The Evolution of The Living Room

Welcome back to my little house tour/house goals regrouping. Our first segment was HERE. Later this week I’m going to tell you how I did this past year on all my home goals. If you haven’t read them yet, you can see them HERE. Anyway, today I want to talk about one of the items on that list which was “Revamp Living Room”.

Oh boy.

Well, I guess before I start I need to probably tell you a little bit about this room. First, this was not supposed to be the Living Room, it was supposed to be the Family Room, as it’s connected to the kitchen and smaller, more intimate. BUT, when we first moved in the room had carpet in it, along with a very interesting section of hardwood that obviously was an afterthought as it didn’t match the rest of the hardwood in the house. Kinda weird that someone didn’t take the time to match the hardwood…as it wasn’t that hard for us to do it. But ANYWAY, that’s neither here nor there, the point of the hardwood section, we finally figured out thanks to the overhead lighting, seemed to be for a piano. But since this house was a foreclosure, we really don’t know for sure. Here’s some before pictures:

Not quite sure why this photo is so twisted sorry! We took these really quickly after we made an offer. :)

And yes…we painted everything. It makes such a difference, doesn’t it?

Leading to the kitchen here;

And the opposite direction going towards the entry way:

Shot of the fireplace and my son who was having a meltdown at the time, ha

So here’s the thing…the door way to the back deck is the only access to the backyard except for the laundry room or our bedroom and all I could think about was how nasty that carpet would look after my kids had run in and out about twenty times a day. Plus we were planning on ripping up the tile in the kitchen {you can read about that HERE} and we felt the continuity would be best if we carried the hardwood through this room and connecting it to the entryway. AND…since I firmly feel the family room must have carpet, as in my mind it needs to be the place where we gather to watch movies, lay on the floor before the fire, play, read, etc, we thought well…. I guess this room, which was supposed to be the family room, will now be the Living Room, as the original Living Room would be the only room left with carpet.

Whew…did you get all that?!?! ha.

There are a few problems with our plan…but as we’re squabbling over first world problems here {amen} they don’t really matter now. The only one that does matter is this:

This room is VERY ODD SHAPED. Seriously.

I have played with my furniture in this room over and over and just can’t seem to get it flowing right. Here is how it started last year when I made our house goals:

Not bad. I actually really like the couches there as when you enter in through the entry way, it looks really nice. However, we never even bothered to use this room AT ALL when it was set up like this. And the beautiful fireplace was being 100% ignored. So a lovely blog reader {I’m sorry I can’t remember your name!} sent me an email suggesting I move things around. So I did. The above couches got moved around the fireplace and my Nannie’s piano got moved where the couches are. And then, my mom got new couches….

This is getting more and more exciting right? Totally daytime TV Drama. oh boy.

…and I got my mom’s old couches.

Ok, let me say this about these couches. They are very high end. From Pierre Deux in the city, and I will never forget when my mom bought them. I believe I was about 13. She loved them so much she bought them right off the showroom floor…and for good reason, they are down filled, super squishy and comfy couches. I’m SUPER honored to have them. BUT…that would make them, get this, 23 years old. Normally that’s really not a big deal, however, these are not slipcovers, so the fabric is SHOT. Like fading and splitting shot. They need to be washed desperately but I can’t get them off because the fabric is that fragile. And to be honest, the pattern is a bit loud for my taste, although if the fabric was in good condition I would keep it because it brings back good memories. And I agree with all of the thoughts that are going through your heads, it IS super vintage and cool.

So these sweet little puppies need the slip, very badly. As well as my parent’s vintage bright orange wingback chair.

Here’s the problem…I can’t find a fabric I really like to cover these with. Don’t worry, it definitely won’t be white! ;) I’m looking at a light tan/burlap colored with browns, greens, blues as accent pillows. It will have to be something that compliments both the entryway and the kitchen, and I just can’t find a nice heavyweight linen that I feel would wash well and look good. And the honest truth is, I can’t really afford it right now either. So it’s staying this way for now.

And Nannie’s piano…well I had every good intention to paint it, but when we got it here we realized it was a *gulp* Steinway. I couldn’t do it. Just could not. It’s too nice the way it is, so even though its much too dark for my taste, I will be slipcovering the seat and leaving the rest dark. It makes me smile….as it makes me think of my Nannie.

My plan is to cover all these walls with framed family canvases. I have been trying to get one made every year or so, and now I just have to figure out how to get them framed inexpensively {Have you priced out frames? Seriously, it’s like a sin to spend that much on a frame}. But my goal is to cover the walls, floor to ceiling if necessary, with all our family photos and portraits. 

So what do you think? Do you like the layout? I have to be honest and say I’m not super happy with it, but this room is really an awkward shape. I want to knock the wall out between the kitchen and the living room to make it one giant room, but that’s a HUGE thing and takes lots of moo-lah…which, oh yeah, we don’t have. ha.

Anyway, would love your thoughts..1-2-3 go for it! :) xoxo

5 thoughts on “The Evolution of The Living Room

  1. 1
    Lori Ann says:

    Love all of your thoughts as you work with your LR! And while your kids are young, just enjoy the space and don’t worry about slipcovers and such. We have 21 year old sofas – have had 2 sets of slipcovers (and now need a 3rd) but we have a 10 year old so I am not worried and letting the stains stay for a few more years at least! I want our home to always look “perfect” but am finally getting the picture that we all need to live in our homes and make memories and not to worry if stains come or things get mussed. Your home is beautiful – enjoy it!

  2. 2
    Marilyn Kok says:

    Love the new layout. This way you engage the fireplace into your sitting area and the piano has its place of honour. Well done.

  3. 3
    Lisa Glenn says:

    Yes! I love it. So cozy and inviting :o)

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    Esther miller says:

    Lowes has canvas drop cloths in their paint section that I bought and made slipcovers out of, they wash so well and you can bleach them too. I have 3 little ones ages 7-1 so we have lots of messes and we still have no permanent stains 3years later. Cheap and easy care!

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    Jenny says:

    Cute house. Weird layouts are hard to deal with but so awesome when you get everything “just right”! Yes at first I agree about thos couches being a bit loud, but when you tell the story of where they came from I can imagine all the great memories had & they just seem well…not as loud.
    The real question is…do you like orange? Because I think you could tie the room together by just leaving the wing chair & throwing some big, soft, fluffy, WASHABLE, pillows on the furniture. I do love a good white pillow (I have 3 under age 4 & we just snuggle and wash).
    Also, maybe move the glass table to behind the coach(if there’s room). That way you can still use it but the kids can run through the room & not catch their legs!
    Michael’s crafts (if you have one near you) has great deals on custom framing! Can’t wait to see how it ends up! Thanks for a sharing!

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