Friday, December 14, 2018

The Living Room


I should be blogging about our Christmas decor.  Except we don't have anything yet!
Instead, I'm just going to share our new living room since it's one of the few rooms that feels done.

Luckily, when we moved in, our furniture fit perfectly.
There wasn't much to do here but paint the walls a neutral cream that matched the existing woodwork like I did in the dining room.

Here is the before photo.  
Thank goodness, the floor is in really good shape. although I did have it buffed and a new coat of polyurethane was added.

I considered having bookshelves custom built on either side of the fireplace, mainly because there were built-ins originally, based on the floor patch.

Instead, I ordered two matching bookcases from Restoration Hardware.

We have so many books, so these were clearly a necessity!
I had fun organizing our books and staging the cabinets with favorites objects.

The fireplace mantel is a work in progress.
I had the electrician install the sconces because this room needs all the light it can get.

I can't quite commit to hanging the paintings yet.

This room is constantly evolving.
Adding books, candles, pillows, as well as rearranging here and there.

Here is the room right after we moved in....

....here it is now.  
I just keep layering!
So glad I saved the draperies from the San Francisco house as they work perfectly in both the living and dining room.

We actually use this room!  It's cozy and that's what we like.
What's next?
I'm currently working on converting the fireplace to gas so we can sit in here by the fire during the winter months.

Hopefully, I'll get around to decking the halls before Christmas!


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14 comments:

Sarah said...

Delores, your new living room looks like a spot to relax and enjoy some quality time. I love the cozy feel, and gas logs are a must in my mind. We love sitting by the fire, reading or just visiting. Thanks for sharing this process. It's fun!

Gina said...

Dear Delores,
Your living room looks wonderful. Instead of a painting above the fireplace have you thought of hanging a large mirror instead. It would add glamour and light to the space.

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

What a cozy looking room! I love all of your layering.

Judy B said...

I love these bookcases instead of built-ins. Such a cozy, comfortable room!

Deborah said...

I love everything about this room!

Judy said...

This is so my style. Comfort and beauty.

Maria C said...

Beautiful, Dolores! It’s like it’s been here forever, and yet, it looks fresh! Did you always have that black console table? I don’t remember seeing it before. Must go back and look. The lamps on the console table are so beautiful! Wonderful job, as always!

Karen said...

This is lovely and so inviting. You always do "inviting and pretty" well, in all of your houses. I'm so happy you're posting again and its always fun to see your progress with each room. I love your style.
Karen

Unknown said...

Beautiful once again! So glad to see you posting again. We have also done the multiple move thing in the last three years and have also come home to roost. At the moment, the roost is an apartment but hopefully will be in a house soon. Merry Christmas!

Btw, I have no earthly idea whose email is showing up for me below. I am jacki_ste@msn.com if it matters.

ruggedcharms said...

It makes me happy to see your beautiful homes, in particular when I have something similar to an accessory or piece of furniture that you have used -your taste is exquisite and for me that validates some of my choices!

gme said...

As is everything you do, this room is so pretty. Fresh and modern but still warm and inviting.

Gina said...

Love the bookcases. I wish I had done that too instead of having them custom made and built into the wall. Now that we are planning to move, I wish I could take them with me!

Terri~terrileeauthor said...

Just makes mb e want to cozy up on the couch. You've got the magic touch.

liparifam said...

This is perfect - perfect, I tell you! I could happily move right in. I thought the two paintings sitting on the mantel was a deliberate design choice and I love them that way :) Would you mind sharing where you got the sconces? Right now I have candle sconces on each side of mine, but Am thinking of installing wired ones.
Also, I would love to know your wall paint color...

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