Making The Living Room More Livable

I’ve been on a picture taking binge lately so I thought I would go ahead and share the updates I’ve made to our tv and living rooms as part of the house tour.  They run together as one big room so doing them together makes sense.

First, from a year or two ago here is our old set up in the living room.  You can see the walls are a soft yellow and the trim is white–this was actually a nice little sitting area but the whole space needed an update.  Also, what you can’t see to the right is a long console table that divided the two rooms.  So this is the before:

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And here is the after:

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Here is a before from a year or two ago.  In morning light the room was not bad but in bad light, that yellow drove me crazy.  A few befores:

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And after the updates over the holiday:

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Another before of the old not well-planned gallery wall:

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And now after:

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Now the display has many more personal pieces and family photos.

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This antique waterfall cabinet now holds my McCoy pottery collection.  The blues and greens helped inspire the palette.

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And the handsome fellow in the photograph above it was John’s grandfather, my oldest’s namesake, Hart Shoemaker.  The other side has photos of my grandparents.

I had to do a close up of some of these frames.  I used Rub N Buff for the first time ever to give some gold accents to this wall and I’m totally addicted.  It is so easy and absolutely transforms them.  In this photo the watercolor has RNB but looks so much like the one above and to the right of it.  Such a quick and inexpensive way to transform an in expensive frame.

I’ll do a post in the coming days to detail all the changes.  I bet you can spot most of them!

11 thoughts on “Making The Living Room More Livable

  1. I found out first hand today how a few tweaks can make all the difference in the world in a room – you must really enjoy your new updates. They look great! I had some time to myself today and did some cleaning, hung some pictures I’ve had on my to-do list forever, and got a new floor lamp. Feeling very productive as you must feel after these updates. Hope you had a good weekend!

  2. Again, feel so lucky to have seen the changes in person! Your living room not only feels more open, after viewing the pictures, I can see how it appears less cottage-y and a tad more masculine/sophisticated with the colors and more edited decorating which, as you know, I love. Your gallery wall is pure genius, and I won’t be quick to forget your Rub’n’Buff technique on the frames.

    • Thanks Camille! I really appreciate it and your help with the fabric the other day. I’m pulling the trigger soon and ordering it…

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