Before we get our home decorated for the holidays, I wanted to share a progress update of what we've done to the living room so far! If you saw our most recent family photos, you got to see a sneak peek of our black walled living room. Today, I'm going a little more in depth, sharing what we've done so far, and what we still plan to do.
Forgive these blurry pictures! I'm not nearly as talented as Savannah and I was rushing to get these photos yesterday morning before Anthony and I had to walk out the door! (On a related note: Can anyone tell me how to increase my shutter speed manually? I think the odd 8 am lighting was making it super slow, and I couldn't figure out how to fix it!)
So aside from about 10 minutes of sprucing up (which included unplugging all of Anthony's video game paraphernalia and shoving it into a drawer), this is how our living room looks most of the time. We currently have my two French wingbacks facing the TV, which is currently sitting on a vintage end table I painted for our last apartment. We plan to move on of the chairs to the other side, so they are flanking the sofa and put the TV on this awesome antique walnut dresser we found on Craigslist this summer. But doing that involves drilling a hole through the floor so we can reroute the cable line down in the basement, and converting the current 2 prong outlet in that corner into a 3 prong. So until we get those two things done, I've styled the top of the dresser with some frames and accessories I'd been hoarding for the other planned addition to this room, art shelves à la Emily Henderson! (Saw these pretties on Instagram and immediately knew I needed them in my life).
A note on the vintage Federal eagle mirror, I now have three of them in different sizes so I'm thinking of going whole hog and starting a collection. I got this one from my grandfather when he was moving out of his house. He has a thing for eagles, so having this hanging in our new home is very sentimental to me. Don't you think a collage-style wall of eagle mirrors in different sizes would be awesome?
I've got to say, I'm loving our new sofa from Klaussner. It's extra deep and extra long at 46" x 92". It's so nice to have a sofa that Anthony can lay on with both his head and his feet inside the arms (#tallpersonproblems). Plus, it has feather down blend cushions, so it's super comfy. Many family cuddling sessions have happened on this couch. Chloe's spot is the left arm, where I have the faux shearling blanket.
And that mess of cords is the condensed, no video game system version! Jeez, we really need to get on moving the TV and controlling this situation. And hanging those darned art shelves which have been painted and ready to go since September...
SOURCES: Sofa, Chairs (vintage), Coffee Table, Rug (Now 66% off! Good for you, bad for me), End tables (vintage), Lamps (vintage), Lampshades, Pheasant Pillow, Plaid Throw (navy is OOS, but other colors available)
So aside from mounting and styling our art shelves, and moving the TV to it's permanent location we have just a few more things to do. Number one is curtains! I'm playing around with the idea of sewing my own curtains for in here, but before I can do that I need to choose a fabric. I'm just not sure what I'm looking for! I know I want to use the same rods and ring clips I used in our dining room, but sprayed a matte gold. Some ideas I've had for the actual curtain panels are a small scale navy pattern on a white background, a blue-gray linen texture to tie in the rug or a dark charcoal just a hair lighter than the walls for a tone-on-tone-effect. I want to stay pretty neutral so I can switch up accent colors at will, and also because I'm just a neutral girl at heart. What do you think would look best in here?
Aside from hanging some more art, that's pretty much all I have planned for phase one of the living room decorating. After we get a few more rooms done, we'll move onto phase two which includes adding some wall sconces for more light (right now we only have the two table lamps illuminating this room) and installing a DIY Faux Tin ceiling, similar to this one. We want to add some character back into our 1903 farmhouse, and I think a tin ceiling is just the ticket! I'll probably want a new coffee table at some point, although I do love the size of our massive IKEA Hemnes table. I would love to see a two tiered brass and glass beauty like this one in here.
Here's a reminder of what our living room looked like before. (See more photos from our "Before" House Tour, here).
What do you think of what we've done so far? Any ideas for me?
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