Thursday, September 1, 2011

Living Room Progress

I was talking to a long-distance friend last night and I was telling her all about our house and the progress we'd been making.

Friend: "So... were you ever planning on putting pictures of it on your blog so I can see it?"

Me: "Well... it's not perfect yet."

And that got me thinking...

Is it ever going to be "perfect"? As soon as I have it just exactly right, the styles will change or we'll need to fix/replace something.

So I'm going to share what we've done so far. The progress. And I have to say that I'm pretty proud of  the progress.



Sure, there are a few changes I want to make, like what to put over the couch (I have a few ideas swirling around in my head) and adding a rug (that won't be too scratchy for baby knees or too expensive for dirty boys, or ugly--I mean, that seriously limits my choices).


Here's the run-down so far:

1. We added built-in bookshelves (other than our kitchen countertops, this is the only thing we paid a professional to do).

2. Painted the walls the same color as the stenciled entryway.

3. Painted the fireplace white. When I say white, I mean white. It's currently just primed. But I really like how crisp it looks.

4. Bought thrift-store end tables and painted them with Krylon midnight blue.


5. Added accessories-- pillows, curtains, and other pretties. My favorites are the silverware that my late grandmother framed herself. I simply changed the trim. She was so creative and adventurous with decorating.


6. We also broke our cheap selves down and bought our first new TV. The old one was the kind that the kids knew not to touch because if it fell on one of them, they would be dead instantly. The picture was a little fuzzy in spots and the whole thing was about three feet deep. Yes, it was time.

Well, what do you think? Homier, isn't it?


Shared with: Miss Mustard Seed, Tatertots and Jello, Be Different Act Normal, Sugar Bee Crafts


  1. I think it looks wonderful! The paint on the fireplace makes a world of difference. And, SUPER cute blue table....LOVE IT!

  2. i love the cabinets and shelving units you added, makes the room so big! really liking the soothing colors you chose, i say its perfect for afternoon naps on that looks-so-comfy leather couch.

    great job :)

    katie@little things bring smiles

  3. I LOVE the built-ins! And I LOVE the fireplace being white! Way more 'homier'! Great job!!

  4. It's looking good. Never be afraid to show the progress! I love seeing how some one goes about the process of pulling it all together.

    I had the same problem with a rug for my living room. I found a great deal on a 8 x 10 at Lowe's. It's a Mohawk and they had three fairly neutral colors, kind of shag (but not old-school shag, nicer). It was a great deal and although I grabbed mine two years ago, I still see them there from time to time. Some day I would like to upgrade to a neat pattern, but with the boys I'm just not ready to invest.

  5. Oh wow, what a big change! I bet you are loving those built-ins! I know I would! Love all the accent pieces you have added. You have amazing style!

  6. WOW! Looks great!!! Nice and cozy!!!

  7. It looks quite lovely from over here. Great work.

  8. I love so many things about your room! The cabinets, mantle decor and of course the blue table is a nice pop of color :)

  9. It takes guts to paint a fireplace, good work!


  10. It looks gorgeous -- especially the framed flatware and end tables!

  11. WOW! The white fireplace and the built in's are stunning! You must be thrilled. I absolutely love the room! Please stop by and share your talents at my VIP party today =) Enjoy your holiday weekend!

  12. It looks amazing Erin! I love the white fireplace and the built in bookcase! It looks so much better! Angie xo

  13. Very cozy looking. Everything is pretty.

  14. Wow you've really transformed that space! Also, you inspired me to put pictures up of my new apartment on my blog soon - I get what you mean about wanting to wait until it's perfect. But yours looks great already :)

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