Before & After: “Slow Decorators” Tackle Their Living Room

published Mar 10, 2016
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When we purchased this home we knew it was going to take a while to make our way through the house, as every room needed work. We started with the first floor so we actually finished construction on the living room over a year ago. However, we’re slow decorators. We like to take our time and find the perfect pieces for the space on Craigslist, thrift stores and flea markets in addition to other retail spaces. The renovation of the second floor as well as the front and back yard the room delayed us even further so it wasn’t quite ‘photo ready.’ Our TV sat on a plastic bin for about 6 months before we found the right console. In fact, we just finished decorating the space a few months ago. Although finished is relative. Decorating is an ongoing process with me and I’m always changing things around. We’re expecting a baby any day now, so I’m already thinking of ways to change the space to fit our new family of three.

The room was adjacent to the kitchen, you can actually see the corner of the old island in the before photo. The placement of the island meant that there just wasn’t a lot of room to move in the space. The big changes to the room where that we sealed up the fireplace, renovated the bar and painted feature walls on the two main walls of the room.

Our contractors had painted the entire space a middle gray but I thought it was a little boring. One night I made a quick decision to turn the living room walls into feature walls by painting them a charcoal color. It was impulsive but definitely the right decision. The walls pull you into the space and make it very cozy. I love the moodiness of the dark gray.

You can see more of Beth’s living room on her blog Food Fashion and Fun.

Thank you, Beth!