I have been working on my living room for months and finally, FINALLY, it is finished! It has been a lot of work but totally worth it, especially now seeing my vision come to life. But before I show you the makeover, let me show you where we started.
Ryan bought our house while we were dating, about a year before we got married. It was in foreclosure when he bought it and had sat empty for 2 years. The carpet was shot, the layout was funky, and there were lots of random walls that made it feel cramped. So he tore the main living areas down to the studs and started over.
Walls were removed, closets were relocated and one of the rooms was repurposed (I’ll reveal the other rooms soon!) He also removed the carpet and put down Brazillian Koa hardwood floors (which I LOVE), painted the trim, replaced the fixtures–basically updating the entire home. It was beautiful. When it came time to decide whose house we were going to live in, it was a no-brainer. I loved my little house but this house was in a great area and was the perfect place to build our home.
After we got married and moved in together, we ran into a second problem. Blending styles. Here’s what it looked like before I moved in.
Great bones, but not much else. When we got married, I added decorations to his furniture to make it more homey, and needless to say, it was an epic fail. There were decorations, sure. But I didn’t have a vision for the space so I did what a lot of people do–fill up wall space with whatever cute thing I found on sale. It made no sense.
I hated this TV stand and knew I wanted to replace it so I just didn’t do anything on that wall.
When January of this year rolled around, I was done. It was time to start from scratch and make it into the beautiful space I knew it could be. I wanted it to be cozy and inviting, I wanted French Country with touches of Farmhouse, and plenty of pops of color. It took months to pull everything together, but I’m happy to say that IT’S DONE!!! Take a look at my new living room:
The little TV stand is gone! I bought this dresser from my neighbor, painted it, replaced the hardware, and turned it into a media center.
It solved a major problem for us–storage. Now, the kids just throw their toys in the bottom drawer and DVDs and games go in the middle drawers.
I love interior design books, especially vintage ones. It’s so cool to see what the trends of a certain period were and to see what elements are timeless. It seemed fitting to add these to the living room.
It is Well With My Soul is my favorite hymn of all time. Having a piece of my favorite song in the living room is a great feeling. I hung it right by the front door so I see it every time I walk out of the house.
If you follow me on Instagram, you got a sneak peek of this table decor (isn’t the lantern cute?) a couple of weeks ago. This little vignette adds that touch of Farmhouse Chic I wanted without overdoing it.
And last but not least, my favorite part of the living room is our new couch and love seat. Y’all, it is so comfy. And now full of fluffy pillows with my favorite throws right next to it. I’ve never been a fan of winter, but I’m actually looking forward to curling up with my hot chocolate and watching my favorite Hallmark Christmas movies this year.
I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. On Wednesday, I’ll be sharing all of the sources of the decor. What’s your favorite part?