Living Room

Continuing with our house tour today is a look at our living room/family room.  We have one rather large combination room, which suits our current lifestyle perfectly.  We’ve made quite a few changes in here since inheriting it like this five years ago (these are the previous owner’s furnishings):

The first thing we did was paint the walls a warm camel color and brighten the built-ins with bright white paint.  We initially hung a picture above the mantel but after a couple years and much convincing, I agreed to mount our TV above the mantel.  Despite my aversion to having a big black box above our fireplace, it really is the best solution for this room.

Last fall I spent a weekend embellishing the mantle and built-ins with dentil crown moulding and raised paneling.  I love the subtle detail it adds to the room.  It doesn’t jump out at you, but it’s a much more polished, interesting backdrop than the plain wood.  To make the raised panels, I used doorstop moulding and very small wire nails.

The two upholstered chairs in the room are centered on the french doors that lead out to our screened porch

On the other side of the room is our couch.  The DIY X benches I made are on the side of the coffee table by the fireplace.  They’re great extra seating or footstools.

The coffee table used to be the same dark brown color as the couch but I sanded it down and stained it a light honey color.

Check back tomorrow for a look at my girls’ recently finished playroom!

  • Becky {This Is Happiness}

    Looks great Jennifer! Love how it opens up onto your screened in porch! Have a great day :)

  • Anonymous

    I think trying your hand at reupholstering your leather sofa is a great idea! Although sometimes it is less expensive to buy a new sofa than to redo it. You would also end up with some leather to reuse for another project. Good Luck! ~ Darlene

    • Jennifer {The Chronicles of Home}

      I think it would all depend on what kind of deal I can get on good heavyweight linen!

  • Judy

    Your room looks great! Reminds me of our family room. I’m your newest follower!