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):
And here is another before and after of the other side of the living room:
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:
And here is the start of the hand scraped floor:
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.
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.
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!
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!
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:
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!
So what do you think? Kind of a big difference huh? Here is the before and after once more: