Monday, October 20, 2014

House Tour; Living Room Before & During

Don't want to get any hopes up - this is not pinterest worthy at all. Just my living room.

Here's what it looked like when we first saw it.

Super cute, right? Here's what it looked like when we moved our stuff in. Please excuse all the crap, I did say it wasn't pinteresty.





Ok. Then we ripped the carpet up, painted, KC put in laminate flooring and new baseboard thingys, I ripped the 'mantel' off the wall and almost decapitated my husband, you know, all in a day's work.

Ta-da!


Before and after, because why not.


I know, it's not crazy different and awesome but we love it.

But that was several months ago, so here's what it looks like today:



The 'gallery wall' is definitely not finished, I'm just waiting for the right pieces.


I have a Gallifrey poster that I am going to put above these frames, once I find a frame.



So, yeah, no mantel and there is a chair in front of the fireplace. Not the best solution, but it'll do until we can get a sectional. And yes, that TV stand. I can't. We used to have a dresser turned tv stand and I loved the height and that it was white, but didn't love it completely, and mum got this one for us for christmas last year, and I thought I would be ok with it, but yeah no. I have big dreams for the replacement.




My best friend painted this as a wedding gift for us.



And here is the fancy hallway as well:


I'm not a huge fan of the layout of these frames, but I put them up in a rush and haven't touched them since, but I'm sure I'll change them because they just don't look right.


I hate dislike our couch (and the chair) and can't wait to get a sectional, we need to do something about the mantel, either buy a shelf that actually fits the fireplace, or build one - can't be that hard, right? I want a new tv stand, more books and some sort of art to fill that gigantic wall that the tv and computer are on. Plus something above the mantel that doesn't exist.

So, this is a 'during'. We aren't in the after stage yet, not by a long shot. But are you ever really done?

Clearly I need some help in getting to the 'after stage' for the whole house, so while I am posting these room tours, I'd love for you to throw some recommendations at me, help me out! I'm looking at you Nadine nudge nudge wink wink.
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66 comments:

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  2. I don't think we are ever fully done. Once I am happy I start on another room and then end up coming back to a room 3-4 years later. Love the flooring! Doing a custom mantle is a great idea!

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  3. Damn people that stage houses! They get us all excited for the possibilities and then we bring our own stuff in and it never looks the same! On another note, I love how your kitties are randomly in the pictures.

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  4. Best place to buy a sectional is at IKEA. Not expensive, plus everything is modular so you can make it the exact size/shape you need for your room! I'm so in love with ours, but if we move and need something different, we can make this one just what we need! :)

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  5. I love the floors and what y'all are doing..can't wait to see what else you do to it. I'm sure it'll be fabulous.

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  6. House tours are so fun! I love your floors. I think all houses are a work in progress when it comes to decorating.

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  7. Fun! Love house tours. I'd say it's a big improvement from what it was! At least you don't have red couches. haha. I think Ana White usually has lots of simple building plans on her website. You might find a plan for building a mantle there. Can't wait to see the after!

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  8. LOVE those new floors! So much prettier than the carpet! And love the paint you guys chose too! Your living room is so cute! :)

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  9. Even though you didn't majorly renovate it, it's still a HUGE upgrade from the before! Seriously my eyes hurt from that yellow walls + bright red chairs combo. I think what you've done so far looks great! Love the paint color and the floors are amazing, so impressed that you did that yourselves!

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  10. Isn't it amazing what getting rid of carpet does?!?!? I'm not a fan of carpet in any room but a bedroom. Your hubs did a great job!

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  11. WOW! Everything looks amazing!! I love your gallery wall, it's so pretty and I love the unique pieces! Well done, lady!

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  12. Loooove your dark floors and grey paint! I had a wall like that in my old house (high ceiling, huge wall) and it was so hard to decorate. Have you considered mounting your TV and making a gallery wall around it? Then you can put whatever furniture you want underneath without having to put holes in it for wires to make it a TV stand. And your cats are so lucky to have that awesome tower!

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  13. I love the entryway and how you styled the table!!! The painting of the Sydney Opera House is gorgeous!! Thanks for letting us take a peek into your house!!

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  14. a sectional would be perfect in there :)

    Sarah
    Midwest Darling

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  15. Wow that is so classy and beautiful! Good job you guys!

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  16. Looks amazing! I love the new floor and the colour of the walls

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  17. I love the gallery wall! So pretty. The yellow accents are great too...especially that adorable yellow lamp! :)

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  18. I love your floors! Wood or laminate looks SO good in a living room, that's what we did to ours too! I love your entryway table and gallery wall, and especially the kitty sitting on the bottom! ;) Everything looks great, and no I don't think we are ever "done" with our homes, it's a constant work in progress!

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  19. Oh, I love all of the changes you did- I liked the first wall color but then when I saw the one you painted, it really does brighten the space up a little bit more. And ahhh your bookshelves <3 Love all of your photos and that painting!

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  20. The floors look so good! I can't wait to do the same in one of our rooms (i.e. the only one with carpet and it's BLACK!).

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  21. Love the addition of the floors- changed the entire space! The gallery wall and pictures are def my fav!!

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  22. HUGE transformation! I love the wall with the photos. Looks like your kitty has already found his preferred spot!

    V
    Life+1

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  23. Your living room looks great with the laminate flooring! Also, I'm digging all the cat cameos in the photos, haha. Does it say "crazy cat lady" that my eye was automatically drawn to the furry face (or tail, as the case may be) in each photo?
    ~Gianni~

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  24. Ahh! The ceramic owls. That gold lampshade! Those square picture collages! Want to come decorate my place?? Also, just fully noticed and appreciated your favicon. LOVE IT. ♥

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  25. Love the laminate flooring, it makes things so much easier and the photo that your friend made for you is truly beautiful:)

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  26. I love that light gray wall color.

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  27. The floors make a huge difference! And I love your gallery wall. I can't wait to see the finished product.

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  29. I love house tours! You hardwood floor is absolutely beautiful! I would love to start redoing some things in our house but we have to save a little bit first.

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  30. I loooove the floor, that looks amazing!!! I can't wait until we do that too. I really wanted hard wood right off the bat but the builders were going to charge us like $8000 for the main room and hallway. So we had to say no way and eventually will do it ourselves for half the price. Also loving that yellow & white lamp! :)

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  31. It LOOKS amazing! LOVE LOVE the Gallery Wall! Great idea!

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  32. I love the floors and the wall color!!! So fabulous! I love the gallery wall as well. I have been trying to collect things for mine forever and I just need to get that finished!!! Also, does the cat come included? Haha!

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  33. I love the progress! Those white bookshelves are gorgeous. Where are they from? If you saw my living room you may just gasp for dear life.. My son has overtaken the entire thing! lol

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  34. That new flooring is beautiful! amazing what new floors do for a house. Love those cute little white owls on your table!

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  35. Wow - the flooring looks amazing! I'm so sick of our carpet upstairs in our house; want to come help us lay something new? I'll pay in wine and cheese :) Oh, and I'll find GOOD GF crackers!

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  36. I think it looks amazing girl! I love the hardwood floors and wall colors. I'd say it's very Pinterest-y with that gallery wall. (I didn't even know that had a word for it lol)

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  37. The new floors are amazing and I really like that wall color! No definitely not ever done... maybe you can knock a few things off your "to buy" list on Black Friday?! That's when we are going to try and get a new couch!

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  38. I love the dark wood floors... I want to rip up all carpet in my house & get floors like that!!!!
    My house is constantly a work in progress.
    What a cozy home you have!!!

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  39. I love it, it looks fantastic! I am a big fan of dark floors so that is my fave :)

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  40. I think you made some great adjustments! Definitely a bookcase improvement and the flooring looks so fancy. I think you're right though, for some people there's really no "done." I can never leave my furniture/accents in one position for too long without getting bored :)

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  41. Haha, okay so I didn't read the post correctly and at first I thought the first few pictures (red couches) were of "today" and I was going to try to figure out how to nicely comment on it :) But, luckily for me, you have great taste and the living room looks awesome! It's crazy what new floors will do! And you have done a really good job at arranging things on the wall too!

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  42. I love the flooring you put down and your entry table area - so cute!!!

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  43. Love the transition! Looks great! You could really do something awesome with that fireplace! Like stone up the whole wall or something and then put up a mantel to break it up?! That would look neat! I love the gallery wall too! And the kitty on the table! :)

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  44. What a great improvement! I just love the flooring.

    I always do a double take when I see that cat, looks so much like mine. He likes to lie on the shelf of our console table too.

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  45. Wow! You guys made a HUGE difference... I looove the after! Especially the floors and gallery wall!

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  46. Wow---that looks AMAZING! Those floors--great choice!!!

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  47. wow that looks SO good!! crazy what a few changes can do!!

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  48. Love your new floors, they look great, it really updates it! You have made great progress!! I'm not great help in the interior design department, sorry :) Best of luck in your next projects!

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  49. The floors are fantastic! I am in love with that lampshade!!!! You guys did a great job.

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  50. Again with the gallery wall! So cute! You guys did a great job revamping the whole room! Love the floors!

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  51. I LOVE your entrance way/gallery wall (and of course the cat photo bomb!). Also, I don't know what it is about those white book shelves but I NEED them!

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  52. The floors came out amazing!!!! I would love to put in wood floors but we have tile and it would be like the biggest mess ever!! Love it though!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  53. I loooove the floor and wall color-it turned out amazing!

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  54. The floors look great and the wall color is waaaay better than that yellow. The yellow looked nice with the red couches but I'm still not a huge fan of that shade of yellow. What great changes you have made! You are inspiring me to go change my dang house!

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  55. I change my house all the time. I just changed all the wall art around. So I think we're all always in a during!

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  56. I love your wood floors! I can't wait to get rid of the ugly carpet in my living room and hallway. It sure changes the look of the whole area!!

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  57. just got caught up on this week's posts! can't wait to see how it all comes together!

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  58. I'm playing catch up so I'm going in reverse on these posts, but I'm loving this little house tour and I just love your house! Love the paint color on the gallery wall and I love that it looks like a "normal people live here" house. I would be comfortable there, so make room if I'm in town. LOL.

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  59. Girl, that is a huge difference! I love the color of the walls with the dark floor and so glad you pulled that mantel off! It did not look right! You could do a really big clock above the fireplace or you could mount your TV there and then you wouldn't have to worry about a new stand.

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