Let’s continue on the tour of my house! Today we have the living room house tour
This room features a strange layout- fun (below is a video so you can more easily understand the area).
There is a huge walkway from the top of the stairs to the kitchen and then a more cramped sitting area. We’ve tried a few different layouts and I have floor planned options, but this is the one that works best.
It’s a little frustrating that this condo has this area of wasted space since we could really use the space is other areas of our home (what I wouldn’t give for a second bathroom).
When we first bought the condo it was bad- so much green and beige, but it’s not great now. The issue, I think, is that everything is so heavy. The walls are dark, the furniture is dark, the carpet is dark- it needs lightened up! The huge TV is also not cute, but it’s not changing; my husband loves it too much.
The living room has so much potential! I just haven’t really tackled it yet- just done a few bandaids. I think this could become a great “after.” A big issue with this space is also the flooring- the carpet is not great in our house. When we moved in (6 years ago) it was old. Now, with two dogs, it’s really old and somewhat gross. I would love to put in hard wood floors, but I still haven’t decided if that is the best idea with dogs and a soon to be crawling baby. Plus, we’d have to get a rug and rug pad for by the sofa- I love that idea, but it does make the whole project super expensive.
Here are the last issues (I didn’t realize there were so many until I listed them out. I feel like a Debbie downer! But wait until tomorrow; I have some really fun ideas!)-
- The sofa is worn (its 8 years old). There are a few holes in the fabric and the down in the cushions doesn’t hold its shape very well. One day, I’d love to replace it
- The wall art (the 9 squares) are dated- I need to replace or update them. I made these out of canvas when we were first married. I covered them all in paintable wallpaper* and then they were painted 2 colors of grey and black. I updated them when we moved here with fabric, but I’m sick of that now. Even though I am over these, they sure have been versatile! Maybe I’ll come up with one more way to update and use them again
- The coffee table is not baby safe- the sharp edges scare me when my baby starts pulling himself up on furniture (luckily, that hasn’t started yet). I really want to change it out for an ottoman
Here are some pictures of the deck-
The deck needs some love with the planters and the outdoor chairs could use recovering.
And lastly, here are the resources-
Paint- Olympic Dover Grey D58-4 (-50% off formula) (walls)
Olympic Black Magic D58-6 (baseboards)
Furniture- all of the furniture (besides the dining chairs) were purchased from Drexel Heritage. It looks like the items from the Postebello Collections are no longer available from Drexel, but the links are here:
Media Console- Postebello Collection Gramercy Console (no longer available)
Coffee Table- Postebello Collection Enrico Cocktail Table (no longer available)
Side Table- Postebello Collection Franco Table (no longer available)
Club Chair- Postebello Collection Classique Chair (no longer available)
Sofa- Drexel Heritage Holloway Sofa (no longer available)
Console Table- Vera Bradley console by Drexel Heritage- no longer available
Side Chairs (dining chairs)- Queen Anne Chairs Pottery Barn– no longer available
Record Player- Amazon*
NYC Skyline Poster- Amazon*
Shabby Chic Coffee Table Book- Amazon*
Dorthy Draper Coffee Table Book- Amazon*
*denotes affiliate link