Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Living room reveal!

I know it's almost a week late but I believe someone said something once along the lines of better late than never, so I'm finally coming along with the before and after's of my living room after following along with Apartment Therapy's August Cure last month. I had some hold ups what with getting sick, and I also didn't want to rush furniture purchasing just because of the deadline and get something that wasn't right for the space so there's still one or two things that I'm keeping my eyes peeled for. I feel like decorating is pretty fluid but this was definitely a great way to get the room 'done' and livable and I am very happy with the results. 
You may recall the before's of this space. With nothing but a couch and some miscellaneous abandoned exercise equipment as far as furniture, old blinds, an over sized mirror and mismatched trim to contend with, the space, while open, was very intimidating to tackle.
And with some paint and a lot of homemade projects, this is what I've turned it into. 
The trim was repainted in Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace, and the walls are Anchor's Away. I removed the blinds from the bay windows and filled and covered the holes from the hardware. I have no intention of putting in new blinds and while I've been considering making curtains I ended up really enjoying the light and the open feeling of having unobstructed windows, plus the view of the trees outside doesn't hurt.
I kept the couch that was my roommates, which while it is not my style or color preference, is incredibly comfortable. I also kept the dining table which was originally in the kitchen, and replaced the upholstery on the chairs with a solid orange twill. The theater seats were an Alameda Flea Market find which miraculously fit into my mothers car and I added trim to the raw plywood base and painted it to match the metal. The side table is from Target, I repainted the top orange.
The trunk has been with me since college, it was originally black but I repainted it white with gray trim. The artwork is from various print trades in college and the frames were leftovers from a past gallery show. I made all of the pillows while I was home sick including the mountain and the T-Rex (I blame my fever addled brain for that one). I made a new cover for the window seat cushion with a remnant of outdoor upholstery fabric so it hopefully will fade a bit less from all the sun. The quilt on the back of the couch is an old patchwork project of mine. The rug I made out of floor mats from the dollar store. The lamps were made from flea marked wire shades. The bar cart was found on Amazon.

I'm sure I am forgetting something important, as much as I am sure that there will be further changes to this space down the line. I will be posting a bit more in detail about some of the projects in this space in the next few days but right now I'm ready to have a little soiree to celebrate my new room!
It is amazing what having a deadline and a schedule can do as far as motivation. I enjoyed following along with everyone else's spaces and seeing their progress. Unfortunately it's sort of like the "If you give a mouse a cookie" book and now that this room look great I'm itching to tackle the next space. Not sure which will come first, the hallway or the kitchen but I'm sure it will be just as fun!

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