Before & After: A Vintage + Modern Living Room Reveal

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.

Modern Vintage Living Room Remodel

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.

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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.

Modern Vintage Living Room Remodel

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.

Modern Vintage Living Room RemodelNotice 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.

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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.

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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

 

 

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Sarah - Wow! This is quite a transformation. I love how you’ve made it look both vintage and modern at the same time. That yellow love seat and that light fixture are amazing!

isadorag - Thanks Sarah. What do you think of the fireplace? I added a thick walnut mantel, but am debating whether the brick should be au naturel, stained or painted.

francine - this makeover is incredible! y’all have done a amazing job!! 🙂

isadorag - Thanks Francine!

Angela - Wow, this make over is beautiful. I honestly do not like mid century vintage usually either. But, the way you have put a modern slant on it just works and brings it to another level. Well done on a fantastic job xx

isadorag - thanks Angela!

kim domingue - I’m hopping about your…..blog?……and I’m impressed! You do good work! I’d love to subscribe to a newsletter if you have one but I don’t see a way to do so? If I skipped right by it, I apologize, lol!

isadorag - no worries. In the right column, under the facebook button, there’s a subscribe by email 🙂

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