Mar 27, 2013

A Living Room's Progress

Today is the first time I will share a part of my home with you! And why not start in the living room? It's the first thing you see when you enter our home, so I thought it appropriate.

This isn't the main reveal since there are still some things left to be checked off on my to do list for this room, but rather a post about it's progress. And you will have to excuse my before pictures; I wasn't blogging at the time so I had to find any pictures that showed my home. As you can see, the one's I found happened to show the messy side of my home!

So, welcome to my home! Relax and enjoy the progress!

This is pretty much what the house looked like for almost 3 years: white walls, no wall art and failed to translate any sense of style or who we are as a family.

Finally, we got around to painting the walls a light blue color, Behr's River Rock in Satin to be exact:

This is the rug we had for the past year or so. It's very pretty but wasn't working with the fresh, light and relaxed style I was slowly starting to develop.

So we got rid of the rug, changed some of the decor, added a little wall art (still have a long way to go with that) and this is what the living room looked like while waiting for the new rug to arrive:

The grey pillows are from my No Sew Pillow Covers tutorial, you can check that out here.

And then....the rug finally arrived! It was perfect! Just what this room needed!

You could barely tell from these photos, but I spray painted cream stripes on my wheat colored curtains to lighten them up and add a bit of interest to them.

I switched the old lamp for this fun and modern one (I bought the lampshade on sale at Target for $7 and used a lamp stand I already had!) It looks so much better than the gold lampshade that was previously there! It's also better displayed now that it stands on top of a few books, rather than behind them (small changes really do make a big difference!)

You can see how I created the wall art next to the television here.

Oh, and I should totally get Blogger of the Year Award for not taking the time to hide all those cords under the T.V. stand or behind the basket.
 Things left on to do list for the living room:
1. Build 2 ledges for a gallery wall behind the loveseat
2. Figure out what to do with the wall behind the T.V., any suggestions?
3. Add a throw to the sofa's to lighten them up a bit
4. Paint the entry door either grey or black to add more interest
5. Paint the tile around the fireplace white..right now it just sorta blends in with the curtains.
6. Update a few decor items
7. Incorporate more yellow (my accent color) to some of my pillows.
8. Add crown molding (which will be tricky since we have angled ceilings)
9. Coffee table/Ottoman
10. I'm sure I will think up more things to add in the process of finishing things up!

This space has sure come a long way and I'm very satisfied with the overall feel it is taking! A home should reflect who lives in it and this one is slowly beginning to reflect this little family!

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Laurie @ Stylin Savanna said...

those updates made a big difference! I love it! and I have that same lamp shade in my office:)

Jai said...

Looks great! I've actually started an Evernote notebook for the rooms in the house that I need to decorate this spring. Great job! I just repainted my dining room a very light blue as well. ;)

Jenna said...

The progress is definitely looking great! Love that yellow lampshade! And the wall color is great!

Jenna @ Rain on a Tin Roof

Cristina Garay said...

It's looking really good! It's amazing how small changes make such a difference! I love the new wall color, the rug, and that pretty lampshade!
Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Cristina@Remodelando la Casa

Ashley said...

I agree with everyone else that it's looking really good. I love the paint color, and the sofa's! The lamp is cute too.

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Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Laurie! Yes they do! I guess we're lampshade twins:)

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks Jai! I love light blue on calming!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi Jenna!! Thank you! The lamp and the rug are my favorite additions to the living room thus far!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Cristina! I loved you space as well!!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Ashley!

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Hi, thanks! Okay will do!

Unknown said...

Your rug choice made all the difference. It looks great.

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thank you, Kellie! A nice rug is always a plus to any room!

Unknown said...

Hi Selene! Those few changes have made a huge impact on the room! Looks great! Have you considered hanging the tv above the fireplace and adding some kind of sideboard type furniture where the tv stand is now?

Selene @ Restoration Beauty said...

Thanks, Rosy!! Actually, I almost did that but figured it was a little too high for our heads to be looking up to. But I do love that look!

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