Friday, June 1, 2012

Living Room: Before...

I'm linking up with Kelly's Korner and her Show Us Your Life post today. I had hoped by the time that she started on our homes again ours would be "finished." I know that realistically we're never really done with home re-dos though, are we? Ha! In the interest of full-disclosure, here is our "before."

Currently, we're in a state of re-do in our living room/den. This is the main room that you see when you walk into our home and is also where we spend the majority of our time. We moved into our home almost four years ago - just a few weeks after we got married. We were trying to mesh two lives of "stuff." We also have lots and lots (and lots and lots) of hand-me-down furniture and it's been a challenge to make everything go together. And then, seven months after we got married, we found out we were expecting James so our decorating got put on hold while we paid for diapers. :)

One of my high school besties, Bess, is coming to the rescue now. I emailed her a BUNCH of pictures a few weeks ago and she's guiding me through what I should put where. Bess is an interior designer in Seaside, Florida. She works with a design firm that has just completed parts of their second (right?) Southern Living Idea House! First in Texas, this one is in Georgia and I plan to make a trip over there sometime this year to see it!

I thought I'd share with you our "before" and a little bit about what we're trying to accomplish. Please don't judge me by it's before state. :)

The "toy shelf." :) Drapes on the window, something above the shelf on the wall, a lamp, a little help with what to put on top of the shelf.

Fireplace. Drapes on the windows, sconces on the wall outside of the television, stage the mantle, hide the cords.

The other side of the fireplace. Drapes, stage the top of the media cabinet.

I've had this dresser in our den forever and I LOVE it, but it needs help as well. Keeping the lamp and probably all of the stuff on top but I'll either put art or a mirror on the wall above it.

The view from the front door. I am not a fan of our furniture, but it's here in the meantime. Working around it.

Putting a round table with a cloth here. And a lamp.

Gallery wall above the sofa. Maybe changing out the pillows. Maybe just adding more pillows.

And there you have it! Our empty, not-yet-warm, living room/den. Hopefully by the end of the summer it will look a LOT different!


Brandie said...

Love your big star!

Natasha said...

Isn't it fun to dream about spaces we want changed?

twinkietotmom said...

Love that green dresser! Such a gorgeous color!