We never formally introduced our new living room, but before we dive in with painting and updating lighting and the fireplace, I thought it would be good to share some before photos. All the art on the walls have actually been hung on nails that were left behind. So, nothing is permanent.
When we moved in, we plopped the furniture we had where it is now, but I’m already considering two sofas facing each other on either side of the fireplace in here. I think it would allow the entrance of the room to stay clear and welcoming.
Speaking of entrances, this room has two. One from the dining room and one from the hall. It’s the first time that our living room is defined by cased openings which has me very excited because it can be its own space! In this post, I talked about color options I’m considering for the space. But we haven’t nailed anything down yet. I’m actually trying to choose the dining room and living room at the same time so they flow well together.
A lot of people have mentioned that our living room here has similarities to our previous living room and I definitely see it! We won’t be tearing out the chimney here though.
A moment for that tree picture hanging very high all by itself. Hahaha. Like I said, we tried to hang as much as we could to get it off the floor, but I should have probably just leaned it on the fireplace.
I’m anxious to one day put a beautiful stone mantel in on the fireplace, but as a phase 1, this room is going to get all new paint and new lighting. I think the paint will make a dramatic difference. I’d love to do the windows, trim and fireplace molding in a high gloss color and the walls in an eggshell of the same tone for contrast. May do the ceilings the same!
There’s a juliette balcony that overlooks the living room and our girls are already loving it so much. I was a little iffy about it at first, but I can tell it’s going to be a memory maker and I’m so glad we have it now.
We’ve never used this door to go outside. Ever. There’s one in the dining room that we use constantly. I think these are the kinds of things you only find out after living in a place. We will have to get all of the windows redone eventually (many of the seals are broken and they are foggy) and by that time, we may have a different way we’d like the handle the doors and windows in the living room.
Below you can get a glimpse at the two entrances into the living room and the molding that accompanies them. We feel so excited that this is our before. We’re getting so many large things out of the way right now, but that is not going to stop me from putting samples on these walls ASAP.
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