Happy Monday peeps! It's house tour time again. This post will focus on the living room. Ah, the living room, the place where the whole family gathers to spend some quality time together. Yeah, if I'm being honest, that doesn't happen too often around my house. Everyone usually ends up hanging out in the king-sized bed in my bedroom, mainly because it's more spacious and comfortable than the couch. In fact, the living room is probably my least favorite room in this house. First of all, it was a beast to configure, and secondly, I pretty much hate all the furniture in it. Anyway, here are a few shots of it in all it's glory.
View from the Stairs
View from the Front Door
View from the Fireplace
View from the Dining Room (check the 52", yo!)
As you can see, it's an odd little room. It's long but not very wide, and it has a multitude of doorways and windows taking up precious wall space. I love all the light the windows let in, even though they are letting in a little too much light at present. We haven't purchased blinds for this room yet. Blinds get expensive when you have to buy them for 25 windows, so we are buying a few here and there in order to spread out the financial pain. Anyway, doors and windows are great for letting in light, but not so great when it comes to placing furniture. Before we moved in, I would configure this room in my mind every night before going to sleep, coming up with different ways to arrange the furniture. In the end, I decided to make the fireplace the focal point of the room even if it meant not utilizing the full space. However, we did at least try other configurations. We put the couch where you see the piano and then put the TV under the stairs. It didn't look right, and God forbid if a kid should fall down the stairs and break my precious TV (joking). We also tried the opposite, with the couch under the stairs and the TV where you see the piano. I didn't like how far away the couch was from the fireplace. Nothing we tried seemed to work except this combination, so this is what we went with. Luckily, we were able to fit all our living room furniture into this room except the side table. We had to ditch it, because we needed the space to walk around the couch.
Here's the view from the couch. I think this is much better than viewing the fireplace from way across the room.
Speaking of the fireplace, it's my favorite part of this room. I love the color the former owner's painted the bricks. I've dealt with my share of old brick fireplaces in the past and have always painted them white. I would have never thought to have painted a fireplace this color. I think it makes it even more warm and inviting. When it came to the age old question of what to put over the mantle, my first inclination was to purchase some fancy artwork to put over this important focal point of the room. However, when I placed this el cheapo print from Walmart (yes, Walmart) over the mantle for shits and giggles, it just seemed to fit. It even complimented the pink marble mantle and made it look a little less hideous. By the way, I do not for the life of me understand why someone would choose a slab of pink marble for a fireplace mantle, but to each their own. I finished the mantle off with birch candles from Pottery Barn, a fake plant from Pier 1, and a little birdie candle from Pottery Barn. I know, fake plants are so tacky, but I needed some green up there that I couldn't kill and thought this one was more tasteful than most.
Exhibit A: The sad real live plant in this photo. Fake plants fare much better around me.
Given the lack of wall space, I was relieved when we were able to squeeze a chair, lamp, and a makeshift side table using trunks into this tiny space beside the fireplace. The chair and pillow are from Pottery Barn and the lamp is from Walmart. Oh, and the trunks are vintage and courtesy of Jerry.
These are a couple of the bird prints I told you about in a past post. You know, the ones we bought from Target the day we first viewed the house. We purchased them, despite the fact that we didn't have the house yet. I'm so glad to finally see them on this wall!