I haven’t shown you many pictures of our new living room yet, because I haven’t been happy with how it looks. That’s kind of a bummer, since this is the room that we use the most, with the exception of the kitchen.
But, after our trip to Atlanta last weekend for the Haven Conference (read about that here), and an emergency trip to IKEA, I feel like I’m making enough progress to be able to show you a few pictures. I also have a few design questions, so please hang around and give me your input!
This was the un-blogworthy TV wall before (hanging head in shame):
It was just too bare, and we missed the awesome built-ins we had in our Nashville house (you can see that living room here or the home tour here). All of our boxes of books are sitting in the garage, and that’s tough for us, because we are crazy bookworms in this family!
We “hacked” an IKEA Billy bookshelf in the master bathroom of our old house, and we figured we’d do something similar here to create an entertainment center/faux built ins. Since we’ll move again next summer–and no, we don’t know where yet–it couldn’t be fixed to the wall, and the pieces couldn’t be attached to each other. I wound up buying two Billys (the 11″ deep shelves) and a Borgsjo TV unit. My sweet husband put them all together yesterday after church, which is the best kind of DIY–you sit on the couch and watch someone else do the work!
We haven’t put the crown molding or the rest of the trim on the bookshelves yet, but here’s the during:
We’ll paint the trim to match the Billys and attach it to the top using my nail gun and some glue. I’ll also probably paint the TV cabinet as it’s a slightly different white finish than the bookcases.
Someone always asks, so I’ll tell you now that I made the monogrammed pillow.
I had to put a few things on the shelves just to see how it would look, but the staging is just stuff I threw up there for fun and definitely isn’t done!
I also found a few pillows at IKEA–the black and white ones–aren’t they cute?
We had friends over for drinks last night, and my husband was saying, “I looked at this room and told Christy that if we needed ONE thing at IKEA, it was more pillows–we never have enough of those!” He was–obviously–being sarcastic, but I think he’s actually right! You can’t even see all the pillows on the couch in these pictures!
So, here’s my latest (self-induced) design challenge, and I welcome your input. Currently, I have the blue-gray curtain panels on my walls, but I almost think that black and white would work better. But, I have the stained glass window from the church in which my parents were married on the wall above the fireplace, and obviously those colors all work together. So, blue curtains or black?
I’ll post again when we get the moulding finished and I style the shelves for “real.”
UPDATE: As promised, here are the other posts on this room update:
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