19 November 2012

House Tour, November 2012 { The Living Room }

First of all, let me preface this by saying that these "after" pictures are more like "in progress" photos, or "after demo" photos. We still have a long way to go before our new house is move-in-ready, but we're feeling very excited about the progress we're making so far!

In the front living room, we started out by stripping the popcorn ceilings and removing the carpet. We planned on stripping the ceilings ourselves, but found a great deal, so ended up having that done professionally. We removed the carpets ourself, with help from our family! Next, we painted the walls and ceiling Benjamin Moore "Timid White" and had crown molding installed. We removed the retro entry light fixture and replaced it with a flush mount crystal one. We also added an overhead light fixture in the living room, but it's been hung since I took these most recent photos, so you'll have to wait to see that until next month. (It's a bit more stylish than the lightbulb you can see hanging in its place.) We have chosen to keep the wrought iron railing in this room, so that will be reattached once the floors are in. It's not everyone's cup of tea, but I like how it divides the entry hall from the sunken living room. And since we are already changing so much about the house, we're making an effort to keep some of the retro details intact. For the floors, we chose a laminate that looks like mahogany. This is a pretty large room, so I have lots of thinking to do regarding furniture layout. Eventually, I'd like the far wall to be covered in bookshelves. The only plan that's set in stone so far is the Christmas tree I can't wait to place right in front of that big window!


(Excuse the ugly drapes that are still hanging in the "after" pictures. Their sliding mechanism is broken so we have them rigged closed until the new window coverings are delivered!) By the time I show you this room again next month, the floors, baseboards, and window coverings should be in place. Thanks for following along with my house tour posts! Any questions or tips are welcome and encouraged! xoxo, bri

Catch up on our house tour here: The Before Pictures


  1. I really like the light fixture you put up in the entry way, it really goes well with the house.

    1. Lauren: Thanks! I love it too! It makes me feel SO relieved that you said it goes well with the house. I've been worried that it's too fancy. Since I have a pretty formal style (and expensive taste, haha), I'm afraid that people will think I'm decorating our modest old house like it's a mansion and that the styles won't match.

  2. Bri, it looks SO GOOD! I love the "little" (okay not so little at all) changes you've made around the room, it's seriously so fantastic. Nice work!

  3. WOW! LOVE IT SO FAR! Love the crown molding...so you :)



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