I’m back with another house post!! I know it has been so long, but we have been non-stop lately. Between work, fun events, travel, busy season, Ian’s grad school and also his CPA tests (he passed his second one today!!!!!!!), there just really hasn’t been any time to do house projects, or even keep our house clean enough to take pictures of it haha!
I LOVE our living room. It’s open to the kitchen, it has tall ceilings and it’s open and bright. When we first moved in, the walls in the living room were two different colors – a yellowish beige and a dark plum color. I get what they were trying to do, but it just wasn’t my style at all. We removed all of the popcorn ceilings and painted everything grey, just like the other rooms! This immediately brightened the room which is exactly what I wanted!
We really don’t have that much to do to it because it’s already it really good shape. Everything that we want to do at this point is pretty cosmetic, but here is what we have planned:
Plans & Inspiration:
1. Replace the fan
The current fan is UGLA-Y and doesn’t work. The only thing that is delaying this project is the fact that we have to use scaffolding and I really don’t want to do this ourself.
2. Add marble to the fireplace
I would absolutely love to add a marble surround (is that the correct word?!) to our fireplace. The black that we currently have is just really hard to clean and keep clean and it’s not my favorite since it is dark.
3. Get new furniture
Our couches are beyond comfortable. They were passed down to us from Ian’s parents who had them for a long time before us, so they are worn in and comfy, but I’m just ready for new couches and new side tables, etc. We really need new couches, a new ottoman, MAYBE a coffee table, side tables, lamps, a rug and some new decor. The couch I linked above from Furniture.com would be perfect: we definitely need leather couches because our dogs shed a lot and in my opinion, fabric is just way too hard to clean with two pups and kids in the future. Plus, it just looks so comfortable!
One other thing that I am really looking hard for is a picture on the wall by the chair. It’s a pretty large wall, so it needs to be a good picture & I have a hard time just putting “anything” there – I like for all of my art to be meaningful.
4. Add plantation shutters.
I am just not a fan of blinds, so the options are either to keep these and not be completely happy, or take them off and either add curtains, or plantation shutters. I love the look of plantation shutters and it adds a [small] amount of value to your home, so I think we are going in that direction!
5. Add a dimming feature to the light switch
This isn’t a huge task. It’s pretty easy to do and not expensive, but it also isn’t a priority, so we will see if it gets done! We want to do this throughout the house. It’s a small touch that will update the home a bit.
6. Maybe think about re-doing the floors
Let me be clear by saying that I LOVE the floors we have now. They are laminate wood floors and I never thought I would like them, but I really do. They are easy to maintain and they do not get scratched up like traditional hardwoods do. While I love them, I think that we *might* consider re-doing all of the floors downstairs and putting down traditional hardwoods throughout because it would add value to the home. So, this is still up in the air. It would be a big project to take on, so I think we would only accomplish this IF we stayed in it long enough (which hopefully we will).
That’s my current living room for ya! I hope you enjoyed reading this. Do you have anything specific that you would do to this room?!
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