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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!






New House Diary: The Living Room Floorplan

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New House Diary It’s time to tackle the floorplan and furniture layout for my living room. Take a look at the space as-is below. The living room is on the far left side of the floorplan. floorplan And here are my ideas for laying out the furniture in this large family gathering space… living room floorplan I will make a couple of architectural changes including closing the door from the dining room and opening up a double door from the dining into the hallway. That will allow me to design new cabinets on either side of the front window deep enough to hold our AV equipment. IMG_8662 There is also an opening from the bar to the living and I will be closing that space to allow for a sofa with a great piece of art to go above. And I will have an arched opening to the bar in the hallway. (There’s that lovely paneling again!) IMG_8660 My husband’s large TV (65 inches) will be over the mantle. Eek!  But I have a few ideas on how to disguise it when I don’t want my Living Room to look like a movie theater. I’ll give you a look at that in the next New House Diary. And in case you are wondering, I will be covering up the brick. I like brick, but it’s more casual than the look I’m going for. So as you can see in my sketch above, I plan for a lot of furniture in this space. The great thing about living in a home before you remodel it is that I have already arranged many of my existing pieces in the layout above and they work perfectly. Even the chair that looks like it’s blocking the double door to the sunroom, actually fits great with plenty of room to travel around it and use the door. cityapt1_01_large

(Mariette Himes Gomez)

I love having multiple furniture groupings for ample seating for holidays and entertaining. I am inspired by designers like Mariette Himes Gomez who are skilled at creating similar furniture layouts with multiple seating areas like the room above. Here is another of my favorite of Mariette’s Spaces for Inspiration. 8193b7c5a4c9e3b8544de58bf30d4186

(Mariette Himes Gomez via Architectural Digest)

So what do you think? I have an advantage because I can already see the furniture layout in person. Trust me, it’s perfect! Please do leave me a comment with your thoughts. I’d love to hear your input. See you next time on New House Diary!