So keeping up with the theme of "progress" in my house, I decided that I should share my living room with you. I am horrible, I repeat, HORRIBLE at taking "before" pictures, so I had to scour my Facebook page to see if I could find any pictures of my living room in the background. This is the best I could come up with (please excuse the decor and the clothing choices, it was our annual ugly Christmas sweater party).
This was actually after we had changed around our living room several times before this. When our house was broken into, my camera and all of my old pictures were stolen. That's probably a good thing, though, so I could spare you from the awful furniture choices and the wall color that resembled a mud puddle.
Anyway, here is a BEFORE:
I hated the layout; you had to walk all the way around the couch and the coffee table to get into the house. Our TV had to be mounted on that wall because that is where the cable hookup was. I wanted to mount it on the opposite wall, and I finally talked Husband into it. So here it is now, with a new layout, new couch, and some other new additions.
It is far from finished, but it's slowly getting there.
Here is another before photo:
And now, from the same angle:
We painted the walls a light gray (which was difficult because this room is two stories tall. Ouch).
I framed a giant vintage map of Paris, and the couch is a Craigslist find (is it even possible to take a flattering picture of a couch? Seriously).
I added this Lack shelf that I found in Ikea's As-Is section for $3.99, and I put a bunch of crap on it. It's scientific, folks.
Now that the TV is mounted on this wall, and I finally have a TV stand that I like (that needs to be painted), I'm debating on painting this half wall a bold pattern.I love my striped hallway so much that I wonder if it's too much to do it again here...
See, it needs something, right?
The rugs are from Ikea, and the side chairs are from Ashley Furniture (which we got with a Groupon for a ridiculously good deal).
Here's what I want to do in the space:
I've been trying to incorporate some pink in the space, and I just found these two pillows that I'm obsessed with. They match my Paris print perfectly!
I can't wait to paint this sucker gold. I already bought the Martha Stewart paint, and now I just need to sit down and do it!
And, as always, Miss Kitty is supervising.
new curtains (they are the same ones I have in my dining room)
paint coffee table
paint TV stand
more wall art
hide TV chords
new loveseat/ bench/ sofette for in front of window
So what do you think of my changes so far? Do you like the lighter and brighter colors, or did you prefer the darker more tan-based colors?