Sunday, January 25, 2015

Our Living Room


I've made quite a bit of progress in our living room since we moved into the farmhouse.  It's still pretty much furnished with things we already had from our previous home, but it's working out fine for now.  Ultimately this room could use a larger couch and maybe a larger chair somewhere, but for now I'm going to make what we already have work.  Either way the recliner will stay.  It's the one piece of furniture that I really really dislike, but my husband loves it of course, so I'll just keep working around it.


The walls are painted a soft beige/tan color.  I love this paint color because even though it's soft, it adds warmth to this large room.  Our living room is 30 feet long, so arranging furniture in here is still a challenge, but this layout seems to be working for us.  In the beginning I placed the couch in the middle of the room in an attempt to create two separate areas, but it felt closed in and choppy, so I decided to put the couch against a wall instead.  Now we have a nice open flow to this space, which I like much better. Neutral throw pillows combined with a couple of pops of color keep things interesting.  The pom pom throw completes the cozy look.


The giant gallery wall was one of the first decorating projects I completed here at our farmhouse.  It instantly pepped up this room.  I love the mix of frames and having my favorite photos on display where they can always be seen.


I've added a little more to the TV area since I shared my dresser makeover.  The sunburst mirror is something I've had for a long time, it's an old Target find.  I recently found the vintage crate at a local antique shop, and I hung new thermal curtains to keep out the cold.  Our windows are old and very drafty! Charming windows, but not so great during these cold months!





And since I'm chatting about our living room, I thought I'd share my DIY chalkboard again.  It's the same chalkboard I made for our Christmas card display.


The side of the room where our fireplace wall is still needs some work.  I'm still trying to figure out a good furniture set up.  Right now I'm leaning towards two matching comfy chairs and a big ottoman in the middle, so we will see.



This room has definitely come a long way, but I still have big plans for it!  A few things on my list include ripping up all the carpet to reveal the original hardwoods underneath, and adding something to the ceiling, maybe bead board or possibly beams.  I also hope to add two big sliding barn doors to the two doorways, as well as furnish the space near our fireplace.  Exciting projects to look forward to!

And now a look back at the before photos, that's always my favorite part!





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