My Parent’s Living Room Reveal

If you’ve been reading over the past few months, you might remember that I have been “hired” as the interior designer for my parent’s new home renovation. They moved last Spring from Houston and we have been slowly but surely working to make over their entire first floor. I finished their kitchen makeover a few months ago [seen here] and then moved on to re-designing the living room.

This has been such a special project for me because I have been able to see what I can really do as a designer. I’ve also been able to work with a real budget, so that’s been nice as well. Here are the before and afters (*Note: the “befores” are from the previous owner):

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And here is another before and after of the other side of the living room:

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We decided on the wall color and floor color first and went from there. The choice to paint all the moldings white was made before they even purchased the house. I did a walk through with them before they made an offer and painting out the trim was the first obvious decision. I then moved on to the fireplace treatment. The herringbone marble was also an obvious choice for me. You can read more about that [here].

Here are a few of the materials we picked out before we started construction:

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And here is the start of the hand scraped floor:

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Once the floors were complete, the main construction began! The white trim came first. We also knocked out the cabinetry to the left of the fireplace and made it mirror the open shelving on the right and added bead board behind the shelves.

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The wall color came next. I chose Winter in Paris by Valspar. This paint color is the most beautiful paint color I have ever seen. I’m really not trying to be dramatic about it, I swear… but it is SO beautiful in person. One day when Graham and I buy our next house, this paint color will be up on my walls for sure.

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Ok moving on to the furniture! The first big purchase was the couch set. We were able to custom build our own couches at Basset Furniture. Surprisingly the cost wasn’t expensive like you would think. They have an entire “build your own couch” section in the store. Remember Build-A-Bear from when we were kids? Yeah, it’s kind of like that. Except a LOT more expensive. Anyways! Long story short, the couch purchase was uber fun (thank you bff Alyssa for bringing the word “uber” into my vocabulary) and my parents were very happy with them when they arrived in person. Looks like a win win for all of us!

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The next big purchase was the recliner set. Those were custom built at La-Z-Boy. These… were… SUPER… expensive. BUT my parents LOVE their recliners and were their only request for the project. Needless to say, I couldn’t let them down, so I had to go with it. I was actually very happy we were able to find a recliner design that didn’t actually look like a recliner. I’m not the biggest recliner fan… but I was VERY happy with this design. I mean just look at them. They are GORGEOUS! That dark leather… those curves! Ok… getting a bit distracted again. Moving on!

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The next thing on our list is the coffee table since the scale of this one doesn’t work. It’s obviously much too small for the space, but our plan is to eventually buy another table soon. Here are the two tables we are deciding between:

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Hastings Reclaimed Coffee Table  |  Pottery Barn

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Griffin Coffee Table  |  Pottery Barn

That purchase will happen later down the road, so for now we will just be enjoying their new living room as is! They have really been happy with the transformation thus far. It was a big one to say the least!

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So what do you think? Kind of a big difference huh? Here is the before and after once more:

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71 thoughts on “My Parent’s Living Room Reveal

  1. Every single detail is amazing! The wall color is so serene and the entire room is inviting and the perfect mix of textures. Well done!

    Angela @ Number Fifty-Three

  2. What a great before and after you did. I love the paint color and the fireplace tile surround. Your coffee table choices are fun too.

  3. Wow, what a difference, it’s so much lighter and brighter! You did a great job. I bet your parents are loving having a designer in the family :-)

  4. It looks amazing! Who knew recliners could be so attractive. Where did you get the metal and wood wall art set? I love that. Your parents are lucky to have you to make their home so beautiful!

  5. This is perfection! You did a fabulous job! My parents want me to help them redo their living room and this is the exact color scheme I had in mind. I love that paint color! Does it read more blue or gray in person?

  6. This room is beautiful and I am off to get that paint sample. Where did you buy the rug…..or does it have a name brand?

  7. I am wondering how you refinished the mantel? Did you sand it and then paint it? We have one very similar that I would LOVE to transform to white, but with all the detail, I am not sure the whole thing could be sanded – but painted… Yes!

    1. We hired contractors for the job since the renovation was so large, but if you are doing it yourself, you can do a light sanding and then a few coats of paint! Just make sure to get the shine removed before you begin painting:)

  8. It’s a beautiful transformation. I’m curious how you got the electrical outlet above the fireplace without destroying the wall……we have a very similar fireplace & I’d love to hang our television there.

  9. Love it!!!! I’m in the middle of doing a custom build with Basset. What is the name of the fabric you chose for the couches?

  10. Beautiful! You’ve opened up this room and let light and love in! I am curious as to where you obtained the 4- piece wall plaques that hang behind the recliners? Love those!

  11. Gorgeous room. I’m sure your parents will spend a lot of time just enjoying it.

    I don’t see “Winter in Paris” color at SW, only Valspar, at least online.

  12. Amy, Just found your blog via Savvy Southern Style’s Wow Us Wednesday!!!!! What a beautiful space you have created for your parents. I am adding the Valspar’s Winter in Paris to my paint wish list. Seeing the back of the built-ins painted white has made me take a look at mine and I think it may be time to paint them white rather than the same as the wall color. I plan to check back often to see more of your projects.

  13. Amazing transformation! Love it! I, like one other poster, am wondering where you got that rug from – it’s really nice.

  14. I love this room. You helped convince me to paint this color in our master bedroom. My husband and I just bought our first home and we get the keys tomorrow. Can’t wait to use more of your decorating advice as we decorate our new home. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world.

  15. Just found you via your post on photography at Remodelaholic. Your work is beautiful! I hope so someday be as great of a blogger as you are. I love everything about this room. I think my most favorite thing would have to be how clean and bright the room looks after the redo. It’s truly stunning. I’m not a decorator at all, but I’m trying to learn to be. This room has totally inspired me. I love how just adding a few pops of color makes such a huge difference. Thank you so much for inspiring me!

  16. Beautiful transformation, the room looks elegant and cozy. Would love to know if your parents are happy with the television over the fireplace. I have the same layout and wondered if the viewing was ackward for anyone seated off to the side.

  17. Love this room, found it via Pinterest for the paint color… and would love to know where you found the wood and metal art? thanks!

  18. I like many am in love with this paint color…I have been indecisive about painting my new (now 5 year old home). But this color just makes me happy.
    Question regarding the curtains…what color are they (cream or white) & do you recall where you purchased them?

  19. I love the living room remodel. So beautiful! I was wondering where the lamp/table combo, which is next to the couch, is from? I have been looking for something just like it and have yet to find one. Thanks so much!!

  20. Wow…. hard to believe how out of sync I am! Maybe it’s my age or something. I see a beautiful “before” transformed into a sterile laboratory with no “homeyness”!! Then to read the comments makes me feel even for like the old square peg in a round hole! Do all of you people really prefer a colorless tasteless room to live in or maybe none of you even set foot in your living rooms? Give me the warm textures and tasteful accents and decor with chairs just inviting you so sink into! Forgive me for speaking out. I’m sure Amy does commendable work for her clients and as long as they’re satisfied with her work, more power to her. BTW, as a home designer myself, I’m not completely off base here… just in a different ballpark. Thanks for your time!

  21. Although the new transformation looks great, the “before” does look cozy and warm. Some of the furniture is a little too chunky in the “before” picture—but I do like the warm & cozy look as well. Depends on your taste and if you’re ready for a change.

  22. I think the “after” is nice, but I actually like the “before” more. Looks more warm and inviting to me, not cold and unfriendly like the “after.” Have to be honest. Sorry. I usually love room transformations. I guess I just have something against stark white walls and trim. I like color, and white is just so cold and blah.

  23. Hi Amy, I just came across your blog and your parents living room remodel. I absolutely love the results.

    Would you share the dimensions of the room, sofas, and recliners?

    I would like to do something similar in my own living room and having trouble with space planning.

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