Today I want to look back at the living room transformation to see how far this space has come.
Rewind a year and half, and the living room looked like this:
This morning when I woke up, the living room looked like this:
This transformation did not happen overnight.
Looking back to the before photo, you can see the room was crammed with furniture. How many chairs can one fit into such a tight space!? Another big mistake was the teeny-tiny island rug, just floating there awkwardly in the middle of the room. Ugly right? On the bright side, the living room and its starting point make a great ‘before’ photo!
A few months later, I got my act together and made a few changes. Eric and I purchased a rug better suited to the space and moved the big dark IKEA bookshelf. After a bit of elbow grease and de-cluttering, the space looked like this:
Although this was a big improvement, the space was far from finished. The next problem that perplexed me was the flat screen TV on the old-school media unit. The TV unit was really deep and meant to accommodate a tube TV. The ugly baby poop coloured walls were also a big problem. Did I mention our entire house was the colour of baby poop when we bought it?
Next, we entered phase three and made a few more changes to the space. First off, we painted the walls. Good bye baby poop, hello Gray Beard (by Olympic). I was sold on the colour after it was featured in Apartment Therapy’s Bedroom Retreat Contest. I cannot express how happy I am with this transformation. I find myself stepping back to admire the living room on a daily basis.
Can you see Eric’s little yellow truck just under the gallery wall in the photo below? I love the playful pop of colour it brings to the space and how it relates to his work as a mining engineer. Whenever we have kids over, they love to play with the truck. I think kids must find our house super boring, considering this is the only toy we own.
The next major challenge in this room was finding a suitable media unit that wouldn’t break the budget. Scouring the internet, I was inspired by several other bloggers and their fancy fauxdenzas. Inspiration for this piece of furniture was specifically found here, here and there. I wanted something narrow and sleek that would hide all the cords associated with a home entertainment system. I was also looking for extra storage for things like board games, photo albums and books.
I keep my pretty books on display but no one needs to see my well-loved copy of Gabriel’s Inferno. Yes, I read the occasional romance novel and I am only a little ashamed.
Speaking of romance, how cute is this photo of my grandparents? It sits to the right of the television on top of the fauxdenza. Eventually, I would like a white frame for the photo.
So there you have it, the living room to date. While the space has come a long way, there are still a few projects left to tackle. For starters, I would like new curtains and new lighting. For now, I am pretty happy spending time in this bright and cheerful room.