It could be fun to do a little house tour, one room at a time. And since the living room is the entryway into our humble abode, let's start there!
After walking in the front door, this is the first view you would see of the house. Sure, it's a little bland, but I'm looking at the neutral tones as an opportunity to amp up the color with wall art and pillows. I haven't decided on the color palette yet. A fiery red could go really well with the grey. I'd love to see something bold like the throw pillows (below) from Martha Stewart's site:
Can you tell that my taste is ADD? I am seriously all over the place!
Moving on ... this is the view you would have over your right shoulder from the entryway.
I reupholstered these chairs when we first got them three years ago. I recently stripped the fabric off of one of them to make sure it wasn't more difficult than I'd remembered, which hopefully explains why they're in two different fabrics. For the next project here, I'm hoping to refinish the wood in a darker stain and reupholster them (yes, again). Now I just need to find the perfect fabric...
And above is the view of our tv. Not so exciting, but I wanted to show yet another barren wall and voice my intention of picking out a proper tv stand. See those wicker baskets full of dvds? Those puppies have got to go!
Here's the view of the kitchen from the sofa:
I'm keeping it real for you by not tidying up the kitchen before snapping the picture. That was totally intentional. :)
And here's my final shot from the kitchen. The picture turned out super dark, and I used all the photoshop tools I had to bring it back to life. Sadly, it's still pretty grainy, but I think it gets the point across.
And just to give you an idea of the progress, here's a shot from May 2010:
We've come a long way, no? So here's my 2011 list of action items for the living room:
Find wall art
Declutter book shelves
Find tv console
Find throw pillows
Hang blinds/add molding to window (a whole post in itself)
Paint the walls (any suggestions?)
Replace the floor lighting
Find a side table (for in between the chairs)
And that wraps up the living room tour! Lots done and lots more to do!