Living Room

Like most families, our living room is the place we spend the most time.  Until our basement is finished, all of Brady’s toys are in here.  One of the first features that drew me to this room when we looked at this house is all the natural light.  The other thing I like is how large the room is.  Here’s the rundown of renovations:  the old carpet was pulled up and the floors were refinished; the mirror and light fixtures above the fireplace were removed and replaced; everything got fresh paint (we went with Benjamin Moore Wedgewood Gray on walls & White Dove on the trim/molding/fireplace/built-ins); windows got wood blinds to let all the natural light in but still provide privacy; new baseboards; and crown molding.  However, the biggest addition to this space is the built-in media cabinets/bookcases.  I wanted to use the space above our fireplace mantel for decor and not a TV so instead Gavin built bookcase/cabinet style built-ins on both sides of the door that leads to our porch (a screened-in porch hopefully one day but that’s another project for another day).  Our television is on a swivel so it can pull out turn on an angle for optimum viewing.  I love how the built-ins turned out and they really add a wow-factor to this room.  Another one of Gavin’s projects was turning an old, reclaimed wood beam into a picture ledge for above our sofa.  I love it!

Here’s some of the before pics:

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After renovation pics:

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Updated the rug 1 year after we moved in to use the other rug in a new space.

 

 

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Entranceway

Like all the rooms in our house, our entranceway is evolving too.  We have some accent pieces there that sort of landed there on moving day and I’ve kept them there for lack of a better option at this point.  I’d like to find a small quatrefoil mirror to hang above the blue accent chest and I’ll probably move the accessories around but you can see how the refinished floors look, as well as how our staircase turned out with the painted risers.  We updated the pendant light and painted the walls Benjamin Moore Stonington Gray.  We also added crown molding which is painted in White Dove (so are the risers).

Hallway before reno

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Old light fixture

Here’s our progress:

Front door

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crown molding