11.10.2011

My Living Room: The Reveal~

Hello, my lovelies!!  I'm so excited to share our living room with you all today!  It's been a really fun room to put together with some interesting details that I can't wait to share.  So off we go...

First, the BEFORE photos...


Exciting, wasn't it?  As you can see, the room was just begging for some interest.  So we got busy working on it.

Let's be honest.  It was a lot of work.  But we had a lot of fun in the process. So without further ado, here are the AFTER photos...


I am a big fan of neutrals, and in this room I went for a neutral palette, but I didn't want it to be boring, so I mixed it up with some great patterns.

I also wanted to warm up the grays and blacks, so we chose to add some brown to the palette.

The rug is from Flor (more on that later) and the coffee table is from World Market.

The sofa is an IKEA Ektorp series.  The pillows are from Etsy.  (The large one in the center is from my fabulous sponsor Elisabeth Michael.)

That cute rustic birdcage was a gift from my mother.




We changed the stair wall from chocolate brown to this fabulous charcoal gray, Magnetite by Martha Stewart.

I had been thinking of doing a gallery wall in the stairwell, but the Hubby suggested we create one on the charcoal wall.  I love it!! The white frames against the gray are beautiful!  Our plan is to add more frames as our budget allows until the whole wall is filled.

The tufted chairs are from TJ Maxx.

The white frames are from IKEA.



On the window wall, I framed out the windows with natural linen curtains from IKEA.  To create architectural interest (since there was no fireplace) we put a bookcase, and topped it with a beautiful large-scale charcoal done by the hubby's father.



The leather chair is the hubby's and was purchased years ago (pre-blogging days) so I don't remember the name of the shop.  The faux fur pillow is from Target.

I hung the curtains, higher and wider than the windows to create the illusion of the windows being larger than they actually are.


The antler was a gift from my mother.  I love it coupled with the folded book I made a few years ago, it adds such great texture.


The entry is one of my favorite parts of this whole room design.  What appears to be wallpaper on the wall, is actually hand done.  I'll tell you all about how I created it in an upcoming post.

I topped the console with a photo purchased from IKEA, as well as the hubby's photo of train tracks in a tunnel.

I'm really happy with how it all came together!  It just proves that neutral doesn't have to be boring. In fact, they can be down right lovely!!

Have a great day~


62 comments:

Becky said...

LOVE!!! What an incredible room - so welcoming. I love everything from IKEA!!!!

Kristine at The Painted Hive said...

I love the subtle colour palette and the pieces you have chosen. Are you considering adding any greenery? I think a few topiaries or ferns could really make it pop. It is beautiful.
Kristine

Kim Moldofsky said...

This looks fabulous. We have walls going up this week and I'm at the point where I can *almost* start thinking about design and decor. This is inspirational. Can't wait to hear about how you did that wall. I was curious about that from the photos.

Great job!

Jennifer L. Griffin said...

Wow Wendy! It's so sophisticated and classic looking, yet warm an cozy at the same time! My favorite things are the rug and the stenciled wall and that coffee table! Beautiful work!

Mandi @ Vintage Revivals said...

I love it Wendy!! It looks so amazing and high end! You did such a great job, I cant wait to hear about the wall treatment and the rug!!

Love your guts
mandi

ritajoy said...

Beautifully done!

Tanya said...

Gorgeous! I love it. Looks so clean and put together, yet inviting :)

Blessings from Cindy said...

You did a fabulous job! Every aspect is wonderful, but the accent wall is magnificent!! I'd love to do something like it.
Blessings,
Cindy
ps. come enter my giveaway!!

Creative Raisins said...

Wow, what a beautiful makeover. Something out of a magazine.

Suburbsmama said...

It looks amazing!! great inspiration for me.

HI THERE! said...

It looks beautiful! LOVE all of the patterns and that carpet is fabulous!
Jenn :)

Jenny @ Simcoe Street said...

This is sooo phenomenal! I pinned some images :)
You did a marvelous job. I love your use of pattern and the crisp pop of white. What an awesome room!

Jenny
www.simcoestreet.blogspot.com

Tonya said...

I love all the play on shade and texture. It is simply stunning!

Joyce said...

Love it! Great job :)

Renewed Upon a Dream said...

I think my favorite things about the room are the coffee table, stenciled wall & the fan! The fan is so cute! LOVE the grey on the wall too, so pretty & dramatic :)

Designology Interiors said...

What a beautiful room. Love it.

Christina at I Gotta Create! said...

One word: GORGEOUS!

Annie Wilcox Designs said...

Besides doing a great job, the folded book is my favorite, I make trees all the time. Christmas is around the corner.

Thanks for sharing.

cottonreel said...

Very nice revamp , love the cushions . You have done well

Heidi @ Decor & More said...

WOW-- love it!! Perfect example of a neutral palette executed with interest and style. Kudos!

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

GORGEOUS!!

Shelley said...

Absolutely gorgeous! So many things to love in here. I think my favs are the meaningful additions from family members :)

linda said...

Really beautiful. So welcoming and elegant. Great job and I can't wait to find out how you created that accent wall.

Jenny@daysofchalkandchocolate said...

It is absolutely perfection. I love every single detail!

janet said...

OMGosh...When I scrolled down my page I said loudly OMG...My husband comes running saying...What..What..What's wrong..When I told him and showed him the pictures even he said WOW..Big fans of yours here in Western Pa...Have a great week..Also can't wait to see how you did that wall treatment..

Lindsay said...

Absolutely beautiful! I LOVE all the details you added! What a gorgeous space you created--and so wonderful to live in it!

Amelia @ House Pretty said...

It looks amazing! I love the neutral colour scheme and you did a great job of keeping it interesting with pattern and texture. That charcoal is gorgeous!

Cherished Bliss said...

I love it!! How are you liking your couch? I am planning on buying that series at the end of the month.

Robin said...

You are one talented lady. Everything looks amazing, like out of a magazine!

Korrie@RedHenHome said...

I am in awe that you created such a beautiful palette with gray AND brown. That skill completely eludes me! The charcoal wall is beautiful with your white frames.

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

WOW! it looks amazing! it has modern and rustic touches and is just blended so well... beautiful room! loving the colors, the rugg, the walls.... ok all of it!

Kelly @ Hooked on Home Decor said...

Love it! The colors and patterns are great. The wall treatment is fab - I can't wait to read your post about it!

Tilly's Nest said...

Beautiful!

Laura @ Laura's Crafty Life said...

Beautiful!

Jamie Webb said...

This looks so good! You are very talented! Love the pictures on the wall...ok, I love everything you did to this room!

almond paarman said...

I like here given nice collection of photo frames. White photo frames is so good and amazing.this is also helpful to decorates a hall and living room.

frames online

adventuresindinner said...

Heck! That stencilled wall is gorgeous and you've now got me going to the flor site. I haven't been there for awhile and haven't seen their updates.

house no. 2 said...

now that's what i call a reveal! amazing! LOVE the colour scheme. that coffee table is to die for. i can't wait to see what unfolds as you expand your gallery wall! and i'm so jealous that you have an ikea. the nearest one to me is about 16 hours away :(

Chessa @ Antsi-Pants said...

Beautiful room! I love all the details. My favorite are your paint color on the stair wall and the stenciled treatment on the lighter wall. Nicely done!

love. lindsey said...

Wow! What a beautiful transformation! Proof that neutrals don't have to be boring. I'm eagerly awaiting to see how you did that patterned wall

Erin @ Two Story Cottage said...

Beautiful, Wendy! It all ties together so well!

Shirley said...

Oh my goodness it looks like a room from a magazine!! I love the stenciled wall!

Lulu and Co. said...

Wendy your living room is gorgeous! Io love everything you did!!!! The paint is fantastic!!!!! You create the most perfect rooms!!!!!
xo,
Lulu

Flea Market Trixie said...

What a pretty room, great job, and I love that rug!

Kahli said...

You did a great job! I love the warm palette you created here. That charcoal chair is the best!

Erin of Salvaged Whimsy said...

It's simply beautiful...stunning. I love everything, the colors, patterns...all of it is amazing. You must be thrilled to have this space finished! Thanks for sharing it with us. Take care.

The Creativity Exchange said...

Oh I just love you're fabulous new living room! So awesome and a beautiful color scheme! Great job!
Cyndy

Gwen @ The Bold Abode said...

Your use of patterns make it so interesting. LOVE the chairs; The whole space is just remarkable!

Catherine said...

The patterns are gorgeous! Can't wait to hear how you did it!

Jenna, SAS Interiors said...

Beautiful - I'm dying to know where you got that rug!! Please share :)

~Jenna, SAS Interiors

Esme said...

I see you shared the charcoal gray clor but could you also share the paint color on the other walls...Please!!! Love it!!!

Carmie of the Single Nester said...

What a sexy room! You did a great job!

Emily said...

Absolutely beautiful. And I love that you bought the bulk of your things from very affordable places- proves that you don't have to spend a boat load to get style and class. Thanks for sharing!

Steph said...

I can't wait for the tutorial on the stenciled wall. I have almost the exact stencil and have been nervous to actually do anything with it. I really like the color you chose, I am a neutral girl as well, so I will be patiently waiting for the important deets!!!

The Real Housewives of Bucks County said...

Really awesome room! I love how you used so many IKEA products, but it looks like a million bucks! Nice work! We're visiting from TT&J. Feel free to visit us anytime! www.realhousewivesofbc.blogspot.com
Thanks!
Monica (and Jess)

::little projects in style:: said...

how fabulous! you should be featured in one of those decor magazines! :) totally lust-worthy!

xx

Working Mama said...

LOVE it - looks beautiful! And I love FLOR! My neighbor across the street is a FLOR sales rep for the SE United States :) I have happily scored some "samples" over the years (enough to make runners & area rugs). She has a 3.5 car garage and holds no vehicles...only her samples, sample books and the like. It's like a little party when I go over there. Enjoy your hard work!

Ashley said...

Wow, great job. I love how it turned out.

Shannon said...

That room looks so inviting. All the patterns and the neutral colours makes you want to sit down with your feet up!
Shannon

samaa @ Honey Sweet Home said...

What an absolutely gorgeous space, you did an amazing job! I love the softand natural tones, yet it isn't dull at all. The bookcase between the windows is such a great idea, and I LOVE your stenciled wall!

Tweet Cheek Boutique said...

I would love to see some ideas for a tv wall. I am trying to figure out what to do about art around a flat screen. I just keep finding the same 5 ideas over and over. Most blogs don't seem to include the tv wall in their house tours.

Inspire Me Heather said...

Wow - you've got a fabulous knack for putting together colour, texture and patterns! I've got this beautiful living room linked to my living rooms post too today, for inspiration!