4.12.2017

before + after: our modern living room

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Two and a half weeks after moving into our new house I'm ready to share photos of our finished living room! We worked with contractors to do most of the work to the room before we moved in or else we would still be working on it! Here are a few photos of the room before we started work: 
This is the view of the living room from the kitchen -- the chandelier is blocking an old (and pretty awful) white ceiling fan in the living room which you can see below: 
Our plans to makeover the space included the following: 
Remove the green and red plaid window treatments (yikes!), paint the walls Sherwin-Williams Zurich White and the trim and tray ceiling white. Remove the carpeting and install new hardwood floors. Refinish the existing hardwood floors in the kitchen and extend the hardwood floors into the living room. We used a 50/50 mix of ebony and jacobean Minwax stain for the dark color of the new floors. Remove the arches and straighten out the top of the bookshelves to have a clean, modern look. We decided to leave the french doors (they go into Violet's playroom and I like the option of being able to close them when I want). Here's my mood board for the space:



I bought the semi-flush ceiling light fixture that I included in my mood board, but it was way too small for the space. I ended up putting it in H's office and buying a larger fixture to put up in it's place.

I splurged on the gray and white mid-century heathered basketweave wool rug that was on my wish list -- my shopping budget will be taking a major hit to pay it off over the next few months. But it looks great with our gray sectional and it adds a lot of warmth to the room. I also love that it was made in a fair-trade certified facility. The rug is also very soft thanks to my rug pad from RugPadUSA. The Superior Lock rug pad keeps our rug in place so I don't have to worry about the rug moving. And funny story-- H wasn't 100% sold on the rug at first -- he argued that it covers up too much of our new hardwood floors, but he loves how soft the rug pad makes the rug!

I chose a few great pieces of art from Minted for our bookshelves: the Leaf in the Green and Marbled Wake prints are displayed behind our record player. And I'm obsessed with the Rocky Coast print on our mantle. It makes such a pretty statement and works so well with the navy accents in the room! I paired it with two other coastal photos from our trips to Greece and Italy, and put them in similar brushed silver frames.

And finally the AFTER photos!
I fell in love with this fireplace the first time we visited the house. It's HUGE -- at Vi's birthday party I was able to fit seven (!!) people in front of it without a problem. I can't wait to see it decorated with stockings and garland for the holidays. I initially wanted to paint the brick white, but I'm glad I left the light stone alone. I like how the light brick stand out against the white built-in bookshelves.
I can't wait to finish up the other rooms in our house! We have plans to eventually remodel the kitchen, but it works for now! If you're interested you can see my plans for our sunroom + dining room.
-xo-
Jillian
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  1. In love with your living room! Love the color palette you chose 😍

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    1. Thank you Keila! I considered leaving out the red chair but it's one of our favorites that we've had for a long time and I thought it worked with the rest of the blues in the room!

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  2. ob-sessed! WOW! Love every detail!

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  3. Get out - it looks amazing! I love how bright it is and those built ins are my favorite!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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    1. thank you so much Biana! It's def our favorite room in the house!

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  4. Love it - what a difference getting rid of those arches and carpet made for modernizing the space!

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    1. thanks anne! my husband didnt think removing the arches would really matter but I think it makes a huge difference! xo

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  5. love it, it looks great!!!

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  6. I love everything about it! Where is your sectional from?

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    1. Thank you Tiara! The sectional is from Ashley Furniture -- we bought it when we lived in Charleston to put in our FROG room. We wanted something large to watch movies and we didn't want to spend a ton of money. For a cheaper couch it's awesome! It's huge and it's easy to clean. The only thing I don't like about it is the cushions on top do not come off. I can't find a link to the exact version I have but this is the same line: https://www.ashleyfurniturehomestore.com/p/chamberly--piece-sectional/apk-24302-l4/

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  7. I am loving your look! Perfectly lit and comfortable as well. Perfect for a toddler

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    1. thanks!! i think Violet loves the room too :) she always pulls her chair up to the coffee table and says it’s her “office” !

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  8. Looks so beautiful!! I love all of the natural light too. :-)

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    1. thank you Caroline! I love the natural light too -- it's nice to be able to have a houseplant in the room.

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  9. wow!!!! it looks so good!!

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  10. I love the look you have created!! If you are ever in the Houston area, you are welcome to come and give me ideas for our place....(shamelessly pulling the family card here! LOL)

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    1. anytime Kim! :) thanks for your sweet comment and support! xo

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  11. Wow, it looks amazing!! I love how it came out. Love all the natural lighting. Your kitchen is pretty fab too!

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    1. Thank you Marie!! The natural lighting is awesome! I'm so happy we can have houseplants again.

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  12. This is just stunning J! I am seriously obsessed with that fireplace - INCREDIBLE. I can't wait to see what you do with it for Christmas either!

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    1. Thank you so much Joelle!! I can't wait for Christmas so I can decorate that mantle!! :)

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  13. Seriously, that fireplace + built-ins? 😍😍😍

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    1. my husband and i fell in love with those too!! the storage in the built-ins is awesome!

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  14. OMG it's perfect!!! I absolutely love it, Jillian!! It turned out SO well!!!

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  15. Looks SOO good! Warm and inviting!! XO

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  16. Jillian it looks awesome!! So much better than the before! I love what you did with the bookcases and I love that you left the brick as is.

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    1. thanks Natalie! I'm really happy we didn't paint the bricks -- once you do it there's really no going back!

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