target
Large Mirror: Local Consignment Store
Picture Frames: Hobby Lobby

Paint Color: London Coach, Valspar

Update: A new page has been added that lists the entire house tour. To see the entire house tour, click here.

I’m linking up to Thrifty Decor Chick’s Show Us Your House Party.

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