Before & After: Living Room

The living room is located to the left of the entry and opens up into the large dining room. I love the natural light and knew this room was going to get a lot of use. However, there are a few challenges in this room: lack of storage and it is on the smaller side compared to the other rooms in the house. I wanted this room to feel livable, inviting, and comfortable, but also classy, fresh, and clean.

One of my favorite design inspirations is a mixture of wood & metal, paired with crisp whites, gold details, and a color I lovingly refer to as “J.Crew yellow.”

My project list for this room still includes a new lamp, installing overhead lighting, mounting the TV, and finding a new entertainment hutch for below the TV, but along with the rest of the house, it’s a work in progress! Here’s a look at the before & after.
010FullSizeRender2This room needed a lot of spackle on the walls and kilz on the woodwork before painting. I chose Benjamin Moore’s Brandon Beige, but once again had it mixed by Sherwin Williams, who did a fantastic job color matching. The room doesn’t have any lighting installed, but the three large windows on the front of the house give so much natural light during the day. 009FullSizeRender3Luckily, the floors were in great shape and just needed a rug beneath the coffee table! And If you look closely in the mounted mirror, you can see the stained glass windows from the entryway. 011FullSizeRenderFullSizeRender1One of my favorite details throughout the home is the circular molding detail, original to the house. You can see here the same detail is located on the top of the molding, the stained glass windows, and even on the banister. On a recent weekend getaway to Saugatuck, I noticed the home we were staying in (which was for sale) was built in 1900, the same year as my house. Later that night, I realized the molding was the same in both homes! How awesome is that!? I tried to use this information as a sign that we’re meant to buy that as a summer/rental property…still working on that one.

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