Living Room Before and After

We have officially been in this house for one year as of tomorrow.

That is so hard for us to believe but when we look back over the past year we can’t believe all we have accomplished in that time (and all the things we still want to do).

This home has creatively been so fun! It has allowed us to go a totally different direction with our style and to create a fun space for our family.

This home has become a gathering space unlike any home we have had.

That was what was hinted at, prayed for and provided.

If you haven’t read our home journey you can find it here:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

We have been so busy making the house our own and creating our new studio that I have forgotten to show you some of the other house projects.

I thought I would start with our living room.

Let me show you what we saw when we first saw this space. These next photos were from the PREVIOUS OWNERS…

This space was their dinning room, the walls were all a peachy tan color and they had built in this buffet piece.

Once we purchased the home (and before we moved in) we had all the walls and trim painted Nano White and all of the window frames painted black.

I am pretty sure the painters thought we were nuts but I assured them that if I hated the windows they were going to make a whole lot more money painting them white.

The next thing we did was replace all of the lighting throughout the home.

We also ripped out the built in buffet before having the house painted.

The other two homes we had placed offers on had wood burning fireplaces and I was pretty sad that this home only had one gas fireplace (the previous owners took out one other fireplace that was located in the kitchen) and it was in the master bedroom.

It didn’t make sense for our family to have a dinning room right next to the eat in kitchen so I thought it would be the perfect place for a small living room with a fireplace.  The original plan was to add a modern wood burning stove in this space but the depth needed was taking too much out of the floor space. We went with the most modern gas fireplace we could find that would work in the space and also allow us to have the sitting space we wanted.

Here is a photo of the space during one of our final inspections. You can’t tell in this photo with our realtor but we were really excited.

Here is a photo before the fireplace was added. If you peek into the library/music room you get a peek of that space before we built the bookshelves. That will be the next before and after:-)

BEFORE

Here are some of the progress photos.

Here are some of our AFTER photos. The black special order exposed pipe/vent was worth it. It really brought the modern feel that were were wanting into the space.

This is the space were we read, have coffee in the morning and even listen to music. Because it is right off the kitchen it is the place where our friends and family also gather. The fireplace transformed the space and also helped add to the look of the space that we were creating throughout the whole house.

My best advice is to trust your gut with what you want in your home. Don’t let the painters or even friends talk you out of the ideas you have. Big deal if you make a wrong paint decision…paint again. Really. We are having so much fun and we love the direction our home is taking.

Sources:

Chandelier: Restoration Hardware

Couch: Restoration Hardware

Table: Old Glory Antiques

Leather and metal chairs: Urban Outfitters

Pillows: Etsy and Nordstrom

Painting: Stephanie Lee

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Living Room {Before and After}

The next two weeks most of my posts will be about our recent remodel projects.

I love these kinds of posts and I hope you enjoy them too.

Today I wanted to share our living room before and after.

We extended our cherry floors from our kitchen into our living room and it made an amazing difference in the appearance of space and the ease of visual flow.

I love the color and minimal grain that you see in cherry floors but the softness of the wood is a huge drawback.

We already had cherry throughout the entry and large kitchen and it was cost prohibitive to start over with another wood.

Over time the cherry darkens and I believe gives the home a wonderful warmth.

We have a lot more dust bunnies and the kids don’t love all of the sweeping we now do (obviously they aren’t pros in the sweeping or we wouldn’t have the dust bunnies).

I am loving the updated space!

{BEFORE}

{DURING}

{AFTER}

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Living Room Redo {Shop My Own House}

I can’t tell you how much I have loved doing the Creatively Made Home e-course.

It has been so fun to play with my home and to share my love of family and home with others.

I thought you all would like to see some of the photos I took this week for one of my project videos.

I won’t show the video but I will show you lots of photos.

The project was “Shop Your House” and it was just to show how your space can look different by:

1.) Moving your furniture around

2.) Looking around your house for pieces

3.) If you don’t notice something anymore it is time to move it or paint it to give it new life.

I really think that keeping your home fresh helps you to feel like you have a new space and helps you appreciate what you have.

Here is how the living room looked before I started….

Room View #1

Room View #2

For this redo:

*moved the couch against the window

*chair facing the fireplace

*tray on the coffee table/ottoman

*painting on the mantle

*cushions on the bench (from our window seat)

*moved the end table to the right of the couch

Room View #3

For this redo:

*moved the bench and cushions to the kitchen table

*took a desk from our bedroom and placed it in front of the TV with books/suitcases

*moved chair off to the side with a floor lamp

Room View #4

For this redo:

*moved the bench and cushions back

*changed the art above the fireplace

*moved the ladder and replaced it with a shoe rack, vintage lines, ironstone etc.

*moved the couch back to facing the fireplace

*moved the chair back to the window

*moved the end table next to the chair

*changed the items on the end table

*moved the desk behind the couch with books/birdcage

To see the video of this redo or to see 73 other discussion and project videos (so far:-)) you can register HERE.

The course is not over and the content will be up until the end of April!

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I can’t wait to create with you!




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