I have to say that not only have I been really busy working on my living room design (as well as some major changes to the kitchen), I really haven’t given you a sneak peek into some of the plans I have for our living room. A few weeks back I showed you a bit of a viewing of the customized bookshelves we made, and how they have been so popular with our children.
Our living room is I would say 85% complete and when it’s all finished I will get it professionally photographed for you to see the final product. I’m excited to get it styled up for its big day for the big reveal. My favorite time of a photoshoot is the styling end of things make me giddy like a school girl.
The main opportunity to transform this living room space came from the lack of presence from our mantel. It was bleak, boring and truly dated I must say.
Last year I made a change to it just before Christmas, just to make do till the opportunity arose to finally complete the fireplace mantel. This is the before picture of the mantel when we first bought the house.
Then in December of last year I decided to take a few hours and paint the mantel white. Why not? I already had the paint anyways…. It turned out like this…
This is has been a great change, but bringing the space together properly needed some more work. A lot more work. That’s where Darryl my handy-dandy husband comes in. My favorite part. This is how it works with us. I dream up plans and designs and he tells me if it will work. IF it doesn’t then we move on to plan B. Luckily for me, the plans I had for the design of the fireplace would work and did work. Tell me what you think?
Yesterday the sun was shinning through my windows and it was the perfect time for me to get some shots of the mantel. This is the most I will show you for now, and I am so happy with the progress of the room so far. The basic plan was to rid our living room of the storage cabinet that used to house our T.V and existing speakers, Movies and Music. Darryl built a little cove for the T.v to hang in, but in my original plans I really wanted to be able to cover the flat screen with a piece of art, etc. The Vent pipes were in our way so we were not able to go back as far as we originally wanted to. I am happy with the over all feel of this side of the room. It is calm, uncluttered, sophisticated, and rich in a variety of textures.
Will show you more later. Have a fantastic day!