4.02.2010

Our Living Room - Before and After

Once upon a time our living room looked like this. 

Once upon a time being before we purchased it. 
Here is another look at how the previous owners decked out the living room:


The day we got the keys to the house we tore up that carpet and a few months later this is what the living room looked liked:


And the other angle


(Sorry, don't know why the quality is so bad on this one!) 

We bought the floors from Lumber Liquidators and Paul lay the hardwood floors himself and can I just say I am SO proud of him for figuring it out and doing it all himself?!?! 

When I saw Sarah was offering consultations I immediately signed up for it and (eventually got around to!) sending her an email with pictures and some ideas we had. 

We didn't really have a clue what we were doing and Sarah's suggestions were so helpful in giving us a direction! I'm not sure if her style has changed but it was so perfect for us - a numbered list of ideas for where things could go in the room, pieces we could add and ideas for decorating. I got her rates at a steal of $10 a consult and they've since gone up to $40 - still a great deal if you're looking for some personal insight for your decorating needs!

Our room is still not totally finished but it is close enough that I am ready to share pictures! 


This is  our room now and here it is from the other direction:


As you can see from the picture the couches are so new the tags haven't been cut off yet! 

We purchased the couches from a local store but they are Ashley brand couches. 


The cushions are a tad wrinkled as moments before this picture was taken two little boys were cuddling on it :) The cushions are all reversible - LOVE that! But our absolute favorite part about the couches is the back of them: 


We  knew we'd be floating at least one of them in the middle of the room and wanted to be sure the back of the couch was attractive to look at. We looked at TONS of couches - it is quite rare for a couch to be attractive from the back! 

We opted to go with two love seats instead of the traditional love seat and sofa. We haven't regretted the decision at all.

We picked out the curtains from Tuesday Morning. I will eventually get a thicker curtain rod as the current one is somewhat dwarfed by the curtains, but that is a down the road project.


I picked up these shelves at a yard sale last year for $10 each. They were the most horrid salmon color, but with built in lights I saw the potential and bought them both. We are avid game players and decided to display some of our games on these shelves.



This side table was $1 at a yard sale. It was brown so I painted it a couple shades darker than our walls, which doesn't really show up in the pictures. The drawers were broken and I have been putting off fixing them. We plan on adding more black framed photographs to this wall.





The final piece to our room is this beautiful piano we picked up at a yard sale last summer.  It fits perfectly in this space!



It's hard to believe that these two rooms were the same space!!


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8 comments:

Corinne said...

I love the shelves! I'm a sucker for wood painted white, just love the brightness it adds. You guys did a great job!

Brittany said...

looks great! i love before & afters.

Rachel said...

Very Stylish! :)I LOVE the piano! I can't believe you got it from a yardsale.

Jessica said...

So beautiful! I'm completely enamored by those floors. They get me drooling every time I see them. Yum.

thedomesticfringe said...

It looks good. I love the floors and really like how you mixed the dark leather furniture with the white painted furniture.

-FringeGirl

Emily {Frilly Details} said...

Love the new look of your living room! That floor is amazing.

Sarah @ Thrifty Decor Chick said...

Jessica!! You did SUCH a great job!! I am still drooling over those floors -- with that wall color it's just gorgeous. I am so jealous of thos bookcases too -- what a find and they turned out beautifully.
It's such a warm, pretty space. You guys did awesome!

Renee said...

Wow, this is so beautiful! You guys did an excellent job!

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