Saturday, September 30, 2017

Partial Living Room Progress

Thanks so much for stopping by tonight to check on our living room progress! If you're just getting caught up you can read all about what lead up to our living room demo [here]. We're still not 100% finished but we've finally gotten close enough to slow down a bit. We still need to put up a mantle and finish out the area around the mantle. We widened the entry way into the kitchen from the living room and need to trim that up. We're planning to install a new front door which will be black and have lots of windows. Not to mention, I have about 100 more decor projects to finish (story of my life, right?)...

I won't bore you with the rest of my ideas but the other half of the room needs basically everything. I'm working with a really awkward layout and spent all my living room monies on the pine beadboard walls, ha!..which I would like to toot my own horn for a second and announce to the world that installed 90% of those walls all on my own!! I also trimmed out the bookshelf, doors, windows (interior and exterior), did most of the crown molding, and baseboards. Where is my muscle emoji when I need it?? Because I really need it right now..

So while you're scrolling through this post and think to yourself, ''Wow, that window trim is quite lovely!'' THIS GIRL. 

If you happen to think to yourself ''I sure to love the trim around that bookshelf!'' THIS GIRL.

If you're looking at those baseboards thinking ''Wow! Whoever installed those sure has some talent!'' THIS GIRL.

If you look closely, you'll spot 2 of our pups napping on the back of the couch. I didn't have the heart to make them move, haha. We've had our new sectional for about 3 weeks and they LOVE it (so do mom and dad). At most times of the day, you'll find them hanging out up there taking naps and guarding the yard.

Anyway, I found the linen and grey pillows while shopping for a rug but unfortunately they didn't have any M's left in that color combo. So I settled on ''A'' and ''J'' for Audra and James :)

I'm going to paint the lamps with burlap shades black and I'm not too happy with the placement of my mantle/shelf. I'm thinking about moving it to the other wall or lowering it a couple of inches and switching the decor up a bit. Maybe clock over the mantle and art over the sofa...?? I really wanted to use the mantle in the living room and those are the only 2 walls it will fit on. Anywho.., I'm not completely loving it yet but that mantle is suuuuper heavy and I'm putting off moving that sucker as long as I can stand it.

How do you like my simple Fall decor? I did hang my Fall wreath on the front door but this is about as good as it's going to get around here this year. I found $2.98 bags of pumpkins and things at Wal-Mart while I was grocery shopping and you'll never guess where the cotton came from....Hobby Lobby!! Wham-bam, Fall decor finished!

On a whim, I decided to paint the built-in charcoal instead of white. I consulted with my Facebook peeps who mostly agreed. So, off I went to Sherwin Williams to grab my go-to charcoal- Urbane Bronze. By the way, if you'd like to chime in on my future color/ design decisions, be sure to follow me on Facebook!! I often consult with any open mind when I'm in a pickle :)

I had almost everything I own in our living room last night trying to get this bookshelf styled. I didn't have much of a plan when I started but I was trying to use mostly whites and muted colors. Turns out, some of our most special things all came together perfectly. 

I feel like the room is a little ''heavy'' on the bookcase side so I'm still working to balance the room and tie everything together but I'm super happy with my decision to go dark on the bookcase and wanted to show y'all our progress so far. I will share as soon as I have more :)

For reference, here's a before of this side of the room.. this was just before we started ripping the walls out. We replaced the walls, ceiling, all trim, and both windows. You can read a little about that [here]. You can also see our awkward front door that opens up right into the middle of the living room. No entry way. We almost decided to move the front door completely but decided to work with it. We're going to get a completely different door and also switch the way it opens.

As always, thanks for reading! 

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