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Before & After: My Living Room

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I’m living the dream in my new living room! What started as a beautiful light gray color palette is embellished with bright cobalt, deep plum, and a little bit of leopard print. Seriously, everyone needs a bit of Leopard print.

We ditched the dark 70’s wood paneling and covered up the brick fireplace to wrap the room in a beautiful light gray and bring some life and light back into this space.

As you can see, 1970’s was alive and well in this “Before” space. The paneling was dark, the brick, while cozy, felt heavy with the dark beams and minimal lighting. Even the floors were dark! I covered the brick fireplace for a few reasons. First, I felt that adding a wood panels would help the space feel more modern. Second, this is the only place for the TV to live in this space, and the brick did not provide somewhere to hide all of the wiring needed. So all of that now lives neatly tucked away behind the panels! We added a beautiful surround and hearth top from Dekton by Cosentino to give it that little touch of glamour.

Now the floors are a lighter wood with a chic grey octagon rug in a David Hicks pattern from Prestigue Mills.

If you remember from my New House Diaries blog posts, my living room is long, and best suited for multiple seating arrangements. Here you can see a handsome area with the white sofa, newly upholstered tub chairs in my Duralee Spencer fabric, and someone can easily pull up one of my cobalt blue India ottomans from CR Laine to join the conversation! The floral drapery and ikat pillows bring the bright cobalt in without being too bold, and those custom, silk, plum-colored lampshades layer in my accent color on this end of the room.

You see that little pass-through to the wet bar with those charming shutter doors? Yes, I closed up that lovely hole in the wall and I’m not the least bit sad about it!

Now I have the perfect place to hang this original piece by Jane Booth that heavily inspired my color palette! My dogs and I love to sit on this gray velvet sofa which creates a second seating area where once again, you can pull up one of those great India ottomans to rest your feet and see the TV perfectly from here!

I removed those large open bookshelves and replaced them with smaller built-in units with octagonal detailed doors with antique mirror  to house all of the AV equipment on one side and provide great storage on the other side. Making those units a bit more narrow allowed for more space around the window so I could create yet another seating (and work) area!

These lounge chairs and ottomans are a great place to cozy up for a conversation, and during this time of year, to open Christmas presents!

And behind the chairs I tucked his great oval desk and pair of klismos chairs. Perfect for doing a little bit of work on my laptop in the morning with light streaming in from the window, and even better for putting together a puzzle or a mean game of scrabble on family game night!

I couldn’t be more thrilled with my new living room! And if you include the fun retro cushions I made for the hearth, I can seat at least 20 people comfortably in this room for holidays or entertaining friends. The color palette feels effortlessly chic and everyone can really spread out and take advantage of this large space. I’ll be walking you through more of my before and after reveals in my home soon so stay tuned!






Which Would You Choose? Wood Burning Fireplace or Gas Logs?

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Each morning at 5 am I wake for my morning ritual. I sit by my fireplace in a cozy swivel chair, with a comfy throw, and drink a cup of coffee. I check my email and social media to start my day. This is followed by my morning meditation and then my morning workout. It’s this quiet time before I rush into the busy world, with no one but me and my Shih Tzu Izzy, that helps me ease into being awake. I adore it. It’s so nice just to turn a key and click a lighter and my fireplace is ablaze.


But oh how I love a wood-burning fireplace. The smell of the wood, the crackling as it burns. My parents have a second home that we visit some weekends with a fabulous firepit outside, and I often wind down my nights by sitting in the brisk air by the fire with a glass of red wine and reflect on my day, or reminisce with my brother about fun childhood or early adult memories. Such special time.

So lots of important moments in my life are spent fireside, both wood-burning and gas logs. I can’t decide which I love best. What about you? When deciding for your interior fireplace which would you choose – wood burning like the photo of my client’s family room above with dueling televisions? Or a gas fireplace that is traditional, or even like my client’s home at the top that has fun, contemporary round stone fireballs?

Leave me a comment and let me know your choice. I think I might take one of each!