Oh I am so thrilled today that we have Kristin from Bliss @ Home. I am totally in love with her style, it is ecclectic, fun and oh so chic. I know you are going to love seeing her home. It is full of inspiration, fabulous DIY projects and thrify buys.
Hi Marty's readers! I am so happy to be sharing one of our spaces on this fun series! I actually had a tough time deciding what space I wanted to share with you guys, but I finally decided to show you our living room. Our home is the home I spent most of my childhood in. We bought it a few years ago and have been making it over room by room. The living room is the second space in this house we have tackled and I am happy to report...I think it is pretty much finished...for now!
So, as I said this is the home I grew up in. I have seen the good, bad, and ugly with this room. I remember when my parents bought it. Old red carpet, dingy walls...but they could see the potential. Years later, we got crazy and decided to buy it and make it our own. My style differs a lot from my parents. This room was full of oak trim and was a mix of traditional and mission style details.
This is how it looked after we moved in before we started the work:
I apologize for the photo quality. It was pre-blog, pre-thinking anyone would see this photo. As you can see the room is long and has large picture windows. the fireplace was all stone. The baseboards and trim all oak. It had an ugly ceiling fan. There was a lot of work to do in here. It felt really dark and boring to me. The floors were great though. They are original to the house and my Dad refinished them when he owned it.
This room has been a process and it definitely hasn't happened overnight. It has taken about a year to make it what it is today. The first thing we did was lighten things up. We painted the walls a light gray and replaced all the baseboards with thicker white baseboards to match the beautiful plaster crown molding. I wanted to take advantage of the windows and light so I just added sheers and some dummy drape panels on the sides.
I pulled the seating arrangement away from the wall. Floating the furniture works so great in this space since it is a longer room. The rug anchors and defines the space. We wanted a library wall, so we worked within our budget and made one out of Ikea BILLY bookcases. You can see our full bookcase tutorial to see how we made them look built-in, added brass library lights on remote, and a hidden sound system. I designed this room to how we live. We have a family room for watching tv, so I wanted this to be a room to relax, read the paper, listen to music, and entertain friends.
Another area we tackled is the fireplace. Now, that the room was light and bright the rustic stone fireplace looked so out-of-place. I love a wood-burning fireplace. It is a must for a Northern Illinois winter! We use it a lot!
We updated it by painting the stone white, adding a custom mantel, and tiling around the firebox with marble. It is a drastic difference. You can see our fireplace makeover for more details on the tiling and before and after.
Since this room looks into our entry way and hallway, I kept the same color scheme in those spaces. The entry way wall has a black and white stencil, and the hallway is bright white with a black bamboo lantern and black and white rug. It unifies these spaces.
This space is full of DIY. All the brass lighting--the sconces, chandelier, and reading light are all thrifty finds that I fixed up and added black shades with gold foil inserts. They help unify these adjoining areas. The black table and ottomans in the entry way were made over. The table is an old computer desk that I painted and added the glass top to. The ottomans are recovered old storage cubes that used to be in the play room.
More DIY, obviously the fireplace and bookcases, but most of the artwork is mine. I made the art on the Mondrian-inspired art on the mantel and painted the huge painting behind the sofa.
The color scheme for this room is pretty neutral. I like to use a lot of black and white, gold, gray, mixed metals, and warm earthy tones. I added pops of pink for spring. A little goes a long way.
This room has seen a lot of big changes. By laying a neutral foundation with the walls and trim it became a blank slate. The addition of the library wall and custom fireplace makeover gave it some great features. The rest is just little DIY and decor to mix in color and texture and a bit of personality. I hunt thrift stores and flea markets and most of our decor and furniture is from there. I love the end result and it is by far the room that we spend the most time in.
Thanks so much for having me join you today Marty!
So didn't you find tons of inspiration and ideas for your own DIY projects. I love her style and she has such a classically chic decor sense. Now if you don't know her, be sure to rush over and click that follow button, you really don't want to miss a single post. Thanks tons Kristen, I have loved having you on Show Off & Inspire, and you truly do inspire.
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