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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Living Room Before and After

What's that I hear you say?  You want to see ten thousand pictures of my living room?  Oh sure!! 
So last night Michael had to go out with some of the guys from the Prague office that are in town for the week.  He was the designated driver for three Czechs so, needless to say, it was a long night.  So I put the kids to bed and finished up ironing and hanging my curtains.

What's more fun than hanging 12 foot curtains, you ask?  Anything...anything at all.  Nail in the eye?  Yes.  IBS?  Probably.  Screaming children?  Absolutely. 

I was up until 1AM and am a moody mess this morning, but it was worth it. 
So just to refresh your memory, here are my BEFORE pictures. "living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"Oh the potential."living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"This was after I unpacked the living room.  The rest of the house was in boxes, but I was just happy to have one room semi set up.  I was uncertain about it, but I was testing the water. 
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"Painting it made a huge difference.
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"So I showed that “unpacked” picture to a designer, and he told me that  I needed for the TV to be the main focal point since the furniture would face it.  So I started shopping. 

I had a vision in my head of the feel I wanted.  I like pretty floraly and paisley patterns, and I’m in love with nail head finished furniture. 

This is a leather front cabinet on my Hooker TV stand.  As soon as I saw it, I knew it was the one.  Love at first sight.  I definitely think you should feel that way about big purchases.  It shouldn’t just work; you should swoon over it.
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"This is the Lilianna chair from Pier 1.  I had a 20% off coupon for my entire purchase.  Holla!  That pattern is so perfect to me.


"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"And hello, this one is called the Annie Chair.  How could I not get that?  Yes, please, I’ll add that to my 20% off savings.
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"Pier 1 also had this gorgeous couch with nail head trim that was exactly perfect.  20% off…yes, please. 
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"Hi Mr. Craig’s List guy that has an awesome house and whose wife wants all new furniture but already has really cool stuff.  Why yes, I’ll take this chair that’s exactly what I’m looking for for dirt cheap.
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"Do I want to buy $1 fabric samples from JoAnn’s to make awesome pillows out of?  Uh, yeah, kids!  Yeah, I do.  But will they take me more than 15 minutes to make?  No?  Hot damn!
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"So before I show you the big reveal, let me give you a small disclaimer.  The TV is not wall-mounted, but we do plan on doing that once we buy a larger TV.  And then after we do that we’ll put some art on the wall around it to finish out the room.  AND I’m getting a fireplace screen – I just forgot about that until this very moment, and I totally wouldn’t have written this blog post if I would have remembered.  Crap.  So here it goes…
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"

IMG_3079I normally don’t like when the curtains puddle onto the floor just because it makes vacuuming harder, but I didn’t put the rods high enough, so it ended up puddling, and I love it!  Plus, I don’t want to climb onto an extension ladder again for a long, long time. 
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"I’m also going to make this round thing into a proper ottoman by putting  a cushion on top.  And  you know it’s impossible to keep anything on a coffee table when you have kids around.  I could have staged something just for the picture, but I didn’t think of it.  Smile with tongue out
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"I had to decide between this table on the wall or a sofa table behind the sofa, and this worked better.  The couch was too close to wall to have a sofa table.
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"See what I mean about the TV.  I definitely needs a larger TV, art, and wall mounting.  I’ll do another reveal after I do that, but it will be a while. 
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"That little corner table was going to have a lamp on it, but until Isaac gets to be a little older that will stay barren. 
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"I love my crazy staircase.  I keep picturing it with garland all over it for Christmas.
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"Okay, one last time….
BEFORE:
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture", "new house", "decorating a new house"AFTER:
"living room reveal", "living room furniture", "high ceiling room", "tall curtains", "extra long curtains", "new furniture", "furnishing a new house", "two focal point living room", "arranging furniture"
Honest opinions…go!  (Just be nice.)



Thrifty Decor Chick

30 comments :

  1. Oh my goodness, oh my goodness!! Annie, it's beautiful!! What a grand, open space that you managed to make feel so cozy and inviting! The colors are amazing, the curtains.... Awesome! Love it all!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Carmella! It feels good to get a comment like that after putting so much work into it. :)

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  2. Lovely!! Can't believe you have already gotten so much done! Can you come decorate my house???

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    1. Haha, I've been doing little else. I'm ready to be bored again!

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  3. It's lovely! you did a great job. I love the curtains, Michael's silly. AndI'll be trying to make some pillows of my own. :)Kandice

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    1. Pillows are so stupidly expensive! Even just for the plain ones. JoAnn's in the Highlands still had those dollar samples last week. ;)

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    2. Oh, and I just covered my old pillows that I didn't like anymore.

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    1. Thanks, Katie! You're the one who gave me the courage to puddle my drapes. Haha. Thanks!

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  5. Beautiful! What a transformation!

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    1. Thanks, Mandy! Anything at all would have been an improvement, haha, but I'm glad people like it. It's a work in progress, as homes usually are.

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  6. I totally want to move into your living room. The colors are amazing and the smattering of darker pieces help keep it from being overly feminine. It looks light, airy, and, most imporantly, comfortable to live in.

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    1. Ooh, your description makes me like the room even more! Thanks for the comment; you're welcome here anytime! ;)

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  7. Awesome!!! I puddled the antique lace curtains that hides my ugly shower door and it looks so vintage and cozy. Your living room is beautiful and I love the crazy pic o f the staircase :)

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  8. Awesome!!! I puddled the antique lace curtains that hides my ugly shower door and it looks so vintage and cozy. Your living room is beautiful and I love the crazy pic o f the staircase :)

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  9. Awesome!!! I puddled the antique lace curtains that hides my ugly shower door and it looks so vintage and cozy. Your living room is beautiful and I love the crazy pic o f the staircase :)

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  10. Annie it looks so great absolutely love the colors, I struggle with being to neutral. Are you planning on doing a painting with these colors for the room? If so can't wait to see it. Very impressed!

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    1. I don't know about that; it's a good idea, but I just wish I was a better artist! I might have to leave it to the professionals. ;)

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  11. I am loving the colors you picked. It has turned from a cold space to warm and cozy. Great Job

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    1. Thanks! That was the goal, so I'm glad it comes across. :)

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  12. That looks really awesome Annie! Very impressive! You can come do my house anytime ;)

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  13. Beautiful! Your such an awesome decorator, I knew it would turn out lovely. Oh, and I cant wait to see the house st Christmas time.

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  14. Aunt Linda just called me and pointed out the best accessory you have in the living room--in picture #13 down from the top is little Isaac in his diaper drinking a cup. Now we maintain that we could all have a cozy, homey living room if we had a sweet, sweet little boy to accessorize. Love the room and you too. Mimi

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  15. I love what you did and the curtsins, puddle and all,look great! I too look foward to seeing the banister all festive with your garland. Cobgrats !

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  16. Holy Moly ANNIE! This looks INCREDIBLE! I love everything about it! You have such talent! Why am I not surprised at all?? It looks so refreshing... inviting... cozy... sophisticated... I want to come sit on those couches with you for some girl talk and afternoon tea!

    What a lovely transformation! I am drooling!

    Great job!

    Hope you're loving the new place... and the newness of living in a new place.. ;)

    Love it!

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  17. How has your Pier One sofa held up? Are the cushions sagging at all? Does it get used much? I am considering the same sofa but it would be the only sofa in our small home. Thanks!

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  18. How has the Pier One sofa held up? Are the cushions still fluffy? Do you considered it sturdy and well built or more as a looky? I am considering the same sofa but it would be the only sofa in our small home. Thanks!

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  19. How has your Pier One sofa held up? Are the cushions sagging at all? Does it get used much? I am considering the same sofa but it would be the only sofa in our small home. Thanks!

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    1. I'd say it's a five year sofa. You get what you pay for, but it sure it cute.

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