Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Living Room Updates & DIY Art

Hey guys! I don't think I've ever shared any in-progress pics of the living room on the blog.  If you recall, the entire living room, dining area, and kitchen are all open to one another now since we knocked down the wall.  We've still got a lot to do, like hang art and get new lighting along with order new drapery but at least the living space is pretty complete.

To refresh your memory, here's what we started with:



Directly to the right of the living space was this:



One of the very first things we did was tear down that wall, paint over that yellow, and replace the carpeting and tile with hardwood floors. 


The photos below were taken after the primer had been painted.  While I'm a major fan of brass being back, those light fixtures are on their way out soon.  Since the wall is no longer up the location of them don't make sense so we are waiting til we can hire an electrician to insert a new box for a light, almost in the middle of these two, and close off the other ones. 



We chose a 5" handscraped hardwood and so far I am loving them.  It is so true though, what people say, they absolutely show more dirt and dust than I ever imagined.  I've become best friends with my swiffer, vacuum, and newly purchased Bona cleaning system.

All of that takes us to where we are now.  Still trying to figure out how to decorate a house with more space, more windows, and taller ceilings! I don't have it figured out just yet, but it's coming along.


The green chair and TV stand were recent craigslist scores [since our buyers asked demanded we leave our old TV stand] and the drapery is from Halfpricedrapes.com.  I spray painted the curtain rods gold and reused Theron's rug from his room in the first house for this room.

I wish I would have taken better pics of the coffee table because that's a recent Joss and Main find! I was on the hunt for a round tufted ottoman and couldn't find a thing in my price range. Randomly I spotted this round option [that had the right dimensions] with nailhead detailing and made it mine for around $200.  I wasn't expecting it to be vinyl [it may have mentioned it in its description, but I could have missed it] so I was kinda bummed when it got here but now I love it.  You probably know why, too! With sticky toddler fingerprints it definitely cleans up very nicely.


The painting above the fireplace was an original done by yours truly. Haha.  I'll have to post the details behind that experience.  I had not a clue as to what I was doing.  But I honestly loved how it turned out!



The mantel styling was done in about a minute--no joke--with the stuff that I had on the sofa table.  I don't hate it but it wasn't really that thoughtful.  I do LOVE that gold bird cage/whater-you-want-to-call-it beaut.  She was a Goodwill find at the beginning of the school year and I'm so happy I didn't pass it up!


As the room evolves I will be sure to bring you guys along.  Thanks for stopping by today.

xoxo

17 comments:

Heidi said...

Just the transformation away from that yellow is amazing. Love the hardwood floors - did you put them in yourself or have someone else install them?

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Caitlin @ Desert Domicile said...

Your living room is gorgeous, Joi! I love the gold curtains rods and your DIY painting. Can't wait to see how you made it!

LifeBegins@Thirty said...

Lady - you are GOOD!! First up - when I was reading your post, my mouth literally fell open when I saw how it looked with the hardwood floor. OMG. And you are getting a new kitchen? HOLY MOLY!

PS - your family room looks more put together than mine and I've had mine for 4 years. EEK!

Great job - I love that it is eclectic without being overly cluttered or over the top.

Can you tell I'm a huge fan?

Freckles Chick said...

You didn't like the mustard walls?!

That painting's awesome--you keep surprising us w/ your hidden talents! Love love love all the elements. You always make it look so effortless! You're making me want to paint our walls white!!!

Aja said...

Holy smokes! It looks so good, Joi!! Taking down that wall made such a difference. I love your stamp on the place- cant wait to see more!

Kristen said...

but why would you get rid of the 'family' quote over the mantel? hah! just kidding. it looks great in there! we're in the same boat- bigger house, taller ceilings, etc etc. it's hard to be patient and figure out what to do with everything! i wanted everything decorated yesterday!

Christina Yeager said...

This is beautiful!!! You guys did such a fabulous job. I do have two questions for you:
-What white paint did you use? (I am thinking about repainting my living room white, from dark grey)
And
-Can I commision you to paint artwork for my living room? Ha!
I absolutely love your art; you are so talented.
Keep up the beautiful work!

Christina said...

Huzzah to tearing down that wall!! Sometimes I secretly miss carpet because of all the sweeping and cleaning hardwood floors need.

Katrina@ChicLittleHouse said...

The living room looks fantastic & I love that green chair :) Thanks for a new drapery source!!

Mandy Ford said...

Joi! It is BEAUTIFUL! I absolutely love how everything pops against the white walls. You've inspired me friend!

Anonymous said...

Joi, what a beautiful difference! I love the space since the wall is down! One question though. Why did you paint quarter round trim around the hearth and the floor white? Wouldn't it look better stained the same color as the floor as to not make it so visually noticeable? It could be personal preference...and I respect that. Just wondering.

Myssie Pillers said...

I L.O.V.E. your drapery rods!! The entire room looks amazing. I absolutely love everything about it!

Jeromy Keller said...

Joi, I always find your styling to be purposeful and inspirational! Keep up the good work!

jeromy
www.pathofcharacter.com

CK Destination Wedding said...

LOVE it all! Can you please tell us which curtains you purchased? THANKS!

Kim @ NewlyWoodwards said...

This looks awesome! I love the gold curtain rods and those dark curtains. Girl, you always do the coolest things - and things that are so unique. Love it.

AviLynn said...

I always refer back to your posts for inspiration. I could not be more in love with your style. Your mix of bold colors & patterns look effortless. You have an amazing blog here. Please keep up the good work. :)

Anonymous said...

Your floors are GORGEOUS! Do you happen to recall where you purchased them & what the brand was? I absolutely love the color!!

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