Sometimes room renovations happen over the span of a few months, and sometimes they take time. Ever since painting the living room, we have been slowly making tweaks and adjustments to the layout and furnishings. The living room started off as a conglomeration of furniture and decor from our last house. But over the last two years, we’ve swapped a few pieces in and out, and although I have big plans for the living room, I’ve been patient (mostly) and grateful to have a place that has come together without too much stress.
Here’s what the living room looked like when we moved in 👇🏻
Here’s what it looked like a year ago 👇🏻
And here’s where we are today 👇🏻.
At some point, I think that the living room deserves to have furniture that is specifically chosen for it. However, I am taking my time to make any major decisions on furniture until the overall design is more solidified. Despite this, there are times when certain furniture and decor simply call out to you, and you know you have to have it no matter what. Recently, I acquired a mixed-material coffee table made of metal and stone, and I absolutely adore its classic style and unique shape. It’s also an upgrade from the black hole illusion the previous cottagey coffee table gave.
Although I don’t have every design detail planned for this space, I am sure about including skylights, beams, and architectural trim on the walls in a contrasting color. Additionally, we had considered replacing the fireplace with a big arched window like the one we had in our previous home, but we have ultimately decided to keep the fireplace. The current millwork is super charming and beautiful, but I might upgrade to some marble.
As far as changing up the layout, I can’t imagine anything but two identical sofas facing each other! The room is too perfectly symmetrical to mess with, and I would like just fully to embrace it. Somehow, we should bring in the big leather armchair from the bonus room because it’s Chris’s favorite seat in the house, and this is a really central room to everything that we do.
I also hung this giant new framed canvas painting above the sofa, and regardless of what we decide to do with this room, I hope it always belongs here.
I think Cricket likes the room too.
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