If you missed a tour of my new kitchen earlier this week, you can catch it HERE. In today’s post, I’m going to take you on a tour of the living room. We’ve had some debate about what to call this room – the living room or the family room. I think we’ve settled on the living room and the family room is downstairs. You know how room names morph. In our last house we had “the little bathroom” and we just all knew which one that was (even though they were all little!) We’ll see if that name sticks, but let’s go with it for now.
Here’s the living room…
Since this room is open to the kitchen and “eating area” (breakfast nook that’s not really a nook), it will be a prime spot for entertaining and hanging out. It needs to be comfortable, but it’s visible from the foyer, so I want it to be pretty, too.
As you can see, the light is amazing. That big window allows the light to flood in through most of the day. The morning light is the best, but I didn’t get around to snapping these pictures until later in the afternoon. It’s still pretty light, though.
I love that our view is of a huge maple in our backyard. I am not looking forward to raking all of those leaves, but it’s so peaceful to look at.
I positioned our sectional (from Ashley Furniture) in this room, so we would have lots of comfy seating and I like that it’s lighter in color, so it doesn’t look heavy. We actually had another single seat to make the sectional longer, but it was destroyed in the move. The lampshade survived, but not the armless chair.
It would’ve centered the sofa under the window, but it also would’ve made things tight in the corner by the built-ins, so it was for the best. If something was going to be destroyed, that was a good victim.
I piled on pillows from my last house and I love the combination of the fabrics. I sort of threw on the ones I unpacked first and I think I’m going to keep them this way.
Since I sold all of my coffee tables, we’re using a little foot stool for now. It’s a little too small, so I’m on the lookout for something that will be the right style and size.
Next to the sectional, I put a small side table I bought to sell at Lucketts, but I ended up keeping it myself! I love how it fits in that spot.
Everyone has spent time curled up on this sofa throughout the day, even Sebastian. It’s a very inviting space.
Here is a view of the room from the kitchen…
I cleaned up the shelves and filled them with some of the ironstone I have unpacked. They aren’t going to stay like this, but it’s at least clean and organized! I will adjust the shelves, so they are all even and plan to paint the built-ins white. I would also like to add one shelf to the TV cubby on the left. We are not planning to put a TV in this room. I miss it a little bit at night, but it’s been nice to have quiet up here when the TV is on downstairs. It also forces us to be more intentional about when we watch TV.
I will also be adding functional curtains for privacy and light control.
Behind the sofa, I added an antique bench and a splint basket filled with quilts.
The sectional does throw the symmetry of the room off, which bugs me a little, but because of the traffic path, the arrangement would have to be off-center, anyway. I think the asymmetry lends a relaxed feel to the room, too.
I think I’m going to hang the antique wall-hung bird cage on this wall…
I set it on a stool for now, just to get a visual idea of how it would look.
On the other side of the room, I put an antique white hutch…
Of course, I’ll fill it with more ironstone!
I am itching to paint this room. Can you believe that I have been in this house for a week and I haven’t painted anything? Jeff is wondering what happened to his wife! Some patient person who takes her time picking paint colors has taken her place.
I’ve really wanted to paint, but I didn’t want to rush my decisions. And, my parents and brother are coming into town next week, so I’m waiting until I have more help! My mom has been watching my progress and told me today to make sure I leave some work for them to do. I told them that was no problem. There is plenty of work to go around!
So, speaking of paint, I did hit my local Benjamin Moore paint store and bought a few things – primer, trim paint, paint for the front door, and a sample pot of paint for the family room. The sample I picked was Wickham Gray and I cracked it open in no time to paint a couple of swatches in the room…
I wanted to make sure the color worked with Eulalie and would be a nice backdrop for ironstone. It’s similar to the color in my last family room, Glass Slipper, but it has more gray in it, which I like. I painted a swatch in a couple of places, so I could watch how it changed in the light.
I will also be painting the trim bright white, I’m sorry to say. First of all, it’s just so much trim to paint! Second, it has a beautiful finish currently. It’s the original sprayed finish and it doesn’t even have a hint of a brush stroke or drip. The problem is that it’s off-off-white. In the kitchen, it’s almost beige. I’m just a sucker for bright white trim, so I don’t think there’s anyway around it, especially if I’m painting the cabinets white, too.
I am planning on leaving the carpet. Jeff and the boys have wanted carpeting for years and, even though it’s not quite as photogenic as wood, it’s very comfortable under foot. This one does look nice and is in good condition, so it doesn’t bother me like I thought it might.
I am also going to leave the granite around the fireplace. It’s not what I would’ve picked, but it’s neutral enough that I don’t feel like it’s a priority to change it out. I might make an insert to cover it or something, but we’ll see.
And, we are going to be changing out all of the light switches, outlets, and plates in the entire house. Whew! I know it’s going to be a total pain to do it, but we will be glad we did. The switches are all currently cream/beige and some of them are very dingy and pretty impossible to clean. New switches and outlets aren’t flashy, but they will be a little detail that makes a big difference.
More of the house and details on my progress and plans to come…