If you follow me on Instagram you know that this Before & After Reveal has been a long time coming. For the better part of the last year the living room has been done, but not quite done. Finally, it’s “done done” and I’m happy to share the transformation with you. In these Before & After shots you get to see how much the space has changed. Removing all the wood paneling was the biggest change, because while the house always got great light, the paneling just sucked up all the light and made the space feel so much darker. Maybe they were going for a Mad Men-esque cocktail lounge vibe, but for us we wanted the space to be bright and welcoming, while feeling layered and lived.
The sideboard/bar was the missing link and only just came together after my incredibly lucky trip to a local estate sale where I scored so many Vintage Finds. The sideboard bar and artichoke lamp are what you see immediately upon entering the house, so I wanted it to be a space that made an immediate impact.
Before finding these key pieces, that space was just a catch all, which I hated. Now the bar connects the living room and dining room seamlessly, and making the living room feel more expansive without actually using more space.
The only splurge in this space was the sofa which is covered in a super soft and luxurious grey/silver velvet. (I was tempted by the Belgian Linen, but since we have a cat, the texture of the linen would have been an invitation to scratch). The sofa is a splurge because it’s also a super comfortable sofa bed with memory foam mattress. Since we opted not to have a guest room in favor of having an office the compromise was making sure the sofa bed was comfortable. We’ve all slept in those sofa beds with super thin mattresses and coils poking in your back. This is NOT that kind of sofa bed.
Notice something that is the same? Yep, we kept the piano. Hubby is a super talented musician. It was his dream to one day own a baby grand, so we made the piano a part of the house purchase. Often he’ll sit at the keys and unwind after work.
Notice the curved loveseat from my recent Vintage Finds also made it into the living room. The boys love it and often somersault over it. Often though, you can find Big Boy comfortably nestled in it, playing Minecraft on the iPad.
But I think what brings the space to life, is all the little details, from the artwork, to the vintage colored glass I’ve collected over the years. Slowly, everything is finding its place. And, while I love all my mid-century vintage finds, I didn’t want the space to feel like a time warp. I want the space to honor the past while embracing the present, so it was a balance.
Here are some more images for your viewing pleasure. I think it was worth the wait.
Key items in this room:
Payton Sofa bed – American Leather (I bought it during a 20% off sale)
Loveseat – Vintage
Side tables – Vintage Drexel
Coffee table – Vintage Drexel
Yellow Window Panels – Target (no longer available)
Curtain Rods – Home Decorators
Sideboard – Vintage Basic-Witz
Large Abstract Painting next to bar – Limited Edition print Crate & Barrel (no longer available)
Still Life Painting over mantel – Ofelia Gelvezon-Tequi Original
Faceted Mirror Sconces – West Elm
Yellow Lamp – Vintage with new lampshade
Artichoke Lamp – Vintage
Grey & Yellow Rug – Joss & Main