August 25, 2015

It has been so easy to roll full steam ahead on jobs that I have not yet shared an overall vision and to-do list for the house. For that reason, on Tuesdays I am starting a series of posts to walk through what we are scheming and aiming for in each room of the house. First up is the living room.

(PS: I use the terms living and family room interchangeably. Same place!)

FIRST FLOOR BEFORE from Rachel Schultz-7

The walls in here are dark now in my goal for the space to be moody, cozy, and the way you might feel at an old English pub or inn. (An easy description for the guy at Home Depot to understand when describing the paint color I wanted, no?) This is the rest of our list:

  1. Clean the built ins
  2. Paint walls, most of trim, built ins, and fireplace black (partly done!)
  3. Repaint ceiling white (there is a water damage stain)
  4. Window treatments
  5. Install hardwood floors
  6. Replace couch, love seat, and add two arm chairs
  7. Mount TV
  8. Create part sofa table, part desk workspace behind love seat
  9. Replace light fixture
  10. Furnish with rug, art, additional lighting, new coffee table

We spend a lot of time in this room so it one of our bigger priorities. I go back and forth about what my general philosophy is on 1) replacing things we use a lot but are lacking or 2) getting something we do not have at all.

FIRST FLOOR BEFORE from Rachel Schultz-8

Here is an example. Our old couches (not pictured) really held the room back from being the aesthetic we are going for, but they are functional and comfortable. Or, we do not have a place to eat in the sunroom, so we could buy a table and chairs for out there and enjoy a whole new area we did not utilize at all. Come winter, however, we would never go out there but will still be sitting on the same not-my-favorite couches for a few hours everyday. When the paint and floors are done, maybe that will make me not mind the couches as much. Or they will stick out even more!

Next week’s planning post will be the exterior because I must get it in before old man winter even thinks about blowing. (I know, winter.)

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  • Rachel

    It’s so fun watching you transform your new home! It gives me a few inspirational ideas for my own place! I love the dark, moody theme for your living area. It will be a warm and cozy place to be. You can’t go wrong with gray walls!!

    • Rachel Schultz

      Love it! Hope you have some fun projects of your own

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