Hi, Lovelies! Today, I am sharing the living room design plan for our first joint makeover here at our vintage colonial. To catch you up to speed, we are making over our entry way and living room in the weeks ahead.
How’s your week been? This morning, I have been running errands and preparing to hunker down for the next couple of days. I have firewood, I have cocoa for the kiddos, and movie snacks. We are bracing for another Nor’Easter with lots of snow and cold here in Connecticut.
I am going to pop on over to the Benjamin Moore paint store to pick up my paint for the living room before the storm comes. At least, I’ll have it ready and waiting for me. I really want to open those windows to paint though, so I might wait a week or two. We’ll see if I can hold out that long…
Anyways, let’s talk living room!
Alright, so as you can see, I swapped out the other rug for Dave’s pick…the outdoor rug from Frontgate. So many of you loved it in our living room too, so thank you for the feedback.
REWORKING WHAT WE HAVE
The Moving Dilemma. Moving always presents the dilemma of where to put your existing furniture and trying out things to see what works where. I am so happy my favorite sofa is the right size for our living room. If you notice, a lot of our existing furniture is in this plan. It is a testament to buying quality pieces you love. We swapped out our smaller coffee table with the mirrored family room coffee table. It fits the space better. Our accent tables are from the other house too.
WHERE TO MAKE SOME CHANGES
We Crave Texture. Dave and I both love cozy spaces full of texture. The biggest visual change to this room is going to be the walls. We are installing that gorgeous York grasscloth from Decorator’s Best and making our own custom wall mouldings. This will add that major dose of texture the space needs to feel cozy. It also reminds us of one of our favorite dining spots that has a great masculine and upscale feel.
Furniture. We didn’t want to clutter the space with a whole bunch of furniture so we are going to update the lighting with floor lamps and a picture light over the mantel art. No extra tables.
We are going to add new chairs in here though. We have more rooms in this house than our last, and we wanted the green chairs in the family room and the mid-century mustard chairs for Dave’s office. So, new chairs it is!
I’m not sad about having to hunt for chairs to mix with our furniture. It’s always fun when you are in a new house to add some new things to the mix. We both really liked the cognac color of these chairs from Wayfair.
They pull in the tones from the burl frames we are using for the art. Notice, this is VERY IMPORTANTE! to Dave–they are cushy and have arms. Dave hates chairs without arms. For some reason they really bother him. The quirks of this guy, gotta love him! This is a chair we could both agree on. So, two of these babies are coming this way.
We wanted this space to be more of a textural, neutral space. I felt really inspired by classic Ralph Lauren Home campaigns from a few years back. This home is more classic and traditional than our last; this look really does enhance the charm of this home. It fits. There will be just enough modern mixed in to make it fresh and to my personal taste.
Dressing the windows. I’ve mentioned before that when we moved in there was not one window covering in this house. We left all of ours (except our gold studded shades) back in the Illinois house.
In the past, I would have run to Ikea and grabbed their white linen blend drapes until I found something that is perfect. I’m really trying not to buy something that is not what I want long-term. Dave and I decided that would be totally foolish when new drapes will be here in a few weeks.
Going Custom. So, we are working with Loom Decor on some custom drapes. They have these new flannel fabrics that I LOVE–perfect for this whole look. Going custom, you can get the right length and style. These windows definitely should have custom draperies, because the regular ready-made panel lengths would have to be altered anyways.
Also, we are getting blackout lining on them and some tape detailing. Little details like these really make a difference in a room. Worth it in the end. They’ll wear much better too. I can’t wait to share my Loom Decor experience and the process with you guys. They are so wonderful to work with.
So, those are the main things that will transform this space. I will be sourcing a few new accents but other than that, everything is ordered and we can start working on those walls soon!
I’ll be sharing the progress with you guys on the entry way and living room makeover in the weeks ahead. I’m not sure how much I will get done this week since painting is the first thing I have to do. The next two days I will be sporting my cabin fever sweater and not stepping outside except to shovel the drive. Kids will be home and I’m going to take the break and enjoy my guys. Once I make some progress though, I’ll give you a little update post.
The week of March 20th I’m taking part in the Spring Home Tours. I am going to be sharing more of our house since I have only shared the living room and entry way so far. I’ll try to make it interesting, but we are really bare bones here right now. At least, you’ll see the lay of the land a bit more.
Latest thoughts…Does this mean we are grown-ups? NEVER! On a side note, we are both really excited about making this house ours. Our last house felt like the experimental house. We knew it wasn’t ever going to be for the long haul, so now we feel a bit more grown-up and settled in this house. Do you get that? Have you ever felt that? Weird to admit at my age.
Both of us are being very picky this time around. We are seeking longevity over what’s trendy. It’s not going to be boring or stuffy though. And we have a formal dining room which makes us feel very adultish. Weird we’ve never had one before in the two homes we’ve owned. It makes me want to go polish some silver or something.
I think we just hit a point in life where we don’t want to move again and our kids are at ages where it wouldn’t make sense to uproot them after this last move. Plus, we are completely sold on the New England lifestyle. It’s totally for us and we love being in this part of the country.
Well, enough of that!
Alright, New England friends! Stay safe and warm!! It’s coming our way…
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