Over the weekend, I took down the Breeze playard in the living room and with a few changes, it truly made it feel like a new space. Little things can make such a big difference in a room.
So, I thought this was a good time to share the living room, in its current state. I also updated the house tour tab with before and after images, so was a good time to get updated photos of the rooms in our home. Here’s the living room, in all her glory.
The living room is where we spend most of our time, so it’s important to us that it’s comfortable and clean and important to me to still look presentable for company. I think this is probably the most I’ve liked this room since moving in over a year ago. It just feels like “us.”
I also like that this room is unique, in my opinion. It has lots of colors and patterns and beautiful woodwork (including the “board and batten” ceiling, which I’m obsessed with). We use the fireplace almost every day and play on the floor constantly. We watch movies and read and surf the Internet here. There’s also plenty of storage between the television area, the end table and baskets.
What’s that? You’d like to see a before picture? Okay … twist my arm. Here’s the room in 2010 when we purchased the house.
Better, right? Although this was actually one of the best looking rooms in the house (hard to believe), there were still lots of updates to be made. Changes include painting walls and trim, adding board and batten to the ceiling, adding a fireplace insert, building a built-in area for television and storage, ripping out the (non-working) boiler system and radiators, replacing windows, adding tile around the fireplace, adding bamboo shades, new lighting and other decor.
Just a bit of an improvement, right?
Now for the details …
I’m really loving these pillows right now. (The blue check is IKEA fabric, sewn by me, the floral pattern is from TJMaxx and the bicycle is from LLBean.)
I planned to use this basket for something else, but it’s really perfect for magazines. I don’t subscribe to many magazines anymore, but I still have enough to fill this basket.
Having Henry has changed our decorating a bit. I still like things to be picked up, but I also don’t expect to bring all the toys up and downstairs to his room every day. So, we have a few of his most- played with things in that basket (from Target) and his wagon gets parked right next to the chair. (We also have his musical table downstairs most of the time, but it’s stored on the other side of the room.) I store some books under the television, too. Overall, this setup is perfect. Toys and books are close enough to use regularly, but very easy to store away.
Cords are also something we’re dealing with right now. Henry is attracted to them like moths to a flame. Because we have two laptops and various other devices, this end table has become a bit of a charging station, where the majority of the cords are out of reach.
You may remember a big reason for our new coffee table was adding floor space for Henry. We took that a step further and moved our massive leather club chair to the end of the room. It was taking up valuable rug space and it was more important to us to have space to crawl (Henry) and play (all of us). We have a lot of oversized furniture, which is a bit of a layout challenge. But, for now, the room is large enough that it works. (Although I am saving my pennies for a new sectional, so stay tuned. I may have enough saved by the time Henry graduates from college.)
And here’s the bottom of the staircase, which is one of my favorite features in the house.
Check out the staircase area before. Love those dining room colors …
And that my friends is our updated living room.