When we first walked through our place at the Open House, I knew it was the one. Even if each room wasn't decorated or designed exactly to our liking, I could envision how it would look with a few coats of paint and our own furniture. The one area though, that was hardest for me to figure out was our living room. It was long, with a tall (and very gold), curved ceiling and an awkwardly placed window/trophy case that opened into the family room. There wasn't a true entryway and the fireplace wasn't lined up with the opposite wall, so figuring out where to have the seating area was tough. Thankfully Amber (who is also sharing photographs/thoughts from this project on her site today) had all of the answers and now that it's finished, the living room is one of my favorite spots to read or sit by the fireplace with a drink.
What we did: We added built-in bookshelves for storage and filled in the little window, which had previously been part of an outdoor patio. We refinished the floors to a lighter, walnut stain and painted the ceiling "White" and the walls "Classic Grey "-tinted 50% lighter (both Dunn Edwards). The fireplace is functional, but since we really don't need to use it, it's more of a decorative corner. We painted the bricks "Black" in high gloss (again, Dunn Edwards) and added new sconces. The fabric for the cushions was picked up on our last trip to Mexico.
Here are some of the before and after shots, along with links to select items at the bottom of the post.
Leather Sofa: Restoration HardwarePillows: Amber InteriorsGreen Chairs: Crate and Barrel (now on sale)Beach Photograph: Gray MalinPhoto Frame: Simply FramedCoffee Table: West Elm (unfortunately, this version is no longer available)Acrylic Tray: Alexandra von FurstenbergSide Tables: West ElmRug: EtsyLamps: Haus InteriorGazelle Bust: VintageSconces: Circa