When my talented friend Tammy from Pink Peppermint Design asked me to join the Rooms We Love Tour, I knew I had to make it happen! I’ve been so tied up with finishing both bathroom renovations and decorating the nursery that I haven’t had a chance to shoot photos of our living room in awhile.
If you are here from Almafied, welcome and thank you for stopping by! Today I’ll be telling you more about our living room and why we love it so much. Other than the bedroom, we spend the majority of our ordinary lives in this room. Occasionally we host and entertain guests here. I wanted this room to be beautiful, but also functional on a day-to-day basis for our growing family.
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Let me start off by showing you a “Before” shot of what this room looked like when we moved in.
With this same view, you can see that we took down the wall between our living room and kitchen to make it completely open concept. I think it’s had the biggest impact on our home!
We chose this home because of its high vaulted ceilings, skylights, and large windows. The rest of the home needed a lot of updating, but we knew the bones and layout of the home were perfect.
Here is another “Before” shot of our living room from the same view as above. This was the listing photo from the previous owner, NOT our stuff! Since moving in, we switched the furniture layout, refinished the hardwood floors, whitewashed the brick fireplace, and added the shiplap feature wall.
Ideally, I’d love to arrange our living room with two sofas facing each other and two accent chairs; however, that just wouldn’t work for our family. A sectional gives my husband & I enough space to cuddle and watch movies next to each other which we do often. Our sectional is from Lovesac and all of the pieces are configurable. When guests are coming over, we arrange the sectional as pictured, but on a day-to-day basis, we keep four pieces together that make one large lounger.
While I’d prefer a white or light tan sectional, I know that with dark gray I don’t have to constantly worry about ruining it. We are now entering a phase with young children so I think I will wait a few years before going any lighter. Instead, I’ve added bright, gorgeous pillows that I can switch out at any time.
One day I want to add some tall, dramatic drapes to our windows. However, we have quite a few windows so I’ve put it off due to the high cost. Since our house backs up to the woods, privacy is not an issue. I also don’t want to hinder any natural light so even if I add them I’ll never actually close them.
I love our shiplap wall today as much as the first day it was installed. We needed to dress up these 14-foot walls! This shiplap has a bright, modern feel than a rustic, farmhouse feel.
If you’ve been wondering about the giant palm tree in front of the window, it’s only there during the winter. Maryland temperatures reach below freezing so we have to in order to keep them alive until spring and summer. Once it starts to warm up, we move them back outside to surround our pool.
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You won’t believe how far our living room has come. Here was our original furniture and decor when we first moved in!